National Geographic Photo Contest 2012: The Winners [Big Picture]

NEW YORK | Saturday, January 5th, 2013 3:15am EDT

The winners have been named in the 2012 National Geographic Photography contest. his year’s competition brought 22,000 entries from over 150 countries, professionals and amateurs participating. Enjoy.

  • Grand-Prize Winner and Nature Winner. The subject's name is Busaba, a well cared for Indochinese Tigress whose home is at Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Thailand. I had taken many portraits of Busaba previously and it was becoming more and more difficult to come up with an image that appeared any different to the others. Which is why I took to observing her more carefully during my visits in the hope of capturing something of a behavioural shot. The opportunity finally presented itself while watching Busaba enjoying her private pool then shaking herself dry. In all humility I have to say that Mother Nature smiled favourably on me that day! Photo and caption by Ashley VincentGrand-Prize Winner and Nature Winner. The subject's name is Busaba, a well cared for Indochinese Tigress whose home is at Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Thailand. I had taken many portraits of Busaba previously and it was becoming more and more difficult to come up with an image that appeared any different to the others. Which is why I took to observing her more carefully during my visits in the hope of capturing something of a behavioural shot. The opportunity finally presented itself while watching Busaba enjoying her private pool then shaking herself dry. In all humility I have to say that Mother Nature smiled favourably on me that day! Photo and caption by Ashley Vincent
  • Places Winner. The Matterhorn 4478 m at full moon. Photo and caption by Nenad SaljicPlaces Winner. The Matterhorn 4478 m at full moon. Photo and caption by Nenad Saljic
  • People Winner.  Amongst the Scavengers. At the end of the day women are allowed to pick through the dumpsite. Photo and caption by Micah AlbertPeople Winner. Amongst the Scavengers. At the end of the day women are allowed to pick through the dumpsite. Photo and caption by Micah Albert
  • Viewers' Choice People Winner. A race that follows in the path of the famous explorer Roald Amundsen brings the contestants to the Hardangervidda Mountainplateu, Norway. 100km across the plateau, the exact same route Amundsen used to prepare for his South Pole expedition in 1911 is still used by explorers today. Amundsen did not manage to cross the plateau and had to turn back because of bad weather. He allegedly said that the attempt to cross Hardangervidda was just as dangerous and hard as the conquering of the South Pole. The group in the picture used the race as preparations for an attempt to cross Greenland. Photo and caption by Kai-Otto MelauViewers' Choice People Winner. A race that follows in the path of the famous explorer Roald Amundsen brings the contestants to the Hardangervidda Mountainplateu, Norway. 100km across the plateau, the exact same route Amundsen used to prepare for his South Pole expedition in 1911 is still used by explorers today. Amundsen did not manage to cross the plateau and had to turn back because of bad weather. He allegedly said that the attempt to cross Hardangervidda was just as dangerous and hard as the conquering of the South Pole. The group in the picture used the race as preparations for an attempt to cross Greenland. Photo and caption by Kai-Otto Melau
  • Viewers' Choice Nature Winner. Everyday in mara starts with something new and different and day ends with memorable experiences with spectacular photographs . I was very lucky of sighting and photographing Malaika the name of female Cheetah and her cub . she is well known for its habit to jump on vehicles. She learned that from her mother Kike, and Kike from her mother Amber.Like her mother she is teaching lessons to her cub . Teaching lessons means addition of another moment for tourist . This is one of the tender moment between Malaika and her cub . I was very lucky to capture that moment . Photo and caption by Sanjeev BhorViewers' Choice Nature Winner. Everyday in mara starts with something new and different and day ends with memorable experiences with spectacular photographs . I was very lucky of sighting and photographing Malaika the name of female Cheetah and her cub . she is well known for its habit to jump on vehicles. She learned that from her mother Kike, and Kike from her mother Amber.Like her mother she is teaching lessons to her cub . Teaching lessons means addition of another moment for tourist . This is one of the tender moment between Malaika and her cub . I was very lucky to capture that moment . Photo and caption by Sanjeev Bhor
  • Viewers' Choice Places Winner. Chipping ice off an iceberg is a common way for the Inuit community to retrieve fresh drinking water while on the land. During a weekend long hunting trip, we came upon this majestic iceberg frozen in place. It was a perfect opportunity to grab enough ice and drinking water for the remainder of the trip. Photo and caption by Adam CoishViewers' Choice Places Winner. Chipping ice off an iceberg is a common way for the Inuit community to retrieve fresh drinking water while on the land. During a weekend long hunting trip, we came upon this majestic iceberg frozen in place. It was a perfect opportunity to grab enough ice and drinking water for the remainder of the trip. Photo and caption by Adam Coish
  • Honorable Mention. Glacial ice washes ashore after calving off the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier on Iceland's eastern coast. During the waning light of summer this image was created over the course of a 4 minute exposure while the photographer backlit the grounded glacial ice with a headlamp for 2 of those 4 minutes. Photo and caption by Eric GuthHonorable Mention. Glacial ice washes ashore after calving off the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier on Iceland's eastern coast. During the waning light of summer this image was created over the course of a 4 minute exposure while the photographer backlit the grounded glacial ice with a headlamp for 2 of those 4 minutes. Photo and caption by Eric Guth
  • Honorable Mention. The winter gloomy day worked to my advantage to create this eerie feeling of the famous landmark Eiffel tower. Photo and caption by Indra Swari WonowidjojoHonorable Mention. The winter gloomy day worked to my advantage to create this eerie feeling of the famous landmark Eiffel tower. Photo and caption by Indra Swari Wonowidjojo
  • Honorable Mention. I was surrounded by thousands of fish that moved in synchrony because of the predation that was happening. It was an incredible experience. Photo and caption by Fransisca HarlijantoHonorable Mention. I was surrounded by thousands of fish that moved in synchrony because of the predation that was happening. It was an incredible experience. Photo and caption by Fransisca Harlijanto
  • Honorable Mention. With his exceptional hearing a red fox has targeted a mouse hidden under 2 feet of crusted snow. Springing high in the air he breaks through the crusted spring snow with his nose and his body is completely vertical as he grabs the mouse under the snow. Photo and caption by Micheal EastmanHonorable Mention. With his exceptional hearing a red fox has targeted a mouse hidden under 2 feet of crusted snow. Springing high in the air he breaks through the crusted spring snow with his nose and his body is completely vertical as he grabs the mouse under the snow. Photo and caption by Micheal Eastman
  • Honorable Mention. Stilt fishing is a typical fishing technique only seen in Sri Lanka. The fishermen sit on a cross bar called a petta tied to a vertical pole planted into the coral reef. This long exposure shot shows how unstable their position is. Photo and caption by Ulrich LambertHonorable Mention. Stilt fishing is a typical fishing technique only seen in Sri Lanka. The fishermen sit on a cross bar called a petta tied to a vertical pole planted into the coral reef. This long exposure shot shows how unstable their position is. Photo and caption by Ulrich Lambert
  • Honorable Mention. sions to the photo contest. Select a category:Select a gallery:ShareCommentsShare on emailEmail More » Honorable Mention Photo and caption by Jason ChingThis photo of a wild, Alaskan, brown bear digging on a game trail was taken with a home made motion controlled triggering device hooked up to my DSLR. Photo and caption by Jason ChingHonorable Mention. sions to the photo contest. Select a category:Select a gallery:ShareCommentsShare on emailEmail More » Honorable Mention Photo and caption by Jason ChingThis photo of a wild, Alaskan, brown bear digging on a game trail was taken with a home made motion controlled triggering device hooked up to my DSLR. Photo and caption by Jason Ching

2012 was a year for stunning photography. Professional and amateur photographers from all over the world submitted entries to this year’s National Geographic Photography Contest, vying for $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington D.C.

This year’s competition brought 22,000 entries from over 150 countries. Photographs were submitted in three categories: people, places and nature; and entries judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts.

There was a Grand Prize winner, a winner in each category and a collection of Viewer’s Choice Winners as well.

In the end, however, it was this gorgeous image, captured by photographer Ashley Vincent, that took home the grand prize. Here, an explosion of water droplets surrounds an Indochinese tigress named Busaba as she dries off following a dip in the pool at Thailand’s Khao Kheow Open Zoo.

Check out all the other stunning submissions to receive top honors!

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