National Geographic: 1st Week in 2013 with Breathtaking Photos [Big Picture]

NEW YORK | Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 7:12am EDT

Check out the National Geographic this week’s most awesome photos – submitted by people just like you.

  • This is for my friend Melissa who asked me to do something funny with my flies. I found them freezing outside. I didn't kill any, and I found a funny way to make a photo of them. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year, happily together. Photo and caption by Michel SawanThis is for my friend Melissa who asked me to do something funny with my flies. I found them freezing outside. I didn't kill any, and I found a funny way to make a photo of them. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year, happily together. Photo and caption by Michel Sawan
  • This beautiful rare butterfly was on a rhododendron bush in my grandfather’s garden, Dartmoor, Devon. I took it with a Canon 500d and a Canon 100mm Macro lens. Photo and caption by Julia BaverstockThis beautiful rare butterfly was on a rhododendron bush in my grandfather’s garden, Dartmoor, Devon. I took it with a Canon 500d and a Canon 100mm Macro lens. Photo and caption by Julia Baverstock
  • Penguins playing at SeaWorld, Gold Coast, Queensland. Two of them were playing about chasing each other really fast. Photo and caption by Stephen GarnerPenguins playing at SeaWorld, Gold Coast, Queensland. Two of them were playing about chasing each other really fast. Photo and caption by Stephen Garner
  • Going to water the plants one early morning, I noticed a little tree frog hiding out in the watering can. Wondering what was up (and after much deliberation), he peeped out to check things out. Photo and caption by Mary SchmittGoing to water the plants one early morning, I noticed a little tree frog hiding out in the watering can. Wondering what was up (and after much deliberation), he peeped out to check things out. Photo and caption by Mary Schmitt
  • Rare South Asian leopard was captured in the jungles and just brought to an animal shelter in Dhaka. Its eyes was amazing, which I really focused on. Photo and caption by Titu AyubRare South Asian leopard was captured in the jungles and just brought to an animal shelter in Dhaka. Its eyes was amazing, which I really focused on. Photo and caption by Titu Ayub
  • Some cats find running on the snow very interesting. Photo and caption by Zoran MilutinovicSome cats find running on the snow very interesting. Photo and caption by Zoran Milutinovic
  • When I saw the scene at first it seemed dreamy. When I looked through the viewfinder I could really relate my life with the scene. It was captured in gods own place Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India. Photo and caption by Arya JaimannWhen I saw the scene at first it seemed dreamy. When I looked through the viewfinder I could really relate my life with the scene. It was captured in gods own place Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India. Photo and caption by Arya Jaimann
  • A thirsty monkey trying hard to get water from a tap. Photo and caption by Jainendra KumarA thirsty monkey trying hard to get water from a tap. Photo and caption by Jainendra Kumar

Check out the National Geographic this week’s most awesome photos – submitted by people just like you. National Geographic compiles the most stunning photos that get snapped and submitted each week for your viewing pleasure. More National Geographic photos here. Submit your own photos on National Geographic’s Your Shot page or vote for your favorite pics here.

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