National Geographic: 12th Week in 2013 with Breathtaking Photos [Big Picture]

NEW YORK | Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 4:11am EDT

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

  • I live in Switzerland and the only lions you can see are in zoos. On that snowy day I was at the Zurich zoo, and when I reached the lions' fence they were outside. Just a moment before going back inside, this young male stopped and looked at the snow just like children do. Luckily I was there and I took this shot. Photo and caption by Alice ColomboI live in Switzerland and the only lions you can see are in zoos. On that snowy day I was at the Zurich zoo, and when I reached the lions' fence they were outside. Just a moment before going back inside, this young male stopped and looked at the snow just like children do. Luckily I was there and I took this shot. Photo and caption by Alice Colombo
  • Ladybird sheltering beneath mushrooms growing on a tree stump in Teddington, Middlesex, United Kingdom. Photo and caption by Darrell RawLadybird sheltering beneath mushrooms growing on a tree stump in Teddington, Middlesex, United Kingdom. Photo and caption by Darrell Raw
  • Amur leopard: Critically endangered. Just 28 amur leopards remain in the wild today. Photo and caption by Naomi StolowAmur leopard: Critically endangered. Just 28 amur leopards remain in the wild today. Photo and caption by Naomi Stolow
  • I took this photo in Myakka State Park, Sarasota, Florida. Photo and caption by Nikki GrahamI took this photo in Myakka State Park, Sarasota, Florida. Photo and caption by Nikki Graham
  • Dragonfly came inside my house and start searching the place to sit. Finally he founds his love. Photo and caption by Jainendra KumarDragonfly came inside my house and start searching the place to sit. Finally he founds his love. Photo and caption by Jainendra Kumar
  • The swamp was covered with vegetation and this made it almost impossible to get a pinpointed view of the giant reptiles making all of the noise. Then he rose, the mighty king himself, making his grand entrance top side as he broke his cover rising through the dense vegetation of the swamp. This show of dominance and territorial defiance continued for a half hour before he sank back to the depth and was not to be seen again. Photo and caption by Graham McGeorgeThe swamp was covered with vegetation and this made it almost impossible to get a pinpointed view of the giant reptiles making all of the noise. Then he rose, the mighty king himself, making his grand entrance top side as he broke his cover rising through the dense vegetation of the swamp. This show of dominance and territorial defiance continued for a half hour before he sank back to the depth and was not to be seen again. Photo and caption by Graham McGeorge
  • A long-exposure shot of a king penguin standing in the surf before sunrise on South Georgia Island. Photo and caption by Max SeigalA long-exposure shot of a king penguin standing in the surf before sunrise on South Georgia Island. Photo and caption by Max Seigal
  • Viewed through the window of an abandoned building a watchtower succumbs to erosion on the Diamond Coast near Alexander Bay. Photo and caption by Dillon MarshViewed through the window of an abandoned building a watchtower succumbs to erosion on the Diamond Coast near Alexander Bay. Photo and caption by Dillon Marsh

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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