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November 30, 2012

National Geographic Photo Contest 2012: Part II

The National Geographic Photo Contest for 2012 ends today, November 30, but for procrastinators that thrive on deadlines, there’s still time to enter! The contest officially closes at 11:59:00 p.m. US Eastern Time. This post features another small sampling of the entrants. (We featured another selection in an October Big Picture post.) View galleries of the thousands of entrants, from which an overall winner and winners in each category of People, Places, Nature will be chosen. – Paula Nelson ( 33 photos total)

HELLO WORLD (Nature) - A tiny mantis larva in an American poppy flower. (Photo and caption by Fabien Bravin/National Geographic Photo Contest)

NATURAL GRACE (Nature) - Two endangered Green Iguanas embrace during mating season. (Photo and caption by Ryan Huggett/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

“THE BEST ENEMIES” (Nature) - This photo is from a scene quite incredible that I saw a few days ago. A dragonfly (sympetrum) further weakened by the freshness of the morning, came deliberately to hang on this Praying Mantis that had landed on a broken flower stem that I was photographing. I shot some great macros this summer, but I must say that this was the most amazing that I saw, because we have here the eater and the eaten but in a configuration that isn't expected. (Photo and caption by Cyril Verron/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

LOVELY DINOSAUR (Nature) – (Photo by Mehmet Karaca/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

NURSING MAMA (Nature) - This female brown bear came into the Lake Clark National Park area in late July with her triplet Spring cubs and seemed quite relaxed as she sat nursing her cubs. (Photo and caption by Ruth Steck/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

WOMEN IN KENYA (People) - Women wearing the traditional Kanga, South of Mombasa, Kenya. (Photo and caption by Christophe Viseux/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

HOMEBOUND (Places) - A mother and her two children paddling through the lagoon in a dugout canoe, against the backdrop of a dramatic sunset. (Photo and caption by Iris Kwok/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

SHADES OF THE OREGON COAST RANGE (Nature) - If you are lucky you can see over 150 kilometers on a clear day standing atop Mary's Peak. On the day of this shot visibility was clear, and the Pacific Ocean (75 kilometers away) was illuminated by a setting sun, framed perfectly by seemingly infinite layers and shades of mountains in the Oregon Coast range. (Photo and caption by Ben Leshchinsky/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

VOODOO TRANCE (People) - Haitian women in a trance during a voodoo ceremony in Souvenance, Haiti. Every Easter, for over 200 years, thousands of devotees of voodoo make a pilgrimage, traveling to the Haitian village of Souvenance, 145km north from Port Au Prince, capital city of Haiti. Voodoo is one of three state-recognized religions in Haiti. (Photo and caption by Vincent Tremeau/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

THE LOST GATEWAY (Places) - A huge cargo ship, dwarfed by the Golden Gate, passing under the bridge, amidst dense fog. Fog so dense, that both the ship and the iconic bridge are hidden underneath, as if both are lost. A long exposure created ghosting of the moving ship, adding to the effect. This was photographed after sunset. (Photo and caption by Indranil Mukhopadhyay/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

PORTRAIT OF A SNOWY EGRET (Nature) - I was lucky enough to catch a close up shot of this Snowy Egret right after it had made a dive for food. (Photo and caption by Graham McGeorge/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

HOW’S MY HAIR LOOK? (Nature) - Female bonobos carry and nurse their young for four years and give birth on average every five years. (Photo and caption by Graham McGeorge/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

IN YOUR ROOM #8 (People) - Wearing a ballerina lace skirt and oversized low-heel sandals, the big dream in this little Kazakh girl's mind is to become an actress. (Photo and caption by Ro-hsuam Chen/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

LIBYAN REBEL AT THE OLD SHIPYARD OF BENGHAZI (People) - During the Libyan revolt again Muammar Qaddafi, the city of Benghazi was liberated early on and became the base for the rebels and the transitional governing body. Armed rebels were seen all over the place. Many of them had no previous war experience but joined the revolt willingly to get rid of the regime. This rebel, with his spick and span boots and outfit, was guarding the old shipyard. (Photo and caption by Mohannad khatib/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

THE FISHING VILLAGES OF XIAPU (Places) - The picturesque fishing villages in Xiapu of Fujian province, China attracted me to keep visiting over the years. But I think her beautiful landscapes are best pictured in rainy season. (Photo and caption by Michael LAM/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

HAGIA SOPHIA MUSEUM (Places) - Hagia Sophia is the one of the most visited museums and most prominent monuments in the world in terms of the art and history of architecture. It has been called “the eighth wonder of the world” by East Roman Philon as far back as the 6th century. It was used as a church for 916 years, but following the conquest of Istanbul, the Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque. It was used as a mosque for 482 years, and then converted to a museum in 1935. (Photo and caption by Melih Sular/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

CATCHING FISH (Places) - The fishers caught fish in the night. They use the fire to bring the fish close to the boat and then catch them. (Photo and caption by Chang Ming Chih/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

GOLDEN HOUR CHARM (Nature) – This photo was taken on the side of the road in Southern Pennsylvania during the infamous "Golden Hour". (Photo and caption by Mandy Michels/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

TEA TESTING (People) - After the harvest and the processing, in a tea factory, tea is tasted to determine the different quality of the tea. (Photo and caption by Edoardo Agresti/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

ONNO (People) - A little girl, called Onno, after working in an Arbore farm in Omo Valley, Ethiopia. The Arbore tribe lives in the driest area of Omo Valley. They lives thanks to cows, goats and the they grow sorgo. (Photo and caption by Juan Carlos Ruiz Duarte/National Geographic Photo Contest) #

COLORFUL MANSION (Places) - Art mansion. (Photo and caption by Hideyuki Katagiri/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

AUTUMN WOODS (Places) - A shot of autumn woods taken at Queenstown, New Zealand. Looking down from a hot air balloon, the photographer tried to capture a moment of peace and tranquility manifested by a palette of autumn colors. (Photo and caption by Po Chun Hsu/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

cTWO FISHERMEN (People) - The shoal is one of the most fascinating places in Xiapu, China. Fishermen farm fish, shrimp, and oysters and plant seaweed along this coastal area. (Photo and caption by Peng Jiang/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

TREES AND THE BLUE POND (Nature) - This pond is located in a small town, on a northern island, Japan. The trees standing in the pond are sapless white birch. The blue color of the pond is natural; ingredients from a hot spring are thought to be the cause, the color changes according to the season, weather and time. I took this photo in the early morning in June this year. (Photo and caption by Yukio Miki/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

BOLD & SHY (People) - The unlucky car breakdown turned lucky when I found this school in a small village Khangral in Kargil on the way to Leh from Srinagar. The teachers also let me and my friends in to take pictures and most of the kids were excited about it. Some were shy and kept hiding while this little girl enjoyed the limelight. (Photo and caption by Anjum Vahanvati/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

STILT FISHING (People) - 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 shows how unstable their position is. (Photo and caption by Ulrich Lambert/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

PIECE OF HEAVEN (Places) - Jamnik, a small village in Slovenia. One morning in autumn, fog was just in the right height at the right time. The atmosphere was heavenly, unforgettable. (Photo and caption by Janez Tolar/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

TRONA PINNACLES (Places) - We were leaving Trona Pinnacles after spending the night there when I looked back and saw the hazy morning light striking the landscape in a really magical way. I used the 300mm setting on my lens to compress the pinnacles up against the mountains in the background. I converted the picture to black and white to emphasize the shapes of the pinnacles and their relationship to the mountains. (Photo and caption by Bill Sharpsteen/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

EPHEMERAL WORLD (Places) - I ventured to Mendenhall Lake and Glacier on many occasions during my visits to Juneau, always admiring the scene. But, on this morning, I arrived just in time to capture Mother Nature's most amazing show: the combination of dark mountain ridgelines, icebergs and water movement accentuated by the misty morning clouds and mirror-like water made for a truly striking image. I stood in awe from the wonder. (Photo and caption by Julia Thomsen/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

FURY AND THE SEA (Nature) - I had my first visit to the Oregon coast this summer. I was standing on a sea rock in a morning during high tide trying capture some shots of the crashing waves. The water levels were getting higher and higher and I realized the whole area would soon be immersed. It was my first time facing and feeling the fury of the sea at such close distance. For millions of years, human beings have been living on this planet and feeling the power of Mother Nature. (Photo and caption by Cheng Niu/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

THE BATTLE OF FLOUR #1 (People) - This particular battle takes place during the traditional parade of Citta della Pieve. The three Terzieri challenge each other with blows of bags of flour in a spectacular and chaotic battle. The air quickly becomes saturated with flour and in some moments is difficult to breathe. (Photo and caption by Andrea Cittadini/National Geographic Photo Contest)#

ARANJUEZ I (Places) - Winter in Aranjuez. (Photo and caption by Antonio Martin Ballesteros/National Geographic Photo Contest)#