Top Pictures of National Geographic Photo Contest of 2015

Top Pictures of National Geographic Photo Contest of 2015
Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:38:16

These pics are selected in National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest, Overall winner and category winners chosen from the three image groups: People, Places, and Nature.

Yanan Li, Shalamcheh, Khuzestan, Iran. Overlooking Iraq from Iran. There are relics left along the Iran-Iraq boarders. A group of Iranian female students play around an abandoned tank. Among them, one girl stands on the tank with her arms open, Daily Mail reports ccording to National Geographic winner photos

But A massive tornado looms above a Colorado farm in the grand-prize winning photo of the National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest, chosen from more than 13,000 entries. The photographer, James Smart of Melbourne, Australia, captured the image, titled 'Dirt,' after 15 days of storm-chasing.

Smart has been awarded $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he will participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2016.

Joel Nsadha. Bwengye lives in a slum called Kamwokya in Kampala, Uganda's capital city. He cherishes his bicycle more than anything else. He brings it to this playground in the slum every evening where he watches kits playing soccer.


Francisco Mingorance. On the occasion of the preparation of a report on Ríotinto from the air, I decided to include phosphogypsum ponds located in the marshes of red and whose radioactive discharges has destroyed part of the marsh. As an environmental photojournalist had to tell this story and report it but had to do with an image that by itself attract attention of the viewer. I discovered this on a low-flying training that caught my attention for its resemblance to the impact of an asteroid on its green waters.

Andrew Suryono, Bali. I was taking pictures of some Orangutans in Bali and then it started to rain. Just before I put my camera away, I saw this Orangutan took a taro leaf and put it on top on his head to protect himself from the rain! I immediately used my DSLR and telephoto lens to preserve this spontaneous magic moment

Tugo Cheng. As the largest mountain ranges in Central Asia, Tian-shan ('sky-mountain' in Chinese), has one of the best collections of natural landscapes in the world and is seen by many as a paradise for outdoor adventures. Thanks to the richness of sediments compounded with the power of erosion by rivers flowing down the mountains, the north face of Tian-shan is carved into stunning plateaus and colorful canyons hundreds of meters deep, resulting in this surrealist painting in nature

Mohammed Yousef. In Masai Mara, the cubs of the famous cheetah called Malaika became young enough to start hunting. They moved from one hill to another scanning the lands. Here, they seemed to change shifts as one cheetah leaves the hill while the other takes her place

Bence Mate. Colorful chaos. White-fronted Bee-eaters getting together on a bough before going to sleep to their burrows, scraped into a sand wall. I was working on this theme for 18 days, as there were only 5-10 minutes a day, when the light conditions were appropriate, 90% of my trying did not succeed. I used flash lights to light only the ones sitting on the branch, and not to the others, flying above. When in the right angle, the backlight generated rainbow colouring through the wings of the flying birds

Alessandra Meniconzi. A flocks of Alpine choughs (Pyrrhocorax graculus), mountain-dwelling birds, performs acrobatic displays in the air. I was able, during a windy day, to immortalize their impressive flight skills