A sun-dancing praying mantis, a family of clowns jamming and the Taj Mahal at sunrise are some of the images included in the National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest. National Geographic is accepting entries in three categories – people, places and nature – until October 31.
Up for grabs, for the Grand Prize Winner, is $10,000 and a trip to NG headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2015. The First Place winner in each category will each receive $2,500 and his/her winning photograph will be published in National Geographic magazine. See the National Geographic Photo Contest rules here.
Location: Camrose, Alberta
“The country girl finds something special to do for her wedding at the world famous Big Valley Jamboree.” Photo and caption by Carey Nash, National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest
Location: Strezlecki Desert, Australia
“In the Strezlecki desert of Australia a flock of galahs replenish on the only small water available at the base of this lonely tree. It’s a rare photo opportunity to get such a clear and symmetrical shot of these beautiful birds in flight in the middle of the desert.” Photo and caption by Christian Spencer, National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest
Location: Nicosia, Cyprus
When the Mediterrenean Mantis opened its wings, It seemed very impressive at the sunshine … Photo and caption by Hasan Baglar, National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest
Location: Montreal, Canada
Clown and his two grandkids have a jam out session by their trailer in between circus acts. Photo and caption by Daniel Kudish, National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest
Location: Oaxaca, Mexico
End of the night. Oaxaca, Mexico. Photo and caption by Daniel Kudish, National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest
Location: Agra, India
In the early morning, the fog of early march spreads the light. It’s like we were still under drugs. Photo and caption by Thomas DORLEANS,National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest
People making money from molten iron. Photo and caption by Murat Yılmaz, National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest
Location: Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco, California
Beautiful jellyfish floating horizontally. Photo and caption by Heidi Beetz, National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest
Location: Côtes de Granit Rose, Côtes d’armor
Along the footpath, between Perros and Trégastel in Côtes-d’Armor, Brittany, the tide confronts the pink granite of the bay.
Le long du sentier des douaniers, entre Perros et Tregastel, en pleines côtes d’armor, la marée se confronte au granit rose de la baie. Photo and caption by Thomas DORLEANS, National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest
Above Big Sur by Douglas Croft
Location: Big Sur, California
I’d gone to Big Sur to watch the gray whale migration from the cliffs, but it was too foggy to even see the water. I decided to hike up the Baronda Trail to see if I could get above the fog. This view was my reward. Miles of lupine and blue skies. Outstanding! Photo and caption by Douglas Croft, National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest