40 Breathtaking Photos from National Geographic Contest

March 31st, 2010

The National Geographic has been known for bringing awareness about natural resources and the planet since 1888. It has been educating people and has been the largest non-profitable scientific organization that inspired millions of people to pay closer attention to their environment.

In this post, we are going to share some stunning photographs from The National Geographic’s Annual International Photography Contest, as well as showcasing some really beautiful wallpapers from National Geographic collections. We hope that you’ll like this collection — please share your opinion with us.

National Geographic Contest Photos

By Yusuke Okada, Japan
A manatee photographed in Florida


By Cesare Naldi, United States
Nazroo, a mahout (elephant driver), poses for a portrait while taking his elephant, Rajan, out for a swim in front of Radha Nagar Beach in Havelock, Andaman Islands. Rajan is one of the few elephants in Havelock that can swim, so when he is not dragging timber in the forest he is used as a tourist attraction. The relationship between the mahout and his elephant usually lasts for their entire lives, creating an extremely strong tie between the animal and the human being.


By Anke Seidlitz
Staying in Asia since many years has given me the opportunity to get close to wildlife on many occasions. This female Smith’s green-eyed gecko chose to live on one of the chalets next to my home, taking advantage of the insects attracted by the lights at night.


By Hugo Machado, Portugal
Licancabur volcano is located on the border between Chile and Bolivia.


By Yeang Chng, United States
A saltwater crocodile lunges for the camera. This photo was taken just before its jaws closed on the lens shade; the blurred outline of the jaws demonstrates the lightning-fast nature of its lunge.


By Steffen Binke, Australia
After a rarely seen spyhopping of a dwarf minke whale the whale slowly descended in my direction and we came close to a 1.5m distance.
The shot happened early in the morning around 7 am and it was a rough surface and it was not easy to control my own movement.
Iso 200 1/400 f7.1 13mm tokina fisheye 10-17mm Nikon D200 Aquatica Housing


By Kent Miller, United Sates
Jessie Miller and her children, Jamie, 5, left, and Betsy, 8, of Bay City, Mich. react to the thunderous 747 jumbo jet as it passes within 60 feet above land. As the plane flew over, the sand kicked up and blasted the Miller’s bare skin. “Ahhhhhhhh!” the three screamed, as they ran away from the sand and noise. The Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Maarten is famous for its short runway. At only 7,980 ft, it is barely long enough for large jets to land.


By Michael Hanson, United States
David Hanson crosses a fallen log beneath soaring trees and a lingering fog in Washington’s Olympic National Park.


By Fausto Podavini, Italy
The picture was shot at San Juan de los Remedios, Cuba, during a local celebration called “Las Parrandas” in which the highlight is fireworks. Here children light the fireworks and escape.


By Li Feng, China
Caged monkeys await their fate at a medical laboratory in Hubei Province, China. The judges liked that this image subverts the usual romanticized approach to wildlife photography and more accurately reflects the fate of many of the world’s animals. The sneaker at the top provides scale and injects a human being into the scene; the anonymity of the wearer suggests concealment and complicity. The structure of the cages, the horror of the captivity, the crowded composition, and the claustrophobic tension all add up to a sad and compelling photo.


By Greg Davis
Huli wigman at the Mount Hagen Cultural Show, 2009.


By Robert Garrett, United States
Taken at 1:22 a.m. on March 11, 2008. My wife and I arrived at the 528 Causeway in Cape Canaveral with our Sony 100a DSLR. With a low, solid, overcast of clouds covering the launch site, they launched. I pushed the shutter and started a 15 second time-lapse exposure! Disaster!!! I ripped the camera off of the tripod, spun the program wheel to anything else and started to squeeze the shutter. I was only able to take two photos as the shuttle Endeavour lifted into the overcast. This is the second one.


By Yuniadhi Agung, Indonesia
At Hok Tjing Bio, a Chinese Temple in Palembang South Sumatra, Indonesia, the photographer framed the shot at a precise moment, with the reflection, and the position of the passing dog in the middle of the tiger pictorial on the temple’s wall.


By Silvia Martinez Dominguez, Spain
Under a beautiful light, a monkey rests on the stones of the Angkor temples, in Cambodia. The image shows animal behavior and suggests the close connection between humans and our nearest relatives in nature.


By Mike Guzman
A red eye tree frog settles in for the day on a bromeliad.


By Patrick Gleason
On a photo safari in Tanzania, we got up close and personal with all the animals in the wild. It was an experience of a lifetime!


By Charistine Guinness
My daughter and her friend were flipping their hair and I started taking photos, and was delighted with the result. We are at the lovely Patten Pond in Maine in the summer of 2009.


By Xen Riggs, United States
A newly born silver-leaf langur gets some early discipline and love from his doting parents. This baby monkey was just about 12 hours old, born at the Columbus, Ohio, Zoo in August of 2009.


By Cabell Cox, United States
On a recent visit to a small town on the Brazilian and Bolivian border, I found this man tending to a field of burning debris and vegetation at dusk. Something as mundane as this may seem a daily, routine chore for one man, while offering a symbolic portrait of tranquil repose to another.


By Chris Gimmeson, United States
These are two wild stallions from the McCullough Peak’s herd of wild horses, which is located just outside of Cody, Wyoming. This image was taken in September 2008 with a Canon Rebel XSI and a long telephoto lens. I expected them to fight but they went back to grazing after a minute of posturing. The peaks area is pretty desolate, with little in the way of water supply and a lack of trees. The main staple for their grazing is sagebrush.


By Jose Hernandez, United States
This is a shot of three eagles fighting over a fish in Homer, Alaska, from March 2008. You can see the fish at the top of the image flying by itself, but it was caught in its fall by another eagle.


By Jacopo Pandolfini
This photograph was taken during a vacation in northern India in January 2007, in the city of Rishikesh. While walking on the streets in midtown, I saw a monkey stealing a mirror from another monkey and decided to follow it. After a while the monkey thief stopped on a tree and started to look in the mirror, giving me the opportunity to take this picture.


By Sainath Kamath
I was out with the camera after a passing thunderstorm. As I was photographing a group of calla lilies, I happened upon this little guy nestled comfortably in one, taking shelter from the rain.


By Cindy Tsai
Sunflowers are always brilliant! Their huge faces command attention and on this sunny day on the Half Moon Bay flower farm, no one was giving this sunflower more love than two attentive bees working hard at spreading and collecting pollen.


By Larry Louie
The climb to view Mount Bromo Volcano, Indonesia, at sunrise was quite an experience. As I trudged up the slope out of breath, I crossed my fingers and hoped for a clear morning and a good sunrise, with the active volcano visible in the distance. I was lucky!


By Adam Baudoux
Cool fall morning at Wells Beach, Maine


By Exekiel Tarango
Sand falls, Antelope Canyon, Arizona


By Jean Claude Louis
This evocative portrait of two Tibetan children looking out on their world captured the imagination—and the admiration—of the panel of judges. Cropped to the exact shape of the window, the photo frames the children in a timeless manner as they peer through the cloudy glass. The judges spent a long time looking at this portrait, observing how the intensity of the faces, the texture of the clothing, the surface of the old red wood, the reflections in the glass all create an absorbing series of levels. The best people photos tell a story and draw the viewer into the lives of the subjects. These children’s faces seem filled with both expectation and sadness. What are they waiting for? Jean-Claude Louis’s photo asks the question; viewers will no doubt provide their own answers.


By Dennis Stewart
Upon looking into the eye of this ancient species, I found myself mesmerized as if I were gazing into the vastness of space itself and the millions upon millions of stars and galaxies therein.


National Geographic Wallpapers

Fallen Maple Leaf
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Havasu Creek Waterfall, Arizona
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Golden Gate Bridge at Night
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Matanuska Glacier Cave, Alaska By George F. Mobley
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Malian Woman
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Chicago City Lights
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Great White Egrets
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Lavender Fields
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Blue Lagoon
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Kolmanskop, Namibia
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Owachomo Bridge at Night, Utah
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98 comments for „40 Breathtaking Photos from National Geographic Contest
  1. Worhtpost on March 31st, 2010 at 4:08 am

    good collection of ng. They are great.

    • sheler on April 12th, 2010 at 8:20 am

      good collection of ng. They are great.

  2. Karan Saini on March 31st, 2010 at 4:41 am

    nice collection :-)

  3. Inguan on March 31st, 2010 at 4:46 am

    amazing shoot

  4. SARAHjonez on March 31st, 2010 at 4:50 am

    Excellent collection, really they have explored new way in photography!

  5. Toweb on March 31st, 2010 at 4:52 am

    Wow… awesome pictures!

  6. Margarita Ibbott on March 31st, 2010 at 5:12 am

    Thanks for posting these pictures they really show what NG is all about.

  7. Jordan Walker on March 31st, 2010 at 5:17 am

    breath taking!

  8. Arpan on March 31st, 2010 at 5:23 am

    The snaps sure are awesome

  9. julio on March 31st, 2010 at 5:25 am

    man the one with the plane is amazing

  10. Zine Creative on March 31st, 2010 at 5:34 am

    Wow! Love this post.

  11. Ben on March 31st, 2010 at 5:45 am

    Awesome pictures! I really like them.

  12. Lena Tailor on March 31st, 2010 at 5:59 am

    Amazing shots….. Great Compilation.

    Noupe You ROCK……

  13. adone on March 31st, 2010 at 6:26 am

    VEry good collection. Thanks

  14. Loky on March 31st, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Amazing photos! WoW!

  15. Robin on March 31st, 2010 at 8:56 am

    I don’t like the photo of the two girls flipping their hair. It’s not in the right place between all those beautiful nature pictures.

  16. tahseen rana on March 31st, 2010 at 10:05 am


  17. rohit chhibber on March 31st, 2010 at 10:12 am

    realy nice pics are they

  18. xpiderz on March 31st, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Ohh monkeys in cages really make me sad!

  19. webaddicty on March 31st, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Some of them are superb, what a great job has been done by photographers.

  20. jimer234 on March 31st, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    the pic with the three eagles is so shopped

  21. Lyndi on March 31st, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    This is just breathtaking. All of these photos could easily win a national geographic placement. Amazing to see the photography talent! Thank you

  22. Antonio on March 31st, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Impresionantes fotos reposo para el alma.


  23. Mohinder Singh on March 31st, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    No doubt this love for NatGeo is justified, what efforts and quick reflexes show up here by photographers of National Geography :)

    This should be named View Best Photos :)

    Myself user of View Best Ads =

  24. Harsha M V on March 31st, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    amazing photos.. second one.. i loved it

  25. Sam on March 31st, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Amazing photos!

  26. Ravikumar V. on March 31st, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Nice collections!!!

  27. Parveen verma on April 1st, 2010 at 2:41 am

    Amazing … Nazroo with Rajan is my personal favorite

  28. bluejake on April 1st, 2010 at 3:18 am

    Love the man on the elephant tusks! Great photos.

  29. Diego on April 1st, 2010 at 3:19 am


  30. phoechan on April 1st, 2010 at 3:41 am

    Nice Photo Collection :)

  31. Andy Gock on April 1st, 2010 at 5:29 am

    What a great collection of images, really enjoyed looking at all these! – Andy

  32. John W Photo on April 1st, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Monkeys! The horror of caged monkeys and the wonder of the monkey with the mirror – great collection!

  33. Hermitbiker on April 1st, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    …. some very good photographs are in this great collection !!

  34. Matt on April 4th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Amazing photos. Great collection.

  35. kim boldrini on April 5th, 2010 at 3:34 am

    Great work! Thanks for making these available. Compelling images, I am especially moved by the three monkey photos, the eagles, and the children looking out the window. Thanks for the inspiration.

  36. Sandy on April 6th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Awesome work…it all seems like fantasy

  37. Pawe? Sikora on April 9th, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Warto obejrze? i zapisa?…bardzo dobre fotografie,najwy?sze loty…

  38. gues on April 9th, 2010 at 6:25 am

    Lots of photos like this here

  39. Pawe? P. on April 9th, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Impressive collection! But not all AVAILABLE for
    National Geographic Contest. Best regards!

  40. linux blog on April 9th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Huh, just amazing!

  41. bijan on April 11th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    nice photoes, but without any picture from persian gulf!?

  42. iman on April 12th, 2010 at 1:03 am

    nice collection :-)

  43. Ali Sangari on April 12th, 2010 at 2:25 am

    very nice and very amazing !

  44. Ali Sangari on April 12th, 2010 at 2:26 am

    very nice and very amazing !!!

  45. roya razmi on April 12th, 2010 at 10:55 am

    great …………but monkeys…just i can say sorry

  46. Reza on April 12th, 2010 at 11:42 am

    That’s great.

  47. on April 12th, 2010 at 12:49 pm


  48. khadim on April 12th, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    tanks for this picture
    i like it really
    very good and fantastic

  49. subhendu on April 21st, 2010 at 11:44 am

    my eyes r feeling……….cold & heart is full

  50. marcella rocha on April 30th, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Very nice pictures!!!!!!! Congratulations for all….:-))

  51. Adam Sturm on May 3rd, 2010 at 10:01 am

    This is an amazing set of pictures. I hope one day my own photography can match the caliber of this collection.

  52. Gewinnspiel on July 1st, 2010 at 11:20 am

    thanks, for this great article. I found it through yahoo and i found it very helpful. i will look for more interesting articles at this blog. :)

  53. anon on July 26th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    the picture with the monkey holding the mirror is shopped. i can tell from some of the pixels and from seeing quite a few shops in my time

  54. moniqca on September 17th, 2010 at 9:34 am

    The last image of the eye by Dennis steward is truly amazing. Perhaps the whole universe is contained in that one eyeball.

  55. Thomas Anderson on September 25th, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    They’re awesome! thanks for sharing! :)

  56. Nazicole on November 10th, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Overwhelmingly beautiful shots. :’D

  57. lala on November 11th, 2010 at 2:18 am

    wow these are amazing, super!!!! :D:D loveya ;)

  58. lala on November 11th, 2010 at 2:19 am

    haha yous all suck :P

  59. lala on November 11th, 2010 at 2:20 am

    no really, like sarah and adriana are the best!!

  60. hello_adriana on November 11th, 2010 at 2:22 am

    lol nice comment above

  61. hello_adriana on November 11th, 2010 at 2:23 am

    im better than u lala

  62. hello_adriana on November 11th, 2010 at 2:23 am

    im better thn u lala!!!

  63. Sarah:) on November 11th, 2010 at 2:24 am

    wooohoooo. sarah and adriana are super doper

  64. hello_adriana on November 11th, 2010 at 2:24 am


  65. Sarah:) on November 11th, 2010 at 2:25 am

    my chinn is itchy

  66. kirra. on November 11th, 2010 at 2:26 am


  67. hello_adriana on November 11th, 2010 at 2:26 am


  68. lala on November 11th, 2010 at 2:27 am

    BAHHAHAHA why is your chin itchy… do you have fleas

  69. Jakobi on November 11th, 2010 at 2:28 am

    haha hello

  70. bananananana! on November 11th, 2010 at 2:28 am

    i like chinns.

  71. hello_adriana on November 11th, 2010 at 2:28 am

    i think she does….. RUN AWAY

  72. Sarah:) on November 11th, 2010 at 2:29 am

    yeah i got fleas all through my long chin hair. chinny wanna scatch my chin?

  73. lala on November 11th, 2010 at 2:29 am

    i plate my chin hair…. all the time ;)

  74. Anominouos on November 11th, 2010 at 2:29 am

    these photos are amazing

  75. Sarah:) on November 11th, 2010 at 2:31 am

    serousliy who are you anominouos. :|

  76. georgia on November 11th, 2010 at 2:33 am

    hey there sarah i think i know….

  77. Harry potter on November 11th, 2010 at 2:35 am

    oh georgia. stop it you silly boy! you dont know who it is. now do you?

    narr its probs the teacher

  78. smallest blue thing EVA on November 11th, 2010 at 2:35 am

    hi harry its me…

  79. bananananana! on November 11th, 2010 at 2:35 am

    itss so hot.

  80. Harry potter on November 11th, 2010 at 2:36 am

    whos me?

  81. Dennis Stewart on November 11th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    I really appreciate one of my wildlife photography shots being prominently displayed within Noupe with such other great photographers..I am truly humbled.

    If you want to see other works I have done, stop by my site and drop me a line as to what you think.

    Dennis Stewart

  82. Mr.L on December 25th, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    I’m still in slight shock of the little bastard w/the cigarette in his…

  83. Mili on June 1st, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I’ve never seen such a nic collection of pics. They are awesome.

  84. Indransh on June 26th, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    awesum pics..
    just luvd dem,,,,

  85. realnature on July 7th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    really beautiful and amazing shots

  86. Ahmed AG on December 26th, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Liked that ! keep up the gr8 worK!

  87. Yesta Desamba @Graphic Design on December 31st, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Nice job in gathering this collection of great photos.

  88. HARIKRISHNA on February 23rd, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    nice collection

  89. komal goswami on April 30th, 2012 at 7:53 am

    awesome collection really its breathtaking…………

  90. abhishek on May 23rd, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    the best photos ever seen……………………

  91. Kushal Pal on July 14th, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Breathtaking images………… u do it.

  92. anandhan on July 17th, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Nice collections!

  93. Suleman on August 30th, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Amaizing pictures

  94. David Hardwick Photography on March 30th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    These are absolutely stunning photographs of animals and landscapes, brilliant work!

  95. priya kar on April 27th, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    nice collections really breathtaking photos fabulous job
    best wishes……………….

  96. Lauren@GreenGlobalTrvl on May 13th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Breathtaking photography! Especially the thick fog in Washington’s Olympic National Park.

  97. Toper's Photos | Kristoper on May 14th, 2013 at 2:19 am

    breathtaking indeed! loving it!