Photography

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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By Adam Baudoux
Cool fall morning at Wells Beach, Maine

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By Exekiel Tarango
Sand falls, Antelope Canyon, Arizona

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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.

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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.

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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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Worhtpost
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6 years 1 month ago

good collection of ng. They are great.

sheler
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sheler
6 years 1 month ago

good collection of ng. They are great.

Karan Saini
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Karan Saini
6 years 1 month ago

nice collection :-)

Inguan
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6 years 1 month ago

amazing shoot

SARAHjonez
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6 years 1 month ago

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

Toweb
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6 years 1 month ago

Wow… awesome pictures!

Margarita Ibbott
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6 years 1 month ago

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

Jordan Walker
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6 years 1 month ago

breath taking!

Arpan
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6 years 1 month ago

The snaps sure are awesome

julio
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6 years 1 month ago

man the one with the plane is amazing

Zine Creative
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6 years 1 month ago

Wow! Love this post.

Ben
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6 years 1 month ago

Awesome pictures! I really like them.

Lena Tailor
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6 years 1 month ago

Amazing shots….. Great Compilation.

Noupe You ROCK……

adone
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6 years 1 month ago

VEry good collection. Thanks Noupe.com

Loky
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6 years 1 month ago

Amazing photos! WoW!

Robin
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6 years 1 month ago

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.

tahseen rana
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tahseen rana
6 years 1 month ago

Awesome!!!

rohit chhibber
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rohit chhibber
6 years 1 month ago

realy nice pics are they

xpiderz
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6 years 1 month ago

Ohh monkeys in cages really make me sad!

webaddicty
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webaddicty
6 years 1 month ago

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

jimer234
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jimer234
6 years 1 month ago

the pic with the three eagles is so shopped

Lyndi
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6 years 1 month ago

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

Antonio
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Antonio
6 years 1 month ago

Impresionantes fotos reposo para el alma.

Gracias.

Mohinder Singh
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6 years 1 month ago

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 :)

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Harsha M V
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6 years 1 month ago

amazing photos.. second one.. i loved it

Sam
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6 years 1 month ago

Amazing photos!

Ravikumar V.
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6 years 1 month ago

Nice collections!!!

Parveen verma
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6 years 1 month ago

Amazing … Nazroo with Rajan is my personal favorite

bluejake
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bluejake
6 years 1 month ago

Love the man on the elephant tusks! Great photos.

Diego
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6 years 1 month ago

Impresionantes!!!!

phoechan
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6 years 1 month ago

Nice Photo Collection :)

Andy Gock
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6 years 1 month ago

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

John W Photo
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6 years 1 month ago

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

Hermitbiker
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Hermitbiker
6 years 1 month ago

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

Matt
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6 years 1 month ago

Amazing photos. Great collection.

kim boldrini
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6 years 1 month ago

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. Kimboldrini.com

Sandy
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6 years 1 month ago

Awesome work…it all seems like fantasy

Pawe? Sikora
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Pawe? Sikora
6 years 1 month ago

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

gues
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gues
6 years 1 month ago

Lots of photos like this here ultrasonline.com/ref/vts

Pawe? P.
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6 years 1 month ago

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

linux blog
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6 years 1 month ago

Huh, just amazing!

bijan
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bijan
6 years 1 month ago

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

iman
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6 years 1 month ago

nice collection :-)

Ali Sangari
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Ali Sangari
6 years 1 month ago

very nice and very amazing !

Ali Sangari
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Ali Sangari
6 years 1 month ago

very nice and very amazing !!!

roya razmi
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roya razmi
6 years 1 month ago

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

Reza
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Reza
6 years 1 month ago

That’s great.

www.ragbarg.com
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6 years 1 month ago

thankkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

khadim
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6 years 1 month ago

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

subhendu
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subhendu
6 years 1 month ago

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

marcella rocha
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marcella rocha
6 years 27 days ago

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

Adam Sturm
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6 years 24 days ago

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

Gewinnspiel
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5 years 10 months ago

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. :)

anon
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anon
5 years 10 months ago

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

moniqca
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5 years 8 months ago

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

Thomas Anderson
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5 years 8 months ago

They’re awesome! thanks for sharing! :)

Nazicole
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Nazicole
5 years 6 months ago

Overwhelmingly beautiful shots. :’D

lala
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5 years 6 months ago

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

lala
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5 years 6 months ago

haha yous all suck :P

lala
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5 years 6 months ago

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

hello_adriana
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hello_adriana
5 years 6 months ago

lol nice comment above

hello_adriana
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hello_adriana
5 years 6 months ago

im better than u lala

hello_adriana
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hello_adriana
5 years 6 months ago

im better thn u lala!!!

Sarah:)
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5 years 6 months ago

wooohoooo. sarah and adriana are super doper

hello_adriana
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hello_adriana
5 years 6 months ago

sarah :) UR CRAZY ME AND CHINNY ARE BETTER

Sarah:)
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5 years 6 months ago

my chinn is itchy

kirra.
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5 years 6 months ago

hahahahha

hello_adriana
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hello_adriana
5 years 6 months ago

lol….

lala
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5 years 6 months ago

BAHHAHAHA why is your chin itchy… do you have fleas

Jakobi
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Jakobi
5 years 6 months ago

haha hello

bananananana!
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5 years 6 months ago

i like chinns.

hello_adriana
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hello_adriana
5 years 6 months ago

i think she does….. RUN AWAY

Sarah:)
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5 years 6 months ago

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

lala
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5 years 6 months ago

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

Anominouos
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Anominouos
5 years 6 months ago

these photos are amazing

Sarah:)
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5 years 6 months ago

serousliy who are you anominouos. :|

georgia
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georgia
5 years 6 months ago

hey there sarah i think i know….

Harry potter
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5 years 6 months ago

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

narr its probs the teacher

smallest blue thing EVA
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smallest blue thing EVA
5 years 6 months ago

hi harry its me…

bananananana!
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5 years 6 months ago

itss so hot.

Harry potter
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5 years 6 months ago

whos me?

Dennis Stewart
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5 years 6 months ago

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

Mr.L
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Mr.L
5 years 5 months ago

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

Mili
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Mili
4 years 11 months ago

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

Indransh
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Indransh
4 years 11 months ago

arghhh…
awesum pics..
just luvd dem,,,,

realnature
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realnature
4 years 10 months ago

really beautiful and amazing shots

Ahmed AG
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4 years 5 months ago

Liked that ! keep up the gr8 worK!

Yesta Desamba @Graphic Design
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4 years 4 months ago

Nice job in gathering this collection of great photos.

HARIKRISHNA
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HARIKRISHNA
4 years 3 months ago

nice collection

komal goswami
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komal goswami
4 years 27 days ago

awesome collection really its breathtaking…………

abhishek
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abhishek
4 years 4 days ago

the best photos ever seen……………………

Kushal Pal
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Kushal Pal
3 years 10 months ago

Breathtaking images…………..how u do it.

anandhan
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3 years 10 months ago

Nice collections!

Suleman
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Suleman
3 years 8 months ago

Amaizing pictures

David Hardwick Photography
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3 years 1 month ago

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

priya kar
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priya kar
3 years 1 month ago

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

Lauren@GreenGlobalTrvl
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3 years 14 days ago

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

Toper's Photos | Kristoper
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3 years 13 days ago

breathtaking indeed! loving it!

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