National Geographic’s Photo Contest 2009

National Geographic’s International Photography Contest attracts thousands of entries from photographers of all skill levels around the world every year. The Big Picture selected 25 pictures from the three categories of People, Places and Nature. All shots are absolutely breathtaking!

Aaron Feinberg’s shot is my favourite. “When the wave conditions are right a wave appears, infrequently, as a result of the splash back off the cliff connecting with an incoming wave. This causes the incoming wave to pop up, creating fan-like shapes. On this particular day, over the two hours I spent on the rocks, this wave only appeared once. This is that shot.

I also LOVE Natalja Silver’s photography of this stunning crater. “The Darvaza natural gas crater is located in the center of the Karakum Desert in the central Asian country of Turkmenistan. The crater resulted after a Soviet natural gas exploration accident in the 1950s and has been burning ever since. The crater is approximately 60 meters in diameter and its depth is approximately 20 meters.

A marvellous display of the wonders of our world!

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~ by Jolis Prénoms on December 14, 2009.

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