Every year National Geographic holds a photography contest for user-submitted photos. This year’s collection turned out to be one of the best with more than 22,000 entries from over 150 countries. With professional photographers and amateur photo enthusiasts across the globe participating, photographs were submitted in three categories: people, places and nature. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to Nat Geo headquarters to participate in the 2013 photography seminar.
The competition was judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts comprised of natural history photographer Christian Ziegler and documentary photographers Gerd Ludwig and Debbie Fleming Caffery. View the winning images and honorable mentions at the link below!