As the deadline for entries of the 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest draws closer, The Atlantic magazine has taken a look at some of the best entries so far.
If you plan on submitting your work to this year’s competition, make sure you send it by 31 October, 2014. The winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters to participate in its annual photography seminar. You can enter here.
Christian Schlamann – “A great moment with a whale shark at the Silver Banks, North of the Dominican Republic. Very special because it’s not common to meet a whale shark there. This place is well known for Humpback Whales.”
Amanda Nand – “A smoke column billows above the forest fire in Banff National Park, one of Canada’s most beautiful places. Many people were devastated when it went up in flames. Although it’s quite sad, this fire was actually very beneficial to the land, as there hadn’t been a blaze in this area for over 300 years. What people fail to realize is that some wildfires are part of the natural process of forests. In a year or so, proof of that in the form of fire weed and new plant growth will blanket the forest floor where the fire once raged. Knowing that, it made this fire even more beautiful to me.”
Cael Cook – “This humpback whale breached several times perhaps in hopes of communicating the oncoming threat of transient Killer Whales who have been known to kill humpback calfs and were later spotted traveling towards this particular humpback and her calf (not in view). Tolmie Chanel, Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada.”
Marc Henauer – “Off the coast of Guadalupe Island, Mexico, great white sharks gather to feed on sea lions. It is an ideal place to observe these majestic animals in their natural state. Far from what is seen in Hollywood movies, the great white shark remains fearful of man and is not easily approached.”
Kristjan Madalvee – “Lightning in Vergi Port, Estonia.”
Eduardo Lopez Negrete – “While on a trip to unhook live sharks from fishermen’s longlines, we were lucky enough to run into a massive school of mobula rays. The rays were moving quite fast and it was hard enough keeping up with them from the surface, let alone dive down to take a closer look. This photo was taken freediving to a depth of about 60 ft. in Bahia Magdalena, Baja California Sur, Mexico.”
Erez Marom – “Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to shoot the Holuhraun volcanic eruption in Iceland. After several days waiting for good flying weather, I got my OK and went on the helicopter. I was incredibly lucky to have both a spectacular pink sunset and a new, red-hot lava formation in the foreground. I must have driven the helicopter pilot crazy going over this segment again and again, but in the end, I got what I wanted!”
Rick Loesche – “Eating a crab on Sanibel Island, Florida.”
Nathan Stone – “This picture was taken in South Africa. We went on a safari and this lion got stuck in a tree while watching his family walk off in the distance.”
Rupert Preifller – “Madagascans with their boats, trying to trade some goods with the people on a cruise ship. Jeans, sweets, t-shirts are wanted, in exchange for crabs, fresh fruits and fish. They stayed the whole day, shouting and waving up to the people on the ship.”
Luc Bonduelle – “One evening, driving our car on the E17, we came out of a tunnel near Antwerp, Belgium, and were suddenly confronted with this… sky? As I was the passenger, I managed to take a few pictures trough the front window. We felt like driving under an upside see of waves. It had a beautiful dampened light and the world suddenly looked very different. A sense of unknown danger was also present. We had no rain or storm and made it safely home. Other parts of the country that evening were not that lucky.”
Ben Leshchinsky – “This disorienting photo was taken from a cliff overlooking Lake Louise in Banff national park. The two people are enjoying a canoe ride on Lake Louise’s turquoise waters. Even boulders the size of large cars seem like pebbles from a high vantage point.”
Yosuke Kashiwakura – “Climber, Chamonix, France.”