Grand Prize Winner, and also Winner - Nature

Busaba, an Indochinese Tigress who lives at Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Thailand, by Ashley Vincent

Winner – Places

The Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland, by Nenad Saljic

Winner – People

Workers in Kenya’s Dandora Municipal Dump Site, the only dumping location for waste in Nairobi, East Africa’s most populous city, by Micah Albert

Honorable Mention – Nature

Thousands of fish moving in synchrony in Komodo, Indonesia, by Fransisca Harlijanto

Viewers' Choice Places Winner

An iceberg frozen in place in Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada, by Adam Coish

Honorable Mention – People

The traditional Chinese entertainment Dragon boating is a water sport, in Yanbu Town, Foshan City, Guangdong Province,P.R.CHINA, by 关 嘉城

Viewers Choice Nature Winner

Female cheetah Malaika and her cub in Masai mara National Reserve, Kenya, by Sanjeev Bhor

Honorable Mention – Places

The Eiffel tower in Paris on a gray day, by Indra Swari Wonowidjojo

Honorable Mention – Nature

A red fox goes after a mouse hidden under 2 feet of snow in Squaw Creek, Park Country, Wyoming, by Micheal Eastman.

Viewers' Choice People Winner

Explorers follow a race route over 100km of the Hardangervidda Mountainplateu, Norway to cross Greenland, by Kai-Otto Melau.

Honorable Mention – Nature

Glacial ice washes ashore off the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier on Iceland’s eastern coast, by Eric Guth.

Honorable Mention – Nature

A wild, Alaskan, brown bear taken with a motion control trigger in Bear Creek, Lake Aleknagik, Alaska by Jason Ching.

Honorable Mention – People

Yayasan Galuh Rehabilitation Center is a mental health facility in Bekasi, Indonesia that hosts over 250 patients, over one third of whom are shackled in chains, by Wendell Phillips.

Honorable Mention – People

Stilt fishing in Midigama, Sri Lanka, by Ulrich Lambert.


See National Geographic's Photo Of The Year Winners

The best from Nat Geo’s photo competition.

Given the effort, skill, and magic involved in taking a truly outstanding photo, it’s always interesting to see what esteemed photographic institutions deem the best images. This week, National Geographic announced the winners of its Photos of the Year contest for 2012.

National Geographic received 22,000 entries from over 150 countries, from both pros and amateur Instagrammers around the world. The competition was judged on creativity and visual quality in three categories (people, places, and nature) by a panel of experts. The Grand Prize Winner, Ashley Vincent’s image of Busaba the tiger, will receive $10,000.

Watch a video about the photo contest below, and look through the winners and some runners-up in the slide show above.

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