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See National Geographic's Photo Of The Year Winners

The best from Nat Geo’s photo competition.

  • <p>Busaba, an Indochinese Tigress who lives at Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Thailand, by Ashley Vincent</p>
  • <p>The Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland, by Nenad Saljic</p>
  • <p>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</p>
  • <p>Thousands of fish moving in synchrony in Komodo, Indonesia, by Fransisca Harlijanto</p>
  • <p>An iceberg frozen in place in Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada, by Adam Coish</p>
  • <p>The traditional Chinese entertainment Dragon boating is a water sport, in Yanbu Town, Foshan City, Guangdong Province,P.R.CHINA, by 关 嘉城</p>
  • <p>Female cheetah Malaika and her cub in Masai mara National Reserve, Kenya, by Sanjeev Bhor</p>
  • <p>The Eiffel tower in Paris on a gray day, by Indra Swari Wonowidjojo</p>
  • <p>A red fox goes after a mouse hidden under 2 feet of snow in Squaw Creek, Park Country, Wyoming, by Micheal Eastman.</p>
  • <p>Explorers follow a race route over 100km of the Hardangervidda Mountainplateu, Norway to cross Greenland, by Kai-Otto Melau.</p>
  • <p>Glacial ice washes ashore off the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier on Iceland’s eastern coast, by Eric Guth.</p>
  • <p>A wild, Alaskan, brown bear taken with a motion control trigger in Bear Creek, Lake Aleknagik, Alaska by Jason Ching.</p>
  • <p>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.</p>
  • <p>Stilt fishing in Midigama, Sri Lanka, by Ulrich Lambert.</p>
  • 01 /14 | Grand Prize Winner, and also Winner - Nature

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

  • 02 /14 | Winner – Places

    The Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland, by Nenad Saljic

  • 03 /14 | 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

  • 04 /14 | Honorable Mention – Nature

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

  • 05 /14 | Viewers' Choice Places Winner

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

  • 06 /14 | 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

  • 07 /14 | Viewers Choice Nature Winner

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

  • 08 /14 | Honorable Mention – Places

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

  • 09 /14 | 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.

  • 10 /14 | Viewers' Choice People Winner

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

  • 11 /14 | Honorable Mention – Nature

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

  • 12 /14 | Honorable Mention – Nature

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

  • 13 /14 | 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.

  • 14 /14 | Honorable Mention – People

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

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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