National Geographic must have had a difficult decision on their hands as their 2012 Photography Contest saw 22,000 entries to the competition from over 150 countries, with all levels of photographic experience applying. But finally the winners have been named.
The three categories of the competition were: People, Places, and Nature, which awarded a winner for each category. In addition, there was a Grand Prize winner and a collection of Viewer’s Choice Winners.
Grand Prize Winner Nature Winner
Photo and caption by Ashely Vincent via National Geographic
The subject’s name is Busaba, a well cared for Indochinese Tigress whose home is at Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Thailand. I had taken many portraits of Busaba previously and it was becoming more and more difficult to come up with an image that appeared any different to the others. Which is why I took to observing her more carefully during my visits in the hope of capturing something of a behavioural shot. The opportunity finally presented itself while watching Busaba enjoying her private pool then shaking herself dry. In all humility I have to say that Mother Nature smiled favourably on me that day! – Ashley Vincent
Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Chonburi, Thailand
Honorable Mention – Nature
Photo and caption by Michael Eastman
With his exceptional hearing a red fox has targeted a mouse hidden under 2 feet of crusted snow. Springing high in the air he breaks through the crusted spring snow with his nose and his body is completely vertical as he grabs the mouse under the snow. – Michael Eastman
Squaw Creek, Park Country, Wyoming
Viewers’ Choice Nature Winner
Photo and caption by Sanjeev Bhor
Everyday in mara starts with something new and different and day ends with memorable experiences with spectacular photographs . I was very lucky of sighting and photographing Malaika the name of female Cheetah and her cub . she is well known for its habit to jump on vehicles. She learned that from her mother Kike, and Kike from her mother Amber.Like her mother she is teaching lessons to her cub . Teaching lessons means addition of another moment for tourist . This is one of the tender moment between Malaika and her cub . I was very lucky to capture that moment. – Sanjeev Bhor
Masai mara National Reserve , Kenya
Photo and caption by Micah Albert
Kenya’s Dandora Municipal Dump Site is the only dumping location for waste in Nairobi, East Africa’s most populous city. Located just 8 km from the central business district, the 30-acre Dandora site literally spills into the households of nearly 1 million people living in nearby slums. Behind the statistics of children with respiratory ailments, toxic blood lead levels, skin disorders, and fatal diseases directly attributed to the waste are stories of communities that have grown to depend on the dump–from street children who live off the money they make selling food and other items they find in its piles to residents who are paid pennies a day by private cartels to sort and recycle waste. The country’s leadership has long shown alarming indifference to Dandora – ignoring environmental laws, UN-commissioned health studies, and calls for closure from human rights groups. – Micah Albert
Honorable Mention – People
Photo and caption by Ulrich Lambert
Stilt fishing is a typical fishing technique only seen in Sri Lanka. The fishermen sit on a cross bar called a petta tied to a vertical pole planted into the coral reef. This long exposure shot shows how unstable their position is.
Midigama, Sri Lanka
Photo and caption by Nenad Saljic
The Matterhorn 4478 m at full moon.