The 25th edition of the National Geographic photo contest  has begun. Entrants can now submit their photos until 30 of June  in any or all of the four categories, all related to travel: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments.  You can also vote your favorite photos. Director of the magazine Keith Bellows says “The pictures increasingly reflect a more sophisticated way of seeing and interpreting the world, making the judging process more difficult”.

Prizes of this photo contest are pretty cool:

First Prize: A 10-day Galápagos National Geographic Expedition for two

Second Prize: A 7-day National Geographic Photography Workshop

Third Prize: A 6-day cruise on a Maine windjammer schooner for two

7 Merit Prizes: $200 gift certificates to B&H Photo and a matted and framed print of your entry

See below the winners of the National Geographic photo contest 2012 edition.  11 photos chosen from among the 12,000 images of 6,615 photographers from 152 countries in the competition, all stunning photos showing different places in the world. From the yurt of the nomads of Kyrgyzstan with “Butterfly “by Cedric Houin, children playing with balloons in the mist of the Vietnamese province of Ha Giang with “My Balloon” by Vo Anh Kiet, and the procession of devotees of the Easter celebration of Trapani with “Devotees “ by Andrea Guarneri.

National Geographic recently opened a new photography blog, PROOF (read the article)

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First Place Winner 2012 : “Butterfly”

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“Butterly” by Cedric Houin

 

Second Place Winner 2012 : My Balloon

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“My Baloon” by Vo Anh Kiet

 

Third Place Winner 2012: Devotees

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“Devotes” by Andrea Guarneri

 

Merit Winner 2012: Looking into Another World

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Looking into another world by Fred An

Merit Winner 2012: Lost in Time – An Ancient Forest

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Lost in Time – An ancient forest by Ken Thorne

Merit Winner 2012: Underwater Surf

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Underwater surf by Lucia Griggi

Merit Winner: Bagan Bliss

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Bagan bliss by Peter DeMarco

Merit Winner: Old Men with Djellaba

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Old men with djellaba by SauKhiang Chau

 

Merit Winner 2012: Swimming in the Rain

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Swimming in the rain by Camila Massu

 

Merit Winner 2012: The Village of Gásadalur

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The village of Gásadalur by Ken Bower

 

Viewers’ Choice Winner: Huset

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Huset by Michelle Schantz

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