2010 National Geographic Photography Contest Galleries
Nature Gallery—Week 3
View the winning shots in the People, Places, and Nature categories. Plus, browse weekly galleries.
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- People Gallery—Finalists
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Rhinoceros at water-hole
Photo and caption by Andreas Symietz
In the darkness of night two rhinoceros approached the water-hole, a mother and her calf. I was amazed how these giant colossi seemed to silently hover from the bush to the edge of the water without shattering one single stone. Unlike most other animals they moved gently over the rocks without a sound. My camera shutter made more noise than these two giants and they curiously looked up. After a few minutes they disappeared as silently as they had come into the darkness.
Moths to Light
Photo and caption by Steve Irvine
Moths attracted to a light in front of my home.
Photo and caption by Olegas Kurasovas
Autumn colors are a beautiful subject to shoot. This place has a special aura all year long, but at autumn it reveals its best.
I used a tripod standing in cold water. There were a few moments when I could have slipped in the water from slick rocks, but glad it didn't happen.
Whales in Antarctica
Photo and caption by marina vernicos
Whales emerge to the surface at aproximatly every 15 minutes, at random locations. The chances of pointing the lense at the right direction at the right time are quite slim.
There's Nobody Else Here, You Must Be Talking To Me
Photo and caption by Hudson Handel
Surprising a duck at sunset.
Photo and caption by Sarah Pool
In awe of the highest mountain peak in the Alps, Mont Blanc. Today the mighty lady wore a snug nebulous chapeau.
Photo and caption by Lee Zhong Kern Billene
This photo was taken at Lang Bay, Pulau Dayang, Malaysia on 18th September 2010. It was my first time diving at that site and I was intrigued by this bright yellow anemone, swaying gracefully with the current.
Just when I was busy snapping away at the adult clownfish guarding their home, a little head poked out of nowhere. I simply had to preserve the wonderous sight in film.
Icelandic road between sun and clouds
Photo and caption by Cyril Damond
Photo shot in the middle of an Icelandic road.
Not so far from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, southern part of the island.
Llama in the Andes
Photo and caption by John Palmer Gregg
A Llama stands at the crest of a hill as the sun sets behind it at Chavín de Huántar, Peru.
Crocodile in the Everglades
Photo and caption by Gertrud Muster
We went on a tour of the everglades in August and saw some amazing sites, including this crocodile in the Water.
Photo and caption by paul Cowell
This was taken during the annual sardine migration 2010. just off the Mboyti coast in South Africa. Taken in June 2010.
Reindeer through green
Photo and caption by cesare naldi
The head of this reindeer suddenly appeared through thick green stuff while I was walking around the small town of Skarsvag near North Kapp in Norway.
Photo and caption by Anne-Marie Bernier
This dragonfly suddenly curled its abdomen while I was watching it through the lens, giving it a unique appearance.
Up a Tree
Photo and caption by Douglas Croft
While mom fished for salmon at the falls this yearling cub got a bit nervous with all of the large boars in the area and climbed to safety in a tree. Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park, Alaska is one of the really amazing places on the planet.
Photo and caption by David Ligeiro
Orix in the Sossusvlei red desert.