National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 National Geographic is currently holding its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 30. For the past nine weeks, the society has been gathering and presenting galleries of submissions, encouraging readers to vote for them as well. National Geographic was kind enough to let me choose among its entries from 2011 for display here on In Focus. Gathered below are 45 images from the three categories of People, Places, and Nature, with captions written by the individual photographers. [45 photos] Use j/k keys or ←/→ to navigate Choose: Animal Architects: Bowerbirds Design & Build Showy, Colorful Homes to Attract Mates Turkeys strut, peacocks preen, and bowerbirds design. Of all the strange things that male birds do to attract a mate, the bowerbird's ritual is the only one that could make it into the MoMA. They use two distinct types of "architecture" and have a keen eye for color as well.
National Geographic Photo Contest 2012, Part II The deadline to enter this year's National Geographic photo contest is coming up -- this Friday, November 30. Back in September, the society started gathering and presenting galleries of submissions, encouraging readers to vote for them as well. Winners will be chosen on or around December 15, 2012. National Geographic was once more kind enough to let me choose some of its entries for 2012 to feature here on In Focus. What People Are Pinning on Pinterest [STATS] Home, Arts and Crafts, and Style/Fashion are the most popular categories on Pinterest, a third-party study released Monday indicates. According to business intelligence firm RJ Metrics, 17.2% of all pinboards are categorized under Home, followed by Arts and Crafts (12.4%), Style/Fashion (11.7%), Food (10.5%) and Inspiration/Education (9.0%). Of those, food is the fastest-growing category. It's also the category that gets the most repins, generating on average more than 50% repins than the second most reshared category, Style and Fashion. The results were drawn across a sample of approximately 1 million pins across 9,200 different users. The study also identified the most popular board names on Pinterest.
12 Rarest Species: I Bet You Never Met Before The Bumblebee Bat – the incredible bumblebee bat is one of the smallest mammal in the world, weighing about the weight of a penny. It is listed in the top 12 most endangered list. The crazy looking Valais Blacknose Sheep from Switzerland. The Glass Frogs are frogs of the amphibian family Centrolenidae.
Sharpest Views of the Cosmos Ever A close-up of the central region of the Orion nebula, taken with the Schulman Telescope at the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter. Credit: Adam Block/UA SkyCenter) Astronomers have built a new astro-camera that, when fitted onto the largest observatories on Earth, can snap photos of the universe twice as sharp as the famed Hubble Space Telescope. Broken CDs Transformed Into Iridescent Animal Sculptures With most of our music now in a digital format, neatly contained on our mobile phones and iPods, many of us have no doubt got lots of old CDs stacked up in garages, waiting to become miniature frisbees or coffee coasters or museum relics from a bygone era. But rather than letting them lie there in their boxes, unloved and gathering dust, why not put them to good use by smashing them up and turning them into attractive animal sculptures? Artist Sean Avery has done exactly that and created a series of sculptures—from bears to peregrine falcons and even the Loch Ness monster—using the reflective splinters of what was once, possibly, a cherished music collection. It’s not the first time we’ve seen artworks created from dead (well, dead-ish) media.
This Sea Lion Ended Up Lost In The Forest. Its Life Was About To Change Forever Somehow, a poor sea lion wound up lost and far away from the sea. Its chances of survival were up in the air. Elena from Kavalerovo, Russia tell the story of her parents’ dramatic rescue of this precious creature. Share the wonderful rescue of another innocent creature with your friends. Source: English Russia