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: Many people pilgrimage to Uluru, but what is seen there often depends on where you've come from. Eruption of the Cordon del Caulle. Beluga whales in the arctic having fun. This is a streetcar in New Orleans traveling back towards The Quarter on St. This image captures almost 6 hours of climbing parties on Rainier going for the summit under starry skies. Russia, polar region of West Siberia, Tazovsky Peninsula.
Snow Leopard Kitten On June 16th, 2008, the Binder Park Zoo, in Battle Creek Michigan welcomed the birth of this adorable little furball. These pictures were taken at 15 days of age. She looks like a demanding little girl That's better Total contentment Milk coma Baby Snow Leopard is Born BATTLE CREEK MI, July 2, 2008 –On June 16, 2008 Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, Michigan welcomed a 1 lb, 10 ½ inch baby female snow leopard cub. The new baby, now with her eyes open, is 15 days old, weighs almost 4lbs, and is 19 inches long from the top of her head to the tip of her tail. At birth, the baby cub spent approximately 2 hours with her mother (Lotus age 11), when she was removed for hand rearing by zoo staff. “We feel it’s very important to limit the amount of human contact that the new cub receives to lessen her imprinting on humans,” said Jenny Barnett Director of Wildlife Conservation at Binder Park Zoo. Snow Leopard Facts Binder Park Zoo…Come See Why We’re Different!
47 unearthly lightning strikes [PICs] Lightning photography can capture milliseconds of the most powerful natural phenomena. Just be sure you’re at least 6 miles (or 30 seconds between flash and thunder) from the storm. IN THESE IMAGES, lightning appears close up, often seemingly just a few city blocks away. Don’t let the images fool you though — pro lightning photographers let the lenses do the work, or shoot from relative safety inside vehicles or under cover. As lightning strikes only last for an eyeblink, it’s also necessary to use long shutter times (up to 30 seconds or longer) or devices which can trigger the shutter when lightning is detected. Note then, that most of the images are not single instants in time, but composite images containing several individual lightning strikes over a given period. The odds of actually being struck by lightning in the US over one’s lifetime are surprisingly high: 1 in 10,000. San Tan Mountains, AZ Satellite imagery shows that only a quarter of all lightning actually strikes the ground.
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. Gathered below are 50 images from the three categories of People, Places, and Nature, with captions written by the individual photographers. Use j/k keys or ←/→ to navigate Choose: Nursing Mama: This female brown bear came into the Lake Clark National Park area in late July with her triplet Spring cubs and seemed quite relaxed as she sat nursing two of her cubs. The Matterhorn: Night Clouds #2 -- The Matterhorn, 4478 m, at full moon. Swimming with a Turtle: After observing this turtle, I swam with him for a few minutes. Ventisquero Colgante Falls, Chile. Trapped!
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