April 25, 2014
From 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, one of 30 photos. Mirror Wave. The Wave at the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument (Arizona/Utah), after a heavy thunderstorm with a small pond granting a perfect mirror for the reflection of the hiker. A calm and solemn place at a perfect day. (© Nicholas Roemmelt/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

From 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, one of 30 photos. Mirror Wave. The Wave at the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument (Arizona/Utah), after a heavy thunderstorm with a small pond granting a perfect mirror for the reflection of the hiker. A calm and solemn place at a perfect day. (© Nicholas Roemmelt/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

November 27, 2013
From National Geographic Photo Contest 2013, Part II, one of 34 photos. Light From Heaven: Taken around Mount Bromo, East Java, Indonesia in the morning. (© Pimpin Nagawan/National Geographic Photo Contest)

From National Geographic Photo Contest 2013, Part II, one of 34 photos. Light From Heaven: Taken around Mount Bromo, East Java, Indonesia in the morning. (© Pimpin Nagawan/National Geographic Photo Contest)

May 17, 2013
From 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, one of 42 photos. A fennec fox walks against the wind in Morocco. The fennec, or desert fox, is a small nocturnal fox found in the Sahara Desert in North Africa. (© Francisco Mingorance/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

From 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, one of 42 photos. A fennec fox walks against the wind in Morocco. The fennec, or desert fox, is a small nocturnal fox found in the Sahara Desert in North Africa. (© Francisco Mingorance/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

January 7, 2013
From Winners of the National Geographic Photo Contest 2012, one of 14 photos.  Grand-Prize Winner: The Explosion! 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 behavioral 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 favorably on me that day! (© Ashley Vincent/National Geographic Photo Contest)

From Winners of the National Geographic Photo Contest 2012, one of 14 photos. Grand-Prize Winner: The Explosion! 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 behavioral 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 favorably on me that day! (© Ashley Vincent/National Geographic Photo Contest)

November 28, 2012
From National Geographic Photo Contest 2012, Part II, one of 50 photos. Nursing Mama: This female brown bear came into the Lake Clark National Park area in late July with her triplet Spring cubs and seemed quiet relaxed as she sat nursing two of her cubs. (© Ruth Steck/National Geographic Photo Contest)

From National Geographic Photo Contest 2012, Part II, one of 50 photos. Nursing Mama: This female brown bear came into the Lake Clark National Park area in late July with her triplet Spring cubs and seemed quiet relaxed as she sat nursing two of her cubs. (© Ruth Steck/National Geographic Photo Contest)

March 1, 2012
From Smithsonian Magazine’s Annual Photo Contest, one of 25 finalists. Here, three fishermen on Inle Lake by David Lazar from Brisbane, Australia, entered in the Travel category. Photographed January 2011, Inle Lake, Myanmar. (© Smithsonian.com)

From Smithsonian Magazine’s Annual Photo Contest, one of 25 finalists. Here, three fishermen on Inle Lake by David Lazar from Brisbane, Australia, entered in the Travel category. Photographed January 2011, Inle Lake, Myanmar. (© Smithsonian.com)