October 1, 2014
From 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest, one of 32 photos. Empusa pennata, a conehead mantis, in Kahramanmaras, Turkey. (© Mehmet Karaca/National Geographic Photo Contest)

From 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest, one of 32 photos. Empusa pennata, a conehead mantis, in Kahramanmaras, Turkey. (© Mehmet Karaca/National Geographic 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)

November 15, 2013
From National Geographic Photo Contest 2013, one of 39 photos. Fox Glance: During a regular trip through the forest, of which my actual intent was landscapes, I encountered this stunning little Red Fox. The moment came as the light broke through the clouds and trees, he turned with a glance of curiosity and gave me the unusual composition I was after. A scene I’ll never be lucky enough to see again in my life, so was over the moon I’d managed to capture the moment. Location: Thetford Forest, England. (© Sam Morris/National Geographic Photo Contest)

From National Geographic Photo Contest 2013, one of 39 photos. Fox Glance: During a regular trip through the forest, of which my actual intent was landscapes, I encountered this stunning little Red Fox. The moment came as the light broke through the clouds and trees, he turned with a glance of curiosity and gave me the unusual composition I was after. A scene I’ll never be lucky enough to see again in my life, so was over the moon I’d managed to capture the moment. Location: Thetford Forest, England. (© Sam Morris/National Geographic Photo Contest)

June 21, 2013
From Part 2 of the 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, one of 46 photos. Here, from the ‘Sense of Place’ category, a couple paddle out for a sunset surf in the coastal surfing town of Byron Bay, Australia. (© Ming Nomchong/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

From Part 2 of the 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, one of 46 photos. Here, from the ‘Sense of Place’ category, a couple paddle out for a sunset surf in the coastal surfing town of Byron Bay, Australia. (© Ming Nomchong/National Geographic Traveler 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)

September 21, 2012
From National Geographic Photo Contest 2012, one of 50 photos.  Butterfly at sunset: Photographer Toni Guetta submitted this macro shot of a butterfly with the sunset in the background near Hod ha’sharon, Israel. (© Toni Guetta/National Geographic Photo Contest)

From National Geographic Photo Contest 2012, one of 50 photos. Butterfly at sunset: Photographer Toni Guetta submitted this macro shot of a butterfly with the sunset in the background near Hod ha’sharon, Israel. (© Toni Guetta/National Geographic Photo Contest)

August 15, 2012
From Winners of the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012, one of 11 photos. A Japanese maple, by Fred An, one of seven Merit winners. “This is the great Japanese maple tree in the Portland Japanese Gardens. I tried to bring a different perspective of this frequently photographed tree.” (© Fred An/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

From Winners of the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012, one of 11 photos. A Japanese maple, by Fred An, one of seven Merit winners. “This is the great Japanese maple tree in the Portland Japanese Gardens. I tried to bring a different perspective of this frequently photographed tree.” (© Fred An/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

July 18, 2012
From National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012, one of 40 photos. Lava Kiss: My husband and I, along with a tour guide and a group of friends, hiked up to what was formerly the Royal Gardens subdivision above Kalapana, Hawaii, where the last standing house was just recently taken over by the active lava flow. While waiting for the rain to pass, we started taking back-lit portraits of each other in front of the lava flow after I set up my camera on the tripod. For the last photo, my husband spontaneously dipped me in a kiss. It was a truly once-in-a-lifetime moment! (© Dallas Nagata White/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)

From National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012, one of 40 photos. Lava Kiss: My husband and I, along with a tour guide and a group of friends, hiked up to what was formerly the Royal Gardens subdivision above Kalapana, Hawaii, where the last standing house was just recently taken over by the active lava flow. While waiting for the rain to pass, we started taking back-lit portraits of each other in front of the lava flow after I set up my camera on the tripod. For the last photo, my husband spontaneously dipped me in a kiss. It was a truly once-in-a-lifetime moment! (© Dallas Nagata White/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)