10 gorgeous entries from the 2015 NatGeo Photo Contest

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10 gorgeous entries from the 2015 NatGeo Photo Contest

Mystical light in magical Machu Picchu

After a hard and demanding 5 day trek to this wonder, we rested our weary legs while patiently waiting for the clouds to part and the sun's rays to hit the sweet spot in the the centre of the ceremonial palace in the complex and we were not disappointed, we were greeted with some magical light. Just Divine. Location: Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru

(Photo and caption by Kannan V./2015 National Geographic Photo Contest)

Innocence of a Queen

Beautiful lioness captured during a heli flight over the Okavango Delta, Botswana. We were quite lucky to find this lioness by helicopter walking in this beautiful green grass of the delta. She was then looking at me and there’s nothing in Africa so intense as a lion looking right at you. Believe me, zoo lions can’t do this.

(Photo and caption by Chris Schmid/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest)

Entering the Void

A climber rappels into a crevasse while exploring the Hayden Glacier on Middle Sister in the Oregon Cascades. Entering these deep dark spaces makes a person consider the immense size, age, and power of these living rivers of ice. The Hayden glacier was far more broken up then normal for this time of year and crevasses like this one were abundant. Taken on a Canon 7d with a Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 lens. June, 2015. Location: Sisters, Oregon, United States

(Photo and caption by D. Briggs/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest)

Buffalo Race

Traditional buffalo racing in west Bali. Hundreds of pairs of buffaloes are teamed up together with their jockeys riding the traditional wooden ploughs that are slightly modified for the competition.

(Photo and caption by Bram Paulussen/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest)

Toss

Fishermen finished fishing and came back to a port. A man was throwing fish straight up. He had extremely precise skill to toss. It was so powerful and beautiful scene. Location:       Essaouira, Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, Morocco

(Photo and caption by Hideki Mizuta/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest)

Evening streeeetch

This was one of the most curious interactive squirrels I have ever come across. We sat down to enjoy the view and have a snooze and we were interrupted by this little guy scurrying over our camera bags. He was trying to reach for a friends camera that was also taking pictures just out of my frame.

(Photo and caption by Ian Duncan/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest)

Crazy Journey

Bangladeshis sleep on the roof of a moving train as they rush home to their respective villages to be with their families, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Location: Mymensingh, Dhaka, Bangladesh

(Photo and caption by A.M. Ahad/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest)

Matterhorn – Switzerland's alpine emblem

The famous Matterhorn (14,692-foot /4,478-meter) is an iconic emblem of Switzerland and Alps , but also the most-photographed mountain in the world. I want to add an element in the image that convey the eye to the pyramid shaped mountain. The best time to photograph the Matterhorn is during the sunrise when the top become red. Location:       Zermatt, Valais, Switzerland

(Photo and caption by Alessandra Meniconzi/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest)

Rapa das Bestas

Rapa das Bestas is the name of an operation that involves cutting the manes of the wild horses who live free at the mountains in a semi-feral state and that are performed in the curros (enclosed which retain the horses) held in various locations in Galicia,Spain.The best known is the Rapa das Bestas of Sabucedo, in the city hall of A Estrada, which lasts three days: the First Saturday, Sunday and Monday in July. Location: Sabucedo, Galicia, Spain

(Photo and caption by Javier Arcenillas/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest)

The Blue Universe

I took this picture at Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan last year. The flowers are baby blue eyes and the whole number of them in the park are 4.5 millions. The best season is usually from the end of April to the first week of May. I am going to the blue universe again this year to photograph. It'll be worth just visiting the world. Camera shutter or your eye's shutter. You would be happy in this world. Location: Mawatari, Ibaraki, Japan

(Photo and caption by Hiroki Kondo/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest)

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The latest round of submissions to the 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest transport us to another place, connect with us emotionally, and stir us to action.

The contest, hosted by National Geographic, invites professional and amateur photographers from around the world to submit photos into three categories: people, places and nature. The rules are simple -- the images must be taken within the past two years and may not be edited besides minor color correction and cropping.

"National Geographic uses photography to inspire, illuminate and teach our readers about our world and beyond," said Sarah Leen, National Geographic magazine's director of photography. "The National Geographic Photo Contest is an exciting opportunity for our photo community to participate in documenting the Earth, its creatures and its people. We look forward to seeing photographs that are passionate, skillful, surprising and beautiful. I'm very excited about seeing the entries we receive this year."

The grand-prize-winning image will be published in National Geographic magazine, and the winning photographer will receive $10,000 (USD) and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2016.

Submissions to the contest will be accepted until Nov. 16 and an overall grand-prize winner will be chosen in December 2015.

To enter, visit http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/contest-2015/.

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