National Geographic Photography Contest 2009
The National Geographic Photography Contest 2009 voting is going on right now!
I have compiled a showcase of some of my favourites from this year’s competition, but be sure to check out the site and vote for your favourites!
The contest is broken down into three categories: People, Places and Nature. Click Here to head over to National Geographic to vote now! Voting ends Dec. 4th.
And if you liked these stunning photos be sure to check out our first National Geographic Photography showcase: 31 National Geographic Photos
Masjid Selat Melaka is a new landmark in Melaka on the man-made island of Pulau Melaka near Malacca town. Masjid Selat Melaka is built along the coastline of Straits of Malacca, at the water level of the sea. So, in the evening at high tide, Masjid Selat Melaka looks like a floating mosque. This shot was taken on the day of Eid ul-Fitr, often abbreviated to Eid, that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
Nazroo, a mahout (elephant driver), poses for a portrait while taking his elephant, Rajan, out for a swim in front of Radha Nagar Beach in Havelock, Andaman Islands. Rajan is one of the few elephants in Havelock that can swim, so when he is not dragging timber in the forest he is used as a tourist attraction. The relationship between the mahout and his elephant usually lasts for their entire lives, creating an extremely strong tie between the animal and the human being.
After a rarely seen spyhopping of a dwarf minke whale the whale slowly descended in my direction and we came close to a 1.5m distance. The shot happened early in the morning around 7 a.m. and it was a rough surface and it was not easy to control my own movement. ISO 200 1/400 f7.1 13mm Tokina fisheye 10-17mm lens Nikon D200 aquatic housing.
Taken at 1:22 a.m. on March 11, 2008. My wife and I arrived at the 528 Causeway in Cape Canaveral with our Sony 100a DSLR. With a low, solid, overcast of clouds covering the launch site, they launched. I pushed the shutter and started a 15 second time-lapse exposure! Disaster!!! I ripped the camera off of the tripod, spun the program wheel to anything else and started to squeeze the shutter. I was only able to take two photos as the shuttle Endeavour lifted into the overcast. This is the second one.
This magnificent spectacle stands in solitude outside of Gerlach, Nevada, quietly marking the passing of time. Layer upon layer building skyward, this leaking geothermal well spews a steady stream of scalding, mineral-laden water.
Wild winds and a big tide combine to whip up large waves that thrash against the sea wall. Briefly the sun backlights the tower through sodden air. A hesitant photographer is drawn closer to the fury to chance more than just his camera.