The Northern Norwegian fishing and whaling communities are being challenged by the young people leaving these small islands for a different life. The traditions and cultures are being lost as the youth migrate to the mainland and never return.
— Marcus Bleasdale
By examining the nuances of "natural" versus "unnatural" landscapes in the American West, these photographs allude to the endless cycles of reconstruction & destruction—and the role that humans play in nature's rhythms.
See full-screen slideshows of the top winners selected by National Geographic this year in all categories of their international contest: Nature, People and Places.
LensCulture sponsored a contest in the Flickr community, with the open-ended theme of "in between". Our editors chose 35 of the best entries.