In November 2013, National Geographic magazine invited photographers from around the world to submit photos in three categories: People, Places and Nature. They received more than 7,000 entries from over 150 countries, with amateur and professional photographers across the globe participating. You can view the winning images in a full-screen slideshow here in LensCulture.
Learn more about the contest, and even download the winning images as "wallpapers" or "puzzles" for your computer screens at the National Geographic website. The three top winners will be published in the print version of National Geographic.
Norwegian photographer Marius Schultz celebrates the beauty, mystery and wonder of life in this poetic series of photographs.
Dogs and people cavort like dancers in the dark when photographer
This scholarly book and exhibition demonstrate how a "photograph assumes its full meaning only after it has been reproduced and displaced."
In addition to the six top winners, 25 remarkable international photographers have garnered special praise by the jury this year.