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.
An old woman leads a cult-like community in the practice of Sufi rituals on a holy mountain in the far reaches of Kazakhstan. Photo-essay by.
wondered what it would feel like to be naked in the big city. So she embarked on a project of self-portraits in some unlikely public places.
"As much as possible, I worked from instinct. Taking photos resembles an improvised game. I feel that the more a photo is spontaneous and unplanned, the more it becomes alive, the more it moves from showing to existing."
A diverse and varied overview of current trends in contemporary photography. This year's six winners and 25 finalists represent work from 20 countries.