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.
The two winning photographers will be featured in a traveling exhibition, and will get support to publish their first monographs.
Nine top winners and 27 finalists from 15 countries won awards in the 2012See examples of each, here, along with direct links to each winner's website.
Finalist, LensCulture Earth Awards:
Despite aggressive poaching for their beautiful plumage, Hungarian Egrets have made a comeback—stunning images of these graceful birds in their protected habitat celebrate the beauty of our natural world.
Within a cold, vast emptiness—there is something so beautiful. An awe-inspiring series of photographs from across the Finnish Lapland.