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.
Given the wide open theme of "evidence," these six award-winning photographers produced fascinating, varied work—see our editors' picks here.
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.
Spectacular, mysterious, elegant, or grotesque, vertebrate skeletons are objects of art, while they carry within them the traces of several billion years of evolution. Patrick Gries captures the awe and beauty of nature in his photographs of more than 250 of the smallest to the largest vertebrate.