When it comes to nature photography, National Geographic is certainly a trend setter and it has massively contributed to the developments in the field by constantly forcing photographers to raise higher bars. And it has done so for the past 123 years and we should indeed cherish its legacy.

Nonetheless, before the advent of the internet the only way you could’ve seen its photographs was in its pages. Of course, the space was limited and thousands of good photos never made it into the magazine. And that’s indeed a pity. However, during the past years, National Geographic has given the chance to both professional and amateur photographers to publish their photos online.  After carefully reviewing all of them, the NGs staff decides to publish only one of them in its section called Photo of the Day. Although there is no prize whatsoever this is regarded as a recognition of one’s photography skills.  Nevertheless, the annual Photo Contest fully compensates this by offering $10,000 to one lucky winner.

Below you’ll have the chance to see probably this year’s best 25 photos that can be found in both Photo of the Day and Photo Contest. Therefore, enjoy, be inspired and if you will like this article, then please share it with your friends or community. Many thanks!

 

Lucky Bay

Mandy Wilson

 

Neon River Valley

David Koester
Fjallabak, Iceland

 

Multiples

Mohammed Yousef
Kenya

 

 Zen Fox

Roeselien Raimond
The Netherlands

 

 Le Kiss

Tim Perceval
Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

 

David and Goliath

Octavio Aburto
Cabo Pulmo, Baja California Sur, Mexico

 

colorful mansion

Tokyo, Japan

 

Painted Hills

Fred An

 

Sanddune

Greg Kiss
Namib Desert, Namibia

 

Holding hands in the rain

Steve Webb
Florence, Italy

 

There’s always one…

Yashani Shantha
Pinnawala, Sri Lanka

 

Nature’s Arch

Victor Liu
Vermilion lakes, Banff, AB, Canada

 

Libyan Rebel at the Old Shipyard of benghazi

Mohannad khatib
Benghazi Old Shipyard – Libya

 

 

Floating Lanterns, Thailand

Patrice Carlton, My Shot
Lanna Meditation Center in Chiang Mai

 

Mangroves, Central America

Brian Skerry

 

Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland

Orsolya and Erlend Haarberg

 

Ipanema, Brazil

Giovani Cordiolo

 

 

Mutnovsky Volcano, Kamchatka

Carsten Peter

 

Ladybugs, Serbia

Marko Zamurovic

 

Mushroom, Oregon

Robin Loznak

 

 

Claustral Canyon, Australia

Carsten Peter

 

Mantis and Flower

Fabien Bravin

 

 

Fraser Island, Australia

Peter Essick

 

Cricket Game, India

Danny Pemberton

 

Sources: National Geographic Photo of the Day and Photo Contest