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



Mohammed Yousef


 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



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