It’s that time of year again – the National Geographic Photo Contest are now accepting entries for this year’s competition, and the prizes are off the hook.
Last year there were over 9,200 entries submitted from over 150 countries and saw the winner Brian Ye, with his stunning photo from Hong Kong, take home $10,000, a trip to National Geographic HQ, and the title of overall Grand Prize winner for 2014.
Like previous years, the categories for submitted photos are People, Places and Nature, with the winner of each category awarded a prize. Submitted images have started filtering through the National Geographic website, and they’re already amazing. Check out some of the early entries below.
A floating whale captured by Gaby Barathieu during a close encounter.
An electric volcanic eruption of the Calbuco Volcano in Santiago, Chile from Francisco Negroni.
Quỳnh Anh Nguyen has captured people crossing the terrace rice paddies in the Yen Bai province in northern Vietnam.
A peaceful time in Ben Youssef in Marrakesh, taken by Takashi Nakagawa.
Alex Coppel has captured Australian athlete and paralympian Ahmed Kelly training in Melbourne.
A young Daasanach fisherman guts and cleans a fish near the border of Ethiopia and Kenya, submitted by Christena Dowsett.
Dust off that lens and get snapping – your picture could be the winner.