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EACH YEAR, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC holds one of the most prestigious photography competitions out there. In 2012, over 22,000 entries were submitted from more than 150 countries. Judging resulted in one grand-prize winner (who “will receive $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2013″), a handful of category and viewers’ choice winners, and several honorable mentions.

Matador is proud to be able to share these 14 images below. All photos copyright National Geographic Photo Contest.

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Hal Amen

Hal Amen is a managing editor at Matador. His personal travel blog is WayWorded.

  • Christina Georgiou

    breathtaking photos!

  • Elaine Hamilton

    Thank you for these amazing photos!

  • Lisa M. Romero

    Beautiful! Number 3 is intriguing.

  • Lisa M. Romero

    Beautiful! Number 3 is intriguing.

  • Anonymous

    awesome , thanks beautiful photos////// james gayoso.

  • Cempaka Sari Qasim

    What a capture! That’s life and living.

  • Cempaka Sari Qasim

    What a capture! That’s life and living.

  • Cempaka Sari Qasim

    What a capture! That’s life and living.

  • Cempaka Sari Qasim

    What a capture! That’s life and living.

  • Alda Agustine

    They are all awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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