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.