Like every year, the famous magazine National Geographic has announced the winners of their 2013 Photo Contest. The awards are selected in the categories of Nature, Places and People. Grand-Prize Winner and “Nature” Winner. Photo and caption by Paul Souders/National Geographic Photo Contest
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Above: A polar bear peers up from beneath the melting sea ice on Hudson Bay as the setting midnight sun glows red from the smoke of distant fires during a record-breaking spell of hot weather. The Manitoba population of polar bears, the southernmost in the world, is particularly threatened by a warming climate and reduced sea ice. Photo location: Hudson Bay, Manitoba, Canada.
“People” Winner. This portrait of two identical twins (Nils and Emil, 15 years old) in Fyn, Denmark, is part of a series of pictures, portraying people who has a strong connection to another person and who often think of themselves as a “we” instead of “me”. Photo location: Fyn, Denmark.
“Places” Winner. Realizing this old town (Laocheng, means old town in Chinese) would soon be transformed into a new town through the speedy economic growth in China and perhaps lose its raw beauty in no tome, I was pleased to capture this working mother carrying her child in her basket walking through the thick mist in a very early foggy morning, 2012. Photo location: Yuanyang, China.
“Honorable Mention”. I cannot describe the eery feeling I had when I walked in on this scene. I followed a massive storm front several 100 kilometers hoping to capture something special but this blew my mind. The surreal milky green water is a natural phenomenon caused by electomagnetic activity from the lightning hitting the waters surface.
“Honorable Mention”. An Indian rhinoceros, far from home and stuck inside with late-winter blues at the Toronto zoo. Photo location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
“Honorable Mention”. On a good day in the field, a birder might see flock of birds. Photo location: Tidal area of the Danube in Hungary.
“Honorable Mention”. I was driving along the beach highway when i noticed the bulls sunbathing on the empty beach. I initially thought i was seeing things,but no it really was sunbathing cows!! I had to park my car a fair distance away and that meant a long walk along the beach in 35 degree heat. It did not matter because i had to get the shot! When i got closer to them i was careful not to spook them so i crawled on my stomach on the hot sand to get a good picture of them.
source National Geographic