Mal ist es die Perspektive, mal das Motiv. In einigen Fällen auch die Landschaft. Aber eins, haben die folgenden Bilder gemeinsam: Sie sind absolut genial und einfach nur fantastisch anzusehen. Ich bin vollkommen begeistert und könnte mir diese Auswahl immer und immer wieder anschauen.

Die nun folgenden Fotos stammen allesamt vom diesjährigen National Geographic Photo Contest, der aktuell in vollem Gange ist. Bis zum 30.11.2011 können ambitionierte Fotografen Ihre Fotos einreichen und den Hauptpreis von insgesamt $10,000, sowie eine Reise in das National Geographic Headquarter in Washington abräumen. Es gibt insgesamt drei Kategorien: People, Places und Nature.

Im vergangenen Jahr wurden beim Contest mehr als 16.000 Fotos von Fotografen aus über 130 Ländern eingereicht. Dies zeigt wie angesehen dieser Wettbewerb ist.

Besonders interessant finde ich, dass die Fotos nicht, bzw. nur sehr wenig bearbeitet werden dürfen. Dies bezüglich hat National Geographics unter dem Begriff „Keep it real“ klare Ansagen gemacht. Ich finde das gut!

Das obige Foto heißt im übrigen „Cage divers confront a great white shark“ und stammt von David Litchfield ©.

Wir wünschen Euch nun wahnsinnig viel Spaß beim Betrachten der folgenden Bilder…

Many people pilgrimage to Uluru, but what is seen there often depends on where you’ve come from. (© Robert Spanring)

Snow Geese in flight. Kleinfeltersville, Pennsylvania. (© Charles Funk)

Yala National park of Sri Lanka is best known for leopards, but of course very difficult to get them in action. This is one of the well grown three cubs got excited and started jumping between branches. I got it against the light within fraction of a second. (© Lalith Ekanayake)

This image captures almost 6 hours of climbing parties on Rainier going for the summit under starry skies. Wind shifts during the night would cause bands of smoke from fires 100 miles away on Mt Hood to pass over Rainier. This intermittent low-level haze caused the red glow seen in the sky and a Rainier that looks like it was almost painted on. Lights from Sunrise can be seen in the lower right of the frame. (© Chris Morin)

This place is very special to me. The fèllensee is placed at the bottom of the hundstei (dog stone). I know this might sound silly, but since my dog and I grew up just around the corner and the naming of the mountain, I chose this very calm lake as a final resting place for Spock (my dog) so he would have the biggest gravestone of all dogs out there. That morning we had a farewell ceremony for Spock. I took this picture and we summited the hundstei to his honor (which was a very emotional challenge). This picture of his resting place is now hanging in our kitchen to remember him. (© Nino Benninger)

Copenhagen, The Gemini Towers, private residential building by the river. I had to wait about 2 hrs and hoped some residents would come in or out and kindly let me in. It was worth waiting coz this building its so unreal. (© Elena Baroni)

Curious cormorants watch the start of the Gatorman part of the La Jolla Roughwater Swim. Athletes swim 3 miles from La Jolla Cove to Scripps Pier and back. (© Lee Sie)

Russia, polar region of West Siberia, Tazovsky Peninsula. Reindeer breeding is one of the basic means of employment for the indigenous population of this region. All pieces of land suitable for pasture are assigned to families of reindeer breeders, or Sovkhoz brigades. Reindeer grazing freely in search of reindeer lichen overnight can disperse across few kilometers. Here, the foreman of the shepherds examines a herd with the aid of binoculars. (© Dmitriy Nikonov)

This is a streetcar in New Orleans traveling back towards The Quarter on St. Charles Ave. I held the camera against the window sill, making sure to divide the image equally between the inside and the outside. (© Don Chamblee)

Spark trails from cannon blast captured at the Moorpark Civil War reenactment, sponsored by the Moorpark Rotary Club. Soldiers manning the cannon were silhouetted due to a large light behind them shining down on the battlefield. The large flood light made it possible to also see the smoke from the cannon blasts. (© Robert Jensen)

The awesome power of a tornado displayed in Mapleton, Iowa April 11th, 2011. (© Timothy Wright)

The sun gives us energy, even when underwater. This image was captured during free diving (diving on a single breath without scuba gear) in the Red Sea. (© Vaclav Krpelik)

An adult male gelada rests in the early morning light after ascending the steep sleeping cliffs of the Simien Mountains, Ethiopia. This male won his right to mate by successfully deposing the old leader. Now he must defend his harem by tending to his females‘ needs and fighting off anxious bachelors waiting for their chance to become harem leader. (© Clay Wilton)

A „joey“ (baby) Eastern Grey Kangaroo pokes a head out from its mother’s pouch. The baby kangaroo will continue to peek until if feels safe enough to emerge for short periods. After 7 to 10 months it will leave the pouch for the last time. (© Brent Lukey)

This lynx (Lynx Canadensis) flinches its ear at bothersome gnats in the late evening summer sun in Alaska. (© Jimmy Tohill)

Lone Tree Yellowstone Photo by Anita Erdmann A solitary tree surviving another harsh winter in Yellowstone National Park. (© Anita Erdmann)

A Rufous humming bird takes a much need break on a pine tree, boasting his beautifully bright chest. (© Cael Cook)

Bonobo Portrait, Jacksonville Zoo, Florida (© Graham McGeorge)

Every year around the month of October, Dubai experiences heavy fog due to the still-high humidity and the falling temperatures. With all the new high-rise buildings (including the tallest in the world, Burj Khalifa), this provides a great photographic opportunity. (© Catalin Marin)

My son, Jack, dune jumping. (© Betina La Plante)

One morning while on the Big Island of Hawaii, I was exploring my surroundings to see if I could find something to photograph. I almost went back inside when something on this huge palm tree leaf caught my eye. I stayed around and it was this little gecko, startled by my presence he was hidden between the ridges of the leaf. He would pop his head up periodically to check his surroundings; as soon as he saw I was still there he would hide again. We played this game for a while until I got the shot. (© Lorenzo Menendez)

In a mud pool at the sea salt mines near Bourgas, Bulgaria locals gather. He applies the mud from the pool and then stands upright until it is dry only to take a dip in the nearby sea. Afterwards he gets a relaxing swim in the 30cm of water in the salt mine. (© Antoni Georgiev)

Flight of an Eagle owl Photo by Mark Bridger A large adult eagle owl in flight. (© Mark Bridger)

This image was taken in wintertime in an arid area of the Canadian Rockies. Temperatures were below 30 degrees Celsius, yet because there was no snow fall the surface of the lake was uncovered allowing me to see and capture the bubbles (gas release from lake bed) that were trapped in the frozen waters. (© Emmanuel Coupe-Kalomiris)

Within an ultra modern society Japan still maintains to hold traditions passed down from generation to generation making it one of the most beautiful and intriguing places in the world. The city of Gion in Kyoto is one of those places that you will walk into and forget about all the flashing lights the rest of Japan has to offer. Its brick paved streets holds some buildings that have been maintained like the old traditional Japan. If you’re lucky you will catch a glimpse of a beautiful geisha passing through the streets scurrying to her next appointment, make sure you have your camera ready. (© Clancy Lethbridge)

Death valley averages just 1.58 inches of rainfall a year. Yet somehow, in my first trip there in four years, we catch a storm. Not just a storm, an electrical storm. At sunset, of all times. This was the reward for years of trips gone awry, blank skies, drenching downpours, and for every other cause of failed photography endeavors. To me, this is an example of the best thing that can happen to a photographer. To be in the right place, at the right time – and to not mess it up too badly. (© Jeff Engelhardt)

Rare and endangered Australian Sea Lions (Neophoca cinerea) swim and play in the shallows of Hopkins Island, South Australia. (© Michael Patrick O’Neill )

Ich persönlich finde die Bilder unfassbar gut. Es hat mir wahnsinnig viel Freude bereitet Sie anzuschauen. Auch auf der Website vom Nation Geographic Photo Contest könnte ich Stunden verbringen. Einfach nur genial!

Wir bedanken und bei Johannes, der uns auf diese grandiosen Bilder aufmerksam gemacht hat! In letzter Zeit erhalten wir immer wieder E-Mails von aufmerksamen Lesern. Manchmal werden wir auf inspirative Artikel aufmerksam gemacht, mal bekommen wir konstruktives Feedback und in anderen Fällen werden wir auch immer mal wieder auf kleine Fehler hingewiesen. Das ist einfach genial. Davon lebt dieser Blog!Vielen, vielen Dank dafür!

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