Monday, November 29, 2010

Wildlife featured in National Geographic Photo Contest

A lion gets ready to pounce on a giraffe. Photo by Alex Tan

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then you’ll find a book’s worth of incredible photographs being entered in the 2010 National Geographic Photography Contest.

The Big Picture, a Boston Globe blog, posted 47 of the entries, which fall under these categories: people, places and nature. In case you want to enter, the deadline is Tuesday.

Photo by Linh Dinh
They are fascinating and captivating. The HD-like quality is no doubt impressive.

Among the collection posted on The Big Picture: A close-up of bees, a lion ready to jump a giraffe (above photo), a lazy brown bear, a porpoise seemingly with purpose, a great blue heron with dinner on its beak (left) and two giraffes symmetrically opposite each other with a tree centered in the distance (photo below).

Yes, about that photo of two giraffes with the centered tree. One person in comments flat-out recognized it as a phony, saying it was photo-shopped. Hmmm. Upon closer examination... Well, what do you think?

We’d hope the judges can recognize a phony when they see one, but irregardless of this questionable entry, you’d be doing yourself a favor by taking a look at this marvelous collection of photos, made all the more impressive when seen in their original sizes.


Photo by Niko Saunio

If you really want to get into it, you can even rate the photos, which have been coming in for nine weeks. To do so, go here. Or go here to see The Big Picture's samples. Enjoy.

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