A gorgeous long exposure trail of fireflies at night, a large, green sea turtle coming in for a close-up, and an overly friendly polar bear? (Oh hai!) This could all just mean one thing. The National Geographic Photo Contest is back and the entries are better than ever. Now accepting images in any of these three categories: People, Places and Nature, this year’s winner will receive a cool $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2015. The First Place winner in each category will each receive $2,500 and his/her winning photograph will be published in National Geographic magazine. The contest rules are online here. Here are just some of our favorites.
Photo Location: Svalbard
Two polar bear cubs full of adrenaline on iceflow in Svalbard. The mother was just trying to have a quiet stroll but the cubs were not having any of that. This was the male cub and he just was so entertaining to watch.
Photo and caption by Colin Mackenzie, National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest