The Best Pictures From National Geographic’s Photo Contest 2014

The Best Pictures From National Geographic’s Photo Contest 2014

Everybody knows what the best thing about the end of the year is. It’s easy. No, it’s not Christmas presents. Or seeing family over the holidays. The best thing about the end of the year is National Geographic’s Photo Contest. It’s a tradition where we get to see just how awesome the world around us is.

These pictures aren’t even official winners and they’re stunning. National Geographic is going through their selection process but we’ve picked a few of our favourites from Nature, Places and People. Such amazing work.

The shot above was taken by photographer Hasan Baglar at Nicosia, Cyprus of two mantis, who look a lot like flamenco dancers. You can see more of the photographs from the photo contest at National Geographic and see some of the best shots, week by week, here.

Nature

Picture: Matthew Smith

Picture: Lorenzo Mittiga

Picture: Colin Mackenzie

Picture: Montse Grillo

Picture: Istvan Kerekes

Picture: Rick Loesche

Picture: Henrik Nilsson

Places

Picture: Takashi Nakagawa

Picture: Hiroki Kondo

Picture: Yusuke Sakai

Picture: Cezary Filew

Picture: Melih Sular

Picture: Beverly Houwing

Picture: Hiroshi Tanita

People

Picture: Shao Hua Luo

Picture: Brian Callaway

Picture: Francisco Mingorance

Picture: Hidenobu Suzuki