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Your Eyes Will Pop Out After Watching These 20 National Geographic Photo Contest Pictures 

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”— Aaron SiskindThere is always a hidden photographer within all of us who crave to capture a lot more than a 'selfie'. The world being a frame gave us millions of snaps to capture. Sometimes of people, the other times of places and the canvas of nature impress and solace every photographer. A photographer not just captures reality but make that moment alive forever.National Geographic Photo Contest is such a competition where you can find an array of perfect pictures from around the globe. I assure you, your mouth will remain open for a while after watching these mesmerising pictures. These photos have been taken with such an accuracy, efforts and passion that you'll get compelled to call them 'incredible' and they worth it. 

1. Mom's Love

Photo and caption credits- Charley Jong Location- Jakarta“The mother bird’s feeding time.”   Adorable! Nothing can be more beautiful than this. These lovey-dovey baby birds and their mother in a single frame are symbols of nature's love and charm. Be it humans or these tiny fellows, mother's warmth and care is eternal.

2. Sunward

Photo and caption credits- Hasan BaglarLocation- Nicosia, Cyprus“When the Mediterranean Mantis opened its wings, It seemed very impressive at the sunshine…” 

3. The Wave

Photo and caption credits- Takashi NakagawaLocation- Arizona, USA“I met a man at ‘The Wave’. He was by himself and had a beacon for safety. It’s not easy to go there for sure.”

4. Arctic High-Five

Photo and caption credits- Colin MackenzieLocation- Svalbard“Two Polar bear cubs full of adrenaline on ice-flow 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.” 

5. Above Big Sur

Photo and caption credits- Douglas CroftLocation- Big Sur, California“I’d gone to Big Sur to watch the gray whale migration from the cliffs, but it was too foggy to even see the water. I decided to hike up the Baronda Trail to see if I could get above the fog. This view was my reward. Miles of lupine and blue skies. Outstanding!”

6. The Dreaming Tree

Photo and caption credits- Christian Spencer Location- Strzelecki Desert, Australia “In the Strzelecki desert of Australia, a flock of galahs replenish on the only small water available at the base of this lonely tree. It's a rare photo opportunity to get such a clear and symmetrical shot of these beautiful birds in flight in the middle of the desert.”

7. Bringing home breakfast

Photo and caption credits- Sandy ScottLocation- St. Petersburg, Florida, USA“This osprey had just captured this fish, and I was lucky enough to capture this dramatic shot as he took off with his wings in the angel position, clutching a fish in one talon, and making direct eye contact with me. And then I shot a whole sequence of him making a left turn from here, landing in his nest and sharing his catch with his mate sitting in the nest. I have photographed this osprey often in that he has made his nest in the same spot for four years. His name is Fleck due to a fleck in his right eye at the 7 o’clock position.” 

8. Warming Up

Photo and caption credits- Handy Mp Location- Sambas, West Kalimantan, Indonesia“This photo I capture in the early afternoon, the animal species of lemurs fly.”

9. Hello

Photo and caption credits- Misty GageLocation- Point Defiance Zoo, Tacoma, WA, United States“Capturing this gentle giant’s inquisitive nature was rather easy as he swam right up to us and just stared for several long seconds. I love all the bubbles and his cute little face.” 

10. Catch of the decade

Photo and caption credits- Aaron BaggenstosLocation- Katmai National Park, Alaska, USA“Can you guess what happened next?”

11. Sunrise Plaosan temple

Picture and caption courtesy- Bill StippLocation- Yogyakarta, Indonesia “While in Indonesia shooting TV commercial one of our locations was this temple. Sun rose as the people worked in rice paddies.” 

12. From the sky

Clicking fingers- Montse GrilloLocation- Tenerife (Canary Islands)“On the coast of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, we have quite the selection of affectionate green turtles (Chelonia mydas). “I find myself devoting much time to these curious creatures. This turtle was coming from the surface with the sun behind it, and the sun rays surrounding it gave it a special majesty.”

13. Physalia Physalis

Photo and caption courtesy- Matthew SmithLocation- Shellharbour, NSW, Australia“Despite their potentially dangerous sting, the bluebottle cnidaria is an amazingly beautiful creature. I wanted to demonstrate this with careful lighting and composition. After strong NE winds, hundreds of these cnidaria are blown into the bays around my hometown and trapped overnight, enabling me to get my shots. Post processing is limited to colour temp and small amounts of burning. Also slightly cropped."

14. Memorized by grace

Photos and caption credits- Taylee ParvinLocation- Birmingham Zoo, Birmingham Alabama“This pink and brilliant colored Flamingo was caught taking a mid-day break as she nuzzled herself within her feathers amongst the other birds. The beauty is captivating, and there’s a sense of peace and tranquillity seen in her eyes.” 

15. The Iguana's cave 

Photo and caption courtesy- Lorenzo MittigaLocation- Island of Bonaire, Kralendijk, Dutch Caribbean“Unexpected underwater encounter with a Green Iguana. I was attempting to take some over under sunset shots in a semi-submerged cave in Bonaire when a Green Iguana swam toward my dome with an inquisitive doing. Just in front of my lens, she came up to the surface to take a quick breathe…”

16. Destroyed Homs 

Picture and caption credits- Sargey PonomarevLocation- Homs, Syria“Birds fly over the destroyed houses in Khalidiya district in Homs, Syria. In the vast stillness of the destroyed city centre of Homs, there are large areas where nothing moves. Then, suddenly, the wind blows a ripped awning, or birds fly overhead.”

17. The lord of the ocean

Photo and caption credits- Marc HenauerLocation- Guadalupe Island, Mexico“Birds fly over the destroyed houses in Khalidiya district in Homs, Syria. In the vast stillness of the destroyed city centre of Homs, there are large areas where nothing moves. Then, suddenly, the wind blows a ripped awning, or birds fly overhead.”

18. Walking on water

Photo and caption courtesy- Dave KanLocation- Queensland, Australia“I was finishing up a photo shoot when a wild kangaroo appeared out of nowhere and bounded onto the lake, as if walking on water. This, along with the picturesque sunset combined to create an absolute visual treat!”

19. Searching for love

Photo and caption courtesy- Spencer BlackLocation- Brevard, North Carolina “Blue Ghost Fireflies in Brevard, North Carolina. Blue Ghost Fireflies are unique because they stay lit and only hover about a foot off the ground.”