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National Geographic is known as pioneer in best Nature photography. Every year they organize photography contest which recieves thousands of entries. This year National Geographic received 18,000 entries. Out of them , 3 got 1st, 2nd, 3rd prize respectively. 7 of them received merit prize and 1 is Viewer's Choice. These images are breath-taking and they will leave you awe inspired. You surely will skip some beats when you go through every picture. Here are all the winning images of National Geographic Photo Contest. We hope you enjoy these images. How do you felt after looking at every picture, feel free to comment and share it with your loved ones. You can also follow us on twitter @evrystory.
"While on storm chasing expeditions in Tornado Alley in the U.S. I have encountered many photogenic supercell storms. This photograph was taken while we were approaching a storm near Julesburg, Colorado, on May 28, 2013. The storm was tornado warned for more than one hour, but it stayed an LP [low precipitation] storm through all its cycles and never produced a tornado, just occasional brief funnels, large hail, and some rain. Photo and Caption by Marko Korosec.
Mea Shearim, the ultra-Orthodox district of Jerusalem. Newly married couple Aaron and Rivkeh will be alone together for the first time after their wedding ceremony. Their marriage was arranged by their families. The 18-year-olds met once to confirm the choice; since then they have been prohibited to meet or even talk. Photo and caption by Agnieszka Traczewska.
Green Lake (Gruner See) is located in Tragoss Austria. In spring snow melt raises the lake level about 10 meters. This phenomenon, which lasts only a few weeks, covers hiking trails, meadows, and trees. The result is a magical diving landscape. Photo and caption by Marc Henauer.
This photo was captured at noon on December 25, 2013, from the castle which is located on the edge of the small town and is the perfect viewpoint for the panorama of the almost intact historical town. The fog and mist suffused and gave the town a sense of mystery. Photo and caption by Duowen Chen.
This photo, taken at the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœend of the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ swing in Banos, Ecuador, captures a man on the swing overlooking an erupting Mt Tungurahua. The eruption took place on 1 February 2014. Minutes after the photo was taken, we had to evacuate the area because of an incoming ash cloud. Photo and caption Sean Hacker Teper.
While exploring Borough Market in London, I was delighted to come across four lovely young women dressed in vintage white dresses, eating ice cream as the local shopkeeper looked on. Are they brides? Or bridesmaids? I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know, but they are obviously enjoying a very special day. Photo and caption by Susie Stern.
This photo, of Moussa Macher, our Touareg guide, was taken at the summit of Tin-Merzouga, the largest dune (or erg) in the Tadrat region of the Sahara desert in southern Algeria. Moussa rested while waiting for us to finish our 45-minute struggle to the top. It only took 10 minutes of rolling, running, and jumping to get to get back down. The Tadrat is part of the Tassili NÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Ajjer National Park World Heritage Area, famous for its red sand and engravings and rock paintings of cattle, elephants, giraffes, and rhinos that lived there when the climate was milder. Photo and caption by Evan Cole.
Taken during the Mayana Soora Thiruvizha festival, which takes place every March in the small village of Kaveripattinam, the day after Mahashivarathiri (or Ã¢â‚¬ËœThe Great Night of ShivaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢). The festival is devoted to Angalamman, a fierce guardian deity worshiped widely in southern India. Photo and caption by Mahesh Balasubramanian.
On arrival at Jonathan's Lodge our horses took to celebrating liberation from their heavy burdens. With the backdrop of "The Devil's Knuckles" and the afternoon's glow, how could I not take advantage of these magnificent creatures rejoicing? This was the end of the first of a three-day horseback ride through Bushman's Nek, up the Drakensberg escarpment and into Lesothos' Sehlabathebe National Park. Photo and caption by Byron Inggs.
A young monk finds a perfect light source to read his book inside of his pagoda in Old Bagan, Burma. Photo and caption by Marcelo Castro. Photo and caption by Marcelo Castro.
Capturing a brief moment of wonder and awe during a trip to Sequoia National Forest and the Trail of 100 Giants. Photo and caption by James Eimmerman.