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Winners : National Geographic Photo Contest 2015

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DIRTPhoto and caption by James SmartA rare and jaw-dropping anti-cyclonic tornado touches down in open farmland, narrowly missing a home near Simla, Colorado. LOCATION:Simla, Colorado, United StatesGRAND PRIZE WINNER(Nature)

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AsteroidPhoto and caption by Francisco Mingorance While preparing a report on Spains Rio Tinto from the air, I decided to include the phosphogypsum ponds located in the marshes of red, whose radioactive discharges has destroyed part of the marsh. As an environmental photojournalist I had to report this story, but had to do with an image that by itself attracts the viewers attention. On a low-flying training flight; this image caught my attention for its resemblance to the impact of an asteroid on its green waters. LOCATION:Cardeas, Andalusia, SpainFIRST PLACE WINNER(Places)4

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At The Play GroundPhoto and caption by Joel Nsadha Bwengye lives in a slum called Kamwokya in Kampala, Uganda's capital city. He cherishes his bicycle more than anything and brings it to this playground in the slum every evening, where he watches kids playing soccer. LOCATION:Kampala, Central Region, UgandaFIRST PLACE WINNER(People)6

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Orangutan in The RainPhoto and caption by Andrew Suryono I was taking photos of orangutans in Bali, Indonesia, when it started to rain. Just before I put my camera away, I saw this orangutan take a taro leaf and put it on top on his head to protect himself from the rain! I immediately used my DSLR and telephoto lens to preserve this spontaneous magic moment. LOCATION:Denpasar, Bali, IndonesiaHONORABLE MENTION(Nature)8

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Acrobate of the AirPhoto and caption by Alessandra Meniconzi A flock of Alpine choughs (Pyrrhocorax graculus), a species of mountain-dwelling bird, performs acrobatic displays in the air. During a windy day, I was able to immortalize their impressive flight skills.LOCATION:Appenzell, Canton d'Appenzell Rhoden-Interieur, SwitzerlandHONORABLE MENTION(Nature)10

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Changing ShiftsPhoto and caption by Mohammed Yousef In Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, the cubs of the famous cheetah Malaika learn to hunt. They moved from one hill to another, scanning the lands. Here, they seemed to change shifts as one cheetah leaves the hill while another takes her place. LOCATION:Masai Mara, Rift Valley, KenyaHONORABLE MENTION(Nature)12

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Colorful chaosPhoto and caption by Bence Mate White-fronted bee-eaters gather on a bough before going to sleep in their burrows, scraped into a sand wall. I was working on this theme for 18 days, as there were only five to ten minutes each day when the light conditions were appropriate. Ninety percent of my efforts to capture this image were not successful. I used flashlights to light the bee-eaters sitting on the branch, but not the others flying above. At this angle angle, the backlight generated rainbow coloring through the wings of the flying birds.LOCATION:Mkuze, KwaZulu-Natal, South AfricaHONORABLE MENTION(Nature)14

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Hill of CrossesPhoto and caption by Hideki Mizuta There are many hundreds of thousands of crosses on the Hill of Crosses near iauliai, Lithuania. It represents Lithuanian Catholicisms peaceful resistance to oppression. Many spirits of the dead are thought to live here on this small hill. When I visited this place, a girl in a pink dress ran through as if she brought peace, hope, and love. LOCATION:iauliai, Siauliu Apskritis, LithuaniaHONORABLE MENTION(Places)16

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From Generation to GenerationPhoto and caption by Jackson Hung This photo was taken during Chinese New Year's Eve of 2015 in Taiwan. I noticed how the light was coming into the room as our family members passed incense sticks to each other, sending our prayers and paying respects to our ancestors. The photo is symbolic, as the passing of incense sticks represents the knowledge and wisdom passed down from generation to generation. LOCATION:Shalu, Taiwan, TaiwanHONORABLE MENTION(Places)18

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Surrealist painting in naturePhoto and caption by Tugo Cheng As the largest system of mountain ranges in Central Asia, Tian Shanwhich translates to sky-mountain in Chinesehas one of the best collections of natural landscapes in the world and is considered a paradise for outdoor adventures. Thanks to the richness of the lands sediments, compounded by the power of erosion caused by rivers flowing down the mountains, the north face of Tian Shan is carved into stunning plateaus and colorful canyons hundreds of meters deep, resulting in this surrealist painting in nature. LOCATION:Shihezi, Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu, ChinaHONORABLE MENTION(Places)20

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The gamePhoto and caption by Simone Monte Beachgoers kick around soccer balls on Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the nation that is home to la joga bonitathe beautiful game. LOCATION:Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilHONORABLE MENTION(Places)22

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Overlooking Iraq From IranPhoto and caption by Yanan Li In October 2014 in Khuzestan, Iran, I came across a group of female Iranian students on the border between Iran and Iraq. Some of them climbed up the tanks left after the war between the two countries and took pictures of themselves. I pressed the shutter when I saw this girl stretch out her arms and turn to face the Iraqi border.LOCATION:Shalamcheh, Khuzestan, IranHONORABLE MENTION(People)24

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Nothing to DeclarePhoto and caption by Lars Hbner After a family member passes away in Taiwans countryside, their body is kept in the house or in a tent built specifically for this purpose. After a set period of time, the deceased is given a funeral procession before their burial. LOCATION:Douliu, Taiwan, TaiwanHONORABLE MENTION(People)December 29, 2015 Kaohsiung Taiwan R.O.C All photos were taken from National Geographic,Internet.THE END26