These National Geographic Photos Are Giving Us The Chills

So gorgeous.

Photography lovers rejoice: in anticipation of their annual photo contest, National Geographic has released some of their most breathtaking submissions so far.

The photos' locations and subjects reflect huge diversity of settings and subjects. Here you'll find studies of people, animals, architecture, landscapes, and the intersection of the four.

National Geographic will be accepting submissions until November 16, so go take some photos of the most majestic mountains you can find, or at least take a really great selfie. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000, along with a trip to a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. for the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar.


1. "Terrace paddies in North Vietnam."

Photo and caption byQu nh Anh Nguyen/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest

"Terrace rice paddies in Tu Le Valley, Yen Bai province, north Vietnam at the beginning of new season. The Hmong people are crossing the fields on their way home at the end of the working day."

Location: T˙ L, Yen Bai, Vietnam

2. "Morning Prayers, Delhi India."

Photo and caption by Dale Johnson /2015 National Geographic Photo Contest

"I was in Delhi for work and went out exploring in the early morning to the Jama Masjid mosque.  One guy was sweeping as another came along behind him laying out the prayer rugs.  Soon after, this one man came in and started to pray, lined up in the one ray of sunlight."

Location: Delhi, NCT, India

3. "Atocha."

Photo and caption by Javier Arcenillas /2015 National Geographic Photo Contest

"A little girl plays in the monument to the victims of the attack of 11M in Atocha train station in Madrid"

Location: Atocha, Madrid, Spain

4. "Sunset Mountain Work."

Photo and caption by Jonathan Abdipranoto/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest

"Nepal is a special place to me for a number of reasons and I was fortunate enough to go back to see the Himalayas on a trek that offers amazing views of Mount Dhaulagiri and Mount Annapurna. The mountain landscape continued to blow my mind! 

After a strenuous and exhausting 6 hour trek to Kopra Ridge, I took this photo of Mount Dhaulagiri at sunset. In the foreground, a local Nepalese man is helping usher his mules up the ridge to a nearby eco-lodge that was in the middle of construction."

Location: Thulo Odarkharka, Western Region, Nepal

5. "Ahmed Kelly."

Photo and caption by Alex Coppel / 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest 

"Born in 1991 with significant disabilities in all four limbs, Ahmed Kelly was left at a Baghdad orphanage where he spent the majority of the first seven years of his life. He was adopted by an Australian woman, Moira Kelly, and now lives and in Melbourne.

Ahmed finished forth in the London 2012 Paralympic Games for 50m Breaststroke, and is in great shape to win a medal in twelve months when the Paralympics start in Rio, Brazil."

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

6. "Daasanach Fisherman."

Photo and caption by Christena Dowsett /2015 National Geographic Photo Contest

"A young Daasanach fisherman guts and cleans a fish on the Eastern shore of Lake Turkana near the border of Ethiopia and Kenya. The Daasanach are Kenya's second smallest tribe with between 60,000-80,000 members. They are traditionally nomadic, roaming between the two countries although with continued drought over the last 20 years about 30% have looked to the lake for food and income in fishing."

Location: Lake Turkana, Kenya

7. "High Hoops."

Photo and caption by Calla Kessler/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest

"Andrea Grove, a fire performer based in Omaha, Nebraska, practices her hula-hoop routine before her performance at the Lantern Festival on Saturday, August 29, 2015. She travels to events around the Midwest with a group called IncenDance. 

I met Andrea by chance. She and her group were tucked away behind a stage preparing for their show. After getting to know them a bit, I asked if I could photograph their practice and stayed with them until dark."

Location: Pacific Junction, Iowa, USA

8. "Calbuco, The Awakening."

Photo and caption by Francisco Negroni /2015 National Geographic Photo Contest

"Calbuco Volcano is located in the lakes region south of Santiago, Chile's capital city and is one of the 10 most dangerous volcanoes in the country.

After more than 40 years of inactivity, the day April 23 the volcano erupts, spewing more than 200 million tons of ash and causing the evacuation of more than 2,000 people. In the picture is seen one of the most violent moments of the eruption, which occurred in the early hours of April 24."

Location: Frutillar, Los Lagos, Chile

9. "Flamingo."

Photo and caption by Yu Huiping /2015 National Geographic Photo Contest

"Flamingos are going to fly."

10. "The End of the World."

"A small group of emperor penguins gathered near the sea ice edge. Ross Sea, Antarctica."

Location: Ross Sea, Antarctica

11. "Dunes' picture."

Photo and caption byStas Bartnikas/2015 National Geographic Photo Contest

"This aerial shot was taken from a small plane over Namib desert, Namibia."

Location: Namib Desert, Namibia

12. "Enchantment of light and shadows."

Photo and caption by Kaiti Lillipuu /2015 National Geographic Photo Contest

"After the sunset we saw that fog was forming and hoped that it would not fade away till morning so we set our alarm clock 3 hours before sunrise. Then we drove for two hours to the location and along the road we could see through the trees that the bog was fully covered in fog. We quickly set up our octocopter drone and flew over the trees, the opening view was breathtakingly beautiful - sunrays, fog, shadows, pools."

Location: Järvakandi, Raplamaa, Estonia


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