The National Geographic gave photographers the opportunity to showcase their abilities in their photo contest for 2011. Participants of all skill levels submitted photographs into three categories: Places, Nature and People. A panel of experts judge each photo based on photograpic quality and creativity. They then choose a first place winner for each category and a grand prize winner. These pictures are a selection of 54 photos taken from the three sections. Each image evokes a message of it’s own, deriving a different emotion from the dramatic effects taken from life’s natural painting.
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