• Photo of In the last 10 years, mobile data, smart phones and social networks have forever changed our existence. Although this woman stood at the center of a jam packed train, but the warm glow from her phone tells the strangers around her that she's not really here. She manged to slip away from here, for a short moment, she's a node flickering on the social web, roaming the earth, free as a butterfly. Our existence is no longer stuck to the physical here, we're free to run away, and run we will.

    2015 Photo Contest Starts September 1

    Photograph by Brian Yen

2014 Winners

As a leader in capturing our world through brilliant imagery, National Geographic sets the standard for photographic excellence. More than 9,200 entries were submitted from over 150 countries, with professional photographers and amateur photo enthusiasts across the globe participating. Photographs were submitted in three categories: people, places and nature. The competition was judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts including National Geographic photographers John Stanmeyer and Erika Larsen, and Keith Jenkins, general manager of digital at Nat Geo. View the winning images and honorable mentions.


The Grand Prize Winner won $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2015: A behind-the-scenes experience like none other.


Check out our editors' 2014 top picks. View every photo, choose your own faves, then share them with family and friends.


Get ready, the 2015 Photo Contest begins September 1. Check back soon for more information.


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