Every year National Geographic holds a competition where photographers, professional and amateur, can submit their original photos. Entries are submitted in one of three categories.


Judging consists of three (3) rounds of evaluation. In round one, each judge in a panel of photographic experts (at least one of whom will be independent of Sponsor) (“Judges”) will select ten (10) entries in each Category from among all eligible entries based on the following criteria (“Judging Criteria”): (1) Creativity (34%); (2) Photographic quality (34%); and (3) Genuineness and authenticity of the content (32%). The entries selected in round one will proceed to round two. In round two, the Judges will collectively select a First Place Winner in each Category based on the Judging Criteria.

In round three, the Judges will select a Grand Prize Winner from among the First Place Winners based on the Judging Criteria. In the event of a tie, the tied entries will be re-submitted to the Judges for a re-judging between the tied entries alone. In the event that a tie remains after re-judging, the entry with the highest score in the creativity criteria will be declared the winner. Winners will be chosen in December and will be notified by e-mail. Decisions of the Judges are final and binding.

I like to keep an eye on th entries every now and then and that’s why I decided to post some of my favorites

If YOU would like to enter go read the NatGeo Photo of the Year Rules and get your awesomeness seen by millions of people. For the rest of us, please enjoy the beautiful work of others..

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