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Photo Contest Winners Take World by Storm

What do a volcano straddling the border of Chile and Bolivia, a 97-year-old woman dressed in her Sunday best at a bus stop in Chamblee, Georgia, and a peppermint shrimp in a sponge at the bottom of Bonaire’s Margate Bay all have in common? Each is the subject of a winning photograph (categories People, Places,...

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What do a volcano straddling the border of Chile and Bolivia, a 97-year-old woman dressed in her Sunday best at a bus stop in Chamblee, Georgia, and a peppermint shrimp in a sponge at the bottom of Bonaire’s Margate Bay all have in common?

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Each is the subject of a winning photograph (categories People, Places, and Nature, respectively) in National Geographic’s International Photography Contest 2009.

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The spectacular images by Hugo Machado, Debra Jansen, and William Goodwin took top honors amid a field of thousands submitted by photographers worldwide. National Geographic magazine has published weekly highlights on its website since August.

Standout submissions included images of animals galore, including (among many others) a brown vine snake …

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… a newborn silver-leaf langur …

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… a dusty elephant …

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… a crabeater seal …

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… curious mountain goats …

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… a dwarf minke whale …

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… and this Arctic fox.

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Forces of nature held their own, too. Contest contributors served up fire …

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… ice …

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… waves …

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… lightning …

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… dust devils …

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… and hmm, is this a tornado conjured up by Industrial Light & Magic? Well, no, it’s actually a space shuttle launch!

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See all the winners and weekly highlight galleries, get desktop wallpaper of your favorite images, assemble jigsaw puzzles of contest photos, and browse contest winners from the last few years.

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