Moonwalk by Bryan Smith is part of a National Geographic Channel series called The Man Who Can Fly. This particular scene features Dean Potter, a record-breaking climber who lives in Yosemite, walking on a highline between two enormous granite rocks.
Once in a while, very — very — rarely, dolphins will abandon their standard serenity and go on a romp that we humans refer to, aptly, as a “stampede.” The phenomenon, which involves sub-pods joining together into one splashy social — and which does indeed resemble the crowd dynamics of wild horses — is an amazing sight: The creatures, choreographed in a synchronized system that would put our own social networks to shame, leap and churn and leap some more in frenzied-yet-graceful unison.
This photo of a wild Alaskan brown bear digging on a game trail was taken with a homemade motion-controlled triggering device hooked up to my DSLR. Location: Bear Creek, Lake Aleknagik, Alaska.
[Image: Jason Ching/National Geographic Photo Contest]
The winners have just been announced of this year’s National Geographic photo contest. The Society received more than 22,000 entries from over 150 countries. Presented here are the winners from the three categories of People, Places, and Nature, captions provided by the photographers. The Grand Prize Winner receives $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2013. Be sure to also see earlier In Focus collections of entries:Part I and Part II.
See more. [Images: National Geographic Photo Contest]
High lava levels and spattering at Kīlauea’s Halema’uma’u, on May 14, 2012. [Image: David Dow/USGS]
The deadline to enter this year’s National Geographic photo contest is coming up — this Friday, November 30. Back in September, the society started gathering and presenting galleries of submissions, encouraging readers to vote for them as well. Winners will be chosen on or around December 15, 2012. National Geographic was once more kind enough to let me choose some of its entries for 2012 to feature here on In Focus. Gathered below are 50 images from the three categories of People, Places, and Nature, with captions written by the individual photographers. Be sure to also see Part I on In Focus, from September.
See more. [Images: National Geographic Contest]
The Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, founded in 1964, is an annual international showcase for the very best nature photography. Owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide, the contest includes 18 individual categories, ranging from birds and mammals to “Creative Visions” and “Nature in Black & White.” This year’s competition drew more than 48,000 entries from 98 countries.
See more. [Images: Richard Peters, Anna Henly, Hannes Lochner, Klaus Tamm/Veolia Environnement]
There are animal photos and there are animal photos. While I’m a fan of Instagrams of cats and dogs, the images in the Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year show at the Natural History Museum in London are no mere social-media fodder.
Here we see a Japanese macaques in repose. A Dutch photographer, Jasper Doerst, visited the hot springs of Jigokudani Valley in central Japan, and found about 30 monkeys soaking in the warm water. This one fell asleep right in front of him.
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Here’s a few selections from an awesome gallery showing some of the scenes unfolding in Antarctica today. Check out the rest of the images below!
via The Atlantic, photos by Deven Stross, Dave Munroe, and Kelly Speelman
From A Siberian Summer, one of 44 photos. Trucks drive along M53 highway in Khakassia region, some 270 km (168 miles) south of Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, on May 19, 2012. M53 highway connects Krasnoyarsk region, the Republic of Khakassia, the Republic of Tuva and the border with Mongolia. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)