Nature, Cities, People

Wallpapers of the editors’ favorite submissions to the photo contest.
National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest 2017

The only one in the cloud
Photo by CP Lau
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The Man’s Stare
Photo by Moin Ahmed
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Jökulsárlón Sunrise
Photo by Mateusz Gorny
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Infinite Road to Transylvania #6
Photo by Calin Stan
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Red Chilli Pickers
Photo by Azim Khan Ronnie
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MotherBoard City
Photo by Ho Lam Cheng
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Giraffe Greeting at Dawn
Photo by Beverly Russo
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Wallpapers of the editors’ favorite submissions to the photo contest.
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Wallpapers from National Geographic Photo Contest 2015

Wallpapers from National Geographic Photo Contest 2015

WPnatgeo12aSunset Summit by Alexandros Maragos
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WPnatgeo12bDalness by Neil Barr
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WPnatgeo12cHarvest from Above by Megan Sugden
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WPnatgeo12dStarlings by oğuz ipçi
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WPnatgeo12eDrink Time by majed sultan al zaabi
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WPnatgeo12fProtection by  Mohammed Yousef
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WPnatgeo12gMystical light in magical Machu Picchu by Kannan V.
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WPnatgeo12hSuperstrike by Mike Olbinski
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People and Places | Wallpapers

People and Places | Wallpapers

PeopleandPlaces12The Cathedral
Photo and caption by Cristobal Serrano
I dreamed of shooting the best waterfalls in Iceland just before the spring snowmelt. Towards the end of winter I only could reach Aldeyjarfoss waterfall by using a super jeep and a snowmobile. Once there I could enjoy one of the most striking views in all Iceland. The river Skjálfandafljót flows under the ice sheet and jumps over a magnificent wall of hexagonal basalt columns which reach twenty metres in height.The powdery blue of the water on the turbulent plunge pool at the base of the waterfall attest to the glacier origin of the watercourse.

PeopleandPlaces12aTokyo – Shinagawa Station
Photo and caption by Peter Franc
I was up at an ungodly hour to make it to the Tsukiji Fish Market, in Tokyo. With so many amazing things to see in the city, I had hardly slept, and managed to get off at the wrong station. Wave after wave of people kept coming through the station passageway. I spied a coffee shop with a vantage point and managed to snap a free shots, camera resting on the ledge. After the caffeine kicked in, i was ready to brave the river of people…

PeopleandPlaces12bDead quiet
Photo and caption by Brian Yen
It’s well past mid night and this densely packed neighborhood is dead quiet. It’s one of the largest Christian cemetery in Hong Kong. In Hong Kong land is scarce, when you’re alive you live in tiny little pigeon holes, when you’re dead, it doesn’t get much better.

PeopleandPlaces12cGraian Alps
Photo and caption by Kostas Petrakis
Nature always find ways to amaze, sometimes you just need to only stop and stare.

PeopleandPlaces12dPhone Home
Photo and caption by Aaron Feinberg
For this trip I brought many layers…which did the trick…except for the gloves which remained in my bag in the hotel, oops. I will say that by the time we left that night temperatures were around 30F (windchill estimates around 13F).  Trying to work with a metal tripod, camera buttons and facing in to the wind certainly made for challenging conditions.  Which means that I’m was quite excited when I saw the results of this exposure pop up on the back of the LCD screen. The pillar of light you see is called the Zodiacal Light. The quarter moon did the job of illuminating the rest of the scene.

PeopleandPlaces12eA shepherd
Photo and caption by Juan Aguilar
The wide fields around our excavation site in Iraqi Kurdistan invited us to enjoy sunsets on a daily basis. When contemplating the setting sun again, I saw a shepherd with his flock from afar.

PeopleandPlaces12fThe Man
Photo and caption by Lace Andersen
People traveled from all over the world to Burning Man to gather at the Man’s feet. A symbol that meant something different to every single individual. A group of my campmates and I made the journey via our art car this afternoon. It was the first time I experienced a dust storm whiteout. My camera will always have the fine powder in its crevices. All the elements in this scene were driving towards the man and I wanted to capture that directional flow.

PeopleandPlaces12gGood morning sunshine
Photo and caption by Cezary Filew
working on rice terraces, Yunnan, China

PeopleandPlaces12hOn the edge
Photo and caption by Angiolo Manetti
People walking on the edge of a dune in the Namib-Naukluft Park

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Nature Wallpapers

Nature Photography

NatureNG11aThe Dark Side
Photo and caption by Brendon Cremer
A lioness backlit by a spotlight, lies alert to the distant calls of the territorial males, her breath visible as she breathes out into the chill of the winters night.

NatureNG11bThe rebirth of first Atayal tribe after 921 earthquake
Photo and caption by Haw Haw Tseng
The Atayal (Taiya) tribe, which is the second largest tribal group of fourteen indigenous tribes in Taiwan, resides mostly in central and northern Taiwan.It is rumored that Ruei-yian tribe is the first Atayal tribe.However, the 921 earthquake in 1999 shattered the dwellings and landscapes in Ruei-yian tribe.The reconstructions has lasted for 12 years. In 2011 , the tribe that is reborn seems like a castle floating in the sky, winning it the laudatory title “Hanging city”

NatureNG11cFragile Beauty
Photo and caption by Ben Bowes
In the reefs of Apo Island, an MPA off the coast of Dauin in the Philippines, lies a beautiful, vast stretch of corals, that illuminate in the glistening sunlight during a cloudless day. The coral reefs look like a beautiful metropolis full of wondrous varieties of luminous structures. Within the thousands of different species that take residence in this metropolis, one particular fish I came across during my dives caught my attention. The fragile nature of the juvenile Clark’s anemone fish, taking shelter in the anemone made me realise how delicate these beautiful fish are to human impacts.

NatureNG11dTiger in the Tunnel
Photo and caption by A Apana
This sub-adult tiger was photographed at India’s Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. Seeing the bamboo tunnel, I had envisaged this image. He was around a bend in the road and we could not even see him as we were the last jeep. As luck would have it he then got up and walked around, making us the first vehicle. He wandered all over the road and just for an instance paused in the middle of the road, which is when I took this image.

NatureNG11eWhitebark Pine – Smoky Hills
Photo and caption by Paul Glasser
This photo, taken on the north side of Oregon’s Mt. Hood thirty minutes before sunset, shows a portion of a dead whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis), an endangered tree that grows at high elevations across North America. These trees survive heavy snow loads and high winds by growing in mats low to the ground. Ironically it is only when they have died and shed their needles that the stark beauty and sinuous grace of their limbs are revealed. The hills in the background are bathed in smoke from the many fires that were burning across Oregon at the time.

NatureNG11fAutumn Storm
Photo and caption by Amanda Beardslee
On my drive home from work I rounded the corner and found this amazing cloud formation during an autumn storm. This is snapped on the side of the road with my iPhone, no filters. Words cannot describe how beautiful it was to see, and the colors were amazing the way they contrasted with each other.

NatureNG11gWeather Together
Photo and caption by Zestin Soh
A cheetah and her cubs huddle together for warmth during one cold evening downpour.

NatureNG11hWalking on water
Photo and caption by Jonathan Armstrong
In remote parts of Alaska, foxes are often bold and unafraid of people. Last summer I was able to closely observe a young red fox, following close behind as she trotted through the brush searching for salmonberries, or waded the lake shore looking for fish carcasses. Once I even got to watch her taunt a grizzly bear as if she were playing a game of tag. As a storm came in one evening, I snuck outside hoping to take her portrait in dramatic light. I used a diffused light off-camera so that I could illuminate the fox while still capturing the dark mood of the storm.

NatureNG11iShoulder Check
Photo and caption by Henrik Nilsson
A wild short eared owl completes a shoulder check in case something was missed. Northern harriers were also hunting in the field and these raptors will often steal a kill from the owls.

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Nature | Wallpaper

Nature | Wallpaper
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nature207Co-existence
Photo and caption by Istvan Kerekes
The picture present a good example in which it is showing the co-existence, the unavoidable harmony between man and nature … The Starlings in migration period come in big crowds, in hordes in this region. They like this area because here is Austria’s greatest wine-growing region. Also here in eastern Burgenland is Austria’s biggest wind-energy park – exactly near vineyards where come the Starlings in big colonies. In addition, because the region is a biggest power generation area, here is a loads of different high-voltage wires, which like and prefer the Starlings for resting …

nature217“It’s lunchtime Fallow deer”
Photo and caption by Tim Moor
It was a beautiful summer’s day and I was with my 6 year old son, Freddie, who likes to say he is my photography assistant (and a very good one too!). We found a position just on the outskirts of the wood hoping that the deer would walk by finding a new grazing pasture. They did, and it happened that as they were moving in line, a single doe looked up. I took the shot and it made Freddie’s day.

nature227Heaven on Earth
Photo and caption by Hartono Hosea
Taken from Mount Bromo over view Semeru Mount. It was so cloudy at that morning so I climbed higher and higher trying to be above the cloud crossing my finger. Boom this is what I get to get the sunrise.

nature237Whooo you lookin’ at?
Photo and caption by Glen Hush
Mother and baby owl in the nest.

nature247Cotton Candy Waves (things unseen)
Photo and caption by Lee Scott
On this particular morning I was drawn to the lines in the sand, made from sediment deposits from a little river flowing onto the beach. When the surf came in, the lines were erased, but would be drawn again– new shapes and forms created in the flow.

nature257The great migration
Photo and caption by Nicole Cambré
Jump of the wildebeest at the Mara river.

nature267Morning awakening
Photo and caption by Susan Metz
Humpback Whale showing off for me in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii. Going out on an ultimate watch early in the morning, we were awakened by this young juvenile tail slapping.

nature277Solitude
Photo and caption by Aaron Feinberg
A lone wave breaks along the Na Pali Coast on the north shore of Kaua’i.

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People and Places

People and Places

PeopleandPlaces1AprilBadillesU Bien Bridge Crossing
Photo and caption by April Badilles
Ladies with Conical hats going to the right while locals, Monks, Kids, tourist going to the left as they were walking on the U Bien Bridge made out of teakwood at Mandalay, Myanmar

PeopleandPlaces2DouglasCroftKleine Scheidegg
Photo and caption by Douglas Croft
We had one full day in the Berner Oberland during our trip through the Alps. Our one day happened to be very cloudy with a forecast of afternoon thunderstorms. We got onto the Panorama Trail early and we able to catch a few breaks in the clouds. To say that this view from near the Kleine Scheidegg train station was stunning would be a vast understatement.

PeopleandPlaces3ChristinaKehresHope on the Horizon
Photo and caption by Christina Kehres
A young Swazi girl holds on to the hope found in Jesus Christ promised to her daily in the sunset over the mountains.

PeopleandPlaces4RiccardoIacominoDreamscape
Photo and caption by Francesco Riccardo Iacomino
A stunning sunset painted the sky over the Jokulsarlon Glacer Lagoon in South Iceland. It was a typical cloudy day in the Icelandic summer. The day was not hoping for a nice sunset, but I still decided to go on the spot, hoping to finally see the sun once the same had left behind the clouds. When the sun went down, in fact the sky burned out in an incredible vanilla tone. The scene was so peaceful and placid, so I decided to capture it with a long exposure, to bring out the amazing sense of oniric peace that this amazing sunset created. It has been like living in a dream.

PeopleandPlaces5BillStippSunrise Plaosan Temple
Photo and caption by Bill Stipp
While in Indonesia shooting TV commercial one of our locations was this temple. Sun rose as the people worked in rice paddies.

PeopleandPlaces6JuanManuelAguileraAnguloMists around Kilimanjaro
Photo and caption by Juan Manuel Aguilera Angulo
This picture was taken during a safari in Amboseli. The sky was clear early in the morning, but around ten it began to cloud over around the Mountain. Creating the effect of an island over the the sea. I hope to go back to Africa and see again the snow-covered peak of Kilimajaro. Maybe in the future this picture won’t be possible due to climate change.

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Nature

Nature

Nature1ChristianSpencerA tree dreaming
Photo and caption by Christian Spencer
In the Strezlecki desert of Australia a flock of galahs replenish on the only small water avaliable at the base of this lonely tree.Its a rare photo opportunity to get such a clear and symetrical shot of these beautiful birds in flight in the middle of the desert.

Nature2ChristianSpencerKangeroo Dreaming
Photo and caption by Christian Spencer
In the salt lakes of the mallee Region of Victoria in Murray Sunset National Park in Australia the western grey kangeroo enters the salt lakes for still unknown reasons. Maybe to replenish salt levels, it is not clear. It was a magical moment and gives the impression of the kangeroo magically walking on water.

Nature3AdamAdkinsElectric Night
Photo and caption by Adam Adkins
This lightning storm had prolific lightning for a time during the monsoon in August.

Nature4TyleeParvinMezmorized by Grace
Photo and caption by Tylee Parvin
This Pink and brilliant colored Flamingo was caught taking a mid-day break as she nuzzled herself within her feathers amongst the other birds. The beauty is captivating and there’s a sense of piece and tranquility seen in her eyes.

Nature5NicolasReusensRain is a gift
Photo and caption by Nicolas Reusens
Alone in the rain this strange to see Agalychnis Lemur pose for me and my camera… Click!

Nature6HasanBaglarSunward
Photo and caption by Hasan Baglar
When the Mediterrenean Mantis opened its wings, It seemed very impressive at the sunshine …

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