Photographers from more than 150 countries submitted entries to the 2013 National Geographic Photo Contest. Here are the winning images, with captions by the photographers. They will be published in National Geographic magazine.
Honorable mention: Places“I was driving along the beach highway when i noticed the bulls sunbathing on the empty beach. I initially thought I was seeing things,but no, it really was sunbathing cows !! I had to park my car a fair distance away and that meant a long walk along the beach in 35 degree heat. It did not matter because i had to get the shot ! When i got closer to them i was careful not to spook them so i crawled on my stomach on the hot sand to get a good picture of them. Mission Accomplished ! It was worth the effort !” photographer Andrew Lever writes.Andrew Lever/National Geographic Photo Contest