10 of the most stunning images in the running for National Geographic’s Photo Contest

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View from the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Ross Barringer

The 2015 National Geographic Photography Contest is currently under way, and there have certainly been some gorgeous submissions so far.

The committee will be accepting entries until November 16. Photos are being judged in three different categories: people, places, and nature.

The grand-prize-winning image will be published in the magazine. The photographer will receive $10,000 and a trip to the National Geographic headquarters in Washington, DC to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar.

Below are some of our favorite submissions so far.

Captions by the photographers themselves, edited by Jack Sommer.


In Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, you’ll find 4.5 million of these baby blue flowers. The best season to see them is usually from the end of April to the first week of May.

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“The Blue Universe,” Hiroki Kondo
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Hiroki Kondo

Bangladeshis sleep on the roof of a moving train as they rush home to their respective villages to be with their families, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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“Crazy Journey,” A.M. Ahad
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A.M. Ahad

Here’s a view of a storm moving through the Horsehoe Bend, which neighbors the Grand Canyon by just a few miles.

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“Lightning at horseshoe,” J. Cho
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J. Cho

The sun sets on the forest in Novy Urengoy, a city in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug section of Russia.

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“In the realm of cotton grass marsh,” Kamil Nureev
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Kamil Nureev

Stingray City in the Grand Cayman, where a newlywed couple embarks on their new adventure through the area’s crystal clear water.

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“Dressed for Adventure,” Jennifer Jo Stock
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Jennifer Jo Stock

A man climbs to dizzying heights, up a large bin that is soon to be filled with grain in New Raymer, Colorado.

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“The Reckoning Days XI,” Elliot Ross
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Elliot Ross

The Godafoss (otherwise known as the “Waterfall of the Gods”) is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland.

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“Godafoss,” Fortunato Matteo
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Fortunato Matteo

Those lucky enough to take a “tower tour” of the Golden Gate Bridge’s south tower can marvel at this view.

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“Golden Gate Crossings,” Ross Barringer
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Ross Barringer

A climber descends into the Hayden Glacier, which is often used as a route to get to Middle Sister, the shortest of three volcanic peaks in the Oregon Cascades.

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“Entering the Void,” D. Briggs
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D. Briggs

Matterhorn is one of the most famous mountains in the world and arguably Switzerland’s most recognized symbol.

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“Matterhorn – Switzerland’s alpine emblem,” Alessandra Meniconzi
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Alessandra Meniconzi