National Geographic’s Most Amazing Photos Of 2011

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National Geographic is holding their 2011 Photo Contest right now, and a bunch of the pictures are already online and surprise! They’re ridiculously amazing. As in, borderline ‘too good for a random internet post’ amazing. TGFI. But here’s one anyway!

Below, here’s a brief sampling of the phenomenal photos submitted so far – Click any for Full Size:

1. “New Orleans Streetcar”

New Orleans, Louisiana / Photo by Don Chamblee

2. “Is He Still There?!”

The Big Island, Hawaii / Photo by Lorenzo Menendez


3. “Landscape In The Rain”

Bergueda, Catalonia, Spain / Photo by Mihaly Attila

4. “Confronting”

Isla de Guadalupe, Mexico / Photo by David Litchfield

5. “Lone Tree Yellowstone”

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming / Photo by Anita Erdmann

6. “Falling Leaves”

Bruges, Belgium / Photo by Mandy Michels

7. “The Golden Gate”

San Francisco, California / Photo by Reuben Cornel

8. “The Cloud”

Aquila Safari Park, South Africa / Photo by Dmitry Gorilovskiy

9. “Love Of Parents”

Atka Bay, Antarctica / Photo by Claus Possberg

10. “Atacama Sunset”

Salar de Atacama, Chile / Photo by Magdalena Rakita

Check out the rest of this 54-photo subset over at Boston.com, or view the contest in its overwhelming entirety at National Geographic. Seriously, do it.

In conclusion – just a great job all around, humans and Earth.

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