The Best Pictures From National Geographic's Photo Contest 2014

By Casey Chan on at

Everybody knows what the best thing about the end of the year is. It's easy. No, it's not Christmas presents. Or seeing family. The best thing about the end of the year is National Geographic's Photo Contest. It's a tradition where we get to see just how awesome the world around us is.

These pictures aren't even official winners and they're stunning. National Geographic is going through their selection process but we've picked a few of our favourites from Nature, Places and People. Such amazing work.

The shot above was taken by photographer Hasan Baglar at Nicosia, Cyprus of two mantis, who look a lot like flamenco dancers. You can see more of the photographs from the photo contest at National Geographic and see some of the best shots, week by week, here.

Nature

The best pictures from National Geographic's Photo Contest 2014

Photo by: Matthew Smith

The best pictures from National Geographic's Photo Contest 2014

Photo by: Lorenzo Mittiga

The best pictures from National Geographic's Photo Contest 2014

Photo by: Colin Mackenzie

The best pictures from National Geographic's Photo Contest 2014

Photo by: Montse Grillo

The best pictures from National Geographic's Photo Contest 2014

Photo by: Istvan Kerekes

The best pictures from National Geographic's Photo Contest 2014

Photo by: Rick Loesche

The best pictures from National Geographic's Photo Contest 2014

Photo by: Henrik Nilsson

Places

The best pictures from National Geographic's Photo Contest 2014

Photo by: Takashi Nakagawa

The best pictures from National Geographic's Photo Contest 2014

Photo by: Hiroki Kondo

The best pictures from National Geographic's Photo Contest 2014

Photo by: Yusuke Sakai

The best pictures from National Geographic's Photo Contest 2014

Photo by: Cezary Filew

The best pictures from National Geographic's Photo Contest 2014

Photo by: Melih Sular

The best pictures from National Geographic's Photo Contest 2014

Photo by: Beverly Houwing

The best pictures from National Geographic's Photo Contest 2014

Photo by: Hiroshi Tanita

People

The best pictures from National Geographic's Photo Contest 2014

Photo by: Shao Hua Luo

The best pictures from National Geographic's Photo Contest 2014

Photo by: Brian Callaway

The best pictures from National Geographic's Photo Contest 2014

Photo by: Francisco Mingorance

The best pictures from National Geographic's Photo Contest 2014

Photo by: Hidenobu Suzuki