The Best National Geographic Readers' Photos of 2014

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National Geographic just announced the winners of their 2014 Photo Contest and they are truly amazing. There are plenty more on its website.

Places category

Winner

The best National Geographic readers' photos of 2014

Photo and caption by Triston Yeo.

The thermal spas in Budapest [are] one of the favourite activities of Hungarians, especially in winter. We were fortunate to gain special access to shoot in the thermal spa thanks to our tour guide, Gabor. I love the mist, caused by the great difference in temperature between the hot spa water and the atmosphere. It makes the entire spa experience more surreal and mystical.

Honourable Mentions

The best National Geographic readers' photos of 2014

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...

The best National Geographic readers' photos of 2014

Photo and caption by Sergey Ponomarev.

Birds fly over the destroyed houses in Khalidiya district in Homs, Syria. In the vast stillness of the destroyed city center of Homs, there are large areas where nothing moves. Then, suddenly, wind blows a ripped awning, or birds fly overhead.

The best National Geographic readers' photos of 2014

Photo and caption by Aytül AKBAŞ.

During I was taking photo with my nephew, the storm came and I caught this beautiful moment.

Nature category

Winner

The best National Geographic readers' photos of 2014

Photo and caption by Nicole Cambré.

Jump of the wildebeest at the Mara River.

Honourable Mentions

The best National Geographic readers' photos of 2014

Photo and caption by Archna Singh.

This playful fight amongst two young sub adult Tigers was indeed a brilliant life time opportunity, that lasted exactly 4-5 seconds. The cubs were sitting in the grass as dusk approached when suddenly one of them sneaked up behind the other and what happened next is captured in this image. This playful fight amongst the siblings is what prepares them for their survival in the wild. The sheer power of the Tiger is beautifully captured in this image and portrays the sheer muscle power that these magnificent cats possess. May 5th, 2014, Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India.

The best National Geographic readers' photos of 2014

Photo and caption by Maie Kirnmann.

Ice art on the window.

The best National Geographic readers' photos of 2014

Photo and caption by Christian Miller.

On a windy day right after a Cyclone passed the far northern Great Barrier Reef I took some friends out to the reef. Never before I saw that many glass fish on this particular coral 'bommie' . Just when I setup my camera, this Napoleon Wrasse swam right through the school of fish building a living frame.

People category

Winner

The best National Geographic readers' photos of 2014

Photo and caption by Brian Yen

In the last ten years, mobile data, smartphones and social networks have forever changed our existence. Although this woman stood at the center of a jam-packed train, the warm glow from her phone told the strangers around her that she wasn't really there. She managed to slip away from "here" for a short moment; she's a node flickering on the social web, roaming the Earth, free as a butterfly. Our existence is no longer stuck to the physical here; we're free to run away, and run we will.

Honourable Mentions

The best National Geographic readers' photos of 2014

Photo and caption by Abdullah Alghajar.

Little discussion with a doll in a plastic box, not inherently beautiful. But with this slice of light, it looks like a bubble invented to dream in an imaginative world.

The best National Geographic readers' photos of 2014

Photo and caption by Mattia Passarini.

The chef of Ramnami people in Chhattisgarh, India. Ramnami tattoo the name of the lord "Ram" on their body. Their entire focus is on the name of Ram, the name of God that is most dear to them. The Ramnami Samaj is a sect of harijan (Untouchable) Ram. Formed in the 1890s, the sect has become a dominant force in the religious life of the area. The tattoo is the result of their devotion and also, a gift and an acknowledgement from Ram.

The best National Geographic readers' photos of 2014Photo and caption by Adam Birkan.

A young girl throws a temper tantrum in a Bangkok shopping mall. June, 2014.

Traveller category

Winner

The best National Geographic readers' photos of 2014

Photo and caption by Marko Korosec.

While on storm chasing expeditions in Tornado Alley in the U.S. I have encountered many photogenic supercell storms. This photograph was taken while we were approaching a storm near Julesburg, Colorado, on May 28th, 2013. The storm was tornado warned for more than one hour, but it stayed an LP [low precipitation] storm through all its cycles and never produced a tornado, just occasional brief funnels, large hail, and some rain.

Honourable Mentions

The best National Geographic readers' photos of 2014

Photo and caption by Evan Cole.

This photo of Moussa Macher, our Tuareg guide, was taken at the summit of Tin-Merzouga, the largest dune (or erg) in the Tadrat region of the Sahara desert in southern Algeria. Moussa rested while waiting for us to finish our 45-minute struggle to the top. It only took ten minutes of rolling, running, and jumping to get back down.

The best National Geographic readers' photos of 2014

Photo and caption by Sean Hacker Teper.

This photo, taken at the 'end of the world' swing in Banos, Ecuador, captures a man on the swing overlooking an erupting Mt. Tungurahua. The eruption took place on February 1st, 2014. Minutes after the photo was taken, we had to evacuate the area because of an incoming ash cloud.

The best National Geographic readers' photos of 2014

Photo and caption by Marc Henauer.

Green Lake (Grüner See) is located in Tragöss Austria. In spring snowmelt raises the lake level about 10 metres. This phenomenon, which lasts only a few weeks, covers hiking trails, meadows, and trees. The result is a magical diving landscape.