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The Winners Of National Geographic's International Photo Contest (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 03/18/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 03:50 PM ET

A provider of some of the most fascinating and beautiful nature photos for decades, National Geographic just concluded their annual photography contest, where the winners were selected from a pool of 208,000 photographs submitted. These photos are incredible! HuffPost Green is lucky enough to display the winners and runners-up in each category - nature, people and places - here in this slideshow. Indulge in these photos' beauty and cast a vote for YOUR favorite!

For more about the contest, check out National Geographic's contest site.

Plus, check out some amazing past winners on their website! Enjoy.

Nature - Grand Prize
 
This peppermint shrimp is spending the day in a branching vase sponge about 75 feet deep in Bonaire's Margate Bay. Lighting was achieved with an HID torch shining on the outside of the sponge. The photographer, working upside down, had to carefully control buoyancy while approaching as close as possible, taking care not to touch the sponge with camera or light and to avoid disturbing the shrimp or the sponge.



--Photo by William Goodwin
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