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Winners & Honorable Mentions of the 2012 National Geographic Photography Competition

Winners & Honorable Mentions of the 2012 National Geographic Photography Competition nature contests
Grand Prize / Photo and caption by Ashley Vincent/National Geographic Photo Contest. The subject’s name is Busaba, a well cared for Indochinese Tigress whose home is at Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Thailand. I had taken many portraits of Busaba previously and it was becoming more and more difficult to come up with an image that appeared any different to the others. Which is why I took to observing her more carefully during my visits in the hope of capturing something of a behavioural shot. The opportunity finally presented itself while watching Busaba enjoying her private pool then shaking herself dry. In all humility I have to say that Mother Nature smiled favourably on me that day!

Winners & Honorable Mentions of the 2012 National Geographic Photography Competition nature contests
First Place for People / Photo and caption by Micah Albert/National Geographic Photo Contest. At the end of the day women are allowed to pick through the dumpsite.

Winners & Honorable Mentions of the 2012 National Geographic Photography Competition nature contests
First Place for Places / Photo and caption by Nenad Saljic/National Geographic Photo Contest. The Matterhorn 4478m at full moon.

Winners & Honorable Mentions of the 2012 National Geographic Photography Competition nature contests
Honorable Mention / Photo and caption by关嘉城/National Geographic Photo Contest. Dragon boating is a chinese traditional entertainment. As an acquatic sport to memorise qu yuan, a patriotic poet in ancient china, it is usually held in festivals, which can be traced back to two thousands years ago.

Winners & Honorable Mentions of the 2012 National Geographic Photography Competition nature contests
Honorable Mention / Photo and caption by Eric Guth/National Geographic Photo Contest. Glacial ice washes ashore after calving off the Breiamerkurjˆkull glacier on Iceland’s eastern coast. During the waning light of summer this image was created over the course of a 4 minute exposure while the photographer backlit the grounded glacial ice with a headlamp for 2 of those 4 minutes.

Winners & Honorable Mentions of the 2012 National Geographic Photography Competition nature contests
Viewers’ Choice for People / Photo and caption by Kai-Otto Melau/National Geographic Photo Contest. A race that follows in the path of the famous explorer Roald Amundsen brings the contestants to the Hardangervidda Mountainplateu, Norway. 100km across the plateau, the exact same route Amundsen used to prepare for his South Pole expedition in 1911 is still used by explorers today. Amundsen did not manage to cross the plateau and had to turn back because of bad weather. He allegedly said that the attempt to cross Hardangervidda was just as dangerous and hard as the conquering of the South Pole. The group in the picture used the race as preparations for an attempt to cross Greenland.

Winners & Honorable Mentions of the 2012 National Geographic Photography Competition nature contests
Honorable Mention / Photo and caption by Micheal Eastman/National Geographic Photo Contest. With his exceptional hearing a red fox has targeted a mouse hidden under 2 feet of crusted snow. Springing high in the air he breaks through the crusted spring snow with his nose and his body is completely vertical as he grabs the mouse under the snow.

Winners & Honorable Mentions of the 2012 National Geographic Photography Competition nature contests
Honorable Mention / Photo and caption by ulrich lambert/National Geographic Photo Contest. Stilt fishing is a typical fishing technique only seen in Sri Lanka. The fishermen sit on a cross bar called a petta tied to a vertical pole planted into the coral reef. This long exposure shot shows how unstable their position is.

Winners & Honorable Mentions of the 2012 National Geographic Photography Competition nature contests
Viewers’ Choice / Photo and caption by Sanjeev Bhor/National Geographic Photo Contest. Everyday in mara starts with something new and different and day ends with memorable experiences with spectacular photographs. I was very lucky of sighting and photographing Malaika the name of female Cheetah and her cub. She is well known for its habit to jump on vehicles. She learned that from her mother Kike, and Kike from her mother Amber. Like her mother she is teaching lessons to her cub. Teaching lessons means addition of another moment for tourist. This is one of the tender moment between Malaika and her cub. I was very lucky to capture that moment.

Winners & Honorable Mentions of the 2012 National Geographic Photography Competition nature contests
Honrable Mention / Photo and caption by Fransisca Harlijanto/National Geographic Photo Contest. I was surrounded by thousands of fish that moved in synchrony because of the predation that was happening. It was an incredible experience.


The winners have been announced for the 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest which saw over 22,000 entries from 150 countries this year. The winners were selected by a panel of experts comprised of natural history photographer Christian Ziegler and documentary photographers Gerd Ludwig and Debbie Fleming Caffery. Three additional Viewers Choice awards were also given. Above are some of my favorites but you can see additional Honorable Mentions over on National Geographic. In a kind gesture National Geographic made all the winning photographs available as downloadable desktop images, as a fan of large numbers I’m personally going with Predation for a few weeks.

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GoPro Camera Attached to a Trombone Slide

GoPro Camera Attached to a Trombone Slide trombones music

I love the visual of this small GoPro camera attached to this man’s trombone. The music becomes perfectly synchronized with the actions, which while totally predictable is still unexpectedly awesome to watch. (via kottke)

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How to Build a Rainbow Igloo

How to Build a Rainbow Igloo winter snow rainbows igloos ice architecture

How to Build a Rainbow Igloo winter snow rainbows igloos ice architecture

How to Build a Rainbow Igloo winter snow rainbows igloos ice architecture

How to Build a Rainbow Igloo winter snow rainbows igloos ice architecture

How to Build a Rainbow Igloo winter snow rainbows igloos ice architecture

How to Build a Rainbow Igloo winter snow rainbows igloos ice architecture

How to Build a Rainbow Igloo winter snow rainbows igloos ice architecture

How to Build a Rainbow Igloo winter snow rainbows igloos ice architecture

How to Build a Rainbow Igloo winter snow rainbows igloos ice architecture

Thanks to an ingenious mother from Edmonton it’s quite possible nobody will every build a plain white igloo again. The adventure began with a kernel of an idea from Brigid Burton, whose daughter Kathleen Starrie and boyfriend Daniel Gray, an engineering student, were coming for a winter visit from New Zealand. Wanting to “keep him occupied” during the frigid winter days that often dip down to -25 °F (-31 °C), last October she began filling paper cartons with colored water and setting them outside to form translucent ice bricks. She hoped Gray’s engineering skills would do the rest. Like a total champ he accepted the challenge and with the help of additional family and neighbors the team spent nearly 150 hours fitting the 500 ice bricks into place. After completion the raingbow igloo was so visually striking the local news showed up to do a feature on it.

You can read the full story at the Global Edmonton and see many more construction photos here. Pretty sure Kathleen is basically required to marry this guy now. (via reddit)

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Turn Your Roof into a Bird Sanctuary with Ceramic Birdhouse Roof Tiles by Klaas Kuiken

Turn Your Roof into a Bird Sanctuary with Ceramic Birdhouse Roof Tiles by Klaas Kuiken home environment ceramics birds birdhouses

Turn Your Roof into a Bird Sanctuary with Ceramic Birdhouse Roof Tiles by Klaas Kuiken home environment ceramics birds birdhouses

Turn Your Roof into a Bird Sanctuary with Ceramic Birdhouse Roof Tiles by Klaas Kuiken home environment ceramics birds birdhouses

When looking at the problem of bird populations shrinking in urban areas due to loss of habitat, Nethlerlands-based product designer Klaas Kuiken was struck with the idea of improving a common bird home: residential roofs. In consultation with the Vogelbescherming (the Dutch bird association) Kuiken designed a ceramic birdhouse that adheres to the ubiquitous roof tiles found throughout the country. The house contains a removable basket to aid in maintenance after mating season and is made with materials that can resist extreme cold in the winter. First designed in 2009 the birdhouses have finally gone into production and 100 are now available for sale. See more over on designboom.

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New Interactive Street Art from Ernest Zacharevic

New Interactive Street Art from Ernest Zacharevic street art

New Interactive Street Art from Ernest Zacharevic street art

New Interactive Street Art from Ernest Zacharevic street art

New Interactive Street Art from Ernest Zacharevic street art
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New Interactive Street Art from Ernest Zacharevic street art

New Interactive Street Art from Ernest Zacharevic street art

Artist Ernest Zacharevic has been busy since first appearing on Colossal last summer with his unique style of street art that often relies on the interaction between physical objects and painted murals. The Malaysia-based artist traveled to Brussels and Panang to create new work, and also completed a series of ads for Toyota about parking lot safety. He also appears prominently in a new book about street art in his native Georgetown.

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The Deep End: A Jaw-Dropping Animation Drawn by Hand with Ink, White-out, and Coffee by Jake Fried

The Deep End: A Jaw Dropping Animation Drawn by Hand with Ink, White out, and Coffee by Jake Fried  psychedelic ink coffee animation

The Deep End: A Jaw Dropping Animation Drawn by Hand with Ink, White out, and Coffee by Jake Fried  psychedelic ink coffee animation

The Deep End: A Jaw Dropping Animation Drawn by Hand with Ink, White out, and Coffee by Jake Fried  psychedelic ink coffee animation

Boston-based animator Jake Fried just released his latest psychedelic animation, The Deep End, which was drawn entirely with ink, coffee, and white-out. The animation is continually layered on top of itself as forms morph, bend and transform across the screen. I can’t help but wonder how thick the final canvas is with so many layers of illustration. If you were as blown away by this as I was, you’re in luck: see some of his earlier animations such as Sick Leave and Waiting Room.

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