Haris

By Haris

LifeBuzz Staff

The World’s Most Amazing Photos Just Blew Me Away.

National Geographic holds an annual photo contest in which they select winners from 3 different categories- People, Places, and Nature. This year they received over 9,000 submissions from over 150 countries.

Photographer Brian Yen was awarded the grand prize of $10,000. Check out his entry below along with the other winners.

Grand-Prize Winner and People Winner

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. (Photo location: Hong Kong)

Grand-Prize Winner and People Winner

Brian Yen

Nature Winner

Jump of the wildebeest at the Mara River. (Photo location: North Serengeti, Tanzania)

Nature Winner

Nicole Cambré

Places Winner

The thermal spas in Budapest [are] one of the favorite 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. (Photo location: Budapest, Hungary)

Places Winner

Triston Yeo

People - Honorable Mention

The chief 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. (Photo location: India, Chhattisgarh)

People - Honorable Mention

Mattia Passarini

People - Honorable Mention

Disabled children living in Syria war. (Photo location: Syria - Termanin)

People - Honorable Mention

Abdullah Alghajar

People - Honorable Mention

Our road trip down to Miami traversed this outlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We rested on this ridge overlooking the mountains. Though we argued consistently throughout the journey, here we were reminded of our brotherhood. (Photo location: Blue Ridge Parkway)

People - Honorable Mention

Tyler G

People - Honorable Mention

A young girl throws a temper tantrum in a Bangkok shopping mall. June, 2014. (Photo location: Bangkok, Thailand, Southeast Asia)

People - Honorable Mention

Adam Birkan

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