The Winning Images From National Geographic's 2014 Photo Contest

After poring over 9,200 entries, a panel of judges at National Geographic has chosen the cream of the crop. Here are 15 astounding photographs deemed to be the year's best. » 12/18/14 9:00am 12/18/14 9:00am

This Is The Most Expensive Photograph In the World

Peter Lik's "Phantom," seen above, was just purchased by a private collector for $6.5 million. The black and white image captures the caved interior of Arizona's Antelope Canyon and a dusty sun-spawned apparition that looks eerily human-like. » 12/10/14 7:00pm 12/10/14 7:00pm

These Electrifying Photos Celebrate 50 Years Of USA's Wilderness Act

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History is running a photo contest to determine which images will be featured in a special exhibition. Here are some of our favorites. » 9/05/14 9:00am 9/05/14 9:00am

The Strange Stories Behind the Year's Best Scientific Images


Researchers Kevin Mackenzie, Sergio Bertazzo and Zeynep Saygin all had winning entries in the 2014 Wellcome Image Awards, an annual competition dedicated to showcasing the year's most fascinating scientific images. Here, in their own words, is how they captured their subjects, and what their images reveal. » 4/03/14 12:00pm 4/03/14 12:00pm

These Close-Up Views Of Nature And Technology Are Simply Awe-Inspiring

Each year, the UK's Wellcome Trust selects its favorite images captured by any number of technological devices — from scanning electron microscopes to CT scans. This year's winning crop provide an intimate glimpse into these previously unseen worlds. » 3/25/14 8:40am 3/25/14 8:40am

The winners of this year's Sony World Photography Awards have been announced. The winners were selected from over 700,000 entries and feature everything from skydiving selfies and lightning flashes to hummingbirds and starry nights. Twisted Sifter has put together a spectacular gallery featuring some of the best images » 3/20/14 4:00pm 3/20/14 4:00pm

Watch a volcano eruption up close, as filmed by a drone!

Drones have been capturing some spectacular nature photography lately, but this video of a drone getting up close and personal with an exploding volcano is pretty astonishing. » 3/14/14 1:11pm 3/14/14 1:11pm

These are National Geographic's favorite images of the year

After sorting through 7,000 images taken by photographers from over 150 countries, National Geographic has chosen the cream of the crop for it's annual photo contest. As always, the year's best are simply sensational. » 12/20/13 10:40am 12/20/13 10:40am

The most inspiring nature photography of the year

'Tis the season to be sorting through the most stunning images of the year. And as always, National Geographic's yearly contest offers some of the best that nature photography has to offer. Take a look at our favorites. » 11/18/13 12:35pm 11/18/13 12:35pm

This is what it's like to get bullied by an elk

On a recent visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a nature photographer got more than he bargained for while snapping pics of an elk. Afraid of startling the young bull, the man sat with remarkable patience as it poked, prodded, and headbutted him for what must have felt like an eternity. » 11/15/13 2:40pm 11/15/13 2:40pm

The year's best wildlife photography will make you roar

After poring over thousands of images, the Natural History Museum has selected its favorite wildlife photographs of 2013. Prepare to see animals at their most spectacular. » 10/16/13 1:30pm 10/16/13 1:30pm

Spectacular winning images from Nat Geo's 2013 travel photo contest

The winners of the 2013 National Geographic Traveller's photo contest have been announced — and they're absolute stunners. » 8/02/13 7:40am 8/02/13 7:40am

The most spectacular wild animal photos of the year

The winners of the 2012 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition have been announced — and this year's crop is expectedly great. The competition, which is now in its 48th year, is an "international showcase for the very best nature photography," according to London's Natural History Museum » 10/24/12 7:35am 10/24/12 7:35am

Artist uses NASA technology to capture the cosmic beauty of flowers in…

Flowers look like solar flares and stellar eruptions when you photograph them in intense detail, using techniques developed by NASA for imaging the surface of Mars. Photographer David Leaser developed a new process, based on NASA's tech among other things, which he uses to capture the unsettling beauty of flowers up… » 2/10/11 8:30am 2/10/11 8:30am

What a wave looks like from underneath

Check out this image from the Liquid Vision Project, which shows a wave from a whole new angle, one that people aren't used to seeing from. This is just one of the blindingly gorgeous pictures in National Geographic's photo contest. » 11/24/10 10:53am 11/24/10 10:53am