More Beautiful Photographs


After unsuccessful attempts to feed birds, Lenny Payne feeds his daughter Maggie, 8, some of the leftover crackers. People got outdoors to enjoy the warm weather and the beautiful sunset at an area known as White Shell off of Heckscher Drive, March 7, 2012 in Jacksonville, Fla.(Kelly Jordan/The Florida Times-Union)


Lisa Polinori walks her Boston Terrier, “Enzodog,” while riding a unicycle in Baltimore, March 6, 2012. (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)


A Chinese woman performs morning exercises with fans at the Ditan park in Beijing, China. (Andy Wong/Associated Press)


A jogger on the Santa Ana River Trail takes advantage of a beautiful day with a view of the San Gabriel Mountains (still covered with snow) from the Lincoln Avenue bridge over the Santa Ana River in Anaheim, Calif. (Bruce Chambers/The Orange County Register)


1st Prize Contemporary Issues Stories: Tahani, who married her husband Majed when she was 6 years old and he was 25 years old, poses for a portrait with her former classmate Ghada, also a child bride outside their mountain home in Hajjah, Yemen, June 10, 2010. Nearly half of all women in Yemen were married as children. (Stephanie Sinclair/VII Photo Agency/National Geographic Magazine)


A photograph of North Korea’s founder, Kim II-sung, hangs on a building in the capital of Pyongyang, North Korea, Oct. 5, 2011. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)


Nature Honorable Mention – BLUE POND & FIRST SNOW: The blue pond of the famous tourist resort. This is a place where many tourists gather in spring, summer, and autumn. However, since this pond freezes in winter, nobody is there during that period. This photograph is the moment of the first snow of the season falling on that blue pond. We can see the first snow of the season beginning at the end of October. Why is the pond blue? Because the underground hot spring ingredient is gushing. This blue pond changes color every day. I think that mystical blue and pure white snow are beautiful. All are nature’s tints. Biei, Hokkaido, Japan. (Photo and caption by Kent Shiraishi)


Places Winner – INTO THE GREEN ZONE: A beautiful rainbow after the rain, into the green zone of the Palawan Islands. Onuk island, Balabac Palawan, Philippines. (Photo and caption by George Tapan)


Places Honorable Mention – WATERWAY TO ORBIT: Space shuttle, Endeavour, launches into orbit toward the east, as the stars and waning crescent moon trail toward the west, leaving a beautiful reflection on the Intracoastal Waterway in Ponte Vedra, Florida. This 132-second time exposure of the final night launch of a space shuttle, from launch through SRB separation, was taken 115 miles north of Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Ponte Vedra, Florida. (Photo and caption by James Vernacotola)


Places Honorable Mention – CYBER MONSOON: A torrential monsoon rain in Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur, Nepal. (Photo and caption by Anuar Patjane)

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