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The best pictures from National Geographic's Photo Contest 2014

The best pictures from National Geographic's Photo Contest 2014

National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest: Shoulder Creek - (A wild short-eared owl completes a shoulder check in case something was missed, Boundary Bay,British Columbia, Canada) - photo by Henrik Nilsson

2015 National Geographic Photo Contest | National Geographic

Every year during Easterly winds schools of starry toados (Arothron firmamentun) blow into the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve.

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Colour Love // 77

I like the color of the bird-Parakeet - National Geographic Photo Contest 2012 - National Geographic

Attached to a simple wooden tree house on an overlook near Baños de Agua Santa, Ecuador, the "end of the world swing" gives courageous visitors the ride of their life—an unprotected swing over a canyon. Sean Hacker Teper, who submitted this photo to the Traveler Photo Contest, got something extra: A perfect view of Mount Tungurahua erupting nearby. "Minutes after the photo was taken, we had to evacuate the area because of an incoming ash cloud," he wrote.

End of the World This photo, taken at the ‘end of the world’ swing in Banos, Ecuador, captures a man on the swing overlooking an erupting Mt Tungurahua. Photograph and caption: Sean Hacker Teper / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

hummingbird in my kitchen window Photo by Nina Kaloostian -- National Geographic Your Shot

"Birds-eye View" or "Peek-a-Boo, I See You, Hummingbird!" Photo by Nina Kaloostian - Nat'l Geographic

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Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier | Crédit :  Luc Rousseau

Every fall, the Québec City Area comes alive in an amazing blaze of autumn colour.

Abubilla or Hoopoe is a colourful bird that is found across Afro-Eurasia, notable for its distinctive 'crown' of feathers. It is the only extant species in the family Upupidae.

Short Eared Hapiness by Roeselien Raimond, via Flickr

Short Eared Hapiness by Roeselien Raimond, via Flickr