National Geographic's International Photography Contest has been running since late August and has attracted some pretty amazing submissions from both professional and amateur photographers. It will be coming to a close on Oct. 31, 2009, and winners will be announced in early December. Here's a selection of some submissions from this past week. Enter your photos at ngm.com, or view some winners from the past.
Amid the noise and chaotic streets of Hanoi's Old Quarter in Vietnam, an old woman spends her day casually selling beverages to people walking by.
A female Smith's Green-eyed Gecko, found mostly in southeast Asia.
"It was the week before her first day of school, when my younger sister decided she wanted to try tae kwon do. Within five minutes, she came to me with a black eye. When the first day of school came along, her eye had turned the most beautiful of colors."
On a gondola ride in Venice
When the gulf waters freeze over during the Antarctic winter, crabeater seals hunt for the krill that lives underneath the ice surface.
A street performer at the Centre Pompidou in Paris
A young snow monkey (Japanese macaque) warms up in a hot spring in Japan.
Local children from the city of Chagcharan, Afghanistan, display traditional Tajik clothing prior to the arrival of U.S. Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry at the governer's home.
"Every summer I travel to my dad's lake house in upstate PA. This particular day I brought my friends, their children, and their dogs. I also brought my 35 mm camera loaded with black and white film."
Battle Harbour, Labrador, in Canada offers a wealth of vegetation, rich in texture and color.