National Geographic's International Photography Contest will be coming to a close in about two weeks, on Oct. 31, and winners will be announced in early December. Here's a selection of some submissions from this past week, ranging geographically from California to India to Namibia. Enter your photos at ngm.com, or view some winners from the past.
"A 97-year-old woman waits for the bus in her Sunday best in Chamblee, Ga."
"A sheet lightning storm in Southern Alberta rolled in and stayed for hours. No rain fell but consistant flashes appeared through 180 degrees of the horizon. This was a 13 second time exposure in a farmers field, with the crop lit by the mercury vapour yard light."
"A trio of black skimmers feeding at dusk in a pond on the beach in Santa Barbara, Calif."
"Chandra Tal (meaning the Lake of the Moon), is situated ... in the Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh (India). The name of the lake originates from its crescent shape."
"This is a Kangaroo Island Yacca or Tate's Grass Tree. Unique to the island, this yacca's gum resin is harvested and shipped to Germany to make high-quality fireworks. Resilient in bush fires, these trees can be hundreds of years old."
"A young boy holds a rifle on his back after decorating his body with white paint overlooking the Omo River in remote Ethiopia."
"While all the other bugs were on fresh flowers, one of them was climbing to one of old withered lily leaves."
"Soft morning light highlights the head of a pigeon hatchling on my second story windowsill."
"Lifeguard Hans Fernan surveys the skies above Imperial Beach, Calif."
"While in Namibia, one of our stops was an area near Keetmanskoop called the Giant's Playground. It offers spectacular photographic opportunities of the Quiver trees and dolerites."