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National Geographic is once again holding their annual Photo Contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 30th. For the past eight weeks, they have been gathering and presenting galleries of submissions, encouraging readers to rate them as well. National Geographic was again kind enough to let me choose some of their entries from 2010 for display here on The Big Picture. Collected below are 47 images from the three categories of People, Places and Nature. Captions were written by the individual photographers. Liquid Planet. Another picture from the Liquid Vision Series, which shows a different point of view of waves. An angle that people are not used to seeing. Praying Mantis - Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii. This beautiful whalbergii evolved through two of its nymph-stages on the Barberton Daisy at left, surviving because of its bright color which blended so well with the flower. Towards the end of its growth into an adult, it became a little more adventurous (but not much more) as pictured here. Once it had shed the layer in this picture, it became a fully-fledged adult, and departed after about two weeks. Total stay in this tiny ecosystem was approximately six weeks. Unsafe Journey. A woman is riding between the railway carriages of a local train heading north from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Her luggage is tucked under the carriage in front of her. It is the month of Ramadan, a fast which culminates in Eid-ul-Fitr, a three-day celebration. Tens of thousands of people leave the city to go to their home village and celebrate with their families. Trains are packed and many who fail to get tickets before they sell out or can't afford buying them at the black market ride on the roof of the train or, like this woman, finds a quiet spot between the carriages.

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In the past several months, powerful storms have wreaked havoc in many places, torrential rains in central Europe and parts of China, tornadoes in Australia, Montana and the American Midwest, and strong thunderstorms across the northeast. Now, as Tropical Storm Bonnie makes landfall in Florida and heads into the Gulf of Mexico, oil cleanup is being suspended, and the final "kill" operation is delayed for at least one more week. These storms have been destructive and deadly, but beautiful and awe-inspiring at the same time. Collected here are a handful of photographs of stormy skies, lightning strikes and storm damage from the past several months. Darlene Sheehy collects items from her kitchen, Monday, June 7, 2010, after a tornado destroyed her home in Millbury, Ohio. Severe thunderstorms moved through the bluegrass region of Kentucky late Monday, July 19, 2010. This lightning strike was captured near Maysville, Kentucky. This photo provided by Harry Gillway, the Kimball County Sheriff, shows hail damage to the rear window of a car in Kimball, Nebraska on Monday, May 24, 2010. Storms dumped heavy rain and hail on Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

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Photographer and first-time filmmaker Christopher LaMarca and filmmaker Katrina Taylor spent the past two years filming an experiential film called “Boone.” The film documents the journey of three young farmers in Southern Oregon. There are no interviews with farmers or agricultural experts. The goal is the experience; dealing with the realities of a season of farming and the physical and emotional demands. LaMarca and Taylor are currently in post-production. Goats waiting in their pen for evening milking. Fresh blood in the spring grass from a baby goat who needed to be ‘put down’. Dana feeding goats alfalfa after evening milking.

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Hollywood star and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger has opened a museum dedicated to him in his native village of Tal Austria, near Graz. In the house, where he spent the first 18 years of life of the famous actor (19th year, he served in the Austrian army), his fans will be able to see the personal belongings of Schwarzenegger, as well as original props from the film. The museum exposition, opened on October 7, located in the house where he was born in 1947 and grew until 1966, until he moved to Munich and then in London, where he took second place in the competition, "Mr. Universe".

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Tattoo Artist Horitaka was born in Japan and raised in the United States. His parents taught him Japanese, which helped later in his study of Japanese tattoo culture and traditions. Enamored with tattoos, he started collecting in high school and eventually began tattooing in 1998 before landing his coveted apprenticeship. Now an iconic tattoo artist of his own right, Horitaka is a pioneer in the tattoo industry with eight published books and his own shop, State of Grace, in San Jose, CA. Horitaka embraces the mentality that tattooing is more than a mark on the body and he likes to think of the art as a philosophy. Bacardi Dragonberry brought Horitaka to the Netherlands on the 8th and 9th of september 2012. They opened a 48 hrs pop-store in their Bacardi-huis in Amsterdam where visitors could see Horitaka in action. For this event Horitaka designed a special Dragon Tattoo, based on the Bacardi Dragonberry Dragon.

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There have always been those who are nomadic. Historically, it was often for necessity, following the needs of food, water and safety. But, there is also the hunger of movement, just for movement sake. It is the necessity to move and travel with few possessions, an endless appetite for new sights, sounds and experiences that drive individuals such as Mike Brodie. Brodie is one such adventurer, and lucky for us, he picked up a camera along the way and captured a rare take of the life of train hopping across America. Starting in 2004, at age seventeen, Brodie left his home in Pensacola, Florida; beginning a period of discovery and travel. He began meeting and sharing his adventures with a whole community of fellow nomads. You can see these photos at M+B Gallery in Los Angeles. The fact that Brodie was never formally trained in photography, and that his original intent was never to sell them or showcase them in a gallery, is the reason why they are so honest and intimate; raw and tough. This is the life on the road with a bunch of kids who could fall off a train and die at any moment, freeze in the cold, starve, get pregnant, or never value stability. It is the same group that may avoid frustration, apathy, and depression because they followed the restlessness inside and gave it a form and called it fun; or maybe just survival. Their tattoos speak volumes, “free rent” and “stay gold”. Their readings include Thompson’s: The Rum Diary, and short stories by Flannery O’Connor. They are definitely seekers, and Brodie makes us want to root for them.

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The Queen might be best known for travelling in a chauffeur-driven Bentley - or even a horse-drawn carriage - but she still likes to keep in touch with how the ordinary people get around, as she proved when she arrived on a suspiciously clean bus when visiting a medical research laboratory in Cambridge. The Queen travelling by tram in Melbourne, Australia in 2011. The Queen disembarks from an amphibious vehicle as members of the St Aubyn family wait to welcome her to Mount St. Michael in Cornwall.

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Last Thursday, a wildfire started in California's Angeles National Forest, north of Los Angeles, near a hydroelectric plant called as Powerhouse No. 1. The Powerhouse fire was pushed by erratic dry winds, destroying at least six homes near Lake Hughes, damaging many more, and leading to the evacuation of several thousand residents. Cooler weather has now allowed the firefighters to reach 60% containment of the fire, and some residents were allowed to return home. Yuccas catch fire as the Powerhouse fire makes a fast run toward Lake Hughes on June 1, 2013 south of Lake Hughes, California. The 32,000-acre wildfire destroyed numerous homes. More than 2,000 firefighters have been working in hot, dry conditions to establish containment lines around 60 percent of the fire as of June 4. Sparks fly from a glowing tree immediately after the main fire front swept over, south of Lake Hughes, California, and sparks fly from a hollowed tree burning within.

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