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National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 - Rare and endangered Australian Sea Lions (Neophoca cinerea) swim and play on the shallows of Hopkins Island, South Australia (Michael Patrick O'Neill)
National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 - At safari not only animals can attract attention (Dimitry Gorilovskiy)
Lone Tree Yellowstone Photo by Anita Erdmann A solitary tree surviving another harsh winter in Yellowstone National Park. (© Anita Erdmann) #
One morning while on the Big Island of Hawaii, I was exploring my surroundings to see if I could find something to photograph. I almost went back inside when something on this huge palm tree leaf caught my eye. I stayed around and it was this little gecko, startled by my presence he was hidden between the ridges of the leaf. He would pop his head up periodically to check his surroundings; as soon as he saw I was there, he would hide again. We played this game for a while until I got the shot.
National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 - Beluga whales in the arctic having fun. (Dafna Ben Nun)
National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 - An unexpected side-effect of the 2010 flooding in parts of Sindh, Pakistan, was that millions of spiders climbed up into the trees to escape the rising flood waters; because of the scale of the flooding and the fact that it took so long for the water to recede, many trees became cocooned in spider webs. (Russell Watkins)
National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 - This image was taken in wintertime in an arid area of the Canadian Rockies. Temperatures were below 30 degrees Celsius, yet because there was no snow fall the surface of the lake was uncovered allowing me to see and capture the bubbles (gas release from lake bed) that were trapped in the frozen water. (Emmanuel Coupe-Kalomiris)