© George Tapan
© Helen Pearson
© James Vernacotola
© George Voulgaropoulos
© Felipe Carvalho
© Marius Coetzee
© Anuar Patjane
© Lisa Clarke
© Kent Shiraishi
© Hung-Hsiu Shih
© Izabelle Nordfjell
© Shikhei Goh

National Geographic’s 2011 photo contest concluded recently, and so here is a look at the winners, as well as some honorable mentions. The publication received over 20,000 photo submissions, so we imagine that going through such a vast amount of images and whittling them down to select these must have been quite the process. It was all worth it as some of these are truly amazing captures.

Check out the photos after the jump.

Source: The Atlantic