National Geographic’s Photo of July

To photography enthusiasts: Here’s National Geographic’s Photo of the Month photographed by Carsten Peter.

A cloud-to-ground lightning strike severs the sky near Los Lunas, New Mexico. Tim Samaras and his crew chased the slow-moving storm cell until they ran out of road, and now can only watch as it moves on. New Mexico’s sparse road system makes lightning chasing difficult. Far easier to navigate are the tight grids of farm roads crisscrossing the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles.

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National Geographic 2012 Photo Contest

Here’s a reminder from the National Geographic:

First Place Winner of the 2011 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest:
Star Gazing at Crater Lake, Photo by Ben Canales

The 24th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest runs from April 5 to June 28, with an entry fee of $15. For procrastinators, the deadline is extended to July 11 with an increase of $10 per entry. Digital entries are accepted online in any of these four categories: Travel Portraits; Outdoor Scenes; Sense of Place; and Spontaneous Moments.

Prizes for a winning photo include: a National Geographic Galápagos Photography Expedition; a Santa Fe Workshop; a National Geographic Traveler Seminar; and $200 gift certificates to B&H Photo.

Last year nearly 13,000 images were submitted from all over the world. The pictures captured an assortment of the places, wildlife, and people that make traveling memorable, evoking a sense of delight, discovery—or both. See the winning photos from 2011.

In an era of Photoshop and ubiquitous imaging software, it is interesting to join in a photo contest. Goodluck!