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Here are all the winners of the 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest

This year there were over 13,000 entries to the competition.

EVERY YEAR PHOTOGRAPHERS from around the globe enter the National Geographic Photo Contest.

Official categories are PeoplePlaces, and Nature, with 13 winners announced today. The grand prize went to James Smart, from Australia, for his shot of a tornado in action in Colorado in the US. Smart also won in the Nature category.

DIRT Source: James Smart/National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest

(ABOVE: Nature Winner Photo ‘Dirt’: Jaw-dropping, rare anti-cyclonic tornado tracks in open farm land narrowly missing a home near Simla, Colorado.)

The other winners include Joel Nsadha of Binghamton, New York, who was placed first in the People category for a portrait of a young man on his cherished bicycle in a slum in Uganda.

At The Play Ground Source: Joel Nsadha/National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest

(ABOVE: “At The Play Ground”: Bwengye lives in a slum called Kamwokya in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. He cherishes his bicycle more than anything else. He brings it to this playground in the slum every evening where he watches kids playing soccer. Location: Kampala, Central Region, Uganda.)

Francisco Mingorance of Andalusia, Spain, won in the Places category for his photo of a marsh in Spain that has been partially destroyed by radioactive waste.

Asteroid Source: Francisco Mingorance/National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest

(ABOVE: “Asteroid”: On the occasion of the preparation of a report on Ríotinto from the air, I decided to include phosphogypsum ponds located in the marshes of red and whose radioactive discharges has destroyed part of the marsh. As an environmental photojournalist had to tell this story and report it, but had to do with an image that by itself attract attention of the viewer. I discovered this on a low-flying training that caught my attention for its resemblance to the impact of an asteroid on its green waters. Location: Cardeñas, Andalusia, Spain.)

Other photographers with honourable mentions are:

Surrealist painting in nature “Surrealist painting in nature”: As the largest mountain ranges in Central Asia, Tian-shan ('sky-mountain' in Chinese), has one of the best collections of natural landscapes in the world and is seen by many as a paradise for outdoor adventures. Thanks to the richness of sediments compounded with the power of erosion by rivers flowing down the mountains, the north face of Tian-shan is carved into stunning plateaus and colourful canyons hundreds of meters deep, resulting in this surrealist painting in nature. Source: Photo and caption by Tugo Cheng/National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest

the game “The Game”: The game (Altinho) in Ipanema - Rio de Janeiro Location: Rio de Janeiro Source: Photo and caption by Simone Monte/National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest

Nothing to Declare “Nothing to Declare”: Taiwan - In the countryside, the funerals are usually accompanied by local chapels. When a family member dies, their body is kept in the house, or in a tent built specifically for this purpose. After a set period of time, the deceased, accompanied by a funeral procession is buried. Location: Douliu, Taiwan. Source: Photo and caption by Lars Hübner/National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest

Acrobate of the Air “Acrobat of the Air”A flocks of Alpine choughs (Pyrrhocorax graculus), mountain-dwelling birds, performs acrobatic displays in the air. I was able, during a windy day, to immortalise their impressive flight skills. Source: Photo and caption by Alessandra Meniconzi/National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest

White-fronted Bee-eaters“Colorful chaos”: White-fronted Bee-eaters getting together on a bough before going to sleep to their burrows, scraped into a sand wall. I was working on this theme for 18 days, as there were only 5-10 minutes a day, when the light conditions were appropriate, 90% of my trying did not succeed. I used flash lights to light only the ones sitting on the branch, and not to the others, flying above. When in the right angle, the backlight generated rainbow colouring through the wings of the flying birds. Location: Mkuze, KwaZulu-Natal, South AfricaSource: Photo and caption by Bence Mate/ National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest

Changing Shifts “Changing Shifts: ”In Masai Mara, the cubs of the famous cheetah called Malaika became young enough to start hunting. They moved from one hill to another scanning the lands. Here, they seemed to change shifts as one cheetah leaves the hill while the other takes her place. Location: Masai Mara, Rift Valley, Kenya. Source: Photo and caption by Mohammed Yousef/National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest

Overlooking Iraq from Iran “Overlooking Iraq from Iran”: There are relics left along the Iran-Iraq boarders. A group of Iranian female students play around an abandoned tank. Among them, one girl stands on the tank with her arms open.Location: Shalamcheh, Khuzestan, Iran Source: Photo and caption by Yanan Li/National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest

From Generation to Generation “From Generation to Generation”: This photo was taken during Chinese New Year's Eve of 2015 in Taiwan. While paying respects to our ancestors, I noticed how the light was coming into the room and saw the passing of incense sticks to each of our family members after sending our prayers. The photo is symbolic since the passing of incense sticks resembles and knowledge and wisdom passed down from generation to generation. Location: Taiwan Source: Photo and caption byJackson Hung/National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest

Hill of Crosses “Hill of Crosses”There are many hundreds of thousands of crosses, the Hill of Crosses has represented the peaceful resistance of Lithuanian Catholicism to oppression. Standing upon a small hill is the place where many spirits of the dead lives. When I visited this place, a girl in the pink dress ran through as if she brought the peace, hope, love. Location: Šiauliai, Siauliu Apskritis, Lithuania Source: Photo and caption by Hideki Mizuta/National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest

Orangutan in The Rain “Orangutan in The Rain”I was taking pictures of some Orangutans in Bali and then it started to rain. Just before I put my camera away, I saw this Orangutan took a taro leaf and put it on top on his head to protect himself from the rain! I immediately used my DSLR and telephoto lens to preserve this spontaneous magic moment. Location: Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia Source: Photo and caption by Andrew Suryono/National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest

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