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Top Night Sky Photo Winners for 2014

Award winning astronomy photos sparkled this week.

See the Winning Nat Geo France Photojournalism Contest Photos

The Fujairah International Photo Competition in partnership with National Geographic France is now closed and we have chosen the winner—Abdollah Heidari from Iran has been awarded the Grand Prix of the 1st Fipcom/Nat Geo France photo contest. Born in 1985 in Tehran, Heidari’s striking and very moving reportage tells the story of school girls who were dramatically…

Nat Geo France Launches International Photojournalism Contest

Update: Last call to all the professional photographers of the world—there’s only one week left to enter the photojournalism competition! You can submit your best photos until January 31st on Fipcom’s website to enter the Fujairah-sponsored contest in partnership with National Geographic France. We’ve already received breathtaking features from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the fall of…

What’s the World’s Ugliest Animal?

A sagging, gelatinous creature called the blobfish is the new mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, which draws attention to the need to conserve animals of all shapes and sizes.

Best Rare-Bird Pictures of 2012 Named

In an international competition, photographers competed to capture pictures of the world’s rarest birds.

Making Dreams Come Alive

Guillermo Alfonso Castellanos Castro, a 24 year-old journalism student from Colombia, captured this photograph in Chaguani, a small village in Cundinamarca. It portrays a street teather company called ¨Nemcatacoa Teatro.¨ This photograph has been awarded the First Prize in Kike Calvo Photo Contest: Sandisk Latin American Edition. The photograph was selected from thousands of photo submissions from around…

Seeing Our Planet Through Children’s Eyes

The winners of Children’s Eyes On Earth International Youth Photography Contest were announced today, with first prize going to eight-year-old Anastasya Vorobko from Saint Petersburg in Russia, for her image SOS! This new photo contest, which was launched earlier this summer by National Geographic photographer, Reza, in association with the Azerbaijan-based NGO, IDEA (International Dialogue for Environmental…

Last Call for Entries to Youth Photography Contest

Young photographers aged 17 and under are reminded to submit their entries to the Children’s Eyes On Earth International Youth Photography Contest 2012 by September 15. Initiated by National Geographic photographer, Reza, and the non-governmental organisation, IDEA (International Dialogue for Environmental Action), the contest has already drawn entries from 73 nations around the globe, with…

Calling all young photographers

Children aged 17 and under have a unique opportunity to showcase their photographs in an exciting new global contest initiated by National Geographic photographer, REZA, and the non-governmental organisation, IDEA (International Dialogue for Environmental Action). The Children’s Eyes On Earth International Youth Photography Contest, Festival and Exhibition 2012 aims to raise awareness of environmental issues…

Last Chance to Vote for Discovery’s Wakeup Songs

The space shuttle Discovery is slated to launch on its final mission this week, and that means voting will soon close on NASA’s Space Rock contest. —Image courtesy NASA As we reported back in August, it’s been a tradition since the Apollo program to rouse slumbering astronauts with music selected either by flight controllers or…

Astronaut Idol: NASA Calls for Space Shuttle Wakeup Songs

Since the heady days of the Apollo program, NASA has asked friends and family of astronauts to select “wakeup music” for slumbering spacefarers. Astronaut Gregory C. Johnson rests in his sleeping bag on the space shuttle Atlantis in May 2009. —Picture courtesy NASA After all, sunrises are a dime a dozen in low-Earth orbit, and…

Hubble Contest Winner Arp 274 in Full Color!

You voted, and [unlike with Stephen Colbert] NASA listened. Now the good folks at Hubble have released this sparkling new image of the interacting galaxy group known as Arp 274: —Image courtesy NASA, ESA, M. Livio and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) According to NASA, the galactic trio received 67,021 votes out of the nearly…

Hubble’s Next Discovery: Interacting Galaxies

You voted, and here’s your new Hubble superstar: a pair of galaxies that seem to have locked arms in an interstellar dance. Of the six choices in Hubble’s contest, Arp 274 won by a landslide—67,021 votes, as compared to the next runner-up, the spiral galaxy NGC 5172, with 26,987 votes. Now Hubble scientists are preparing…

And the Winner Is …

Jamieanne Hassler of Indianapolis! This self-described cupcake addict baked up an amazingly creative version of Jupiter that, well, takes the cake in our Planetology cupcake contest. It really has been Jupiter’s lucky week so far: a new orbiter, an intriguing new study of its core, and now a sweet homage in the form of a…

Mars Science Lab Team Picks “Fab Four”; Naming Contest Debuts

After what sounded like some pretty exhilarating deliberations back in September, JPL announced today the final four candidate sites for landing the Mars Science Lab, NASA’s next big rover bound for the red planet. Sayonara, Miyamoto. Farewell, Nili Fossae. And so long South Meridiani. These three of the seven under consideration were voted off the…