Jaw-dropping images from National Geographic's 2015 Photo Contest


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

Andrew Suryono/National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest

A young orangutan improvises an umbrella in Bali.

The winners of 2015's National Geographic Photo Contest have been announced, and as usual, the entries are absolutely breathtaking.

The contest selected winning photos in three categories: People, Places, and Nature, as well as a grand prize winner.

The first place winner in each category will receive $2,500, and their photo will be published in National Geographic magazine. The grand prize winner receives $7,500 in addition to the first-place prize, and a trip to the National Geographic Photography Seminar in Washington, DC, in January 2016.


Here are this year's winners: