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Top Picks from the 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest

The National Geographic Photo Contest takes place every year and features three categories: wildlife, places, and people. Submissions must be original work and taken within two years of the date of entry. A panel of judges chooses three finalists from all three categories and awards them first, second, or third place. We’ve found some of the best, most breath-taking submissions from the 2018 contest and have listed them in this article.

Dusty Mountain Wrangling


Credit: Photograph by Lauren Summers. Source: nationalgeographic.com

The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch is located in a remote town called Shell in Wyoming, the US, where the cows outnumber the people. The horses are the main focus, and every day, a wrangler brings in the herd of more than 120 in during the morning roundup. This photograph, taken by Lauren Summers, shows just that – set against the sun rising behind the Big Horn Mountains, it captures the essence of the Wild West perfectly.