2014 National Geographic Photo Contest is underway

Last year, National Geographic received more than 7,000 entries from over 150 countries, with professional photographers and amateur photo enthusiasts across the globe participating. Well, it’s that time of year again—send your best shots in any of these three categories: people, places and nature.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2015: A behind-the-scenes experience like none other.

Submission deadline is October 31st.

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Photos of the day - September 29, 2014

George Clooney, flanked by his wife Amal Alamuddin, waves from a water-taxi after leaving the city hall in Venice, Italy –– A man showing symptoms of Ebola waits to be granted entrance at a treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia –– A calm and tranquil North Sea laps against the art installation, “The Couple” by artist Sean Henery just off the coast at  Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, in north east England –– Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko attends a wreath laying ceremony at the monument for the victims of the Nazi massacre in Babiy Yar, Kiev –– A Pakistani man pushes his son to go and play with a goat displayed for sale in preparation for the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, or “Feast of Sacrifice”, on a roadside on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan… are just a few of the photos of the day for September 29, 2014.

(Photos by AP Photo/Luigi Costantini, AP Photo/Jerome Delay, AP Photo/PA, Owen Humphreys, EPA/Roman Pilipey AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

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Photos of the day - September 28, 2014

Syrian Kurds wait near Mursitpinar border crossing to return to their homes in the Syrian city of Kobani, Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann is doused by his teammates pitching a no-hitter, against the Miami Marlins and police use pepper spray as they clash with protesters in the financial Central district in Hong Kong are some of the photos of the day. (AP/Reuters)

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Photos of the day - September 27, 2014

BASE jumper Luke Denniss gestures as he dives in the air from the Kuala Lumpur Tower, Pope Francis attends a Vespers prayer in Rome and George Clooney waves as he arrives at the Amam Luxury Hotel for his marriage with Amal Alamuddin in Venice are some of the photos of the day. (AP/Reuters)

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Mount Ontake erupts

A volcano in central Japan erupted in spectacular fashion, catching mountain climbers by surprise and stranding at least 40 injured people in areas that rescue workers have been unable to reach. Another seven people were missing.

The injured, unable to descend 3,067-meter (10,062-foot) Mount Ontake on their own, are staying in mountain lodges, said Sohei Hanamura, a crisis management official in Nagano prefecture. Thirty-two people had serious injuries, including at least seven who lost consciousness. (AP)

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Eric Holder, the first African-American to serve as attorney general of the United States, announced his resignation on Thursday, after a sometimes-stormy 5-1/2-year tenure as the nation’s top law enforcement official.

Holder is a key adviser to President Barack Obama on matters of race and civil rights, and his legacy will reflect a deep commitment to aggressive enforcement of anti-discrimination laws and striving to eliminate racial disparities in criminal sentences.

Holder was also a polarizing figure, attracting criticism for what detractors said was his misuse of the levers of power at the Justice Department to protect the Obama administration and its Democratic allies. (CSM)

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Russia From Above: the Most Amazing Aerial Shots Ever

Since 2003, photographer Serguei Fomine has been shooting Russia’s most attractive natural, historical, and architectural objects from different aircrafts. This passion project has taken him to over 30 regions of Russia and had its share of dangers, including one incident in a balloon that landed in a swamp “with a great acceleration,” says Fomine. By a miracle, his lenses survived. Fomine says his work never loses its allure: “It doesn’t matter what I managed to photograph on that day — a strict geometric pattern of the St. Peter and St. Paul Fortress, goose flock spilled over the Ob river, or the lake in the crater of the volcano in Kamchatka — while landing on the ground I catch myself on the same thought: “How beautiful the flight was!”

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Photos of the day - September 26, 2014

'Looks Like The Cat' having a wash after a trackwork session at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne –– An Afghan refugee boy jumps into the water while he and others swim in a polluted stream to cool off as the temperature rises, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan –– Spectators gather overlooking the 7th and 8th hole during the fourball matches on the first day of the Ryder Cup golf tournament, at Gleneagles, Scotland –– Models present creations for Issey Miyake during the 2015 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris, France –– A little girl makes the peace sign after Kurdish Syrian refugees and Turkish protestors pull down a part of the Turkish-Syrian border fence, near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province… are just a few of our photos of the day for September 26, 2014.

(Photos by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images, AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images, Getty Images)

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Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Top lawmakers in Congress have approved the use of leftover Afghanistan war money to fight Ebola in West Africa.

But just $50 million of President Barack Obama’s $1 billion request has been approved for immediate use, under the opaque process by which congressional panels OK transfers between agency accounts. a House Appropriations Committee spokeswoman said. (AP)

(Photos by REUTERS/Luc Gnago, AP Photo/ Tanya Bindra, AP Photo/Jerome Delay, REUTERS/James Giahyue)

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Syrian refugees

Nearly 140,000 Syrian Kurds have fled into Turkey since last week, the fastest exodus of the entire three-year civil war. The United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday it was making contingency plans in case all 400,000 inhabitants of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani fled into Turkey to escape advancing Islamic State militants.

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