National Geographic Reader Submissions Show Wonders of Nature photographers may want to consider entering National Geographic’s  ”Your Shot” competition. Photographers and readers of the magazine can submit images for possible prizes as well as publication on the website and in the magazine. Check out this slideshow to see some of the best photos from recent submissions. Then visit the National Geographic contest page to find out how you can enter.

As a leader in capturing our world through brilliant imagery, National Geographic sets the standard for photographic excellence. Last year, they received more than 16,000 contest entries submitted by photographers from 130 countries. This year they are accepting image submissions in three categories: people, places, and nature.

Judged on creativity and photographic quality, one first place winner will be selected in each category by a panel of experts. From the three category winners, the grand prize winner will be selected. This year’s contest judges are National Geographic magazine photographers Tim Laman, Amy Toensing, and Peter Essick.

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 2012.

Photographer Amnon Eichelberg describes the story behind his amazing image (pictured above).

“This shot was taken during our family tour of Iceland. The waterfall is called Seljalandsfoss. During this trip we used a motor home, so we camped about 500 meters from the [beautiful] waterfall. Before our dinner at 10 p.m., I took this image with the sunset colors.”

Cast your vote and weigh in on the best shots at

Photograph: Amnon Eichelberg/National Geographic Your Shot

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