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The best photos from National Geographic May 2010.

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The best photos May 2010.

The National Geographic Society (NGS), headquartered in Washington, D.C. in the United States, is one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world.

Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, the promotion of environmental and historical conservation, and the study of world culture and history.

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Serra da Leba, Angola
Photograph by Kostadin Luchansky


This is Serra da Leba, a landmark in Angola. It has been one of the country's postcard images for decades, but all shots were taken by day. I needed something different. I decided to try a night shot, but it seemed impossible: pitch black, foggy, an altitude of 1,800 meters (5,000 feet). My Nikon can stay open as long as 60 seconds max. But a car takes a few minutes to climb and descend and complete the "drawing." The fog was blocking! Suddenly the fog cleared, a car went down, another went up, and they met in the middle in under 60 seconds. Painting done.


Pantanal, Brazil

Photograph by Mike Bueno


Birds in the Pantanal of Mato Grosso in central-western Brazil


Rideout Bay, Ontario

Photograph by Lee Anne Carver


This is an image from Rideout Bay in Kenora, Ontario, situated on the Lake of the Woods. The February sun veiled the shoreline as it teased the fog from the open water. There is no reason to believe this point looked any different 500 years ago, and I welcome its haunting invitation to return to innocence.


Afghan National Policeman, Kabul

Photograph by Shashwat Saraf

It was very strange to see an Afghan National Police officer manning the completely destroyed and abandoned Darul Laman Palace in Kabul. Darul Aman was built during the 1920s as a part of the reformist King Amanullah Khan's modernization drive. It is an imposing neoclassical building on a hilltop overlooking a flat, dusty valley in the western part of the Afghan capital.


Beijing Tourists

Photograph by Tsi Wang

Benches lining the walls outside the Forbidden City provide a moment’s rest for tourists visiting the ancient imperial palace in Beijing. The 178-acre (72-hectare) complex draws more than seven million tourists each year and ranks as China’s top attraction.

Nagqu Horse Festival, Tibet
Photograph by Michael Yamashita, National Geographic

Teenage jockeys race Nangchen purebreds at the Nagqu Horse Festival, a centuries-old summer gathering on the Tea Horse Road in Tibet. The competition features the Nangchen, long prized for its speed and stamina.


Bridal Procession
Photograph by Antonino Puppi


Women in bright saris crowd together as they walk in a bridal procession in Mandawa, Rajasthan. Rajasthan is the largest state in India—a land of extremes—encompassing steamy forests, dry plains, and the snowy Himalaya.
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Night Landscape, Tanzania
Photograph by Antonio Busiello


I took this picture at nighttime in Tanzania. The tree is lit with tent light and the flash.


Hazrat Ali Mosque, Afghanistan
Photograph by Shashwat Saraf


Here, a woman passes the Hazrat Ali mosque (the "Blue Mosque") in Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan, where deep ethnic and religious divides are briefly bridged as Sunni and Shiite alike come to pray.


Sidewalk Café, Paris
Photograph by Steven Greaves



Paris is a densely settled metropolis, but one with numerous small parks and gardens. Most public places have benches or chairs, which encourage people to stop, rest, and talk. And of course sidewalk cafés, like this one, are everywhere.



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I like nature, cooking and photography. In my travels between Argentina and Italy I prefer witness through photography environment, natural and gastronomic riches.

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