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Winners Of The 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest [14 Photos]

Photography. At it’s advent, you needed a giant camera and a subject who was willing to not move for about an hour. Now, every asshole with a telephone in their pocket and access to digital filters thinks they’re a professional photog.

Which is why it’s great to see things like the National Geographic Photo Contest — proving that there are such things good photos and bad photos, good photographers and bad photographers.

Plus you’re not a real photographer until you’ve looked a tiger in his eyes and snapped his portrait.

all photos via National Geographic / story via The Atlantic

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