National Geographic puts on a photography contest every year. The organization puts on this contest because they believe in inspiring photography that tells us something about the world we live in.
Here are the three winners of 2014, along with their descriptions of the photographs.
Image 1: Grand Prize and People Winner
Brian Yen, Hong Kong- 'A Node Glows in the Dark'
"In the last ten years, mobile data, smartphones and social networks have forever changed our existence. Although this woman stood at the center of a jam-packed train, the warm glow from her phone told the strangers around her that she wasn’t really there. She managed to slip away from “here” for a short moment; she’s a node flickering on the social web, roaming the Earth, free as a butterfly. Our existence is no longer stuck to the physical here; we’re free to run away, and run we will."
Image 2: Nature Winner
Nicole Cambre, Brussels, Belgium - 'The Great Migration'
"Jump of the wildebeest at the Mara River"
Image 3: Places Winner
Triston Yeo, Singapore - 'Bathing in Budapest'
"The thermal spas in Budapest [are] one of the favorite activities of Hungarians, especially in winter. We were fortunate to gain special access to shoot in the thermal spa thanks to our tour guide, Gabor. I love the mist, caused by the great difference in temperature between the hot spa water and the atmosphere. It makes the entire spa experience more surreal and mystical."