In the best Big Picture posting for some time (linked from the AV Club), they have acquired access to the entries for National Geographic’s annual photography contest (it’s open until the 30th if you want to compete!). They’ve put together an incredible selection and you should really go and look at them all, but here are some of my favourites:

Supercell thunderstorm, Montana, by Sean Harvey

Brown bear, Buskin River, Kodiak Alaska, by James Haskins

Praying Mantis, by Fred Turck

French Foreign Legionnaire, Afghanistan, by Steven Greaves

Suradita Village, West Java, Indonesia, by Ario Wibisono

Update 30th November: Gosh, thanks everybody for all the kind comments! It’s an honour to have been freshly pressed and I’m glad so many people enjoyed these photos. I do encourage you to follow the links at the top of the post and see all of the other amazing entries in this National Geographic competition. Also, follow The Big Picture on for frequent instalments of excellent new photography.