Here are the winners of the 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest, selected from more than 13,000 entries. The grand prize winner is chosen among the first place winners in each category -- People, Places and Nature:
  1. Grand Prize and Nature Winner Photo: “DIRT” by James Smart
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    Jaw-dropping, rare anti-cyclonic tornado tracks in open farm land narrowly missing a home near Simla, Colorado.
  2. Places Winner Photo: “Asteroid” by Francisco Mingorance
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    On the occasion of the preparation of a report on Ríotinto from the air, I decided to include phosphogypsum ponds located in the marshes of red and whose radioactive discharges has destroyed part of the marsh. As an environmental photojournalist had to tell this story and report it but had to do with an image that by itself attract attention of the viewer. I discovered this on a low-flying training that caught my attention for its resemblance to the impact of an asteroid on its green waters.
  3. People Winner Photo: “At The Play Ground” by Joel Nsadha
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    Bwengye lives in a slum called Kamwokya in Kampala, Uganda's capital city. He cherishes his bicycle more than anything else. He brings it to this playground in the slum every evening where he watches kids playing soccer.
  4. Honorable Mention: “Changing Shifts” by Mohammed Yousef
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    In Masai Mara, the cubs of the famous cheetah called Malaika became young enough to start hunting. They moved from one hill to another scanning the lands. Here, they seemed to change shifts as one cheetah leaves the hill while the other takes her place.
  5. Honorable Mention: “Orangutan in The Rain” by Andrew Suryono
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    I was taking pictures of some Orangutans in Bali and then it started to rain. Just before I put my camera away, I saw this Orangutan took a taro leaf and put it on top on his head to protect himself from the rain! I immediately used my DSLR and telephoto lens to preserve this spontaneous magic moment.