Tuesday, January 08, 2013

The winning images from Nat Geo’s 2012 Photography Competition will blow you away

The winners of the 2012 National Geographic Photography Competition have been announced, and they are astounding.

Below you’ll find a handful of our favorite images from winners in each of the competition’s three entry categories: Nature, People and Places. (Be sure to click the photographer info beneath each image for a hi-res download.) Check out all of 2012′s winners, honorable mentions, and viewers’ choices — along with the 22,000 other entries from year’s competition — at National Geographic.

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Grand-Prize Winner & Winner of the Nature Category | Photo and caption by Ashley Vincent

The subject’s name is Busaba, a well cared for Indochinese Tigress whose home is at Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Thailand. I had taken many portraits of Busaba previously and it was becoming more and more difficult to come up with an image that appeared any different to the others. Which is why I took to observing her more carefully during my visits in the hope of capturing something of a behavioural shot. The opportunity finally presented itself while watching Busaba enjoying her private pool then shaking herself dry. In all humility I have to say that Mother Nature smiled favourably on me that day!
Honorable Mention Nature Category | Photo and caption by Eric Guth
Glacial ice washes ashore after calving off the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier on Iceland’s eastern coast. During the waning light of summer this image was created over the course of a 4 minute exposure while the photographer backlit the grounded glacial ice with a headlamp for 2 of those 4 minutes.

Honorable Mention People Category | Photo and caption by Ulrich Lambert
Stilt fishing is a typical fishing technique only seen in Sri Lanka. The fishermen sit on a cross bar called a petta tied to a vertical pole planted into the coral reef. This long exposure shot shows how unstable their position is.
Honorable Mention Nature Category | Photo and caption by Fransisca Harlijanto
I was surrounded by thousands of fish that moved in synchrony because of the predation that was happening. It was an incredible experience.
Winner of the Places Category | Photo and caption by Nenad Saljic
The Matterhorn 4478 m at full moon.
Viewers’ Choice People Winner | Photo and caption by Kai-Otto Melau
A race that follows in the path of the famous explorer Roald Amundsen brings the contestants to the Hardangervidda Mountainplateu, Norway. 100km across the plateau, the exact same route Amundsen used to prepare for his South Pole expedition in 1911 is still used by explorers today. Amundsen did not manage to cross the plateau and had to turn back because of bad weather. He allegedly said that the attempt to cross Hardangervidda was just as dangerous and hard as the conquering of the South Pole. The group in the picture used the race as preparations for an attempt to cross Greenland.


Winner of the People Category | Photo and caption by Micah Albert
At the end of the day women [in Dandora, Kenya] are allowed to pick through the dumpsite.

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UAE on hiring spree in 2013

UAE on hiring spree in 2013: Here’s a list of hot sectors for job opportunities

With several large-scale projects announced by UAE government and private sector, recruitment experts believe industry sectors will increase headcount this year

The UAE job market is expected to follow an upward trajectory this year after a steady 2012.
An increasing number of large-scale projects are being announced by the UAE government as well as the private sector. While that led a number of businesses to increase hiring (albeit cautiously) last year, recruitment experts in the country believe that quite a few industry segments and sectors will increase their headcount in the months to come.
This, obviously, augurs well for the market in the long-term, leading to salary hikes and job growth for individuals.
Sectors that are expected to generate jobs include both the traditional pillars of the economy – oil, gas and petrochemicals – as well as the previously battered ones, such as banking, construction and real estate, with the latter having a spill-over effect on industries like logistics.
As confidence returns to the market and the economy improves, we are also witnessing growth in fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and retail sectors, say jobs specialists.
“More construction throughout the region has prompted additional recruitment in this area as well as in property and real estate. This has had the knock-on effect of impacting other related industries such as utilities and logistics,” Gareth El Mettouri, Associate Director at recruitment specialists Robert Half International, told 'Emirates24|7'.
“The FMCG and healthcare/pharmaceuticals industries are also seeing additional demand and job creation,” he added.
Hasnain Qazi, Middle East Business Manager at hiring advisors Huxley Associates, lists his hot sectors for jobs in 2013. “Banking, oil & gas, construction/ Infrastructure projects, retail, leisure and tourism and FMCG,” are the sectors that will see strong hiring this year, he told this website.
Suhail Masri, VP Sales at Bayt.com also has similar picks. “In the UAE sectors [that are expected to hire the most are] banking/finance (34 per cent), oil, gas and petrochemicals (32 per cent), and telecommunications (27 per cent).” These findings are based on a survey conducted by the jobs site.
Retail, trade and logistics are strong areas for job opportunities this year on the back of a good 2012. According to a recent Monster Employment Index, these sectors in the country recorded a huge spike in online job opportunities, surging by 45 per cent year-on-year. The findings were released last month.
Analysts have predicted that more employers in the country are expected to hire this year.
Jennifer Campori, Managing Director, Middle East and Europe, Charterhouse Partnership, sees a strong year ahead as more projects have been announced with the second quarter of the year to set the stage for growth this year. [Read UAE jobs forecast 2013: More hiring than firing]
Employees in the country and the region at large are positive about the opportunities that 2013 will offer. As per a recent poll conducted by Bayt.com, 75.3 per cent of Mena professionals are feeling positive about ushering in 2013 and 65.3 per cent of the respondents (Mena based) expect a new job this year.
The jobs site’s last quarterly consumer confidence survey (November 2012) shows that prospects for the UAE are highly positive for the year 2013 as 49 per cent believe that their personal financial situation will improve, 47 per cent have similar positive hopes for the UAE’s economy, and 52 per cent also believe that business conditions will follow suit, while 37 per cent are optimistic about the availability of jobs.