It's that time of year again! Time for NGM's annual photo contest. I've hand-picked 13 of my favorites below, but feel free to mosey on over to National Geographic's Web site for hundreds more, not to mention to be able to enter your own photo! Incidentally, while sifting through the entries and then republishing them here on the _floss, I was listening to "Any Other Name" by Thomas Newman. I highly recommend it for these photos. It really makes the experience special. (Isn't that special?) I've embedded the YouTube video at the bottom of this post so you can put your headphones on, click play, and start to scroll through the images.