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2013 National Geographic Photo Contest

Photo and caption by Erin Wallis/National Geographic Photo Contest -

Westley Wade was born pre-maturely at 28 weeks due to complications with pre-eclampsia.  In this image, his adoring parents were just told that depending on test results their baby who weighed less than 2 pounds could potentially need heart surgery.  As his parents emotionally looked down at him through cords and wires, this warrior new born (4 day old) baby boy Westley shot his hand up straight for them as if to let them know, that everything would in fact, be alright.  Gratefully, it was and is. Westley is now 10 pounds 9 oz at 4.5 months and continues to amaze everyone who crosses his path.

2013 National Geographic Photo Contest

As a leader in capturing our world through brilliant imagery, National Geographic sets the standard for photographic excellence. Last year, we received more than 22,000 entries from over 150 countries, with professional photographers and amateur photo enthusiasts across the globe participating. Well, it's that time of year again—send us your best shots in any of these three categories: people, places and nature. Please submit images that accurately reflect the captured moment in time. In other words, keep it real.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2014: A behind-the-scenes experience like none other.

During the contest, come back weekly to see our editors’ top picks. Want to be your own judge? View every photo, choose your own faves, then share them with family and friends. (National Geographic)