National Geographic photos of the year, 2009

By Grant Jacobs 01/01/2010

A mantee photographed in Florida–Yusude Okada, Japan

The Giant's Playground at night–Chris Gray, Canada

Not a science post, but a head’s up to visit National Geographic’s photography website for some stunning photographs, including the winners to the previous year’s competition.

Click on ‘Contest Winners’ to see 2009’s and earlier winners.

Don’t overlook the Viewer’s choices (change the pulldown menu).

There are galleries of more images and wallpapers for those that would like to use them as backdrops for your screen.

Other entertainment in Code for life with a pictorial bent:

TIME’s top ten scientific discoveries for 2009

Explore ancient science books on-line

Neti pots now validated as sound science?

Royal science

Snake coughs up new species

Visual illusions, change blindness and autism

World air traffic flow

World’s largest bacteria

Small world pictures