45+ Wallpapers from the National Geographic Photo Contest

Nov 13, 2011 - 9 Comments

National Geographic wallpapers

The entries into the 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest make for some spectacular wallpapers, one of which was shown in a recent tip screenshot and requested. You can find them split between TheAtlantic and National Geographic:

NationalGeographic: National Geographic Contest Entries Wallpapers

TheAtlantic: National Geographic Photo Contest 2011

Most of the wallpapers are best on lower resolution displays of Macs and iOS because they almost all max out somewhere between 1247×831 and 1600×1200 resolution, with the higher res offerings coming from National Geographics wallpaper section. iOS, OS X, and Windows all do a decent job of scaling them up as long as you don’t push them too far. If you’re running a very high resolution, you may want to look elsewhere though.


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  1. Steve says:

    Zip ???

  2. […] like a few of the background pictures that Apple selected for OS X Mountain Lion come from the National Geographic Photo Contest wallpaper collection we posted a while back. Regardless of where they come from, they’re all gorgeous as […]

  3. Jim says:

    Unfortunately, all the pictures are 1600×1200 and I have a 2560×1600″ LCD, so they look horrible stretched to fit.

  4. Juan says:

    This is an amazing collection of wallpapers! I just started tinkering with the “change everyday” option for the wallpaper and it’s really nice to open my laptop up and find one of these beautiful pictures as my desktop every day! Thank you

  5. […] Apple already includes many beautiful desktop wallpapers on the Mac, as well as iOS, OS X Daily points out that National Geographic makes the photos from their annual photo contest available as well, […]

  6. Mario says:

    1600×1200? Who uses that any more.

  7. Nemrod says:

    Yes, could be a good idea …

  8. Kicker13 says:

    Was going for a downloaded zip pack, anyone?

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