An image of a snow leopard in India from National Geographic was named Best Overall Photo in the 2008 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Steve Winter, who took the shot, says, "This is the hardest story I have ever done because of the altitude and the steepness of the mountains. At night it was 30 below zero [F°]." The other winning photographs include a dreamy underwater image of a southern right whale in New Zealand; a amazing closeup of a snake fighting with a frog in Belize and a surreal portrait of a black-crested macaque on Indonesia's Sulawesi island. (Click picture at left to see a few shots.) [National Geographic]

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That macaque is the freakiest thing I have ever seen in my life. I fear it might give me nightmares...