Download Hundreds of Breathtaking National Geographic Wallpapers for Mac, iPhone and iPad [Gallery]

Download Hundreds of Breathtaking National Geographic Wallpapers for Mac, iPhone and iPad [Gallery]

OS X already comes with a sizable library of some of nature photography’s most beautiful pictures, curated personally by Steve Jobs for use as wallpapers. But as breathtaking as OS X’s default wallpapers can be, if you have your Mac desktop set to randomize, you’re probably sick to death of them at this point.

The foremost name in beautiful nature photography is here to help you supplement them. Every year, National Geographic holds a photo contest, and this year, they have put up all of their entries in downloadable JPEGs suitable for the desktop, iPhone or iPad.

We’ve knocked up a few of our favorites in the gallery below, but if none of these work for you as a wallpaper, you can choose between hundreds more over at National Geographic’s website.

Most of the images max out at 1600 x 1200, so while they’ll be fine for most Mac laptops, if you have a 27-inch iMac, you’ll have to put up with a little bit of up-rezzing. The iPad and iPhone versions all look great, though.

I love these. Trapped behind a computer all day, it can really be easy to forget how staggeringly magnificent and awesomely monstrous the world can really be. Catching periodic glimpses of it in the background of my digital life is what helps me go out into it more often.

Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

Download Hundreds of Breathtaking National Geographic Wallpapers for Mac, iPhone and iPad [Gallery]

Download Hundreds of Breathtaking National Geographic Wallpapers for Mac, iPhone and iPad [Gallery]

Download Hundreds of Breathtaking National Geographic Wallpapers for Mac, iPhone and iPad [Gallery]

Download Hundreds of Breathtaking National Geographic Wallpapers for Mac, iPhone and iPad [Gallery]

Download Hundreds of Breathtaking National Geographic Wallpapers for Mac, iPhone and iPad [Gallery]

Download Hundreds of Breathtaking National Geographic Wallpapers for Mac, iPhone and iPad [Gallery]

Download Hundreds of Breathtaking National Geographic Wallpapers for Mac, iPhone and iPad [Gallery]

Download Hundreds of Breathtaking National Geographic Wallpapers for Mac, iPhone and iPad [Gallery]

Download Hundreds of Breathtaking National Geographic Wallpapers for Mac, iPhone and iPad [Gallery]

Download Hundreds of Breathtaking National Geographic Wallpapers for Mac, iPhone and iPad [Gallery]

Download Hundreds of Breathtaking National Geographic Wallpapers for Mac, iPhone and iPad [Gallery]

Download Hundreds of Breathtaking National Geographic Wallpapers for Mac, iPhone and iPad [Gallery]

Download Hundreds of Breathtaking National Geographic Wallpapers for Mac, iPhone and iPad [Gallery]

Download Hundreds of Breathtaking National Geographic Wallpapers for Mac, iPhone and iPad [Gallery]

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  • Martin Topinka

    Awesome! Thanks!

  • r

    I love the Beatles reference on one of the pictures…an “Octopus’s Garden”

  • Sarah Reichelt

    Pic-a-POD has just been accepted into the Mac App Store! Download pictures of the day automatically from a selection of sites, including National Geographic, and use them for your desktop wallpaper.http://http://www.picapod.com/

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