TOP TEN PHOTOS: Most Viewed of 2008

TOP TEN PHOTOS: Most Viewed of 2008
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2. Lizard-Snake Deadlock Steals the Show

An aptly named winner of the 2008 Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, "Deadlock" was captured in the dead of night in a Belizean rain forest.

U.K.-based David Maitland observed from midnight to 3 a.m. as a rare Morelet's tree frog doggedly refused to become supper for a cat-eyed snake--and still didn't see the conclusion. "I was exhausted," the photographer said.

The image may have lost out to a snow leopard photo for the contest's top honors, but "Deadlock"--the second most viewed photo posted on National Geographic News in 2008--appears to be the people's choice.

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—Photograph by David Maitland/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
 
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