20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Stare Into My Eyes

2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest has come to an end, but before the judges pick the winners, let's take a look at the best entries ourselves.

This year, photographers from around the world were competing in four categories: Landscape, Environmental Issues, Action, and Animal Portraits. "The four categories of this year’s contest will give photographers a chance to capture the complexity and beauty found in the world around us," remarked Sarah Polger, senior producer for National Geographic Travel and manager of National Geographic photo contests. "We anticipate compelling and revealing images."

The photographers are competing for a grand prize consisting of a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos with National Geographic Expeditions, and an incredible chance for two 15-minute portfolio reviews with National Geographic photo editors.
Who'd you give the grand prize to? Shout out in the comments below!

More info: National Geographic (h/t: mymodernmet)

#1 Hummingbird

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Hummingbird
Emily Riley

"A baby humming bird found his way into my home. He was a bit stunned so I let him recoup on our front porch. While waiting for his nectar to cool I captured a few images of him as he came back to his own."

#2 Dancing In The Rain

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Dancing In The Rain
Vladislav Kamenski

"Fox caught in action under the rain"

#3 Bathing In The Snow Flake

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Bathing In The Snow Flake
Hiroki Inoue

"The fox was bathing in the snow flake."

#4 Pacific Storm

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Pacific Storm
Santiago Borja

A colossal Cumulonimbus flashes over the Pacific Ocean as we circle around it at 37000 feet en route to South America

#5 Moving At A Snail's Pace...

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Moving At A Snail's Pace...
Samira Qadir

"While enjoying the sights of Chicago's Garfield Conservatory found this unlikely traveler taking a closer look at this Bromeliad. Sometimes you have to slow down to appreciate the tiny wonders right in front of you!"

#6 Icescape

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Icescape
Kelly King

#7 Puffin Studio

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Puffin Studio
Mario Suarez Porras

"This image was taken last summer on Skomer Island, Wales. It is well known for its wildlife, the puffin colony is one of the largest in U.K.The photo shows a detail or study of an Atlantic puffin resting peacefully under the rain. As Skomer is inhabited, puffins do not feel afraid of humans, and so people can be close to puffins and the photographer can think about the right composition and take this kind of intimate portraits. Also that morning the conditions came together: rain and light."

#8 Under The Waves

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Under The Waves
Christopher Markisz

"Waves of fog roll over a neighborhood in Mill Valley, California, as seen from the top of Mount Tamalpais."

#9 Mystic Woods

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Mystic Woods
Andrew George

#10 Ocean Guest

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Ocean Guest
Mike Korostelev

"Every autumn walruses swim to this rookery place in the North of Russia (Chukotka, Vankarem cape). One day, walking along the beach away from the rookery, I came across a lone walrus, who was sleeping on the shore, its tusks sticked in the sand. I carefully crept up to it and photographed it with a wide-angle lens. At some point it woke up and noticed me."

#11 Dragging You Deep Into The Woods !

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Dragging You Deep Into The Woods !
varun aditya

"A morning stroll into the blissful forest ! Ceaseless drizzles dampening the woods for 12 hours a day; The serene gloom which kept me guessing if it was a night or a day. Heavy fog, chilling breeze and the perennial silence could calm roaring sprits; And there I spotted this 20cm beauty the Green vine snake ! I wondered if i needed more reasons to capture this with the habitat; For I was blessed to see this at the place I was at. I immediately switched from the macro to the wide angle lens."

#12 Crocodile Waterline

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Crocodile Waterline
Brett Lobwein

"An American Crocodile on the surface in Gardens of the Queen, Cuba."

#13 Alien Lights

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Alien Lights
Russell Wiltshire

#14 Great Horned Owl Returning

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Great Horned Owl Returning
Robert Strickland

"This Great horned Owl is returning to her nest in an urban area near the busy Citrus county sheriffs office where the county deputies come and go pretty much on a regular basis. As well as it be near the highway leading to the high school campus."

#15 Engagement Present

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Engagement Present
Andrés Miguel Domínguez

"Kingfisher ( Alcedo athis) male with an engagement present for the female."

#16 Aerial Autumn

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Aerial Autumn
Manish Mamtani

"Aerial view of Fall colors, New Hampshire (09/10/2016)"

#17 A Portrait Of "Trapper"

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - A Portrait Of 'Trapper'
Graham McGeorge

"Trapper...she is a Great Horned Owl that has recently been fighting cancer of her eye lids (squamous cell carcinoma), but that doesn't stop her in any way.Trapper gets her name being used as a decoy to attract Swallow Tail Kites, where the research team will catch the kite and fit with telemetry and gain lots of helpful information about kites and their migration. But that's not her only trait. Trapper also serves as a foster mother for orphaned Great Horned Owlets at Avian Recondition Center."

#18 Wild Horses

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Wild Horses
Javier Arcenillas

"Taking place every year across Galicia, Rapa das Bestas, or "Shearing of the Beasts," involves cutting the manes of semi-feral horses that live in the mountains. Horses are rounded up into enclosures called curros, foals are branded and the adults groomed before being freed. The best known is the Rapa das Bestas of Sabucedo, which occurs on the first weekend in July."

#19 Sandstorm

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Sandstorm
Eugene Kitsios

"As I was photographing this young grey seal, we both got caught up in a sandstorm."

#20 Hair Lines Of Zebra

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Hair Lines Of Zebra
Yu huiping

"Hair lines of zebra"

#21 Phantom Spring

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Phantom Spring
Comyu Matsuoka

#22 Confrontation

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Confrontation
Karen Prisby

"A White-tailed eagle swoops in on a Hokkaido red fox to set it straight for stealing a fish. This confrontation happened out on frozen Lake Fuhren in Hokkaido, Japan. The fox escaped with the fish."

#23 Aladdin's Cave

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Aladdin's Cave
Denis Budkov

#24 Great Egret Against The Setting Sun

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Great Egret Against The Setting Sun
Arun P

#25 Stare Into My Eyes

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Stare Into My Eyes
Octoyura Bamahry

#26 Fire Dancer

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Fire Dancer
Brina Bunt

#27 The Frozen Pond With Snow

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - The Frozen Pond With Snow
Kent Shiraishi

#28 Under The Milky Way

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Under The Milky Way
Ignacio Carrera

#29 Crocodile Tears

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Crocodile Tears
Harry Lyndon-Skeggs

#30 Ufo Formation

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Ufo Formation
Takashi

#31 From The Shadows

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - From The Shadows
Harry Lyndon-Skeggs

#32 Larger Than Life

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Larger Than Life
Alex Wiles

#33 Proud Momma

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Proud Momma
Michael O'Neil

#34 Covered With Mist

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Covered With Mist
pradeep raja

#35 Diving

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Diving
felipe foncueva

#36 Tequilla Sunset

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Tequilla Sunset
Zhayynn James

#37 Long Shadows

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Long Shadows
Jassen T.

#38 Huge Scale Of Bats Hibernation

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Huge Scale Of Bats Hibernation
Kei Nomiyama

#39 The Zebra And The Oxpecker

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - The Zebra And The Oxpecker
YARON SCHMID

#40 The Glacier Pattern

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - The Glacier Pattern
Takashi Tsuneizumi

#41 Never Bother Dad When He's Sleeping

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Never Bother Dad When He's Sleeping
p. Kuhn

"During our trip to Botswana, we came across two lionesses and their six cubs, resting under a bush during mid-day. This male lion came along to visit the den. The females were very wary at first. We were told that a male lion will kill cubs that aren't his offspring. Fortunately, he laid down with the cubs and closed his eyes to sleep. The cubs were VERY excited to see their Dad! This little guy was trying so hard to get him to play! Dad was definitely NOT happy to be woken up."

#42 Life And Death

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Life And Death
Vadim Balakin

"These polar bear remains have been discovered at one of the islands of Northern Svalbard. Unfortunately we do not know definetely wether the bear died from starving or aging, but more likely if we see the good teeth status - from starving . They say nowdays such remains to be founded very often - global warming and ice situation influence the polar bear population a lot. Svalbard, Norway, august 2014"

#43 Harvest

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Harvest
Laura Barnett

#44 Time At The Water Hole

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Time At The Water Hole
Richard Costin

#45 Wet! Wet! Wet!

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Wet! Wet! Wet!
Gillian Lloyd

#46 Colorado River Trees

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Colorado River Trees
Stas Bartnikas

#47 Empire Rising

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Empire Rising
Sam Morris

#48 Land Of Everlasting Salt

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Land Of Everlasting Salt
A TOM

#49 Our Beloved Possessions

20+ Of The Best Entries From The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year - Our Beloved Possessions
Jassen T

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