5 of my Favourite photos from 2016 Nat Geo photography contest

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If you ever need a reminder that the world is full of amazing places to visit and see, just take a look at the winning photos of National Geographic's nature photographer of the year contest. The winning photos will make you rethink your vacation plans in a heartbeat.

The contest, which ran from August to November, included four categories: Animal Portraits, Landscape, Action, and Environmental Issues. The magazine also issued a grand prize winner from submissions in these categories.

Take a look at 5 of my favourites entries for National Geographic's travel photographer of the year contest.

#No1: The winner

 

This picture took the grand prize. This picture is simply magical, and the photographer was just on -point with this shot.

Here is the photographer's story;

During the sardine migration along the Wild Coast of South Africa, millions of sardines are preyed upon by marine predators such as dolphins, marine birds, sharks, whales, penguins, sailfishes, and sea lions. The hunt begins with common dolphins that have developed special hunting techniques to create and drive bait balls to the surface. In recent years, probably due to overfishing and climate change, the annual sardine run has become more and more unpredictable. It took me two weeks to have the opportunity to witness and capture this marine predation."

#No2 by Tori-Shea Ostberg( Pacific Storm)

#No3:

"A young woman in a bikini looks at an approaching forest fire near the beach. A firefighting plane drops water to extinguish the wildfire. This image was taken at the beach of Son Serra, on the island of Mallorca, on Aug. 18, 2016."

#No4

"A solitary bear sits on the edge of Barter Island, Alaska. There is no snow when, at this time of year, there should be. The locals in Kaktovik noted that it's been an unseasonably warm Winter, and that the ice will be late in forming this year. This will have an impact on the local polar bear population when it comes time to hunt seals for their food in the Winter months."

#No5: Friendship knows colour

I agree with the caption of this  picture.

Here is the photographer's story;

Two bodies of Empusa pennata in the same plant was the rare scene I found when I visited one of my favorite locations for macro shots. This area is located near a village called Las Rozas in Madrid, Spain. There’s a small stream about one kilometer long where you can find a varied ecosystem with many different types of insects and arachnids. From May to September, I had seen up to four different Empusas alone on their plants, but on this day I was extremely lucky when I found two individuals on the same plant. I took advantage of such a discovery and mounted my macro set and took several photos of this magical scene, where the Empusas seem to play or dance, sharing the same plant like good friends."

 

Addendum

I could not help but pick this photograph, the expression of the owl was priceless as it was about to be caught by the Crow. I never knew Crow were the agressive type, but teh question we will never know is whether the Owl escaped.   Here is the photographer's story; "This shot was taken on an early September afternoon along the riverbank at Pasir Ris Park in east Singapore. I was hoping to capture wildlife in action when some movement in the bushes nearby caught my attention. Instinctively, I prepared my equipment to capture any action that might ensue. I was fortunate enough to witness this adult crow chasing an adult buffy fish owl right in front of me, proving at once that the crow was the more aggressive species of the two. The entire spectacle between these day and night creatures lasted less than two seconds and exemplified nature in its uninhibited form."   To see the full gallery of photos that won the Price, See Here Source: Pop Sugar  

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