WINNING ENTRIES OF THE NAT GEO NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2017

WINNING ENTRIES OF THE NAT GEO NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2017

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National Geographic just announced the winners of its annual photo competition, with the Grand Prize Winner Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan receiving a prize of $7,500 for his image of an orangutan in Borneo.

1st Place (Aerials)

A rock pool in sydney, Australia at high tide. Waves crash over the edge. a long swimmer is undeterred.
A rock pool in sydney, Australia at high tide. Waves crash over the edge. a long swimmer is undeterred.

1st Place (Landscapes)

This is nature in its most raw form: Hot liquid rock from the belly of our planet spilled over the side of these sea cliffs, exposed to the air for a brief moment before plummeting through a lava tube under the ocean. There were hissing sounds and explosions as it hit the water. Cooler parts moved like melted candle wax and at one point a section of lava collapsed and the molten lava fanned out. Even at a distance you could feel the heat. This is how the Hawaiian islands are made
This is nature in its most raw form: Hot liquid rock from the belly of our planet spilled over the side of these sea cliffs, exposed to the air for a brief moment before plummeting through a lava tube under the ocean. There were hissing sounds and explosions as it hit the water. Cooler parts moved like melted candle wax and at one point a section of lava collapsed and the molten lava fanned out. Even at a distance you could feel the heat. This is how the Hawaiian islands are made

1st Place (Underwater)

Tube dwelling anemone that fluoresces when stimulated with blue light
Tube dwelling anemone that fluoresces when stimulated with blue light

2nd Place (Aerials)

An aerial shot of Metasequoia trees.
An aerial shot of Metasequoia trees.

2nd Place (Landscapes)

DUSHANZI GRAND CANYON. Different types of metallic minerals make the canyon so splendid.
DUSHANZI GRAND CANYON. Different types of metallic minerals make the canyon so splendid.

2nd Place(Underwater)

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2nd Place(Wildlife)

pink flamingos feeding their young at a nesting area in RÌo Lagartos, Mexic.
pink flamingos feeding their young at a nesting area in RÌo Lagartos, Mexic.

3rd Place (Aerials)

Molten Earth meets the ocean on the flanks of Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawai'i. A perspective not seen until the advent of drones, this interaction between lava, water, and time contributes to the buildup of an island chain.
Molten Earth meets the ocean on the flanks of Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawai’i. A perspective not seen until the advent of drones, this interaction between lava, water, and time contributes to the buildup of an island chain.

3rd Place (Landscapes)

Have tried and failed so many times trying to get lightning after dark at the Grand Canyon. Years of driving up there to only come home empty handed. It's a 3.5 hour trip one-way to just sit in a spot and wait and wait and wait and not only hope for a storm to pop-up, but for it to be out over the Canyon and also to not rain on you. So many things have to come together for it to work out. And on this night, it did.
Have tried and failed so many times trying to get lightning after dark at the Grand Canyon. Years of driving up there to only come home empty handed. It’s a 3.5 hour trip one-way to just sit in a spot and wait and wait and wait and not only hope for a storm to pop-up, but for it to be out over the Canyon and also to not rain on you. So many things have to come together for it to work out. And on this night, it did.

3rd Place (Underwater)

A FLYING FISH SWIMS AT NIGHT IN THE GULF STREAM CURRENT FAR OFFSHORE PALM BEACH, FLORIDA.
A FLYING FISH SWIMS AT NIGHT IN THE GULF STREAM CURRENT FAR OFFSHORE PALM BEACH, FLORIDA.

3rd Place (Wildlife)

In winter when all waters freeze, water birds gather around the holes on the lake. Some of them would catch fish, while the rest are determined to steal fish from the others or even catch water birds. White-tailed Eagles are such birds, always looking for an opportunity to steal, and in the meantime they manage to confront and fight with everyone, even their conspecifics.
In winter when all waters freeze, water birds gather around the holes on the lake. Some of them would catch fish, while the rest are determined to steal fish from the others or even catch water birds. White-tailed Eagles are such birds, always looking for an opportunity to steal, and in the meantime they manage to confront and fight with everyone, even their conspecifics.

People’s Choice

Utah's canyons are quite impressive as your walking through the bottom. But they are equally EXTRAORDINARY when viewed from above. On this image, you can see the many twists and turns this canyon has cut through the sandstone. The bottom of the canyon is full or riparian vegetation and is a whole different world from that above it.
Utah’s canyons are quite impressive as your walking through the bottom. But they are equally EXTRAORDINARY when viewed from above. On this image, you can see the many twists and turns this canyon has cut through the sandstone. The bottom of the canyon is full or riparian vegetation and is a whole different world from that above it.

People’s Choice

Kalsoy island and Kallur lighthouse in sunset light, Faroe Islands
Kalsoy island and Kallur lighthouse in sunset light, Faroe Islands

People’s Choice

A Pacific man of war navigates close to the beach on a summers morning breeze. thousands of these nautical sailors end up washed up on australia's east coast every summer. they are my favourite shade of blue.
A Pacific man of war navigates close to the beach on a summers morning breeze. thousands of these nautical sailors end up washed up on australia’s east coast every summer. they are my favourite shade of blue.
A great gray owl hunting rodents in a field in New Hampshire, US. This bird was a rare visitor to this area and was worth the 7 1/2 hour drive to see it. The owl was not baited or called and this photo is during a natural hunt. Baiting has become a hot topic recently and it is very unfortunate that many people do it for the sake of a photo. With these owls in particular if you are patient enough you will see them hunt. They are not shy nor very intimidated by people.
A great gray owl hunting rodents in a field in New Hampshire, US. This bird was a rare visitor to this area and was worth the 7 1/2 hour drive to see it. The owl was not baited or called and this photo is during a natural hunt. Baiting has become a hot topic recently and it is very unfortunate that many people do it for the sake of a photo. With these owls in particular if you are patient enough you will see them hunt. They are not shy nor very intimidated by people.

And the winning entry

While looking for wild orang-utans in Tanjung putting national park, Indonesia, we witnessed this amazing sight of this huge male crossing a river despite the fact there were crocodiles in the river. Rapid palm oil farming has depleted their habitat and when pushed to the edge these intelligent creatures have learnt to adapt to the changing landscape, This is proof considering orang-utans hate water and never venture into a river. I got into the 5 feet deep river to get this perspective.
While looking for wild orang-utans in Tanjung putting national park, Indonesia, we witnessed this amazing sight of this huge male crossing a river despite the fact there were crocodiles in the river. Rapid palm oil farming has depleted their habitat and when pushed to the edge these intelligent creatures have learnt to adapt to the changing landscape, This is proof considering orang-utans hate water and never venture into a river. I got into the 5 feet deep river to get this perspective.