20 Amazing Winning Photos From Nat Geo’s 2016 Nature Photographer Contest That Will Inspire Your Next Trip

Take a look at the winning photos of National Geographic’s nature photographer of the year contest.

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. Who won this year? Greg Lecoeur who took a photo of both cape gannet birds and dolphins hunting sardines.

Grand Prize Winner: Sardine Run, South Africa


Honorable Mention, Environmental Issues: No Snow, No Ice? Barter Islands

Honorable Mention, Action: Jellyfish Feast, New South Wales, Australia

Honorable Mention, Animal Portraits: Crow Chasing Puffy Owl

First Place Winner, Animal Portraits: Dragging You Deep Into The Woods!

First Place Winner, Landscape: Struggle Of Life, Netherlands

Second Place Winner, Action: Approach, Wray, Colorado

Third Place Winner, Action: Changing Fortunes Of The Great Egret, Hungary

Honorable Mention, Environmental Issues: Wildfire At The Beach, Spain

Honorable Mention, Landscape: Serendipitous Green Meteor, India

Third Place Winner, Landscape: Pacific Storm, Pacific Ocean


Third Place Winner, Animal Portraits: Friendship Knows No Color, Spain

First Place Winner, Environmental Issues: Life And Death, Svalbard And Jan Mayen

Second Place Winner, Landscape: Wild Rink, Italy

Honorable Mention, Animal Portraits: Puffin Studio, United Kingdom

Honorable Mention, Environmental Issues: American Flowers, Greenland

Third Place Winner, Environmental Issues: Toxic Vanity, United Kingdom

Second Place Winner, Environmental Issues: The View Outside Facebook Hq, California

Second Place Winner, Animal Portraits: Proud Momma, Florida