Awe-inspiring Photos from Nat Geo’s Nature Photographer of the Year 2016

It’s the final call for entries for the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the year 2016 competition. These are some of the stunning images submitted already.

The Grand Prize winner will enjoy a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos with National Geographic Expeditions.

Each category will feature three winners:

• First Place: $2,500

• Second Place: $750 and a signed National Geographic book

• Third Place: $500

Anyone interested has until November 4 to submit entries.


A grizzly bear chasing a salmon in the river, and the salmon trying to escape jumping out of the water. Photo and caption by Meril D.



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. Photo and caption by Mario Suarez Porras



We arrived at one of the watering holes in Etosha National Park in the late evening. Four Lions were devouring a large kudu that they killed. A pack of hyenas appeared from the bush nearby attracted by the smell of blood and food for them. What ensued was a fight for the dead kudu between 4 female lions and 16 hyenas. Needless to say, in the end the hyenas won and got the prized kudu. Photo and caption by NingYu Pao



Due to of global warming, glaciers have begun to decline. As a result, the ceiling of the cave became thin and the sunlight creates a wonderful picture of the different colours. (Photo and caption by Denis Budkov / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year)


Photo and caption by Alex Wiles / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year



Kingfisher (Alcedo athis) male with an engagement present for the female. Photo and caption by AndrÈs Miguel DomÌnguez



Quiet morning after raining for whole night in Xingping, Yangshuo. Photo and caption by Tianyuan Xiao



Northern gannets are the largest seabirds in the North Atlantic. They fish by diving into the sea, they can do it from a height of 30 meters with a speed of 80 km/hour, and pursuing their preys underwater. The island of Noss, in Shetland Islands, is one of the most important nesting point, with over 7000 breeding pairs. I took this picture in front of the high cliffs, from a small boat using an underwater housing, and surrounded by thousands of gannets flying, diving, shouting around me Öan amaz. Photo and caption by felipe foncuev



These Cheetah cubs didn’t seem to be enjoying the afternoon downpour. They ran close together as they tried to keep up with mum. I’d like to say that I kept dry taking this image but in order to capture the moment I had to lean out of the window, allowing the stair-rods of water into the vehicle and got drenched by doing so. Worth it though. Photo and caption by Gillian Lloyd



During my trip in Scotland, this shot was one of my first objective. I spent a lot of hours and days to get it. The sign on left down corner is a celtic spiral. It represent travel from the inner life to the higher spirit form. To the ancient people of Ireland it represented the sun and its cosmic energy. Photo and caption by Fabrice Petruzzi



Thousands of snow geese take flight during a snowy morning fly out at Bosque del Apache, New Mexico. It is loud and sounds like a passing train! Photo and caption by Eileen Johnson



A scene of sunrise rays which is reflected on an intense smoke of Bromo eruption. Photo and caption by Rifky Setya



This lil hummingbird baby was caught in my home. Here he is recouping from what was a stressful time being stuck. Minutes later her flew away. Photo and caption by Emily Riley



A herd of frosty buffalos walking in the snow towards thick fog produced by the Yellowstone geothermal activity. Photo and caption by Meril D.





near the chamonix glacier, panorama. Photo and caption by cmoon view


Sunrise over the Erta Ale lava lake (Photo and caption by Brina Bunt / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year)