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20 Winning Photos from National Geographic’s Nature Photographer of the Year 2017

Winners 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer

National Geographic has unveiled the winners of its 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest. The categories for the photos include wildlife, aerials, landscapes, and underwater. Selected from over 11,000 entries, this wildlife photo was selected as the grand prize winner.

The photo shows a male orangutan peering from behind a tree while crossing a river in the Tanjung Puting National Park in Borneo, Indonesia.

Winning Photos from National Geographic's Nature Photographer of the Year 2017Face to Face in a River in Borneo. Grand Prize Winner and First Place, Wildlife. A male orangutan peers from behind a tree while crossing a river in Borneo, Indonesia. Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

 

Winning Photos from National Geographic's Nature Photographer of the Year 2017

Meandering Canyon. People’s Choice, Aerial. Green vegetation blooms at the river’s edge—or riparian zone—of a meandering canyon in Utah. © David Swindler / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

 

Winning Photos from National Geographic's Nature Photographer of the Year 2017 Mother’s Love. Second Place, Wildlife. An adult Caribbean pink flamingo feeds a chick in Yucatán, Mexico. Both parents alternate feeding chicks, at first with a liquid baby food called “crop milk,” and then with regurgitated food. © Alejandro Prieto / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

 

Winning Photos from National Geographic's Nature Photographer of the Year 2017 Illuminate. Third Place, Landscapes. A summer thunderstorm unleashes lightning on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. © Mike Olbinski / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

 

Winning Photos from National Geographic's Nature Photographer of the Year 2017 Kalsoy. People’s Choice, Landscapes. Sunset illuminates a lighthouse and rainbow in the Faroe Islands. © Wojciech Kruczynski / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

 

Winning Photos from National Geographic's Nature Photographer of the Year 2017 Great Gray Owl. People’s Choice, Wildlife. A great gray owl swoops to kill in a New Hampshire field. © Harry Collins / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

 

Winning Photos from National Geographic's Nature Photographer of the Year 2017Rock Pool. First Place, Aerials. In Sydney, Australia, the Pacific Ocean at high tide breaks over a natural rock pool that was enlarged in the 1930s. Avoiding the crowds at the city’s many beaches, a local swims laps. © Todd Kennedy / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

 

Winning Photos from National Geographic's Nature Photographer of the Year 2017 In Your Face. Second Place, Underwater. Typically a shy species, a Caribbean reef shark investigates a remote-triggered camera in Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen marine-protected area. © Shane Gross / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

 

Winning Photos from National Geographic's Nature Photographer of the Year 2017

From Above. Second Place, Aerials. Snow-covered metasequoia trees, also called “dawn redwoods,” interlace over a road in Takashima, Japan. © Takahiro Bessho / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Winning Photos from National Geographic's Nature Photographer of the Year 2017

Drift. People’s Choice, Underwater. A Portuguese man-of-war nears the beach on a summer morning. Thousands of these jellyfish wash up on Australia’s eastern coast every year. © Matthew Smith / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Winning Photos from National Geographic's Nature Photographer of the Year 2017

Fluorescent Anenome. First Place, Underwater. Blue-filtered strobe lights stimulate fluorescent pigments in the clear tentacles of a tube-dwelling anemone in Hood Canal, Washington. © Jim Obester / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Winning Photos from National Geographic's Nature Photographer of the Year 2017

Firefall. First Place, Landscapes. Shortly before twilight in Kalapana, Hawai’i, a fragment of the cooled lava tube broke away, leaving the molten rock to fan in a fiery spray for less than half an hour before returning to a steady flow. © Karim Iliya / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Winning Photos from National Geographic's Nature Photographer of the Year 2017

White Fighters. Third Place, Wildlife. Two grey herons spar as a white-tailed eagle looks on in Hungary. © Bence Mate / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Winning Photos from National Geographic's Nature Photographer of the Year 2017

Cold and Misty. Honorable Mention, Landscapes. Morning fog blurs the dead trees of Romania’s Lake Cuejdel, a natural reservoir created by landslides. © Gheorghe Popa / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Winning Photos from National Geographic's Nature Photographer of the Year 2017

Flying fish in Motion. Third Place, Underwater. Buoyed by the Gulf Stream, a flying fish arcs through the night-dark water five miles off of Palm Beach, Florida. © Michael O’Neill / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Winning Photos from National Geographic's Nature Photographer of the Year 2017

Drip. Third Place, Aerials. On the flanks of Kilauea Volcano, Hawai’i, the world’s only lava ocean entry spills molten rock into the Pacific Ocean. After erupting in early 2016, the lava flow took about two months to reach the sea six miles away. © Greg C. / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Winning Photos from National Geographic's Nature Photographer of the Year 2017

Predators on a Bait Ball. Honorable Mention, Underwater. Preparing to strike, tarpon cut through a ribbon-like school of scad off the coast of Bonaire in the Caribbean Sea. © Jennifer O’Neil / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Winning Photos from National Geographic's Nature Photographer of the Year 2017

Life after Life. Honorable Mention, Aerials. Migratory gulls take flight from a cedar tree being washed downstream by a glacial river in British Columbia, Canada. © Agathe Bernard / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Winning Photos from National Geographic's Nature Photographer of the Year 2017

Macaque Maintenance. Honorable Mention, Wildlife. A Japanese macaque indulges in some grooming time on the shores of the famous hot springs. © Lance McMillan / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Winning Photos from National Geographic's Nature Photographer of the Year 2017

Dushanzi Grand Canyon. Second Place, Landscapes. Sunlight glances off mineral strata of different colors in Dushanzi Grand Canyon, China. © Yuhan Liao / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year