Nat Geo Nature Photographer Of The Year Contest 2017 Is Beyond Excellence

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“Story behind the shutter” 

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Nowadays we see every second youth in this world is having a camera and call themselves photographer plus traveler. But, are they really that much talented or filled with skills? Well, don’t know!

But, we always wait for the unreal clicks of National Geographic’s photography contest because they are worth every wait.

The result of 2017’s National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year has been revealed in four categories: Wildlife, Aerials, Landscape, and Underwater. However, these winning pictures have faced competition from  11,000 entries.

Well, without wasting so much time on the intro, here has a look at the example of excellence and brilliance:

CATEGORY: Wildlife

  • 1st Place and Grand Prize: Face To Face In A River In Borneo by Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan

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.
  • 2nd Place: Mother’s love by Alejandro Prieto

‘Mother’s love’ by Alejandro Prieto, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. 2nd 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.
  • 3rd Place: White Fighters by Bence Mate

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.
  • Honorable Mention: Macaque Maintenance by Lance McMillan

A macaque being groomed at the Jigokudani snow monkey park in Japan. The Jigokudani snow monkey park has become a major tourist hot spot, attracting visitors from all over the world hoping to get a glimpse of these amazing creatures huddled together in hot springs. But because of the warmer than usual weather during this time, the macaques were frequently found lazing about on some nearby rocks instead of spending much of their time keeping warm in hot springs.
  • People’s Choice: Great Gray Owl by Harry Collins

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.

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  • 1st Place: Rock Pool by Todd Kennedy

A rock pool in Sydney, Australia at high tide. Waves crash over the edge. a long swimmer is undeterred.
  • 2nd Place: From above by Takahiro Bessho

From above’ by Takahiro Bessho, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. 2nd place, Aerials. Snow-covered metasequoia trees, also called dawn redwoods, interlace over a road in Takashima, Japan.
  • 3rd Place: Drip by Greg C.

‘Drip’ by Greg C., 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. 3rd 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.
  • Honorable Mention: Life after life by Agathe Bernard

‘Life after life’ by Agathe Bernard, 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year. Honorable mention, Aerials. As I was en route for a scientific survey, I saw this majestic cedar that had been washed out by a glacial river into the ocean. I asked the pilot to get closer and tilt the helicopter so I could take a photo looking straight down. As we flew over, a flock of white birds passed by. To me, it represents the life cycle perpetuating beautifully and the majestic still remaining long after the tree has died.
  • People’s Choice: Meandering Canyon by David Swindler

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.

CATEGORY: Landscapes

  • 1st Place: Firefall by Karim Iliya

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.
  • 2nd Place: DUSHANZI Grand Canyon by Yuhan Liao

DUSHANZI GRAND CANYON. Different types of metallic minerals make the canyon so splendid.
  • 3rd Place: Illuminate by Mike Olbinski Photography

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.
  • Honorable Mention: Cold and misty by Gheorge Popa

  • People’s Choice: Kalsoy by Wojciech Kruczyński

Kalsoy island and Kallur lighthouse in sunset light, Faroe Islands

Indeed, the creations are marvelous! Which one do you like the most? Let us know in the comment!

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