These 16 Award Winning Nature Photos Are Unbelievably Inspiring

National Geographic have amazed us once again....

Being shortlisted by National Geographic is a dream for every photographer. To be able to get on this list you not only need to have an amazing eye and incredible skill, you also need an understanding of the planet around you and how to capture the collective mood of the time in a single shot.

All of these photographs managed to do exactly that, whether they’re in the action, landscape, animal or environmental categories, they all succeed in making a statement and creating an emotion in the viewer.

The first prize this year, which came with a 10-day trip for two to the Galapagos Islands, two 15-minute image portfolio reviews with organisation’s photo editors and a $2,500 cash prize went to Greg Lecoeur for his shot of predators hunting sardines underwater.

Check out Greg’s photo, along with all the other amazing winners, below:

1) Proud Momma, Florida

Photo: Michael O’Neill

2nd Place Winner: Animal Portraits

2) The View Outside Facebook Hq, California

Photo: Chris McCann

Second Place Winner: Environmental Issues

3) American Flowers #1, Greenland

Photo: Ken Bower

Honourable Mention: Environmental Issues

4) Toxic Vanity, United Kingdom

Photo: Eleanor Ryder

Third Place Winner: Environmental Issues

5) Wildfire At The Beach, Spain

Photo: Sergej Chursyn

Honourable Mention: Environmental Issues

6)  Wild Rink, Italy

Photo: Alessandro Gruzza

Second Place Winner: Landscape

7) Friendship Knows No Color, Spain


Third Place Winner: Animal Portraits

8)  Life And Death, Svalbard And Jan Mayen

Photo: Vadim Balakin

First Place Winner: Environmental Issues

9) Changing Fortunes Of The Great Egret, Hungary

Photo: Zsolt Kudich

Third Place Winner: Action

10) Approach, Wray, Colorado

Photo: Tori Shea-Ostberg

Second Place Winner: Action

11) Dragging You Deep Into The Woods!

Photo: Varun Aditya

First Place Winner: Animal Portraits

12)  Sardine Run

Photo: G. Lecoeur

Grand Prize Winner

13) Puffin Studio

Photo: Mario Suarez Porras

Honorable Mention: Animal Portraits

14)  Crow Chasing Puffy Owl


Honorable Mention: Animal Portraits

15) No Snow, No Ice?

Photo: Patty Waymire

Honourable Mention: Environmental Issues

16) Pacific Storm, Pacific Ocean

Photo: Santiago Borja

Third Place Winner, Landscape

17) Serendipitous Green Meteor, India

Photo: Prasenjeet Yadav

Honorable Mention, Landscape

18) Struggle Of Life, Netherlands

Photo: Jacob Kaptein

First Place Winner, Landscape

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