2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

National Geographic Magazine has opened its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 4. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a 10-day trip for two to the Galapagos Islands.

1
“Paradise for Flamingoes 2.” Yu Huiping

1a
“Ocean Guest.” Mike Korostelev

3
“Skeeter Attack.” Jerry am Ende

2
“Napoleon.” Mike Korostelev

4
“Red Fox.” Kathryn Cooper

I was on a photographic safari in Chobe River, Botswana in April 2016 when I took this image. At this time of the year the water levels are high and herds of hippopotamus share the tributaries. This particular bull was very territorial and liked a mock charge whenever our boat (driven by a qualified local guide) passed his patch of the river on our daily outings. On this occasion, I pre-focussed my 600mm lens and fired a few shots at a safe distance and got this golden hour shot!
“Territorial Hippo.” Sam Kurtul

5a
“Leopard With Kill in a Tree.”

6
“Atlantic Puffin.” Harry Collins

6a
“The fox in the snowflakes.” Hiroki Inoue

7
“Buffalo Mud Bath.” Chris Schmid

8
“Celestial Terrestrial #1.” Matthew Smith

9
“Bear Hug.” Aaron Baggenstos

10
“Help!” Henrik Nilsson

1
“Washing Highline in Kjerag.” Fred Marie

2
“The Rolling Fields of Palouse.” Hamish Mitchell

3
“Pop the Top.” Lee Scott

4
“Crazy Man!” Gaby Barathieu

5
“Lava Ocean Entry.” Mason Lake

6
“Congeal.” Warren Keelan

7
“Pacific Storm.” Santiago Borja

8
“From Floor to Cloud.” Gilbert Fitoussi

9
“The Frozen Pond With Snow.” Kent Shiraishi

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