Bangladesh suffered widespread damage as a result of Cyclone Amphan. Yet the Sundarbans mangrove forest acted as a natural barrier protecting the country from further destruction, as it has done countless times before.
National Geographic picks the most spectacular nature photos of 2017
National Geographic has awarded the best nature photography from all over the world, to make us discover, with more conscious eyes, the wonders surrounding us. Here are all the winning photos.
National Geographic, American-based magazine dedicated to the exploration of world and nature, annually chooses and awards the best international amateur nature photographs. The National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest aims to tell and illustrate our Planet’s environment and the species it is home to, while exposing the threats they’re facing too often due to humanity.
The best nature photo of 2017 according to National Geographic Nature was shot in Borneo
The 2017 edition’s winning picture, taken in Tanjung Putting National Park, Borneo by photographer Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan, is meaningful as it features an organgutan in its habitat, which is ever more fragmented and reduced due to deforestation. “If you travel to Borneo, you’ll see that almost 60 to 70 per cent of their habitat has been destroyed by palm oil farming,” said Bojan. “I was really excited that this particular image won the contest because I think the orangutans needed it more than me. The orangutans need more help than they’re getting”.
The competition and the other winners
Every year the photo contest calls photographers from all over the world, inviting them to upload their photos through Your shot (the National Geographic photography community) and compete in four categories: Wildlife, Landscapes, Aerials, and Underwater.
This year’s winners, chosen among 11,000 entries, have featured varied subjects, from an erupting volcano in Hawaii to an anemone underwater, from a macaque relaxing in natural hot springs to a rock pool during high tide in Australia. The result is a photo gallery that takes us on a journey that makes us discover the wonders of the world’s animal species, landscapes and ecosystems as well as reconsider humanity when compared with the magnificence of nature. A photo gallery showcasing the natural beauty that, in the end, takes our breath away.
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On top of a 2.4 million dollar compensation, the indigenous Ashaninka people will receive an official apology from the companies who deforested their lands in the 1980s.
The tapir was reintroduced into Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, the country’s most at-risk ecosystem. The species can play a key role in the forest’s recovery.
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After a legal battle that lasted two years, Indonesia’s Supreme Court has revoked the permit to mine for coal in the forests of South Kalimantan in Borneo.
The list of human and animal victims of the Australia wildfires keeps growing – one species might already have gone extinct – as the smoke even reaches South America.
Areas where the FARC guerrilla used to hold power in Colombia have faced record deforestation. Farmers cut down trees, burn land and plant grass for cows. Because, “what else can we do for a living here in the Colombian Amazon”? An intimate report from the heart of the felled forest in Caquetá.
Refusing the anthropocentric vision and respecting the laws of ecology is the only way to safeguard the future of our and all other species, Sea Shepherd President Paul Watson argues in this op-ed.
The 2019 edition of International Mountain Day is “Mountains matter for youth”, highlighting the need to bring young people back to highland areas to take care of their cultural and natural resources.