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”.

National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
The Grand prize winning photo features a male orangutan peering from behind a tree while crossing a river in Borneo, Indonesia. “Our judges were impressed by how the poignant image spoke to the impact deforestation is having on the habitat of this critical endangered species,” the magazine said © Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan/2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

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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