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Jaw-Dropping 2016 National Geographic Photographer of the Year Photos

National Geographic calls for the best nature photos from the photographers around the world, and then announces the winners. The entries for the year 2016 are in, and they are exceptionally beautiful. These nature photos will leave you stunned, and give you a perspective of how diverse and beautiful our planet is. Enjoy!

Note: All captions are given by the photographers of the respective photos. 

The alien-looking southern calamari squid (Matthew Smith / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year)

A closeup of an Atlantic Puffin (Harry Collins / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year)

A sleeping walrus on the shore, Chukotka, Russia (Mike Korostelev / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year)

An African Buffalo full of mud late in the afternoon in the Masai Mara, Kenya (Chris Schmid / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year)

Jelly Waves over a shallow reef on the New South Wales South Coast, Australia. When there’s no wind on the ocean’s surface, waves can can look like surreal sheets of melting glass (Warren Keelan / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year)

Waves shoot high in Na Pali Coast, Hawaii (Lee Scott / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year)

Brown Bears, Katmai National Park, Alaska ( Aaron Baggenstos / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year)

 

The Palouse region of Washington State ( Hamish Mitchell / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year)

“Territorial Hippo”,   Chobe River, Botswana  (Sam Kurtul / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year)

“Help!”  (Henrik Nilsson / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year)

 

 Thousands of flamingoes, Lake Bogoria, Kenya ( Yu Huiping / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year)

“Washing Highline in Kjerag”,  Norway (Fred Marie / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year)

 

“Leopard With Kill in a Tree” (Daniela Deutzer / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year)

 

Over the Pacific Ocean, 37,000 feet en route to South America (Santiago Borja / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year)

 

Bear in the river searching for fishes, Russia ( Mike Korostelev / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year)

A group of mosquitos attacks a snapping turtle (Jerry am Ende / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year)

A fox bathing in snowflakes in Japan’s Shiretoko National Park (Hiroki Inoue / 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year)

Fahad Saleem

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