National Geographic has just announced the results of its prestigious 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year contest (2016 here), and the winning shots are the perfect celebration of Mother Earth. 11,000 photos were submitted, competing in four categories: wildlife, landscapes, aerials, and underwater.


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The grand-prize winner will receive $7,500 and their winning image will appear in an upcoming issue of National Geographic magazine. Also, one first-place winner will be selected from each of the four categories, all of them earning $2,500. To feed your passion for the living world, Bored Panda has collected some of our favorite shots from the competition, presenting them together with its prizewinners. Scroll down to take a closer look at nature and upvote the images you liked most.

More info: nationalgeographic.com

#1 Grand Prize Winner: Face To Face In A River In Borneo, Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan

Grand Prize Winner: Face To Face In A River In Borneo, Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan

A male orangutan peers from behind a tree while crossing a river in Borneo, Indonesia. Rampant palm oil cultivation threatens this critically endangered ape, forcing the normally arboreal species to resort to unusual behavior—such as wading through crocodile-infested rivers—in order to survive.

National Geographic , Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan Report

Maike 9 months ago

oh dear! how beautiful. how sad. These ape looks so very very shy and scared...

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#2 Pied Falconet Family, Kant Liang

Pied Falconet Family, Kant Liang

Pied Falconet is a species of bird of prey in the family Falconidae. They're very small (

National Geographic , Kant Liang Report

Talia Johnson 9 months ago

There's always that one sibling...

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#3 The Lion In The Sea Of Flowers, Ge Xiao

The Lion In The Sea Of Flowers, Ge Xiao

Early in the morning, the young male lion came to the dense flower sea, and he felt very satisfied. Swinging his head in the breeze, I took the picture.

National Geographic , Ge Xiao Report

Florian FlyingShark 9 months ago

This is the same photographer that took a picture of flamingos nesting and scared them with his helicopter, which can result in them abandoning the nest. Even if this picture is beautiful, this kind of photographers that doesn't respect nature should be banned from competition.

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#4 Mother Natures Camo, Cole Frechou

Mother Natures Camo, Cole Frechou

National Geographic , Cole Frechou Report

nanashi 9 months ago

it took me a moment to see it's not an aerial photo of a mountain covered by forests but a crocodile covered in moss

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#5 One Happy Seal Model, Lars Lykke

One Happy Seal Model, Lars Lykke

Went to the very north of Denmark, skagen, at sunrise and found this willing model.

National Geographic , Lars Lykke Report

Caitlyn McCracken 9 months ago

Draw me like one of your French seals

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#6 There Is Always Room For One More, Eivor Kuchta

There Is Always Room For One More, Eivor Kuchta

How many Mountain Goats can fit on this rock, if you start stacking them on top of each other? Mount Evans, Colorado, USA

National Geographic , Eivor Kuchta Report

RaY1 9 months ago

So adorable!!

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#7 Stealthy Eyes, Melissa Stevens

Stealthy Eyes, Melissa Stevens

Ever get the feeling you're being watched? The hair on the back of your neck starts to stand on end, you're checking your surroundings, you look up to see the glorious mountain beast and stare into the soul of this amazing creature while he's carefully analyzing your every move...

National Geographic , Melissa Stevens Report

Nancy E 9 months ago

Great shot to catch!

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#8 Liquid Bear, Mike Korostelev

Liquid Bear, Mike Korostelev

Bear from the water Kamchatka, Russia

National Geographic , Mike Korostelev Report

Hope Floats 9 months ago

How was this shot even taken? Amazing angle!

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#9 Tornado, Anuar Patjane Floriuk

Tornado, Anuar Patjane Floriuk

Bigeye Trevally forming a "tornado" at Cabo Pulmo National Park, Mexico
. A few years ago, local fisherman decided to stop fishing and bet all on ecotourism. That bet was successful economically, socially, and ecologically speaking. What used to be an almost lifeless place now has a complete life chain, even bull sharks are back and orcas come and visit often. Cabo Pulmo is a true example that by letting the... Read More

Bigeye Trevally forming a "tornado" at Cabo Pulmo National Park, Mexico
. A few years ago, local fisherman decided to stop fishing and bet all on ecotourism. That bet was successful economically, socially, and ecologically speaking. What used to be an almost lifeless place now has a complete life chain, even bull sharks are back and orcas come and visit often. Cabo Pulmo is a true example that by letting the ocean recover, it will do so by itself.

National Geographic , Anuar Patjane Floriuk Report

Talia Johnson 9 months ago

A great lesson!

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#10 Crowded, Martin Olson

Crowded, Martin Olson

As the only wild animals being herded in Sweden, once a year the reindeers of the different communities are gathered and separated by their owners and moved to better pastures for the winter. Since thousands of animals are gathered and then divided into handling facility sections, the process may take several days.

National Geographic , Martin Olson Report

Erika Daniel 9 months ago

I didn't know reindeer were real animals until I was 14 ._.

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