The winners of the photo competition of National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2016 . Best shots were selected from thousands of images that show the strangeness and diversity of nature that surrounds us.

Home victory and the title of “Photographer of the Year” won Mr. Lecourt, depicting the migration of sardines along the wild coast of South Africa. He will get the grand prize: a 10-day trip for two to the Galapagos Expedition National Geographic.
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In each category, three winners determined. In the first place contestants will receive 2500 dollars; for the second place – 750 and signed the book National Geographic; Third place – $ 500.

Please find pictures of nature, which was named the best referee of the competition this year.

The main winner – Running sardines
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Picture Author: G. Lecoeur

Second place in the “Action” category – Approaching
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Picture Author: Tori Shea-Ostberg

Third place in the “Action” category – Various state large heron
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Picture Author: Zsolt Kudich

Honorable Mention in the “Action” category – Jellyfish at the banquet
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Picture Author: Scott Portelli

First place in the “Landscape” category – Fight Life
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Picture Author: Jacob Kaptein

First place in the “Landscape” category – Wild rink
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Picture Author: Alessandro Gruzza

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Third place in the “Landscape” category – Pacific Storm
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Picture Author: Santiago Borja

Honorable Mention in the “Landscape” category – green meteor
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Picture Author: Prasenjeet Yadav

First place in the “Portraits of animals” category – lured deep into the forest
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Picture Author: Varun Aditya

Second place in the “Portraits of animals” category – Proud Mom
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Picture Author: Michael O’Neill

Third place in the “Portraits of animals” category – does not matter the color of Friendship
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Picture Author: Jose Pesquero Gomez

Honorable Mention in the “Portraits of Animals” category – Puffin
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Picture Author: Mario Suarez Porras

Honorable Mention in the “Portraits of Animals” category – Raven in the pursuit of an owl
14Author photo: Chia Boon oo Lawrence

First place in the “Environmental problems” category – The Life and Death

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Photo by: Vadim Balakin

Second place in the “Environmental problems” category – not far from the Facebook headquarters (salty ponds near San Francisco)
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Picture Author: Chris McCann

Third place in the category “Environmental problems” – Toxic vanity (plastic particles that make up eyeliner, and after washing, they fall into the wild)
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Picture Author: Eleanor Ryder

Honorable Mention in the “Environmental problems” category – Forest fires on the beach
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Photo by: Sergey Chursin

Honorable Mention in the “Environmental problems” category – American flowers # 1
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Picture Author: Ken Bower

Honorable mention in the category “Environmental problems” – Neither snow nor ice?
20Photo by: Patty Waymire.

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