Sometimes we get stuck in our daily routine, and we forget how big and incredible our world is. We’re so lucky to have certain people who can remind us of it. Photographers wait for hours, sometimes even days, holding their cameras and trying to catch the right moment. They take thousands of photos to choose the best one among them.
We posts the best pictures from the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest. Everyone who loves this world’s beauty will definitely enjoy the compilation.
An orangutan is hiding behind a tree while crossing the River Borneo, which is teeming with crocodiles.
The sun in Dushanzi Grand Canyon, China
Caribbean pink flamingos are feeding their nestlings.
Sunset in the Faroe Islands
A puffin, Machias Seal Island, the Gulf of Maine
This Japanese macaque is resting on hot springs.
Morning mist on Lake Cuejdel, Romania
This bald eagle is watching a fight between 2 gray herons.
Kilauea’s volcanic lava drains into the ocean in Hawaii.
A great gray owl hunts in a New Hampshire field.
Snow-covered trees in Takashima, Japan
A pied falconet’s family: parents and 5 babies
Life is a struggle.
A flying fish, Palm Beach, Florida
A cedar tree is washed downstream by a river in British Columbia, Canada.
Tarpons hunt scad in the Caribbean Sea.
2 male elk sparring, Wyoming
Green vegetation blooms at the river’s edge in a zone of a meandering canyon in Utah.
A Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish on Australia’s eastern coast
A sparkling spider’s nest
It’s show time.
This juvenile sea lion is playing with a sea star.
A summer thunderstorm on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
Hundreds of flying flamingos
A peacock, Isola Madre, the Italian Alps
Northern Lights in Iceland
A huge wave near Seaham Lighthouse, England
A humpback whale, Greenland
Sandstorm, Altyn-Emel National Park, Kazakhstan
A dancing octopus, Hawaii
And which picture did you like the most?
Preview photo credit Amy Gulick