2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

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National Geographic has announced the winners of its annual photo competition, with the Grand Prize Winner Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan receiving a prize of $7,500 for his image of an orangutan in Borneo. The Atlantic presents the winning images and honorable mentions from the four categories: Wildlife, Landscapes, Aerials, and Underwater. Out of the twenty photos, four were set in/related to the Caribbean: Caribbean pink flamingos in the Yucatán, a Caribbean reef shark in Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen reserve, a flying fish off Palm Beach, and tarpon and scad in Bonaire. See these amazing photos at The Atlantic or National Geographic.

“Mother’s Love.” Second Place, Wildlife. An adult Caribbean pink flamingo feeds a chick in Yucatán, Mexico. Both parents alternate feeding chicks, at first with a liquid baby food called “crop milk,” and then with regurgitated food. [© Alejandro Prieto / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year]

“In Your Face.” Second Place, Underwater. Typically a shy species, a Caribbean reef shark investigates a remote-triggered camera in Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen marine-protected area. [© Shane Gross / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year]

“Flying fish in Motion.” Third Place, Underwater. Buoyed by the Gulf Stream, a flying fish arcs through the night-dark water five miles off Palm Beach, Florida. [© Michael O’Neill / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year]

“Predators on a Bait Ball.” Honorable Mention, Underwater. Preparing to strike, tarpon cut through a ribbon-like school of scad off the coast of Bonaire in the Caribbean Sea. [© Jennifer O’Neil / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year]

For full article and photo gallery, see https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2017/12/winners-of-the-2017-national-geographic-nature-photographer-of-the-year-contest/548183/ or http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/nature-photographer-of-the-year-2017/

[Photo above by Alejandro Prieto.]

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