National Geographic announces 2016 Nature Photographer of the Year, Tamil boy wins

Indian photographer Varun Aditya won the first prize in Animal portraits. Aditya was in the forest on a foggy when he spotted a 20cm beauty the Green vine snake and immediately switched from the macro to the wide angle lens to snap this amazing photo.

National Geographic announces 2016 Nature Photographer of the Year, Tamil boy wins

Announcing the winners of the ‘Nature Photographer Of The Year 2016’, National Geographic once again amazed us. National Geographic declared the winners after scrutinising photos for twelve weeks.

1. Sardine Run
Selected from thousands of entries, Frenchman Greg LeCouer won the “Grand Prize” for his underwater shot of sardine migration on the Wild Coast of South Africa. LeCoeur took the photo in June 2015 after waiting more than two weeks to capture the natural predation on sardines.




2. Approach

Second prize went to Tori Shea-Ostberg who captured an EF2 tornado moving towards a home in Wray, Colorado on May 7, 2016.



3. Great Egrets Take Flight
Third prize was won by Zsolt Kudich whose photo depicts a remarkable conservation success story. His photo shows the survival of Great Egret birds in Balatonhídvégpuszta, Zala, Hungary.





National Geographic also presented awards in three other categories — landscapes, animal portraits and environmental issues.

Landscape: Struggle of life
Jacob Kaptein won the first prize in landscape category. The breathtaking photo of little beech in the water trying to survive in harsh conditions was shot at Leuvenum, Gelderland, Netherlands.





Animal Portraits: Dragging you deep into the woods

Indian photographer Varun Aditya who belongs to Tamil Nadu won the first prize in Animal portraits. Aditya was in the forest on a foggy when he spotted a 20cm beauty the Green vine snake and immediately switched from the macro to the wide angle lens to snap this amazing photo.





Environmental Issues: Life and Death

The discovery of these polar bears was made at one of the islands of Northern Svalbard, by Vadim Balakin, who won first place in the Environmental Issues category.