30 PHOTOS from 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

#11

2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer

urious Ursus. “A curious female polar bear stands on her hind legs to sniff the wind. In the summer of 2016, the pack ice retreated well to the north of the Svalbard archipelago and it was there we found bears searching for ringed and bearded seals.” #

© David Sinclair / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

#12

2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer

Lan Ha Bay. “Lan Ha Bay is in the largest of the 367 islands called Cát Bà, a part of Ha Long Bay in northern Vietnam. There is a small floating village around Lan Ha Bay where people are living and farming fish.” © Son Tong / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

#13

2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer

Hanuman. “A monkey flies across the top of a temple dedicated to the Hindu monkey god, Hanuman, near the ancient ruins of Hampi.” © Par Parekh / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

#14

2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer

Tonic of Wildness. “Aerial view of a kayaker enjoying the autumn colors in a lake in New Hampshire.” © Manish Mamtani / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

#15

2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer

The Lookout. “Patagonia is the land of wind and clouds. Lenticular clouds are the most spectacular—match them with a guanaco silhouette and you have a powerful image.” © Daisy Gilardini / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

#16

2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer

“Kalsoy.” Kalsoy island and Kallur lighthouse in sunset light in the Faroe Islands. © Wojciech Kruczynski / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

#17

2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer

“Free Style Fishing.” Kurile Lake, Kamchatka. © David Chen / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

#18

2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer

“Sea and Salt.” Spain has many impressive landscapes and fascinating destinations, but one of the most amazing natural resorts are the salty pink lakes in Torrevieja. In this beautiful coastal resort you can find two beautiful salt lakes: A blue-green one called La Mata lagoon and the other, of an impressive pink color, known as Torrevieja lagoon. Both are connected to the sea by canals. © Wellington Rodrigues

#19

2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer

“Tongass Breach.” A magical moment I shared with nature, where a humpback whale briefly allowed me into its world. Two very different species shared a natural moment with no one else around; something I will never forget as long as I live. This breach occurred in front of my kayak within the protected waters of the Tebenkof Bay and Kuiu Wilderness Areas in Alaska. Surrounded by silence, I could hear the whale calls above the surface. I will cherish and hold this moment dear. I am privileged and thankful. © Eric Esterle

#20

2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer

“Let’s Play.” Football lovers live in Lofoten Islands, Norway. Shot was taken from a small plane. © Stas Bartnikas / 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year