From a leaping leopard to a paddling polar bear: Jaw-dropping nature photographs submitted to the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

11:59 • 27.04.18



Earlier this month we presented some of the jaw-dropping early entries to the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest.


Now we can reveal some of the National Geographic editors’ favourite photos from the Nature category of the competition – and we can guarantee that jaws will plummet once more.


They include amazing animal encounters and breathtaking landscapes.


There’s a heart-melting shot of a mother polar bear swimming along with her two cubs in tow, an incredible snap of a leopard trying to catch a stork and a mesmerising capture of a lizard hiding behind a leaf.


There are three categories in the competition - Nature, People and Cities. One of the category winners will be named the overall grand-prize winner and receive $10,000, have his or her photo posted on the @NatGeoTravel Instagram account and earn the title of National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. The other two category winners will each be awarded $2,500.


Contestants can visit natgeo.com/travelphotocontest to submit their best photos in any or all of the three categories. Here we present 10 of the most impressive pictures in the Nature category. 

 

 

Stunning entries for 2018's National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest

Giraffes relaxing near ngorongoro crater -Upon leaving Ngorongoro Crater headed towards the Serengeti, we came across a hillside full of giraffes. I had always heard that giraffe don't sit, so this photo debunks that myth

Leopard hunting a stork - One shot capture. I watched the leopard stalking the stork, I only had time to focus at 400mm, no time to change to high speed, I watched the stork and as soon as it flapped it's wings I shot one shot

Swimming Lessons - We spotted this mama and her two cubs swimming along the ice sheets in search of food

Chasing lunch - A baby black-tip reef shark swims through a swarm of silver sprats at lunch time in the lagoon of Mirihi Island in Maldives

Peeking - a lizard hiding behind a large leaf

next generation - Nemobabies - some more days and they are coming out

Formation - When we arrived at the Rio Tarcoles in Costa Rica and I saw what a fantastic formation the sharp-mouthed crocodiles are, I could not help myself, I started my drone and begun to photograph them from the air

Love at South Georgia - This was an Incredible morning at Gold Harbour, South Georgia. One of the biggest King Penguin colonies. These two penguins was so full of love. they stood there in front of me showing their love to each other for a long time.

Leopard - Leopards can be really hard to see. Even if you go on the ultimate trip, you might see just one - one single leopard. You may get a really bad cramp contorting yourself to get any shot

Mermaid - This calf was always with mom. A curious calf sometimes came to us

 





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