IN FOCUS

Here Are The Most Beautiful Animal Photos of 2018 According to Nat Geo

With only a few days remaining to participate in National Geographic’s Travel Photographer of the Year, contest organizers have released a selection of their favorite snapshots in the Nature category. These photos were taken by talented photographers who captured wildlife from around the world and gives us a glimpse of the incredible beauty of nature. The organizers said: “Our judges are looking for photos that tell the story of a place, a moment of travel, able to inspire others to explore our world.” From the deepest parts of the ocean to the Aleutian chain of Alaska, these images document landscapes from elsewhere and the animals that inhabit them.

This years entries are already standing out! Karsten Hoenack brings you the breathtaking photo of the Coordillera, in the Andes of South America, that looks almost digitally constructed or even the photo taken by Mohamed Shareef, whom gives you an amazing look into the natural food chain happening in the Maldives when a reef shark swims among the silver sprats!

If you think you can compete, the contest remains open until May 31, 2018. There are many categories to enter into! The grand prize winner will receive $10,000 and two additional category winners will receive $2,500 each. You can also vote for your favorite entry in the Public Choice category from June 11 to 15, 2018.

 

Limin Zhu National Geographic Lizard

“Peeking” Photo and Caption by Limin Zhu
“A lizard hiding behind a large leaf 

 

Toby Harriman Mont Pavlof National Geographic

“Mount Pavlof and Pavlof Sister volcano” Photo and Caption by Toby Harriman 

“The views flying down to the Aleutian chain of Alaska, where pretty incredible to say the least. The peaks you see here are known as Mount Pavlof and Pavlof Sister, which has been one of the most active volcanos in the US since 1980 with its most recent eruption in March of 2016. Looking closely you can see the steam and volcanic gas coming from the right. This view topped off the whole trip, especially getting to witness it on a clear day.”

 

Karen Larson ours Blanc National Geographic

“Swimming Lessons” Photo and Caption by Karen Larson 
“We spotted this mama and her two cubs swimming along the ice sheets in search of food.”

 

Nemo Baby Claudia Peyer National Geogrpahic

“Next Generation” Photo and Caption by Claudia Peyer 
“Nemobabies—some more days and they are coming out.”

 

Niklas Weber Crocodile National Geographic

“Formation” Photo and Caption by Niklas Weber 
“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. My heart was beating like crazy because I was incredibly excited, on the one hand I was a bit scared for the drone, on the other hand I was so happy about the unique moment.”

 

Requin National Geographic Mohamed Shareef

“Chasing Lunch” Photo and Caption by Mohamed Shareef 
“A baby black-tip reef shark swims through a swarm of silver sprats at lunch time in the lagoon of Mirihi Island in Maldives.”

 

Karsten Hoenack Cordillera National Géographic

“Coordillera” Photo and Caption by Karsten Hoenack 
“After this shot i have been traveling the same route several times. I could not see the landscape I saw when i shot this picture again. that morning the light and shadows over the coordillera were just perfect. the moment i had to shoot this series will remain in my memory as a special gift from nature.”

 

Leinani Yosaitis Giraffe National Geographic

“Giraffes relaxing near Ngorongoro Crater” Photo and Caption by Leinani Yosaitis 
“Upon leaving Ngorongoro Crater headed towards the Serengeti, we came across a hillside full of giraffes. After a little coaxing by me, our driver guide, “James Bond” took us off-road and drove us right to them. I had always heard that giraffe don't sit, so this photo debunks that myth.”

 

Kirsten Tucker Leopard National Geogrpahic

“Leopard” Photo and Caption by Kirsten Tucker  

“We live in an Instagram/Facebook/etc world. Every photo has to be *THE* photo. How can you live up to that? Everyone's life/experience seems better than yours. But, it's not true. 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. You may think you failed. And maybe you did fail, but it doesn't mean your trip or experience is any less than anyone else’s.”

 

Reiko Takahashi Baleine National Geographic

“Mermaid” Photo and Caption by Reiko Takahashi 
“This calf was always with mom. A curious calf sometimes came to us.”

31 May 2018 by Elias Khatal

Trending articles

INSPIRE

A Tsunami From Heaven Captured In Austria

Amateur filmmaker, Peter Maier, has created a viral sensation on the internet with his timelapse video, ‘tsunami from heaven’. Generating over 1.6 million views and 28,000 shares, the mesmerizing video has captivated people from all over the world on how beautiful nature really is.

18 Jun 2018 by Lisa Scarpa
INSPIRE

Dubai and Abu Dhabi Are Being Swallowed By Sand

The battle we face between mother earth and humans isn’t found more anywhere else other than in these United Emirates. The aftermath gives the impression that the cities streets are being swallowed by the dessert sand. This is beautiful yet remarkable to see. Irenaeus Herok has captured these apocalyptic views.

08 Jun 2018 by Lisa Scarpa

Similar articles

INSPIRE

The Intensity Of A Simple Photograph

From a hobby to a jobby, this photographer put her world into her photography and out came some of the most simple yet intense photographs. Each photo brings you to imagine what it may be like in that setting. Bustling city or deserted town? Silent waves of the ocean or stormy day?

17 Apr 2018 by Lisa Scarpa
IN FOCUS

The ‘Open’ Winners of the Sony World Photography Awards 2018

Every year the World Photography Organization holds an immense competition bringing together artistic talent from all over the world. Each photographer submits their work and waits patiently as the judges discuss their work to pick their final winners. Well, they have done their deliberating and the winners have been announced for the 'Open' Category. Here are your winners!

23 Mar 2018 by Lisa Scarpa