Amazing Early Highlights of the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

With a little more than a month to go, the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest is in full swing. Photographers have until November 17, 2017 to enter their best photographs valuing the beauty of the natural world.

Photo by Jay Ruan
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Photo by Marc Hornig
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Photo by Alexis Darden
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Photo by Phillip Chang
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Photo by Shane Kalyn
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Amazing Early Highlights of the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest
more by Jessica Stewart at My Modern Met

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These Breathtaking Natural Wonders No Longer Exist

Natural and manmade forces continue to reshape Earth’s landscape.

Jeffery Pine, Yosemite National Park
The dead and wind-battered Jeffery pine atop Yosemite’s Sentinel Dome, made famous by Ansel Adams, finally toppled in 2003. Some say the only tree in the scenic vista was one of the world’s most photographed trees, having been the star of glass plate images as early as the 1860s.
Photograph by Harald Sund
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Slim River, Canada
In spring 2017, an entire river in Canada’s Yukon territory vanished seemingly overnight. The culprit was the retreat of the massive Kaskawulsh Glacier whose meltwater diverted from the Slim River to feed a different river. Scientists called it the first case of “river piracy” in modern times. These changes are also shrinking the Yukon’s largest lake. You can see Kluane Lake’s receding shoreline along Alaska Highway 1 and from points within Kluane National Park and Reserve.
Photograph by Alan Majchrowicz
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Elephant Rock, Canada
Some 200 tons of rocks toppled from New Brunswick’s “Elephant Rock” Flowerpot Formation last spring, turning a peephole into a pile of rubble. The scenic spot in Hopewell Rocks Park was one of the most popular stops for travelers taking in the remarkably wide-ranging tides of the Bay of Fundy.
Photograph by Mike Grandmaison
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Twelve Apostles Marine National Park, Australia
There’s a few less apostles in Australia’s Twelve Apostles Marine National Park. In 2005, one of the largest and most intricate of the offshore sea stacks crumpled into dust in front of a watching family. Already the remnants of pummeled cliffs, the heavy surf there means the remaining seven apostles aren’t far behind.
Photograph by David Noton
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Legzira Beach, Morocco
Paragliders, surfers, fishermen, and a handful of in-the-know visitors who frequented Legzira Beach outside the city of Sidi Ifni in Morocco mourned when its twin red sea arch succumbed to the weight of the massive cliff above it in 2016. The rust-colored hideaway was a popular sunset scene; a similar setting can be found in the Jurassic-era red sea stacks of Landram Bay in Devon, England.
Photograph by Zzvet
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Landscapes shape our sense of place, yet Earth is constantly changing. The forces of volcanism, wind, water, sun, and, yes, humans, conspire to transform what has been crafted into familiar terrain over millennia—pummeling cliffs into beaches, eroding vast canyons, forming new land with bubbling lava, and shifting the course of mighty rivers.

more by Meghan Miner Murray
at National Geographic

National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year

Explore the prize-winning photos and download stunning wallpapers for all your devices. Share your favorite pictures with your friends and see the judge’s top picks.

Grand Prize Winner
The power of nature
by Sergio Tapiro Velasco
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Second Place Winner, Nature
To live.
by Hiromi Kano
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Third Place Winner, Nature
Crocodiles at Rio Tarcoles
by Tarun Sinha
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Honorable Mention, Nature
Marble Caves
by Clane Gessel
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People’s Choice Winner, Nature
Buff Tailed Coronet
by Hymakar Valluri
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National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year
Our panel of judges reviewed thousands of incredible images from around the world to select this year’s grand prize winner. See the spectacular travel photos that bested the competition and earned the top awards in each of the three categories.

more at National Geographic

Nature, Cities, People

Wallpapers of the editors’ favorite submissions to the photo contest.
National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest 2017

The only one in the cloud
Photo by CP Lau
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The Man’s Stare
Photo by Moin Ahmed
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Jökulsárlón Sunrise
Photo by Mateusz Gorny
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Infinite Road to Transylvania #6
Photo by Calin Stan
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Red Chilli Pickers
Photo by Azim Khan Ronnie
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MotherBoard City
Photo by Ho Lam Cheng
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Giraffe Greeting at Dawn
Photo by Beverly Russo
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Wallpapers of the editors’ favorite submissions to the photo contest.
more at National Geographic

U.S. UNESCO Sites: Present and Proposed

From the glowing lava flows of Hawaii to the pearly ice fields of Alaska, the United States’ natural and cultural heritage is as vast and diverse as the country itself. The U.S. currently claims 23 UNESCO World Heritage sites, which capture thousands of years of natural history and human innovation. An additional 20 natural and cultural sites ranging from under-the-sea monuments to urban architectural wonders are also vying for the renowned title. Find out which sites have already been inscribed for their “outstanding universal value,” and which tentative sites may join the list soon.

Redwood National Park
Photograph by Paul Giamou, Getty Images
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Photograph by Art Wolfe, Getty Images
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Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument
Photograph by PJF Military Collection/Alamy Stock Photo
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Yellowstone National Park
Photograph by Tom Murphy, National Geographic Creative
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Alaskan Glaciers
Photograph by Frans Lanting, National Geographic Creative
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from “43 Incredible Photos of U.S. UNESCO Sites: Present and Proposed”
more at National Geographic

Wallpapers from the Travel Photographer of the Year Contest 2017

Wallpapers from the Travel Photographer of the Year Contest 2017

Singing in the Rain (or just after)
Photo by Mat Rick
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Flamingos
Photo by Aya O.
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The Fog and Mist in Hong Kong
Photo by Edward Tin
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Monastery Of Light
Photo by Kok Tien Sang
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Yosemite Valley
Photo by Cheyne Walls
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Marble Caves
Photo by clane gessel
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The power of nature
Photo by Sergio Tapiro Velasco
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Wallpapers from the Travel Photographer of the Year Contest 2017
more at National Geographic

Expeditions

Discover the National Geographic Difference
The National Geographic Society was founded upon a passion for discovery and a desire to understand our world on a deeper level. We’ve spent more than a century sending scientists, journalists, and explorers all over the globe to investigate and share the spectacular diversity of our planet. Our expeditions carry on that same spirit—they bring you up close to incredible places with the people who know them best.

Expeditions
more in the National Geographic Travel Catalog 2018