These award-winning photos show planet Earth in ways you’ve never seen it

It’s easy to get caught up in worrying about how crazy the world is. But sometimes it’s important to stop and remember that it’s also beautiful. …

Hougaard Malan of South Africa won the single image « International Landscape Photograph of the Year » award with this shot of Ruacana Falls in Northern Namibia.
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The second-place single image award was won by Simone Cmoon for this shot from Lofoten, Norway.
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Eberhard Ehmke came in third in the single image contest with this overhead shot of Hessen, Germany.
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There’s something haunting in Poppe’s shot from Deadvlei, Sossusvlei, Namibia. A third image from the third-place winner of the « Photographer of the Year » contest.
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And the contrast in texture here in this other shot from Deadvlei, Sossusvlei, Namibia, is fascinating. A fourth image from the third-place winner of the « Photographer of the Year » contest.
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Ignacio Palacios won the « Square Arial » award with this painting-like image from Marismas del Guadalquivir, Spain.
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These award-winning photos show planet Earth in ways you’ve never seen it
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Les montagnes célestes du Huang Shan par Emmanuel Boitier

Que ce soit dans les montagnes d’Auvergne, où il vit, sur les hauts plateaux d’Abyssinie, dans les immensités glacées du Varanger, parmi les pics vertigineux du Huang Shan ou encore dans les Highlands écossaises, Emmanuel Boitier recherche et apprécie les endroits où la nature, véritablement prégnante, offre un espace infini. Des endroits où l’homme et la nature n’ont d’autres choix que de vivre ensemble et non l’un à côté de l’autre. Des endroits où la nature impose le rythme des vies. Il nous raconte ci-dessous l’un de ses voyages.

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Les montagnes célestes du Huang Shan par Emmanuel Boitier
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“Let us not be nasty to nature…”

Find out more about Sebastião Salgado’s observations on man and nature.
Sebastião Salgado is a master of black and white storytelling and spoke about his work at The Photography Show in the NEC, Birmingham, UK, on March 21. His carefully composed and highly evocative images of nature and man offer a telling commentary on the modern world. Now, in his 73rd year, he explains to CPN Editor David Corfield how, after a lifetime of study, he still struggles to understand man’s destructive nature…

“I hope I can show how we must help the world heal,” he concludes. “We are 7.5 billion people on this planet now, and our behaviour has to change. I hope my pictures can make a difference but I don’t believe so. With the right information and the goodwill of people altogether, then yes, perhaps. But just my pictures? I don’t believe so.”

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Даниил Коржонов | Daniel Korzhonov

Даниил Коржонов | Daniel Korzhonov

Magic light
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Antarctica cold waters
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Стройным шагом!
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Lofoten islands morning
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Сердце Байкала
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Даниил Коржонов | Daniel Korzhonov
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Backyard Photography is for the Birds

Backyard Photography is for the Birds
by Olympus Trailblazer Peter Baumgarten

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Bird photography can be exhilarating. However, it presents a number of hurdles to overcome – travel, time, skill level, and cost. Get tips from Olympus Trailblazer Peter Baumgarten that will help you capture some great bird images, all while remaining within quick reach of a fresh cup of coffee.

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Beautiful Travel Photos

Beautiful Travel Photos
Nat Geo Travel editors picked their favorite travel photos published in 2016. See majestic images from around the world that struck our experts.

India
Photograph by Jody MacDonald
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Alaska
Photograph by Aaron Huey
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California
Photograph by Jonathan Irish
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South Korea
Photograph by Topic Images, Getty Images
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India
Photograph by Tuul and Bruno Morandi, Getty Images
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New Hampshire
Photograph by Ronan Donovan
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Faroe Islands
Photograph by Adam Burton, JAI/Corbis
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