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The winners of the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest are here, and they’re as mind-blowing as you’d expect

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We’re huge fans of a great photo comp here, but none are bigger than the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest. Every December the winners are announced and the best of the best images of the natural world captured over the last 365 days are revealed.

This year’s winners are no exception. Capturing everything from an ultra-rare green meteor to the senseless degradation caused by plastic in the ocean, it’s a series of photographs you have to see to believe.

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As always, the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest has delivered. What was the most spectacular nature photographer taken in 2016?

Grand Prize Winner, Action: Sardine Run

Grand Prize Winner, Action: Sardine Run

Second Prize Winner, Action: Approach

Second Place Winner, Action: Approach

Third Place Winner, Action: Changing Fortunes of the Great Egret

Third Place Winner, Action: Changing Fortunes of the Great Egret

Honourable Mention, Action: Jellyfish Feast

Honourable Mention, Action: Jellyfish Feast

First Place Winner, Landscape: Struggle of Life

First Place Winner, Landscape: Struggle of Life

Second Place Winner, Landscape: Wild Rink

Second Place Winner, Landscape: Wild Rink

Third Place Winner, Landscape: Pacific Storm

Third Place Winner, Landscape: Pacific Storm

Honourable Mention, Landscape: Serendipitous Green Meteor

Honourable Mention, Landscape: Serendipitous Green Meteor

First Place Winner, Animal Portraits: DRAGGING YOU DEEP INTO THE WOODS

First Place Winner, Animal Portraits: DRAGGING YOU DEEP INTO THE WOODS!

Second Place Winner, Animal Portraits: Proud Momma

Second Place Winner, Animal Portraits: Proud Momma

Third Place Winner, Animal Portraits: Friendship Knows No Colour

Third Place Winner, Animal Portraits: Friendship Knows No Colour

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Honourable Mention, Animal Portraits: Puffin Studio

Honourable Mention, Animal Portraits: Crow chasing Puffy Owl

Honourable Mention, Animal Portraits: Crow chasing Puffy Owl

First Place Winner, Environmental Issues: Life and Death

First Place Winner, Environmental Issues: Life and Death

Second Place Winner, Environmental Issues: The View Outside Facebook HQ

Second Place Winner, Environmental Issues: The View Outside Facebook HQ

Third Place Winner, Environmental Issues: Toxic Vanity

Third Place Winner, Environmental Issues: Toxic Vanity

Honourable Mention, Environmental Issues: Wildfire at the beach

Honourable Mention, Environmental Issues: Wildfire at the beach

Honourable Mention, Environmental Issues: American Flowers #1

Honourable Mention, Environmental Issues: American Flowers #1

Honourable Mention, Environmental Issues: no snow, no ice?

Honourable Mention, Environmental Issues: no snow, no ice?

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December 15, 2016