Many photographers dream of the chance to shoot for one of the world’s most reputable nature, landscape, travel, and wildlife magazines, National Geographic, but aren’t quite aware of the challenges that come with the terrain or the length to which one must go to get the shot.
National Geographic’s annual Nature Photographer of The Year contest brings to light a group of talented artists that capture the world’s beauty in a single shot, telling a story words can’t seem to do justice to.
After receiving thousands of awe-inspiring entries, Nat Geo has crowned Greg Lecoeur of Nice, France its 2016 Nature Photographer of the Year. As this year’s grand prize winner, Lecoeur will journey on a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos with National Geographic Expeditions. Here’s more insight on the winning photo itself entitled ‘Sardine Run’:
I captured this image during the migration of the sardines along the wild coast of South Africa. Natural predation, sardines are preyed upon by cape gannet birds and common dolphins. The hunt begins with common dolphins that have developed special hunting techniques. With remarkable eyesight, the gannets follow the dolphins before diving in a free fall from 30 to 40 meters high, piercing the surface of the water head first at a speed of 80km/h to get their fill of sardines.
To see all of the winners click here.