National Geographic has revealed it’s best images of 2016 and a photograph taken in South Africa has scooped the Grand Prize award. Greg Lecoeur’s underwater photograph of the sardine run on the Wild Coast won him the title of 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year.
“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.” [National Geographic]
Here’s a selection of other impressive images that won their respective categories.
Best animal portrait by Varun Aditya.
Best landscape image by Jacob Kaptein.
Winner of the environment issues category by Vadim Balakin.
Click HERE to see a gallery of the best National Geographic photographs for 2016.