2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Winners

Explore the most compelling photos submitted to the photo contest.

From flowing lava in Hawai’i to sharks grazing a camera, photographers submitted mesmerizing images to the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest. A stirring image of an orangutan captured the judges' top vote and won grand prize. Browse this gallery of winning photos and visit our contest homepage to explore even more photography.