National Geographic Photographer of the Year 2016

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If you’re already missing out on your nature fix after the brilliant Planet Earth II finished this week, we have the perfect antidote: the winners of the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2016.

Picked from thousands of entries showcasing the beautiful yet fragile natural world around us, this year’s ‘Grand Prize’ winner is Frenchman Greg LeCouer’s underwater shot of the great sardine migration on the Wild Coast of South Africa (see slide one).

Taken in June 2015, LeCouer had to wait more than two weeks to capture his prize-winning shot, but it was worth the wait as he wins a 10-day trip for two to the Galapagos Islands as well as two 15-minute image portfolio reviews with National Geographic photo editors.

Take a look at his winning shot, along with the other notable entries, in the gallery above. 

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