National Geographic Announces Photographer of the Year for 2016

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A big part of traveling for me is taking photos. Not so many pictures so that I am behind the lens too much to take in and enjoy the experience, but enough to remember long after I’ve returned home.

There are some really great photographers right in the BoardingArea network like Andy of Andy’s Travel Blog, and Seth of Wandering Aramean.

I’ve never taken a class in photography so everything I do is pretty much just point & shoot, so it is a good thing that cameras today are easy for clueless snap-happy travelers like me.

On a whole other scale though, are the pros. People that can toss around terms like “over exposure” and “blown out” confidently as they swap out lenses, and they seem to have intuitive knowledge of where to stand and what settings to use to maximize their shot.

National Geographic has announced the winners of their 2016 Photographer of the Year Contest.

While amateur and professional photographers are both welcome to enter, the winning photos selected are all inspiring.

There were four different categories – Landscape, Animal Portraits, Action, and Environmental Issues. Ranging the globe from Florida to Svalbard, the winning photographs feature turtles and Empusa Pennata, sobering looks at the effects of climate change, and our earth.

The overall Grand Prize photo was named “Sardine Run” –

The Grand Prize winner was G. Lecoeur from Nice, Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, France.

Here’s his caption for the picture –


The winning photo was taken in June of 2015 at Port Saint John’s, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

For readers that know more than I do about camera equipment and photography, here are a few more details –

Focal Length: 10 mm
Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 200

Click here to see the rest of the winning photos. You can also get free digital wallpaper of the photos for your desktop, tablet or phone. Under each photo you can simply click on which device you want the wallpaper for.


An appropriately credited copy of the photo pulls up for you to save on your device.


Think you’d like to try your hand at the contest next year?

The grand-prize this year was a 10-day trip for two aboard the National Geographic Endeavour to the Galápagos Islands. First prize was $2,500, Second prize was $750 plus a signed National Geographic book, and Third Prize was $500.

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