The Winners Of The 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year Contest Are Here, And They’re Spectacular

National Geographic has just announced the results of its prestigious 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year contest (2016 here), and the winning shots are the perfect celebration of Mother Earth. 11,000 photos were submitted, competing in four categories: wildlife, landscapes, aerials, and underwater.

The grand-prize winner will receive $7,500 and their winning image will appear in an upcoming issue of National Geographic magazine. Also, one first-place winner will be selected from each of the four categories, all of them earning $2,500. To feed your passion for the living world, Bored Panda has collected some of our favorite shots from the competition, presenting them together with its prizewinners. Scroll down to take a closer look at nature and upvote the images you liked most.

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#1 There Is Always Room For One More, Eivor Kuchta

#2 The Lion In The Sea Of Flowers, Ge Xiao

#3 One Happy Seal Model, Lars Lykke

#5 Grand Prize Winner: Face To Face In A River In Borneo, Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan

#6 Mother Natures Camo, Cole Frechou

#7 Stealthy Eyes, Melissa Stevens

#9 People’s Choice: Game Of Stars, Pedro Carrillo

#10 Pied Falconet Family, Kant Liang

#11 Winter In Transylvania #1, Calin Stan

#12 Tornado, Anuar Patjane Floriuk

#13 Second Place Winner, Wildlife: Mother’s Love, Alejandro Prieto

#14 Curves, Ian Nelson

#15 Don’t Come Any Closer, Marc Hornig

#16 Chin Up, Paul Goldstein

#17 People’s Choice, Landscapes: Kalsoy, Wojciech Kruczyński

#18 Swimming Over The Sleepers, Franco Banfi

#19 People’s Choice, Wildlife: Great Gray Owl, Harry Collins

#20 First Place Winner, Aerials: Rock Pool, Todd Kennedy

#21 Monster From The Deep, Paul Kingston

#22 People’s Choice: Volcano, Vladimir Voychuk

#23 The Big Friendly Giant, Katia Benini

#24 Flight Of Angels, Vikram Ghanekar

#25 Sunset On The Savanna, Holly-Lynn Latimour

#26 Arctic Majesty, Frank Joa

#27 Third Place Winner, Landscapes: Illuminate, Mike Olbinski

#28 Central Park – Southern View, Antonio Lopez

#29 People’s Choice: Bisti Badlands, J. Wheatley

(h/t: boredpanda)