2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
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2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

National Geographic has selected the winners of its 2016 Nature Photographer of the Year competition. In addition to overall winners, there were also selections for landscapes, environmental issues, action and animal portraits. This year's grand prize winner was Greg Lecoeur's 'Sardine Run.'

Grand Prize + 1st Place for Action photography: Greg Lecoeur: 'Sardine Run'

During the sardine migration along the Wild Coast of South Africa, millions of sardines are preyed upon by marine predators such as dolphins, marine birds, sharks, whales, penguins, sailfishes, and sea lions. The hunt begins with common dolphins that have developed special hunting techniques to create and drive bait balls to the surface. In recent years, probably due to overfishing and climate change, the annual sardine run has become more and more unpredictable. It took me two weeks to have the opportunity to witness and capture this marine predation.