Year after year there are millions of images taken around the world. The eye is such a mystery, beauty is subjective…what is and isn’t art is subjective to the eye. That is the grace and majesty of what we see in the world around us. And when we use that to capture moments, those become the lens by which we see the world. National Geographic announced their winners in the 2016 Photographer of the Year contest. Spread across four categories: animal portraits, landscape, action and environmental issues, the 11-week contest has culminated with the four winners seen below. Starting with the grand prize winner/action winner and following the sequential order of winners from the categories mentioned above: animal portraits, landscape and environmental issues.
To explore all the nominees across the 11-week contest, head to National Geographic.