National Geographic reveals the winners for 2016 “Nature Photographer” contest.

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1 Honorable Mention, Environmental Issues: No Snow, No Ice? Barter Islands

Honorable Mention, Environmental Issues: No Snow, No Ice? Barter IslandsPatty Waymire

A solitary bear sits on the edge of one of the Barter Islands. There is no snow, when at this time of year, there should be. In speaking with the locals in Kaktovic, they’ve noted that it’s been an unseasonably warm winter, and that the ice will be late in forming this year. This will have an impact on the local polar bear population, when it comes time to   hunt seals for their food in the winter months.

2 Third Place Winner, Landscape: Pacific Storm, Pacific Ocean

Third Place Winner, Landscape: Pacific Storm, Pacific OceanSantiago Borja

A colossal Cumulonimbus flashes over the Pacific Ocean as we circle around it at 37000 feet en route to South America.

3 Honorable Mention, Landscape: Serendipitous Green Meteor, India

Honorable Mention, Landscape: Serendipitous Green Meteor, IndiaPrasenjeet Yadav

This Green Meteor was captured while taking a time-lapse to document the urbanization around the Skyislands in…

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