The winning photographs of this year’s 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition stood out from thousands of entries, from one capturing the fallen majesty of a polar bear, to an Indian snake curled around a branch.
However, it is French photographer Greg Lecoeur’s image of predators feasting during a sardine run that captured the judges’ attention, winning him the grand prize.
Comments by Greg Lecoeur
During the sardine migration along the Wild Coast of South Africa, millions of sardines are preyed upon by 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 fish to the surface.
In recent years, probably because of 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.