Andean cock-of-the-rock, the national bird of Peru, living in ‘secondary’ Peruvian Amazon rainforest, which is regenerating after human disturbance. Secondary forest accounts for 53% of the world’s forests and is of extreme scientific importance for conserving biodiversity.
Photograph: Will Nicholls/Rex Shutterstock
A baby mountain gorilla clings to the back of its mother, on Mount Bisoke volcano in Volcanoes national park, northern Rwanda. Rwanda has named 24 baby mountain gorillas in an annual naming ceremony that reflects the African country’s efforts to protect the endangered animals, which attract large numbers of foreign tourists to the volcano-studded forests where they live
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.