The annual National Geographic Traveler photo contest always delivers beautiful photography. We’ve selected the 23 best Wildlife photographs from this superb photo contest.
Get Away! | (Photo by Jayesh Mehta)
A group of 12-14 hyenas were chasing a herd of 7-8 elephants. The elephant herd included 2 adult females, a few teenagers, and a baby that was a few days old.
Fennec the Soul of the Desert | (Photo by Francisco Mingorance)
The fennec, or desert fox is a canine mammal species of the genus Vulpes, which inhabits the Sahara Desert and Arabia. With its features ears, this is the smallest species of the family Canidae.
Fly Cap for a Vine Snake | (Photo by Robin Moore)
A fly lands on the head of a vine snake in the Choco of Colombia.
Portrait of an Eastern Screech Owl | (Photo by Graham McGeorge)
Masters of disguise. The Eastern Screech Owl is seen here doing what they do best. You better have a sharp eye to spot these little birds of prey.
Hungry Hummingbird | (Photo by Sundell Larsen)
A hungry hummingbird drinking from the mouth of a person in Wyoming during an extreme drought in 2012.
Duelling Tigers | (Photo by Daniel Sakal)
The tigers are having a play fight in some water. What was truly amazing was the speed at which they move, one minute they are 200 yards away, the next, staring down like they are deciding how you taste!
Bird Love | (Photo by Dirk Kanz)
Two Red-masked Parakeets posing for the camera. Seen near Cuzco, Peru.
Curiosity of a Chimpanzee in Men | (Photo by suzanne van dalsen)
At the Limbe wild life center in Cameroon, a sanctuary for primates, this chimpanzee was having a playfull peak at us from underneath the thence while we were working at the enclosure.
Walking Chameleon | (Photo by Ondrej Zaruba)
It is a domestic animal of a small boy.
A Peaceful Place | (Photo by ralph pace)
A harbor seal rests, if only for a moment, in her mighty kingdom.
Naughty Monkey | (Photo by Guillermo Ossa)
The capuchin monkey is a real ‘demon’ in the park Hacienda Napoles. eat garbage, open water taps, and steals food from visitors.
Fish on Sticks | (Photo by Alexander Poellinger)
Anhinga with fresh catch. Anhingas dive underwater hunting for fish that they spear with their sharp beak.
Osprey Just Before Impact | (Photo by Brad Lenear)
Early in the spring, you can find them fishing at the base of the dam. I love photographing wildlife, but have a special place in my heart for any type of raptor.
Swifts Over the Fall | (Photo by Francesco Filippo Pellegrini)
This picture was taken at the majestic Iguazú Falls. The flight of these flock of swifts across the huge waterfalls portrait the sense of freedom and wildness that belongs to this fantastic world wonder.
Unexpected Alliance | (Photo by Mary Ellen Urbanski)
I have seen alligators and turtles together in ponds before, but never like this! As I got closer I realized that it was actually perched on the back of a turtle!
Gentoo Chicks | (Photo by Richard Sidey)
Two newly hatched Gentoo Penguin chicks get their first glimpse at the Antarctic wilderness.
Batmobile | (Photo by gilad guy)
A young bat and his mother.
The Gathering | (Photo by Graham McGeorge)
Bonobos…The unknown Ape. Most people do not even know what Bonobos are. I have been documenting their behavior for over 4 years now and I love to watch there manorisms and interactions with each other.
Portrait of One Chilled out Kangaroo | (Photo by Graham McGeorge)
“Jeez Louise…Those cookies were good”
Lost in Battle? | (Photo by Kellie Reifstenzel)
A one-horned gazelle looks up at just the right moment in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.
Flying Parrots from Paddy field | (Photo by Muraleetharan Rajasuntharam)
Wonderful moment of migrating parrots in a paddy field in Sri Lanka.
Eye of the Eagle | (Photo by John Chaney)
Bald Eagles, found only on the North American continent, can fly up to 30 mph and dive for their prey at speeds of up to 100 mph. An eagle’s eye is only slightly smaller than a human’s, but its sharpness is at least four times that of a person with perfect vision.
Game Over | (Photo by Hannes Lochner)
I have buildt a hidden camera within a termite mound-hide and try to capture interesting close-ups. Here the two pride males of the southern region inspects this termite mound that makes clicking sounds. I always wanted to get a shot of what it will look like from a ‘prey’s’ point of few!
Via National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2013