Whoever said there's no greater artist than Mother Nature was right. Thanks to the professional nature photographers of the world, we regular folk can be exposed to all the unimaginably beautiful, surreal, confusing and even disgusting scenes Earth has to offer.
National Geographic has announced the winners of its 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year contest, and, as expected, the winning photos are jaw-droppers. The contest selects three winning images, an honorable mention, and a people's choice in each of the four categories: Aerials, Landscapes, Underwater, and Wildlife. The grand prize-winner this year was Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan, who scored $7,500 for his orangutan photo, as well as a feature in National Geographic magazine. Check out all the winners below and bask in all the wonderful beauty of nature!