Here’s National Geographic’s 2016 Nature Photographer of the Year winner

G. Lecoeur  photogrphy “Sardine Run” took the top spot in this years National Geographic photo content winning Nature Photographer of the Year.

Here’s what G. Lecoeur had to say about this photo.

“I captured this image during the migration of the sardines along the wild coast of South Africa. Natural predation, sardines are preyed upon by cape gannet birds and common dolphins. The hunt begins with common dolphins that have developed special hunting techniques. With remarkable eyesight, the gannets follow the dolphins before diving in a free fall from 30 to 40 meters high, piercing the surface of the water head first at a speed of 80km/h to get their fill of sardines.”

the photograph was taken at:  Port Saint John’s, Eastern Cape, South Africa

You can view the rest of the nominees on National Geographic website here