There were thousands, of course, but only one stood out among the many photos in this year's National Geographic's 'Nature Photographer of the Year' competition - the 'Sardine Run', by French photographer Greg Lecoeur.
Lecoeur won the grand prize of a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos with the National Geographic Expedition team. Congrats to you!
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
|GREG LECOEUR/ NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC|
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.
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