There are no rules for good photographs; there are only good photographs
December 31, 2017 4:00 PM   Subscribe

National Geographic has announced the winners of its 2017 Nature Photographer Of The Year Contest. They have also chosen their fifty-seven Best Photos Of 2017.
posted by Johnny Wallflower (9 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
That pouncing owl looks remarkably like a giant cat with wings.
posted by pangolin party at 4:04 PM on December 31, 2017

Ironically, that title quote (Ansel Adams) was by a photographer that for the most part, had a significant number of self-imposed rules.

One thing I noticed was the relative high number of aerial photographs.

Another thing I'd be curious to see (which I never will) is the original RAW files these were derived from. How much post-processing, how close to the original composition are these (ie: how much cropping was done).

But yeah, magnificent photographs in this bunch (as expected, but still impressive).
posted by el io at 4:28 PM on December 31, 2017 [2 favorites]

So HDR cranked to 11 is now OK?
posted by sjswitzer at 6:21 PM on December 31, 2017

2017 in a nutshell. The horse is reported to be okay.
posted by peeedro at 6:41 PM on December 31, 2017 [1 favorite]

Oh neat, I've met Lynn Johnson who took two of the shots in the second link: the girl at the stove with the cat on her neck and the young transgender man with his skateboard. She was the guest teacher in class one day as she's an old friend of the instructor. She's in her sixties, about five feet tall and pretty much the most bad-ass person you'll ever meet.
posted by octothorpe at 9:40 PM on December 31, 2017 [1 favorite]

Does anyone know what kind of cap that deer-stalking person is wearing?
posted by roger ackroyd at 10:38 PM on December 31, 2017

So HDR cranked to 11 is now OK?

No it isn’t and it made me so mad I ragequit that browser tab
posted by aubilenon at 1:29 AM on January 1, 2018 [3 favorites]

There's a violent murder halfway down. In case you're not into that.
posted by MattWPBS at 10:45 AM on January 3, 2018

Great photos.
posted by Kristian Bertel at 9:52 AM on January 18, 2018

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