Choose The People’s Choice Award For Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

Choose the People’s choice award for Wildlife Photography of the Year. Browse the 25 photographs featured below and vote for the one you think should win this year’s People’s Choice Award.

More than 49,000 images are entered into Wildlife Photographer of the Year every year, but our panel of judges can only award 100 winners. Each year the Natural History Museum chooses an additional 25 of the best images from the latest competition shortlist. We then ask the public to help us select the recipient of the People’s Choice Award.

The winner will be announced on 10 February 2021.

Hare ball by Andy Parkinson

Andy spent five weeks watching the mountain hares near Tomatin in the Scottish Highlands, waiting patiently for any movement – a stretch, a yawn or a shake – which typically came every 30 to 45 minutes.

As he watched, frozen and prostrate, with 50 to 60 mph winds surging relentlessly around him, the cold started to distract and his fingers clasping the icy metal camera body and lens began to burn. Then relief came as this little female moved her body into a perfect spherical shape. A movement of sheer joy. Andy craves such moments: the isolation, the physical challenge and, most importantly, time with nature.

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Family portrait by Andrew Lee

Capturing a family portrait of mum, dad and their eight chicks proved tricky for Andrew – they never got together to pose as a perfect 10.

Burrowing owls of Ontario, California often have large families so he knew it wouldn’t be easy. After many days of waiting, and when dad was out of sight, mum and her brood suddenly turned wide-eyed to glance in his direction – the first time he had seen them all together. He quickly seized the precious moment.

Baby on the rocks by Frédéric Larrey

When this six-month-old snow leopard cub wasn’t following its mother and copying her movements, it sought protection among the rocks.

This was the second family of snow leopards that Frédéric photographed on the Tibetan plateau in autumn 2017. Unlike other regions, where poaching is rife, there is a healthy breeding population in this mountain massif as the leopards are free from persecution by hunters and prey is plentiful.

Licence to kill by Britta Jaschinski

Britta’s photographs of items seized at airports and borders across the globe are a quest to understand why some individuals continue to demand wildlife products, even if this causes suffering and, in some cases, pushes species to the brink of extinction.

This zebra head was confiscated at a border point in the USA. Most likely, the hunter was not able to show proof that the zebra was killed with a license. Britta found the use of a shopping trolley to move the confiscated item ironic, posing the question: wildlife or commodity?

White danger by Petri Pietiläinen

While on a photography trip to the Norwegian archipelago, Svalbard, Petri had hoped to spot polar bears.

When one was sighted in the distance on a glacier, he switched from the main ship to a smaller rubber boat to get a closer look. The bear was making its way towards a steep cliff and the birds that were nesting there. It tried and failed several routes to reach them, but perseverance, and probably hunger, paid off as it found its way to a barnacle goose nest. Panic ensued as the adults and some of the chicks jumped off the cliff, leaving the bear to feed on what remained.

Turtle time machine by Thomas Peschak

During Christopher Columbus’s Caribbean voyage of 1494, green sea turtles were said to be so numerous that his ships almost ran aground on them.

Today the species is classified as endangered. However, at locations like Little Farmer’s Cay in the Bahamas, green turtles can be observed with ease. An ecotourism project run by fishermen (some who used to hunt turtles) uses shellfish scraps to attract the turtles to the dock. Without a time machine it is impossible to see the pristine turtle population, but Thomas hopes that this image provides just a glimpse of the bounty our seas once held.

Lion king by Wim van den Heever

As Wim watched this huge male lion lying on top of a large granite rock, a cold wind picked up and blew across the vast open plains of the Serengeti, Tanzania.

A storm was approaching and, as the last rays of sun broke through the cloud, the lion lifted its head and glanced in Wim’s direction, giving him the perfect portrait of a perfect moment.

A special moment by Oliver Richter

Oliver has observed the European beavers near his home in Grimma, Saxony, Germany, for many years, watching as they redesign the landscape to create valuable habitats for many species of wildlife including kingfishers and dragonflies.

This family portrait is at the beavers’ favourite feeding place and, for Oliver, the image reflects the care and love the adult beavers show towards their young.

Spirit of Bhutan by Emmanuel Rondeau

On assignment for WWF UK, Emmanuel’s brief was to photograph the elusive wildlife of the Bhutanese mountains.

Surprised to find a rhododendron at an altitude of 3,500 metres (11,500 feet), he installed a camera trap, hoping, although not overly confident, that the large mammals he was there for would use the very narrow forest path nearby. Returning many weeks later, Emmanuel was amazed to find a head-on picture of a takin, with the colours of blue sky, pink flowers and mustardyellow coat of the beast perfectly complementing one another.

Bat woman by Douglas Gimesy

Wildlife rescuer and carer Julie Malherbe takes a call to assist the next animal rescue while looking after three recently orphaned grey-headed flying-foxes.

This megabat is native to Australia and is endemic to the southeastern forested areas, playing a vital role in seed dispersal and the pollination of more than 100 native species of flowering and fruit bearing trees. Sadly, the species is listed as vulnerable to extinction because of the destruction of foraging and roosting habitats and, more frequently, mass die-offs caused by heat-stress events.

Border refuge by Joseph Dominic Anthony

Joseph formed the idea for this photograph in 2016 on a visit to Mai Po Nature Reserve in Hong Kong.

Taken within the Frontier Closed Area on the Chinese border, strictly timed access rules meant years of studying tide tables and waiting for the perfect weather. Joseph wanted to convey the story and mood of Mai Po in a single balanced photograph, combining individuals and the behaviour of multiple species in the context of their wider environment, particularly to juxtapose the proximity of the everencroaching urban development.

The alpha by Mogens Trolle

Of all the different primate species Mogens has photographed, the mandrill has proved the most difficult to reach, preferring to hide in tropical forests in remote parts of Central Africa.

This made the experience of sitting next to this impressive alpha, as he observed his troop above, even more special. When a male becomes alpha, he undergoes physical changes that accompany a rise in testosterone levels, and this results in the colours on his snout becoming much brighter. With the loss of status, the colours fade. Mogens used a flash to enhance the vivid colours and textures against the dark forest background.

Life saver by Sergio Marijuán Campuzano

As urban areas grow, like Jaen in Spain, threats to wildlife increase, and Iberian lynx have become a casualty of traffic accidents as they too seek to expand their own territories.

In 2019, over 34 lynx were run over, and three days before Sergio took this photo a two-year-old female lost her life not far from this spot. To combat mortality on the roads, improvements in the fencing and the construction of under-road tunnels are two proven solutions, and they are a lifeline for many other creatures as well as lynx.

A window to life by Sergio Marijuán Campuzano

Two Iberian lynx kittens, Quijote and Queen, play in the abandoned hayloft where they were born.

Extremely curious, but a bit scared as well, they started exploring the outside world through the windows of their straw-bale home. The reintroduction of the species to eastern Sierra Morena, Spain, has seen them, in more recent years, take advantage of some human environments. Their mother, Odrina, was also born in the hayloft, and her mother Mesta stayed with her for a whole year before leaving her daughter this safe and cosy place to raise her own family.

Drey dreaming by Neil Anderson

As the weather grew colder, two Eurasian red squirrels (only one is clearly visible) found comfort and warmth in a box Neil had put up in one of the pine trees near his home in the Scottish Highlands.

In the colder months, it’s common for the squirrels, even when unrelated, to share dreys. After discovering the box full of nesting material and in frequent use, Neil installed a camera and LED light with a diffuser on a dimmer. The box had a lot of natural light so he slowly increased the light to highlight his subjects – and using the WiFi app on his phone he was able take stills from the ground.

Bushfire by Robert Irwin

A fire line leaves a trail of destruction through woodland near the border of the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve in Cape York, Queensland, Australia.

The area is of high conservation significance, with over 30 different ecosystems found there, and is home to many endangered species. The fires are one of the biggest threats to this precious habitat. Although natural fires or managed burns can be quite important in an ecosystem, when they are lit deliberately and without consideration, often to flush out feral pigs to hunt, they can rage out of control and have the potential to devastate huge areas.

Drawn and quartered by Laurent Ballesta

Scraps of grouper flesh fall from the jaws of two grey reef sharks as they tear the fish apart.

The sharks of Fakarava Atoll, French Polynesia, hunt in packs, but do not share their prey. A single shark is too clumsy to catch even a drowsy grouper. After hunting together to roust the grouper from its hiding place in the reef, the sharks encircle it, but then compete for the spoils – only a few sharks will have a part of the catch and most of them will remain unfed for several nights.

Resting dragon by Gary Meredith

The Great Sandy Desert in Western Australia is home to a wide variety of wildlife, which exists alongside man-made mining operations.

The wildlife found in this environment needs to adapt to the harsh, hostile living conditions. When the opportunity arises, the long-nosed dragon makes use of human structures. This individual positioned itself on a piece of wire mesh outside a workshop, waiting for the sun’s rays. The artificial light source outside the building attracts moths and insects, easy prey for a hungry lizard.

The real garden gnomes by Karine Aigner

Located a short ride from the Florida Everglades, USA, Marco Island is the largest and only developed land in Florida’s Ten Thousand Barrier Islands.

This Gulf Coast retreat offers luxury resorts, beautiful beaches, multimillion-dollar neighbourhoods and, surprisingly, a thriving community of Florida burrowing owls. The owls dig their own burrows and are happy to take up residence on meticulously manicured lawns, the perfect place to hunt insects and lizards. The Marco Island owls are the new neighbours, and their human friends are (mostly!) thrilled to have them around.

Coexistence by Pallavi Prasad Laveti

A cheeky Asian palm civet kitten peeps from a bag in a small remote village in India, curiosity and playfulness shining in its eyes.

This baby was orphaned and has lived its short life in the village backyard – comfortable in the company of locals, who have adopted the philosophy of ‘live and let live’. Pallavi sees the image as one of hope, for in other parts of the world the civets are trapped for Kopi Luwak coffee production (coffee made from coffee beans that are partially digested and then pooped out by the civet) – where they are contained in tiny, unsanitary battery cages and force fed a restricted diet of coffee beans. She feels this image portrays a true essence of cohabitation.

Close encounter by Guillermo Esteves

The worried looking expression on this dog’s face speaks volumes and is a reminder that moose are large, unpredictable, wild animals.

Guillermo was photographing moose on the side of the road at Antelope Flats in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA, when this large bull took an interest in the furry visitor – the driver of the car unable to move it before the moose made its approach. Luckily, the moose lost interest and went on its way after a few moments.

Eye to eye by Andrey Shpatak

This Japanese warbonnet was photographed in the north of the Gulf of Oprichnik in the Sea of Japan.

These unusual fish lead a territorial lifestyle among the stones and rocks of shallow coastal waters. They use their sharp-edged jaws to snap off sea cucumbers and gastropods. They were once thought to be timid and almost impossible to observe, but curiosity has taken over and they will now often swim right up to divers, who are usually startled by their extraordinary appearance.

Backstage at the circus by Kirsten Luce

At the Saint Petersburg State Circus, bear trainer Grant Ibragimov performs his daily act with three Siberian brown bears.

The animals rehearse and then perform under the lights each evening. In order to train a bear to walk on two feet, Kirsten was told that they are chained by the neck to the wall when they are young to strengthen their leg muscles. Russia and Eastern Europe have a long history of training bears to dance or perform, and hundreds of bears continue to do so as part of the circus industry in this part of the world.

Shut the front door by Sam Sloss

This coconut octopus was spotted walking around the black sand of the Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi carrying its house made of shells.

Remarkably, this small octopus constructs its own protective shelter using clam shells, coconuts, and even glass bottles! These intelligent creatures are very picky when it comes to choosing the perfect tools. They know that certain types and sizes of shell have their advantages, whether they be for shelter, camouflage, or concealing themselves from both prey and predator alike. It is safe to say that the coconut octopus is certainly one of the most scrappy, resourceful, and brainy creatures in the ocean.

The last goodbye by Ami Vitale

Joseph Wachira comforts Sudan, the last male northern white rhino left on the planet, moments before he passed away at Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya.

Suffering from age-related complications, he died surrounded by the people who had cared for him. With every extinction we suffer more than loss of ecosystem health. When we see ourselves as part of nature, we understand that saving nature is really about saving ourselves. Ami’s hope is that Sudan’s legacy will serve as a catalyst to awaken humanity to this reality.

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/choose-the-peoples-choice-award-for-wildlife-photographer-of-the-year/

Grizzly Bears Among Stunning Finalists of National Parks Photo Contest

Two grizzly bears fighting, a group of bison plowing through a field of snow and the stars lighting a hiking trail are among the pictures selected as the 20 finalists in a photography competition showcasing images from US national parks. All 20 images were the winners of the first ever annual Nature’s best Photography National Parks Photo competition and were the top 20 placed images chosen from more than 3,000 entries.


‘Grizzly Bears’: This stunning photo by Thomas Vijayan shows the brutality of nature as two grizzly bears duel in Katmai National Park, Alaska.

More: Nature’s Best Photography, Facebook


‘Bison in Hayden Valley’: A group of determined bison slowly make their way through a field of snow in this striking competition entry from Cindy Goeddel. She took the picture in Yellowstone National park, Wyoming.


‘Star Trails Over Chester Park Hiking Trail’: Brian Wright managed to capture this incredible image in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, and his photo was selected as a finalist in the competition.


‘Snake River Overlook’: Kristin Lindsey was selected as a finalist in the photography competition for this incredible landscape shot of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. ‘A four-thirty early morning wakeup call was entirely worth it to capture this sunrise as it unfolded,’ she said.


‘Yosemite Falls’: Elliot McGucken, who captured this picture of a waterfall in Yosemite National Park, was selected as one of the finalists.


‘Second Beach’: Harry Lichtman’s photograph of a beach reflected in some water on Olympic National Park, Washington, is another of the 20 finalists.


‘Redwood National Park’: A hiker wanders through Redwood National Park, California, in Julia Rao’s entry into the competition.


‘Cadillac Mountain Summit’: Harry Lichtman took this stunning landscape picture in Acadia National Park and his photograph has been selected as one of the competition finalists.


‘Great Horned Owl’: Three owls sit perched inside of a tree in this picture captured by Irene F Greenberg in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.


‘Double Arch’: Kevin Kobinsky’s photograph taken in Arches National Park, Utah, is one of the 20 images selected as a finalist in the Nature’s best Photography National Parks Photo competition.


‘Little River’: Kristin Lindsey’s photo, which was taken in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, is another of the 20 competition finalists.


‘Osprey’: Carlos A Carreno managed to take a snap of this family of birds in their nest at Everglades National Park in Florida. His image has been selected as one of the competition finalists.


‘Potomac River’: One of the finalist images selected in the Nature’s best Photography National Parks Photo competition is this shot by Steve Alterman in Great Falls Park, Virginia.


‘Stockdolager Rapid’: Kerrick James managed to capture this action shot while sat on a raft in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.


‘Red Fox’: A red fox’s attention has been peaked by something as it stares down off of a rock in Melody Lytle’s finalist photograph, taken in lake Clark National Park, Alaska.


‘Desert Bighorn Sheep’: These sheep stand precariously on the side of a cliff in this finalist entry from Garret Suhrie. He took the picture in Zion national Park, Utah.


‘Elk With Calf’: Susan Propper’s competition entry captures the beauty of an elk interacting with its calf in Rocky Mountain National Park.


‘Mesa Arch Sunrise’: Yimei Sun took this photograph in Canyonlands National Park and it has been selected as one of the finalists in this year’s Nature’s best Photography National Parks Photo competition.


‘Horsetail Falls’: This valley in Yosemite National Park, California, was snapped by Kevin Shi and picked as a finalist in the photography competition. Kevin, of San Diego, California, said: ‘The ‘Firefall’ is one of Yosemite’s most well-known, amazing spectacles. Once each year in early February, the setting sun hits Horsetail Falls and illuminates the upper waterfall. Hundreds of photographers and tourists gather along the Merced River to witness this phenomenon.’


‘Pronghorn’: Genevieve Farrell Rudock took this portrait-esque photo of a pronghorn in Wind Cave National park, South Dakota and it has been chosen as one of the finalists in this year’s Nature’s best Photography National Parks Photo competition.

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/grizzly-bears-among-stunning-finalists-of-national-parks-photo-contest/

See the Winners in Picture Wild Montana 2020 Photo Contest

First Place: “Quiet Contemplation at Holland Lake” by Kevin League of Helena

The Montana Wilderness Association has announced the winners of the 12th annual Picture Wild Montana Photo Contest. The theme of this year’s contest was “The Joy of the Wild.”

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Second Place: “Winter Play Under Lolo Pass” by Seth Orme of Missoula

The association encouraged participants to submit photos highlighting the connection Montanans feel to our public lands, waters, and wildlife while also showcasing the joy of exploring Montana’s wilderness areas, state parks, national forests, wilderness study areas, and other public lands. It sounds like that gave participants plenty of room to work with.

Third Place: “Tight Lines Under Dawn Mist Falls” by Bryan Dufresne of Hamilton

Since the contest began in 2009, thousands of amateur and professional photographers from across the state have participated in the Picture Wild Montana Photo Contest. This year, more than 160 photographers submitted 600 photos in total.

Honorable Mention: “Small Elk Herd Framed by Snowy Trees” by Carol Fowler of Seeley Lake

Prizes for this year’s first-place winner and runner-up include gear from Montana-based sponsors Mystery Ranch and Obōz Footwear. The third-place winner will receive swag from the Montana Wilderness Association, including apparel, a “Keep It Wild” water bottle, stickers, and more.

Honorable Mention: “Enjoying the Fall on Blodgett Canyon Trail” by Betsy Rogan of Stevensville

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/see-the-winners-in-picture-wild-montana-2020-photo-contest/

Caldwell Arts Council’s Exposures Photography Competition Winner Announced

BEST OF SHOW: “Reflection” by Lily Laramie, Lenoir NC

Photographers from Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba counties in North Carolina were invited to enter the Exposures Photography Competition, a program of the Caldwell Arts Council. Judge Lynn Willis of Valle Crucis judged the competition entries, and has selected the following award-winning photographs.

Due to COVID-19, there will be no traditional gallery show of entries or opening reception. Instead, the showcase of entries will be exhibited virtually on the Caldwell Arts Council website.

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FIRST PLACE, ABSTRACT: “Perspective” by Cindy Hedrick Day, Lenoir NC

FIRST PLACE, TRADITIONAL: “Some Pig” by Pam Helton, Lenoir NC

HONORABLE MENTION: “Embracing Death Valley” by Jeff Cline, Hickory NC

HONORABLE MENTION: “Noir Homie” by Jordan K. Ellis, Hickory NC

HONORABLE MENTION: “Flustered” by Bill Karr, Lenoir NC

HONORABLE MENTION: “Saint Johns” by Lydia Stewart, Lenoir NC

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/caldwell-arts-councils-exposures-photography-competition-winner-announced/

Art in A Petri Dish: The Agar Art Awards 2020

Scientists from around the world submitted art grown in petri dishes for the American Society of Microbiology’s annual contest, which has announced the winners. Restricted access to labs broadened the remit, with traditional art on the beauty of microbes accepted for the first time.


First place in the traditional general category was awarded to The Gardener by Joanne Dungo, from Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Northridge, California.

More: American Society of Microbiology h/t: guardian


Second place in the same category went to Microbial Peacock by Balaram Khamari from the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning in Puttaparthi, India.


Isabel Araque and Jenny Onate from Quito, Ecuador, came third with Micro-Nature in a Spotted Eagle Ray.


The people’s choice award, as voted for by Facebook followers of the ASM, went to LOBO by Christian Gabriel Austria Lucas from the Institute of Technical Education in Singapore.


The winner in the traditional kids category was I Love My Microbiome by Ariana Gestal-Gurr from Shreveport, Louisiana, drawn after putting her fingers up her nose.


Second place in the traditional kids went to five-year-old Aziliz C Pernet from Los Angeles, California, for Dinosaur at Sunset.


In the new open kids group, a drawing of The Mysterious Microbes by Ethan Lin from South Grove Elementary School in Syosset, NY, won first place.


The winner in the open general was Riley Cutler from Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi, for Strands of Antisense, an abstracted artwork of the skin microbiome.


Adriana Celis Ramirez and Valeri Sáenz Moncaleano from Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, took second place in the open general for Lactophenol-Cotton Blue Clay Stain, a clay representing the interconnection between clay and human mycosis.


Top prize in the open people’s choice went to Beauty and the Beast by Christian Gabriel Austria Lucas from the Institute of Technical Education in Singapore.

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/art-in-a-petri-dish-the-agar-art-awards-2020/

25 Beautiful Winning Photographs Of The Northern Lights Contest By “Capture The Atlas”

“The Hunt’s Reward” By Ben Maze Tasmania, Australia

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Nature is a beautiful place and in these hard times when everything seems kinda sad and dull, it’s always nice to look at some amazing things. These photographers managed to capture one of the wonderful things nature has given us—aurora borealis. This beautiful phenomenon occurs in the high-latitude regions because of the disturbances in the magnetosphere caused by the solar wind.

Aurora borealis is very colorful, magnificent, and even seems like something out of this world. Many people would like to see it in real life; sadly, no one knows when we will be able to travel again, so let’s check out the winners of the contest organized by Capture the Atlas from the safety of our homes. They picked 25 of the best photographs for their “Northern Lights Photographer of the Year” competition.

More: Capture The Atlas, Instagram, Facebook h/t: boredpanda, demilked

“Under A Canadian Sky” By Parker Burkett British Columbia, Canada

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“Spring Fireworks” By Ole Salomonsen Tromso, Norway

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“Dragon Eggs” By Roksolyana Hilevych Lofoten Islands, Norway

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“Symphony Of The Lights” By Iurie Belegurschi Thingvellir, Iceland

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“Finland At Night” By Kim Jenssen Finnish Lapland

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“The Tower Of Sorcery” By Joaquín Marco Iceland

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“Gate To The North” By Filip Hrebenda Iceland

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“Convergence” By Agnieszka Mrowka Iceland

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“Lights In The Land Of Living Skies” By Jeanine Holowatuik Saskatchewan, Canada

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“Hafragilsfoss Aurora” By Stefano Pellegrini Iceland

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“When A Dream Became A Reality” By Mohad Almehanna Yukon, Canada

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“Turbulence” By John Weatherby Iceland

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“Vikings In The Sky” By Nico Rinaldi Iceland

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“Lofoten Ice Lights” By Dennis Hellwig Lofoten Islands, Norway

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“Heavenly Dance” By Sergey Korolev Kola Peninsula, Russia

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“Right Before The Freezing” By Aki Mikkola Finnish Lapland

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“Affirmation” By William Patino Iceland

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“Flames In The Sky” By Risto Leskinen Finnish Lapland

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“Pictured Rocks Magic” By Marybeth Kiczenski Upper Michigan Peninsula, USA

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“Antarctic Night” By Benjamin Eberhardt (Edit By Martin Heck) Ice Cube Neutrino Observatory – Antarctica

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“Natural Mystic” By Virginia Yllera Iceland

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“Aurora Eruption” By Tor-Ivar Næss Lyngen Alps, Norway

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“Ghosts Of The Fell” By Petri Puurunen Finnish Lapland

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“Over The Lofoten Mountains” By José Antonio Mateos Fajardo Lofoten Islands, Norway

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2020/12/25-beautiful-winning-photographs-of-the-northern-lights-contest-by-capture-the-atlas/

The Beautiful Winning Photos of 2020 Budapest International Foto Awards

The Budapest International Foto Awards honors its winning photographers from around the world.

It seems like this year—even though it was a hard one—helped creative minds flourish all over the world. The Budapest International Foto Awards just published their winners and the photographs are as breathtaking as they are thought-provoking.

The Skin I’m In – Brian Cassey

“Carol Mayer was left near death following a house fire when a young mother. She incurred horrific burns to over 80 percent of her body … her family was told she would not survive. However, survive she did after enduring the year-long agony of intensive care, operations, and skin grafts to recovery. Over a decade on Carol gives her time voluntarily to counsel and help later day burns victims and assist burns foundations. Carol has long grown accustomed to ‘The Skin I’m In.’”

More: BIFA, Instagram, Facebook h/t: 121clicks

Space In Between – Sherwin Magsino

“The turquoise lake in the crater of the Kawah Ijen volcano looks serene and inviting. It also happens to be the world’s largest acidic lake. But the main highlight was watching the Milky Way rise on the crater summit, probably the most beautiful mornings the photographer has seen on the trip.”

Cormorant Master – Sherwin Magsino

“Cormorant fishing is a dying 1,000-year-old tradition in Guilin, China. Sailing peacefully across Li River in Guilin, men fish without the aid of a rod, hook or bait, instead of using a method that involves birds diving underwater.”

Polar Bear Family In A Melting World – Roie Galitz

“Mother Bear and her two young cubs are at the ice edge, wondering about their next move. 2018 was a relatively warm year in the high Arctic, and this is the last piece of ice in eastern Svalbard. Without sea ice, the mother bear can’t hunt for herself and her cubs.”

Fate – Istvan Kerekes

“This little girl was looking for firewood near her crumbly haunt at Christmas. The very poor and poverty-stricken family is unemployed. For them, survival from one day to the next is a big challenge. Tarnava Valley / Transylvania.”

The Silent Cry Of Hong Kong Protester – Chiasheng Wu

“Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill Movement in Hong Kong. Demonstrators participated in the demonstration on August 11, when a male demonstrator was attacked by secret police that night, blood on his face and his front teeth were shot down. This was the first time the police had dressed like a protester. Demonstrator opened his mouth silently in front of the camera.”

I’m Not My Body. A Story About Euthanasia – Michel Petillo

“In 2016, the artist met Claire C., a then-33-year-old wheelchair-bound woman, suffering from severe debilitating pains in her right foot, epilepsy, and spastic quadriplegia. Since the age of seven, her life has been about life-threatening accidents, invasive operations, severe painkillers, and ultimately wanting to end her life. Claire has been seeking effective pain treatment besides addictive morphine-based painkillers since 2012. In 2017, a spinal neurostimulator implant was initially successful. In 2012 Claire renewed her request for active euthanasia since her pains have fully returned.”

Planet Earth – Christiaan Van Heijst

“Photo was taken at 42,000 ft over the Sahara desert, flying at the edge of space. Our beautiful little blue marble, floating through the vast void of infinity.”

Prozac – Arseniy Neskhodimov

“The series shows the personal experience of the photographer: ‘Since I was 20, I have been prone to depression. Finding antidepressants unhelpful, I decided to get out of Moscow and find somewhere I could be happier, chronicling my own experiences. But the depression followed me. People imagine that depression is like ordinary unhappiness, only more so. It isn’t. And the things we typically do to cheer ourselves up can’t be relied on as treatments. I tried a change of scene to get away from my troubles but to no avail. I think depression has to be understood and treated as an illness, although I am not sure how.’”

The Freedom Of Belarus – Hanna Rozava

The Last Moment – Urim Hong

“Once a passionate pupil of the violin in Cité Soleil had now become a downcast boy with a big cap who no longer had an interest in playing. Water on the brain was causing his head to grow bigger day after day. “Luxon, if it’s okay,” I asked guardedly, “could you play once more for me?” I had a sudden feeling that we only had a few moments left together. With his eyes closed, the boy played his tune just in time to meet a ray of light. Urim Hong is a photographer who searches for light in the isolated world. After majoring in the humanities as well as pedagogy, he taught children for a decade and, in that process, found himself called to photography. He majored in photography at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Currently, he is leading a project for the children and orphans in Citi Soleil, a small village within the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area in Haiti. He was selected as Editorial Photographer of the year at the 2018 IPA, 2019 MIFA, and PDNedu Awards Documentary winner.”

Country Doctor – Gabriele Micalizzi

“Once the Covid-19 pandemic started spreading in Italy, Luigi Cavanna, the head of the Oncology ward in Piacenza Hospital, decided that the best way to approach the disease was to treat it early, in the same way you would treat cancer. Equipped with a device that monitors the level of oxygen in the blood and a portable ultrasound chest scanner, doctor Cavanna started visiting patients at their homes—treating them mostly with hydroxychloroquine. In this way, he saved more than 365 patients.”

Naturalia: Chronicle Of Contemporary Ruins – Jonk

“This is what happens when abandoned places are reclaimed by Nature. She is stronger, and whatever happens to Man, She will always be there. When Man leaves, She comes back and She takes back everything. This series asks the fundamental question of the place of Man on Earth and his relationship with Nature. Far from being pessimistic, and at a time when Man’s domination of Nature has never been so extreme, it aims to wake our consciousness.”

New Zealand Locks Down – Dominic Thomas

“A portrait of Jacinda Ardern as she announces an unprecedented, nationwide lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Giant Of The Sea – Földi László

“The whale shark in the picture is just floating beneath the boats on the surface. This is the largest fish on earth with a size of up to more than 10 meters. It is a peaceful and impressive inhabitant of our planet. Many details had to be taken into account when taking the picture, due to the proper composition.”

I Am Rohingya – Mohammad Rakibul Hasan

“The Rohingya is a minor Muslim ethnic group who lived in Myanmar for centuries. However, due to the racism and many other socio-political issues among the majority in Myanmar, they were declared as a stateless Bengali community who migrated to Myanmar from Bangladesh. Over one million Rohingyas live in Myanmar and they are the most persecuted people in the world who are deprived of their own land, human rights, and citizenship. In recent times, the Myanmar Army started a silent genocide to forcefully evacuate them out of the country. Mohammad Rakibul Hasan is a Dhaka-based documentary photographer, filmmaker, and visual artist. His work explores the themes of human rights, social development, migration, gender violence, and the environment. His images express the resilience of the human spirit and strength at adversity. Hasan holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Photography from Falmouth University and an Undergraduate Certificate in History of Art from Oxford University. He also pursued a Postgraduate Diploma in Photojournalism from Ateneo de Manila University and graduated in Film & Video Production from University of Sydney.”

Home – Istvan Kerekes

“A moment of life from a family who live in extreme poverty. The horse, which is a treasure for the family, is treated almost like a family member. He is a sure source of income because they undertake a lot of agricultural jobs. The father works as a day laborer to provide for the family. But their life is terribly difficult. I took the picture in the Transylvania area of Romania.”

Waiting For A New Life – Valerio Nicolosi

“A migrant man looks at the horizon at sunset, after being rescued at sea, off Libya, by the organization ‘Mediterranea Saving Humans’ on the Central Mediterranean.”

In Red – Tetsuo Kurita

“It is a highlands at an altitude of 4,000 meters in Sichuan, China. That place became red after heavy rain around sunset. The Larung Gar is the biggest Tibetan Buddhist academy in the world.”

The Blue Viper Strikes – Robin Yong

“Beware the impossibly fascinating blue viper…this really is a ‘look but don’t touch’ situation, because as visually beautiful as that blue viper is, it’s not the kind of creature you want to mess with. Sold in specialty pet shops, this one is really not for beginners.”

In The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time – Accidental Victim Of Drug Gangs – Eduardo Lopez Moreno

“A man like anyone else, good, drunkard, according to his wife, was sitting on a bench in the main square of his town in the wrong place at the wrong time, when two rival drug gangs confronted each other, taking by accident his life. This happened in a remote rural area in the central part of Mexico, Jalisco State.”

Garbage In The Cloud – Piotr Zwarycz

“Thick smoke, countless toxic substances that more human casualties than the flames themselves—deadly clouds that arise from fires at sorting plants, landfills, and vehicle recycling points.”

David: Raised In Belgium, Facing Removal To The Drc – Alessia Capasso

“David (not his real name) grew up in Brussels and dreams of a career in fashion, but hardline laws make him an asylum seeker in his own country. Despite being born in France and raised in Belgium by Congolese parents, David is in serious danger of being deported to the Democratic Republic of Congo (a country abandoned by his parents when they were still children). Refused by his father because of his homosexuality, he moved into a flat with three other gay asylum seekers through Le Refuge, an organization supporting isolated LGBTQI+ youth.”

Seven – Wei Ding

“According to the classic scripts of Chinese medicine, the 7 emotions—ecstasy, fury, worry, reverie, grief, terror, and shock—are causes of chaos. If left untamed, they can disrupt the heart, intestines, and the Qi of a balanced body.”

Lost Dreams – Erika Valkovicova

“Magical sunset at the world-famous Anse Source d’Argent beach on La Digue Island in Seychelles.”

We Run, You Fly – Dimpy Bhalotia

“Dimpy Bhalotia is an award-winning celebrated street photographer of Indian origin based in London. Her project which is titled ‘We Run, You Fly’ is a very important project for her. This project is to highlight the depletion of birds in the urban world. Earth is a balance of the ecosystem between humans, animals, and natural resources. Any system interrupted or disturbed and humans won’t exist. It’s a mistake that will echo for generations to come. She is raising her voice through her photographs.”

Concrete Tetrapods – Pei Hsuan Wu

Alternative Realities: Escaping The Lockdown II – Dietmar Sorgatz

“Alternative Realities: Beach Club Scene at Bondi Beach escaping the Lockdown.”

Cocoon – Torleif Lie

“A photographic study of human beauty and fragility. Image captured underwater.”

Growing Up In India´s Coal Belt – Costa Corbas

“The coal fields in Jharia at the heart of India’s coal belt have been burning for more than 100 years. Villages perched on the edge of the pits still house people, threatening to collapse from one day to the next. Open-pit mining is expanding in the region having a profound impact on the environment and the people who live here. Every morning before sunrise, the coal fields and disused mines come alive with scavengers who pilfer coal to sell on the black market in order to make a meager living. For the new generation growing up here, will this be the only way of life too?”

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2020/12/the-beautiful-winning-photos-of-2020-budapest-international-foto-awards/

Incredible Winning Photos From The Nature Photographer Of The Year 2020

Overall Winner: ‘Jurassic Park’ By Roberto Marchegiani

While traveling is not on the table at this point in our pandemic lives, looking at nature photography can also provide a form of mental escape. Various studies have shown that it has soothing effects and helps our brains that are on their way to 2020-induced overdrive to calm down.

But luckily, the annual Nature Photographer of the Year (NPOTY) has just announced its winners of the 2020 competition. The judges chose from 19,547 images submitted from over 95 different countries, which made it a record for this competition.

The winner of the contest became an Italian nature photographer, Roberto Marchegiani, who impressed the jury with a mystical image of a giraffe titled “Jurassic Park.” “This image has a fairy-tale quality that goes far beyond a wildlife document,” Magdalena Herrera, director of photography for Geo, France, and the chair of the jury praised the winner.

So let’s take a look at all the amazing winning photographs that show the spellbinding nature around us as seen through the lens of the artists.

More: Nature Photographer Of The Year h/t: boredpanda

Category Black & White: Highly Commended, ‘Birch Columns’ By Kirsi Mackenzie

Category Mammals: Highly Commended, ‘Heavenly Showers’ By Neelutpaul Barua

Category Birds: Highly Commended, ‘Lone Egret Among Fall Colors Of The Cypress Swamp’ By Rick Beldegreen

Category Mammals: Runner-Up, ‘Splash!!!’ By Antonio Leiva Sanchez

Category Animals Of ‘De Lage Landen’: Winner, ‘The Apocalypse’ By Bart Siebelink

Category Other Animals: Runner-Up, ‘Take Care’ By Yuhui Hu

Category Underwater: Highly Commended, ‘Big Blue’ By Paul Goldstein

Category Black & White: Highly Commended, ‘Caught In A Blizzard’ By David Gibbon

Category Animal Portraits: Runner-Up, ‘Contact With The Dwarf Minke’ By Craig Parry

Category Birds: Highly Commended, ‘Storm Brewing’ By Oscar Diez

Category Other Animals: Highly Commended, ‘A New Immersion’ By Ruben Perez Novo

Category Black & White: Runner-Up, ‘Black Walnut’ By Franka Slothouber

Category Fred Hazelhoff Portfolio Award: Winner, ‘Border Wall Project’ By Alejandro Prieto

Category Fred Hazelhoff Portfolio Award: Winner, ‘Border Wall Project’ By Alejandro Prieto

Category Black & White: Winner, ‘Constellation Of Eagle Rays’ By Henley Spiers

Category Plants And Fungi: Winner, ‘Dead Forest’ By Radomir Jakubowski

Category Mammals: Highly Commended, ‘Golden Light With Impala’ By Artur Stankiewicz

Category Man And Nature: Winner, ‘Hope In A Burned Forest’ By Jo-Anne Mcarthur

Category Animal Portraits: Winner, “I Can Pass?” By Adriana Claudia Sanz

Category Landscapes: Winner, ‘Il Bosco Incantato’ By Stanislao Basileo

Category Other Animals: Winner, ‘Nature’s Pitfall’ By Samantha Stephens

Category Man And Nature: Highly Commended, ‘Newspaper’ By Wei Fu

Category Animals Of “De Lage Landen”: Highly Commended, ‘Red Deer In Oostvaardersveld’ By Andius Teijgeler

Category Black & White: Highly Commended, ‘Red Deer In White’ By Kevin Berghmans

Category Underwater: Runner-Up, ‘Striped Hunter’ By Karim Iliya

Category Underwater: Highly Commended, ‘The Ice Grin’ By Dmitry Kokh

Category Fred Hazelhoff Portfolio Award: Winner, ‘Border Wall Project’ By Alejandro Prieto

Category Animal Portraits: Highly Commende, ‘Big Small’ By Manuel Enrique González Carmona

Category Birds: Winner ‘Brambling Togetherness’ By Andreas Geh

Category Landscapes: Runner-Up, ‘Electric’ By Joshua Cripps

Category Underwater: Winner, ‘In The Hiding’ By Miloš Prelević

Category Natural Art: Highly Commended, ‘Insect Diversity’ By Pål Hermansen

Category Yought 10-17 Years: Runner-Up, ‘Morning Lek’ By Levi Fitze

Category Birds: Runner-Up, ‘Restless Sea’ By Jiří Hřebíček

Category Natural Art: Highly Commended, ‘Sound And Vision’ By Alessandro Carboni

Category Man And Nature: Highly Commended, ‘Swans In A Bathtub’ By Napat Wesshasartar

Category Underwater: Highly Commended, ‘The Birds’ By Isoon Tepsaskul

Category Plants And Fungi: Highly Commended, ‘The Earthern Mattress’ By Swapnil Deshpande

Category Plants And Fungi: Highly Commended, ‘Timothy Polen Spread’ By Pål Hermansen

Category Natural Art: Winner, ‘Trapped’ By Andrea Pozzi

Сategory Man And Nature: Runner-Up, ‘Vigneti’ By Stanislao Basileo

Category Landscapes: Highly Commended, ‘Wild Is The Wind’ By Alessandro Carboni

Category Natural Art: Highly Commended, ‘Woods In A Pod’ By Yuan Minghui

Category Landscapes: Highly Commended ‘A World Away’ By Oliver Smart

Category Other Animals: Highly Commended, ‘Ant In Strange Landscape’ By Paulien Bunskoek

Category Yought 10-17 Years: Highly Commended, ‘Capercaillie’ By Levi Fitze

Category Other Animals: Highly Commended, ‘Cocos Island’ By Sergio Rivero Beneitez

Category Plants And Fungi: Runner-Up, ‘Enchanted Forest’ By Kevin De Vree

Category Yought 10-17 Years: Highly Commended, ‘Evening Walk’ By Giacomo Redaelli

Category Fred Hazelhoff Portfolio Award: Winner, ‘Border Wall Project’ By Alejandro Prieto

Category Landscapes: Highly Commended, ‘Flyover’ By Jie Fischer

Category Birds: Highly Commended, ‘Gannet Colony’ By Petr Bambousek

Category Fred Hazelhoff Portfolio Award: Winner, ‘Border Wall Project’ By Alejandro Prieto

Category Fred Hazelhoff Portfolio Award: Winner, ‘Border Wall Project’ By Alejandro Prieto

Category Fred Hazelhoff Portfolio Award: Winner, ‘Border Wall Project’ By Alejandro Prieto

Category Plants And Fungi: Highly Commended, ‘The Perfect Marriage’ By Andrea Pozzi

Category Natural Art: Highly Commended, ‘When The Wind Blows’ By Alessandro Carboni

Category Animals Of “De Lage Landen”: Runner-Up, ‘Enjoying The Early Morning Sun’ By David Pattyn

Category Animals Of “De Lage Landen”: Highly Commended, ‘Party Animal’ By Andrew George

Category Yought 10-17 Years: Highly Commended, ‘The Lynx King’ By Ismael Domínguez Gutiérrez

Category Fred Hazelhoff Portfolio Award: Winner, ‘Border Wall Project’ By Alejandro Prieto

Category Fred Hazelhoff Portfolio Award: Winner, ‘Border Wall Project’ By Alejandro Prieto

Category Yought 10-17 Years: Winner, ‘Tiny Details’ By Lili Sztrehárszki

Category Fred Hazelhoff Portfolio Award: Winner, ‘Border Wall Project’ By Alejandro Prieto

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2020/12/incredible-winning-photos-from-the-nature-photographer-of-the-year-2020/

Spectacular Winning Photos of The 2020 Royal Air Force Photographic Competition

Judging for the 2020 Royal Air Force Photographic Competition has recently taken place with the winners chosen. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this year’s competition was reduced from 13 categories to just four: Personnel, Current RAF Equipment, RAF Operations and Exercises and the “Peoples’ Choice”. Over 900 images were submitted across the competition’s three categories, with the best nine images...

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The Award-Winning Photos of Mother Nature Reclaiming Her Throne in The Earth Photo Competition 2020

Coffee Shop, Photo Earth 2020’s overall winner. Jonk/Earth Photo 2020/RGS Earth Photo, the international competition and exhibition created by Forestry England and the Royal Geographical Society with IBG, aims to encourage discussion about the environment by telling stories about the natural world, its inhabitants and our treatment of both. More: Earth Photo Competition h/

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