Travels: Winners & Merit Awards Of AAP Magazine’s Photo Contest

First Place Winner: Yulia Nevskaya, Russian Federation – $500 Cash Prize

The many mind-blowing entries come from talented photographers who traveled around the world.

Each month All About Photo offers the opportunity to dedicated and passionate artists to showcase their work in our printed edition “AAP Magazine”. For this 20th edition we were looking for travel photographs, near and far, to the edge of the earth and to the places perhaps known only to a few.

There’s a world out there to explore and each winning photographer shows us a glimpse of the diversity of our planet.

From Nomads in Northen Russia or Sahel, to a church in Ethiopia or wild landscapes in Australia, we virtually travel to the four corners of the earth. Kyrgyzstan, Soviet Union, Tibet, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Israel, Armenia, South Sudan, Benin, Bangladesh, Peru, The Arctic circle, Ethiopia, France, India, Greenland, Finland, Japan and the United States are amongst the countries you will be able to discover in the 20th edition of AAP Magazine.

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Second Place Winner: Alain Schroeder, Belgium – $300 Cash Prize

Third Place Winner: Paul B Goode, United States – $200 Cash Prize

Merit Award: Larry Snider, United States

Merit Award: Johan Gerrits, Netherlands

Merit Award: Robi Chakraborty, United States

Merit Award: Nicola Ducati, Italy

Merit Award: Monica Testa, Italy

Merit Award: Antoine Buttafoghi, France

Merit Award: Sujon Adhikary, Bangladesh

Merit Award: France Leclerc, United States

Merit Award: Ly Hoang Long, Vietnam

Merit Award: Jordi Cohen, Spain

Merit Award: Matty Karp, Israel

Merit Award: Melissa Stewart, Australia

Merit Award: Ted & Nune, United States

Merit Award: Kimmo Sahakangas, United States

Merit Award: Jim Esposito, United States

Merit Award: Don Jacobson, United States

Merit Award: Barry Guthertz, United States

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Amazing Black and White Winning Images of The WildArt POTY Monochrome Competition

Here are the winners and highly commended photographs from WildArt POTY MONOCHROME Competition 2021. WildArt Photographer of the Year is a new wildlife photography competition with a difference. Designed by wildlife photographers, for wildlife photographers and judged solely by wildlife photographers, it features 10 themed category contests run over the first 10 months of 2021.

Monochrome Gold Award Winner: “Whale Shark and Tourists” by Csaba Tökölyi, Hungary

“The image shows fishermen feeding Whale Sharks near Oslob in the Philippines, while a group of snorkelling divers wonder at the spectacle. The spot is remarkably popular, attracting thousands of visitors, however, the situation is by no means ideal. Although the animals are no longer slaughtered as before, the attraction of continuous food supply changes their migratory path and in some cases the animals spend months rather than weeks here before continuing to their breeding grounds. Although touching the animals is strictly prohibited (threat of fine and imprisonment) it happens from time to time.”

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Monochrome Silver Award Winner: “The Magic Moose” by Pål Hermansen, Norway

“This image was taken with a sensor triggered camera trap, left in the winter forest for several weeks at a path frequently used by moose. I used four cameras and more than 10,000 images were taken, but this was the one I liked best because of the shooting star. The nights were cold, minus 10-15 C, and therefore the lens was inevitably partly covered by frost crystals. Some of them created small reflexes caused by the moonlight, which are carefully adjusted in the final image. This is an image that is extremely unpredictable and difficult to capture. Just to have the moose standing still for 10 seconds is very unlikely to occur.”

Monochrome Bronze Award Winner: “Shadow Monster” by Lincoln Macgregor, Australia

“The shadow of a Horn-Eyed Ghost Crab stretches out across the sands of Turquoise Bay in Western Australia as the sun draws closer to the horizon. While taking this photograph, I purposefully overexposed the background to draw attention to the form of the crabs’ body. I enjoyed capturing the contrast between the innocent-looking crustacean and the monster-like shadow that expanded out in front of it.”

Monochrome Wild Planet Photo Magazine Editor’s Choice: “Bathtime” by Diana Andersen, Australia

“At local wetlands, pelicans returning from a day on the ocean bathe vigorously. Shooting directly into hard afternoon light resulted in the dramatic silhouetting of the bathing bird and highlighted the spray going into the air. I used negative exposure compensation to avoid blowing out the highlights and losing the water droplets.”

Monochrome Highly Commended: “Chasing Hares” by Paul Richards, United Kingdom

“Chasing hares was taken in February 2021 on the few occasions when we had snow in North Norfolk. I love the hares in Norfolk and often spend hours lying flat in a field or under a hedge waiting for them to get close. On this occasion, the hares were chasing each other in the field and the blizzard conditions added atmosphere to the picture. The hares were at a distance enabling me to capture the environment surrounding the event. I was freezing, but the picture was reward enough!”

Monochrome Highly Commended: “Whale Shark” by Rick Beldegreen, United States of America

I photographed this Whale Shark during their annual migration through Isla Mujeres, Mexico. As only snorkelling is allowed around the fish, I was at the water’s surface as this Whale Shark swam directly beneath me. I was perfectly positioned to shoot directly downward as this 30ft long fish cruised below. Two remora fish can be seen over the whale shark’s left pectoral fin and the sun’s rays frame the animal perfectly.

Monochrome Highly Commended: “Air Fight” by Csaba Daróczi, Hungary

“I took this picture near the village of Bócsa in the Kiskunság National Park, Hungary. Here, the Rabbits live in big colonies. The males often jump to the air and fight with other over females or territory. In this case, they had a fight over territory. I came across this particular colony by accident so, as I had never taken pictures of Rabbits before, I decided to try. I visited them 72 times from March to October as I wanted to capture as many chapters of their lives as possible. It was an amazing experience to watch the life of the colony over this period.”

Monochrome Highly Commended: “Shortness of Breath” by Csaba Daróczi, Hungary

“At the end of summer, I spent some time photographing birds on a lake. I would arrive at the lake and go to the hide in darkness ready for the dawn. By 8am I had usually finished taking pictures. One morning as I made my way home, I heard strange noises near a sluice. When I got closer, I saw these brown bullheads. In the extreme heat, the water had run out of oxygen, so these fish were gulping for air, trying to survive.”

Monochrome Highly Commended: “Translucent” by Kai Kolodziej, Austria

“While visiting the Borneo rainforest, I photographed many of the numerous frogs I saw on the trip. As amphibians are mainly active during the night, I had to work with flash most of the time. But this individual was photographed in the morning. I saw this frog resting on this wonderful big and heavily structured leaf, but every attempt to photograph it from above failed and the pictures didn’t turn out well. So, I decided to use a flash and photographed the silhouette of the resting frog through the leaf from beneath.”

Monochrome Highly Commended: “Moose” by Andrew McLachlan, Canada

“In June of 2021 I had the opportunity to spend the day with a fellow photographer and friend paddling Hailstorm Creek in Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park to photograph Moose. We did not encounter any until we were making our way back out of the creek, when we came upon this massive bull. He was backlit and in full sun, but the heavy contrast was wonderful for creating a black and white conversion.”

Monochrome Highly Commended: “Lioness and Cub” by Nicki Ryan, United Kingdom

“The image was taken in Kenya in the Masai Mara whilst in a safari vehicle. We spotted a lioness with three cubs, and we spent about two hours just watching them play. Another lioness was very close by, and one of the cubs was constantly running away. On one occasion he ran up to the other lioness, she was not happy with the encounter and pushed him into a ditch which is when the mother came over to retrieve him. I took the shot as she emerged from the ditch into the sunlight with the cub in her mouth.”

Monochrome Highly Commended: “Spider’s Web” by Rachel Piper, United Kingdom

“This photograph of a spider’s web was taken on a March morning not long after the rain had disappeared. I spotted it on my garden gate and was captivated by the jewel-like quality of the water droplets that had been captured by it. I am fascinated by webs, and the fact that spiders have an innate knowledge of how to spin them never ceases to amaze me.”

Monochrome Wildart Young Category Winner: “Young Rabbit” by Tamás Koncz-Bisztricz. Hungary

“I regularly visit a soda-lake near my hometown called Bokrosi Kis-Sóstó and the Nagy-Sóstó with my father. The road which leads to this place is called “Határ út”, which means “border road” because it is situated between two counties, Csongrád and Bács-Kiskun. Near this road I spotted a Hare in the sunflower field. I tried to get as close as possible to the Hare, and finally I was happy to have the opportunity to take a photo with an interesting perspective.”

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/amazing-black-and-white-winning-images-of-the-wildart-poty-monochrome-competition/

Winning Photos Of TDM Street Photography Awards 2021

First Place: Paul Kessel, United States of America

Here are the winners and finalists of The Decisive Moments Magazine (TDM) Awards 2021. The competition was judged by Vineet Vohra and F. Dilek Uyar. The winning images will get global exposure and $3500 cash prize.

There are many unseen stories in the streets that are revealed by street photographers and photography enthusiasts. TDM Awards looking for your new and creative stories from around the world to the streets that you walk and photograph in.

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Second Place: Babak Kanaani, The Islamic Republic of Iran

Third Place: Joseph-Philippe Bevillard, Ireland

Fourth Place: Garey Quinn, United States of America

Fifth Place: Irina Egorova, Russia

Finalist: Brad Jones, United States of America

Finalist: Md Enamul Kabir, Bangladesh

Finalist: Lanndon Lindsay, Canada

Finalist: Achim Katzberg, Germany

Finalist: Vitaly Zimarin, Russia

Finalist: Babak Kanaani, The Islamic Republic of Iran

Finalist: Antonio E. Ojeda, Spain

Finalist: Lucas Barioulet, France

Editors’ Choice: Annette Lang, France

Editors’ Choice: Michael Arinze, United States of America

Editors’ Choice: Elena Alexandra, Germany

Editors’ Choice: Antonio E. Ojeda, Spain

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/winning-photos-of-tdm-street-photography-awards-2021/

Winning Photos Of Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2021

The winner of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 13 has been revealed. The remarkable winning images were revealed in a virtual awards ceremony on Thursday 16 September 2021.

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the winners of its 13th annual astronomy photographer of the year competition, with the £10,000 (about $13,793) top prize awarded for a beautiful photo of a solar eclipse titled “The Golden Ring.”

The winning photographer

Shuchang Dong has been crowned the overall winner of Astronomy Photographer of the Year for this mesmerising photograph The Golden Ring. The image shows an annular solar eclipse taken in the Ali region of Tibet on 21 June 2020.

“This place has year-round sunny weather, but in front of the annular eclipse, I saw dark clouds all over the sky,” recalls photographer Shuchang Dong.

“We were waiting with anxious minds but we were lucky. Within a minute of the annular eclipse, the sunshine penetrated through the clouds and afterwards the Sun was sucked into the thick clouds. We were so lucky here!”

The judges praised the image for combining the science, art and technological ingenuity of astronomy photography.

“Our Sun can still be seen as a ring circling the Moon as it passes in front of the Sun, and mountains on the lunar surface can be seen hiding some of this light on the lower righthand portion of the image,” points out judge Emily Drabek-Maunder.

Fellow judge Steve Marsh calls it “moody, serene, perfectly captured and expertly processed. You feel as if you could reach into the sky and place this onto your finger.”

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Aurorae winner

Polar Lights Dance by Dmitrii Rybalka (Russia)

“I’m intrigued by this image. It is both beautiful but extremely unsettling. The juxtaposition of the vividness of the green with the inky blue of the ship is so dense, almost like velvet. However the lack of any sign of human life on this steadily moving vessel feels like the opening scene of a science fiction film.”

Galaxies winner

The Milky Ring by Zhong Wu (China)

“This cosmic circle is one of the most breathtaking entries we saw this year. The balance of colours, from the glowing upper half of the ring, to the darker, moodier bottom half, seems to encompass a whole range of majesty and beauty. The dedication of the photographer, who took almost two years to piece this picture together, must be applauded too.”

Our Moon winner

Beyond the Limb by Nicolas Lefaudeux (France)

“This is how the Solar System might look to a space traveller. Cosmic distance and celestial objects can be seen from a new perspective in one single image.”

People and Space winner

Lockdown by Deepal Ratnayaka (UK)

“This picture made me emotional because it is a beautiful snapshot of what we as humans collectively experienced during this pandemic – being confined within our four walls gazing thoughtfully out of our windows in hope. A beautifully moving image.”

Planets, Comets and Asteroids winner

A Colourful Quadrantid Meteor by Frank Kuszaj (USA)

“A unique image of a colourful meteor. No doubt this is one of the luckiest captures out there, but at the same time there is an absolutely amazing and inspiring story behind the image. Hard work, some share of luck and great image processing.”

Skyscapes winner

Luna Dunes by Jeffrey Lovelace (USA)

“This image was one of my favourites this year. It is beautifully composed with the subtle textures in the sand and sky complementing the crescent well. I loved the colours too – navy blue and gold – giving this picture a regal touch.”

Stars and Nebulae winner

California Dreamin’ NGC 1499 by Terry Hancock (UK)

“The colour choices made in the capture and processing of this image are beautiful enough on their own, yet they are not just for show and reveal much more about the nebula itself. A brilliant idea with brilliant execution.”

Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year winner

Family Photo of the Solar System by 至璞 王, aged 15 (China)

“All families are unconventional, so I adored this fresh, gently playful concept around the Solar System. A meaningful, technically accomplished work from a rising star of astronomical photography.”

The Manju Mehrotra Family Trust Prize for Best Newcomer

Falcon 9 soars past the Moon by Paul Eckhardt (USA)

“The right target, the right moment, the right composition. These three aspects make this image a special one among many astrophotos and many spacecraft transit lunar images. This image couldn’t be planned – it is a result of good situational awareness of a talented photographer.”

The Annie Maunder Prize for Image Innovation – joint winners

Celestial Fracture by Leonardo Di Maggio (UK)

“The grace of Saturn and its magnificent rings still remains even when presented as an angular jigsaw shattered into smithereens. A striking piece of art which would look fantastic taking up the entire wall of a skyscraper lobby.”

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/winning-photos-of-astronomy-photographer-of-the-year-2021/

Spectacular Winning Images of The Drone Photo Awards 2021

The Drone Photo Awards have announced the 2021 winners. The contest’s categories include Wedding, Nature, People, Urban, Animals, Abstract and Sport for single still images. There’s also an Open category for video and a Series category for photographers to enter five to nine images on the same theme. Among these categories are many fantastic photos from talented photographers around the world.


Melting Ice Cap. Nature Commended. In summer 2020, Svalbard archipelago broke meteorological records when the air temperature suddenly reached 21.7ºC. This image brings evidence of the amount of fresh water falling from the melting Austfonna ice cap into the sea. The average air temperature in Svalbard has risen by 3-5°C over the past 50 years. (Photo by Florian Ledoux/Drone Photography Awards 2021)

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Cascate del Mulino. People Commended. Tourists in the natural thermal pools in Saturnia, Tuscany, northern Italy, each one assuming a different position of relaxation. (Photo by Christian Gatti/Drone Photography Awards 2021)


Poisoned River. Abstract Winner. A detailed photograph of a stream filled with poison. “Poisoned Beauty” is a personal project that tells the story of the natural disaster in the Apuseni Mountains in Transylvania, which was a result of chemical waste generated by copper and gold mining, but in a beautifully abstract way. (Photo by Gheorghe Popa/Drone Photography Awards 2021)


Sailor of Red Chilies Sea. People Commended. A farmer cycles home after laying out red chilies on plastic sheets under the bright sun. During the harvesting season, tons of chilis are laid out to dry creating a patchwork effect on green fields in Panchagarh, northern Bangladesh. (Photo by Sujon Adhikary/Drone Photography Awards 2021)


Wild Night in the Adriatic. Nature Commended. Stari Grad, on Hvar Island, with fork lightning and a waterspout on the open sea. (Photo by Miroslav Zadravec/Drone Photography Awards 2021)


Zohreh River. Abstract Commended. Faux colour infrared image of the Zohreh River where it enters the Persian Gulf in southern Iran. The image was taken at 665nm, on an infrared-converted Sony Nex 5N. Red and blue channels were swapped in Photoshop. (Photo by Jon Bowles/Drone Photography Awards 2021)


Skimboarding at the Wedge. Sport Commended. The Wedge is a spot in Newport Beach, California, known for its large wedge shaped waves that make it a popular spot for surfers and Skimboarding – a sport in which a skimboard is used to glide across the water’s surface to meet an incoming breaking wave, and ride it back to shore. Wave-riding skimboarders perform a variety of surface and air manoeuvres, at various stages of their ride, out to, and back with, the wave. (Photo by Sagi Roitfarb/Drone Photography Awards 2021)


Sheep in Congress. Wildlife Commended. “In the north of Israel, I documented during summer and winter a herd of 1,500 sheep which became more than 1,900 heads. I followed them when they moved from one location to another mainly for searching for fresh grass but also for preparing to give birth and cut their wool”. (Photo by Yoel Robert Assiag/Drone Photography Awards 2021)


Shark Companion. Sport Commended. A lone kayaker is escorted by a group of sharks. Every year from December to April, a school of dusky sharks arrives to the area near the Hadera power station in Israel. The warm waters around the station attract fish and their predators – which in turn attract kayakers, scuba divers and swimmers. (Photo by Ido Meirovich/Drone Photography Awards 2021)


Floating People. People Commended. People in inner-tubes attend a concert on a floating stage. (Photo by Raf Willems/Drone Photography Awards 2021)


No Stress. Abstract Commended. A lone dog naps on the beach near the parasols. (Photo by Zsolt Dor/Drone Photography Awards 2021)


Flamingos Flying Over Lake Magadi. Nature Commended. Magadi Lake, in Kajiado county, Kenya, shot from a helicopter. This is a salt lake, whose water is colourful and changes with climate conditions, and is a habitat for flamingos. (Photo by Ying Shi/Drone Photography Awards 2021)


Caleidoscopio. Abstract Runner Up. This shot was inspired by the colourful patterns of the Navajo people of the south-western US. The colours of the containers and the diagonals created by the play of light and shadow create an interesting pattern. (Photo by Paolo Crocetta/Drone Photography Awards 2021)


Dusk at Rohingya Refugee Camp. Urban Commended. Kutupalong refugee camp is the world’s largest refugee camp. It is in Ukhia, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, and is inhabited by Rohingya refugees who fled from persecution in neighbouring Myanmar. Millions of Rohingya refugees live here in huts and tents. (Photo by Azim Khan Ronnie/Drone Photography Awards 2021)


Four Seasons. Urban Commended. A lonely chapel in the middle of a field shot in the four seasons. This is the fifth in this series. A tractor is working the field. (Photo by Ovi D. Pop/Drone Photography Awards 2021)


A Still Point in Time. Wildlife Commended. A flock of greater flamingo wades through the obsidian brine pans south of Walvis Bay, Namibia, with the grace of ballerinas. This image was taken hand-held from a fixed-wing aircraft. Flamingo are sensitive to noise and vibration and normally take to flight when disturbed. (Photo by Jay Roode/Drone Photography Awards 2021)


Gold at the End of the Rainbow. Sport Winner. A surfer, Ollie Henry, escapes a monster wave off the coast of South West Western Australia. (Photo by Phil De Glanville/Drone Photography Awards 2021)


Wrong way buddy. Sport Highly Commended. One cyclist goes against the tide during the Big Easy cycling event in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. The event attracts hundreds of cyclists on the region’s cycle paths over the Easter weekend. (Photo by John Cowpland/Drone Photography Awards 2021)


Pink-Footed Geese Meeting the Winter. Overall Winner. Thousands of pink-footed geese roost in central Norway in spring, on their way to breeding grounds on Svalbard in the Arctic. Probably because of the climate crisis, they arrive earlier every year and often the ground and the fields where they feed are covered by snow. The geese tend to use the same paths, and this photo was taken when waiting for them in the air. (Photo by Terje Kolaas/Drone Photography Awards 2021)

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/spectacular-winning-images-of-the-drone-photo-awards-2021/

Stunning Winners Of The One Eyeland World’s Top Wedding Photographers 2021

Rank #1 (100 Points): Joe Lai, Taichung, Taiwan

One Eyeland is delighted to unveil its winners for the World’s Top 10 Wedding Photographers 2020. Adjudged by a jury of 10 photographers. In all, our judges decided to give out 6 Golds, 33 Silvers, 81 Bronzes and 140 Finalists.

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Rank #2 (75 Points): Kin Lok Chan, Hong Kong

Rank #3 (69 Points): Soemoe Aung, Singapore

Rank #3 (69 Points): Zhuo Ya, Kaiapoi, New Zealand

Rank #5 (56 Points): Alex Fung, Hong Kong, China

Rank #6 (36 Points): Mischa Baettig, Affoltern Am Albis, Switzerland

Rank #7 (34 Points): Andrew Joseph, Saint Louis, United States

Rank #8 (33 Points): Heljo Hakulinen, Muurame, Finland

Rank #9 (32 Points): Wooi Hong Ang, Kajang, Malaysia

Rank #10 (30 Points): John Hellstrom, Stockholm, Sweden

Rank #10 (30 Points): Mike Sheng, Auckland, New Zealand

Belgium’s Rank #1 (27 Points): Rais De Weirdt, Nazareth, Belgium

Brazil’s Rank #1 (10 Points): Giovani Garcia, Petrópolis, Brazil

Canada’s Rank #1 (16 Points): Gary Evans, Kitchener, Canada

China’s Rank #1 (56 Points): Alex Fung, Hong Kong, China

Finland’s Rank #1 (33 Points): Heljo Hakulinen, Muurame, Finland

Greece’s Rank #1 (10 Points): Tilemaxos Gioglaris, Larisa Greece, Greece

Hong Kong’s Rank #1 (75 Points): Kin Lok Chan, Hong Kong

India’s Rank #1 (27 Points): Divyam Mehrotra, Noida, India

Italy’s Rank #1 (29 Points): Luigi Rota, Lecco, Italy

Japan’s Rank #1 (23 Points): Kouta Miyawaki, Oda, Japan

Japan’s Rank #2 (10 Points): Takafumi Nakagawa, Tokushima, Japan

Malaysia’s Rank #1 (32 Points): Wooi Hong Ang, Kajang, Malaysia

Netherlands’ Rank #1 (15 Points): Daniel Vinke, Schiedam, Netherlands

New Zealand’s Rank #1 (69 Points): Zhuo Ya, Kaiapoi, New Zealand

New Zealand’s Rank #2 (30 Points): Mike Sheng, Auckland, New Zealand

Singapore’s Rank #1 (69 Points): Soemoe Aung, Singapore

Sweden’s Rank #1 (30 Points): John Hellstrom, Stockholm, Sweden

Switzerland’s Rank #1 (36 Points): Mischa Baettig, Affoltern Am Albis, Switzerland

Taiwan’s Rank #1 (100 Points): Joe Lai, Taichung, Taiwan

United Kingdom’s Rank #1 (24 Points): Craig Clewlow, Stoke On Trent, United Kingdom

United States’ Rank #1 (34 Points): Andrew Joseph, Saint Louis, United States

United States’ Rank #2 (23 Points): Deivis Archbold, Lauderhill, United States

United States’ Rank #3 (10 Points): Tatiana Valerie, New York, United States

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/stunning-winners-of-the-one-eyeland-worlds-top-wedding-photographers-2021/

Winning Images Of The Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Lunettes: Landscape By Callie Chee

Here are the winners and finalists of the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2021 competition. The South Australian Museum announced the results. Over 2,200 images were submitted from photographers around the country. An image of a leafy seadragon hiding in shallow reefs located in the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia, was declared the Overall Winner.

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Leafy night: Animal Portrait, Overall Winner By Scott Portelli

Forest Dragon: Animal Portrait By Isaac Wishart

Above The Darkness: Landscape By William Patino

Stilted Reflections: Animal Habitat Runner-Up By Georgina Steytler

Night-light: Animal Habitat By Isaac Wishart

Signs of recovery: Botanical By Douglas Gimesy

Declining species: Threatened Species Winner By Scott Portelli

Bird on a Wire: Botanical By Raoul Slater

Swamp Secrets: Botanical Runner-Up By Paula McManus

Checking me out: Animal Portrait By Alex Pike

Hidden Dotterel: Junior By Robert Irwin

Single-use Drifter: Our Impact Runner-Up By Justin Gilligan

Southern Royal Albatross: Threatened Species By Gillianne Tedder

Incoming: Monochrome Winner By Jeff Freestone

Better Together: Animal Behaviour By Charles Davis

Beneath the Surface: Landscape Runner-Up By Ashlee Karas

Moon Rise: Landscape By William Patino

Turtle Tracks: Animal Behaviour By Brett Monroe Garner

Outback mirage: Animal Habitat By Christian Spencer

The Turtle Vortex: Threatened Species By Jordan Robins

Dance at Dawn: Animal Behaviour By Michael Eastwell

Rufous Fantail: Animal Portrait By Matt Oliver

Bioluminescent Shores: Landscape By Jordan Robins

Life on the Edge: Threatened Species By Richard Robinson

Symbiosis: Animal Behaviour By Kevin De Vree

Osprey Fishing: Animal Behaviour By John Van-Den-Broeke

Balance: Landscape, Portfolio Prize Winner By Tim Wrate

A tree dreaming: Animal Habitat Winner By Christian Spencer

Tohorā: Our Impact By Richard Robinson

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/winning-images-of-the-australian-geographic-nature-photographer-of-the-year/

Spectacular Winning Photos Of Nikon Small World 2021

1st Place by Jason Kirk. Trichome (white appendages) and stomata (purple pores) on a southern live oak leaf

Nikon has announced the Winners, Honorable Mentions, and Images of Distinction for the 2021 Small World Photomicrography Competition. More than 1,900 entries were received from 88 countries in 2021, the 47th year of the competition.

Nikon’s Small World Celebrating 47 years of images captured by the light microscope. Nikon’s Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. The Photomicrography Competition is open to anyone with an interest in microscopy and photography. The video competition, entitled Small World In Motion encompasses any movie or digital time-lapse photography taken through the microscope.

Submit your work for the 2022 Photomicrography Competition, the deadline is Apr 30, 2022.

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3rd Place by Frank Reiser. Rear leg, claw, and respiratory trachea of a louse (Haematopinus suis)

10th Place by Sébastien Malo. Vein and scales on a butterfly wing (Morpho didius)

13th Place by Dr. Felice Placenti. Cotton fabric with pollen grains

17th Place by Martin Kaae Kristiansen. Filamentous strands of Nostoc cyanobacteria captured inside a gelatinous matrix

Honorable Mention by Álmos Becz. Water flea swimming near a bell animalcule (microscopic ciliate)

Honorable Mention by Dr. Andrew Mark Posselt. Hind leg of a male frog-legged beetle (Sagra buqueti)

Honorable Mention by Marco Retana, Robber fly (Asilidae)

Honorable Mention by Dr. Fred Terveer. Red forest ant (Formica rufa)

Image of Distinction by Charles B. Krebs. Pollen grain on a crocus flower petal

Image of Distinction by Daniel Knop. Clownfish (Amphiprion percula) embryos in several developmental stages

Image of Distinction by Dr. Guillermo López López. Hibiscus flower anther

Image of Distinction by Dr. Enno Merivee. Mosquito wing (Culiseta annulata)

Image of Distinction by Dr. Dimitrios Zampelis. Eurasian Copper Underwing moth caterpillar (Amphipyra pyramidea) hatching and eating the shell of an empty egg

Image of Distinction by Dr. Razvan Cornel Constantin. Red velvet mite (Trombidiidae)

Image of Distinction by Thorben Danke. Sleeping cuckoo wasp (Crysis sp.)

Image of Distinction by Oliver Dum. Eye of a horsefly (Tabanus sudeticus)

Image of Distinction by Jacek Myslowski. Algae (Netrium and Micrasterias jenneri)

Image of Distinction by Nathan Renfro. Surface texture of a synthetic sapphire crystal with a triangular platinum crystal contaminant

Image of Distinction by Ye Fei Zhang. Butterfly eggs

Image of Distinction by Dr. Marcel Clemens. Antenna of a moth (Catocala fraxini)

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/spectacular-winning-photos-of-nikon-small-world-2021/

Stunning Winning Photos Of The Drone Photo Awards 2021

Photo of the year: Pink-Footed Geese Meeting the Winter by Terje Kolaas

Here are the stunning aerial images of Drone Photo Awards 2021. The exhibition “Above Us Only Sky” will showcase the overall winner and the eight category winners.

The winners are announced for Photo of the Year, Urban, Wildlife, Sport, People, Nature, Abstract, Wedding, Series and Video categories. A flock of thousands of Pink-footed geese flying over snow-covered ground, immortalized by the Norwegian photographer Terje Kolaas, is the overall winner of the Drone Awards 2021, the main international contest of aerial photography.

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Urban – 1st classified: Metaphorical Statement About City and Winter by Sergei Poletaev

Urban – Runner Up: The Kingdom Centre by George Steinmetz

Urban – Highly commended: Passaggio Sospeso by Paolo Crocetta

Urban – Commended: Bank Of Buriganga by Md Tanveer Hassan Rohan

Urban – Commended: Julier Snake by Roberto Moiola

Urban – Commended: Traditional Polish “Redyk” by Bartlomiej Jurecki

Wildlife – 1st classified: Back to Adventure by Qasim Al Farsi

Wildlife – Runner up: Fast Food by Igor Altuna

Wildlife – Commended: Emus of the Salt Lake by Gary Steer

Wildlife – Commended: Baby Flamingos by Seyit Konyalı

Wildlife – Commended: A Still Point in Time by Jay Roode

Sport – 1st classified: Gold at the End of the Rainbow by Phil De Glanville

Sport – Runner up: Follow Me by Pierluigi Orler

Sport – Highly commended: One Shot by Lampson Karmin Yip

Sport – Commended: Colour Series II by Ilanna Barkusky

People – 1st classified: Fishing in Mangrove Forest by Trung Pham Huy

People – Runner up: Beach Season by Alexandr Vlassyuk

People – Highly commended: Pray for Souls by Phu Khanh Bui

People – Highly commended: Collecting Water from Driedout Riverbeds by Sujon Adhikary

People – Commended: Drying Steamed Fish by Tuan Nguyen Tan

Nature – 1st classified: Extragalactic by Martin Sanchez

Nature – Runner up: The Great Divide by Janessa Anderson

Nature – Highly commended: Pure Power by Phil De Glanville

Nature – Highly commended: Camel Shadows at Sunset by Jim Picôt

Nature – Commended: City of Angels by Silvano Paiola

Nature – Commended: Labyrinth of Time by Tomas Neuwirth

Abstract – 1st classified: Poisoned River by Gheorghe Popa

Abstract – Runner up: Caleidoscopio by Paolo Crocetta

Abstract – Commended: Tailing Dam Abstract by David Dahlenburg

Wedding – 1st classified: Verso l’Infinito Insieme a Te by Matteo Originale

Wedding – Runner up: Boundless sea of love by Wujiang Zhu

Wedding – Highly commended: Natural bride by Krzysztof Krawczyk

Wedding – Highly commended: Golf Court Stories by Tobias Froehner

Wedding – Commended: Water Skies by Raïs De Weirdt

Wedding – Highly commended: Plane in love by Krzysztof Krawczyk

Series – 1st classified: Blanketed in Fire Retardant by Adrees Latif

Series – Runner up: Abstract nature by Manuel Enrique González Carmona

Series – Highly commended: Ice Anatomy by Gheorghe Popa

Series – Highly commended: Habitat by Henrique Murta

Series – Commended: Covid self-isolation sucks by Adas Vasiliauskas

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/stunning-winning-photos-of-the-drone-photo-awards-2021/

The Most Impressive Photos From The Ocean Photography Awards 2021 Finalists

Collective Portfolio Award: Grace Hoarau. Snooty the lemon shark, Jupiter, Florida.

The Ocean Photography Awards are a celebration of our beautiful blue planet, as well as a platform to highlight the many plights it is facing. Finalists across six categories, including Collective Portfolio, Youth Photographer of the Year, and Conservation have been announced for the second annual Ocean Photography Awards.

‘As a keen scuba diver and underwater photographer, I appreciate what it takes to capture extraordinary photographs of the ocean: passion, skill and commitment to your craft. The finalists of the Ocean Photography Awards 2021 display those assets in abundance. Their images reveal the ocean for what it is – or at least what it should be – a place full of life, colour and wonder. They also remind us of the injustices we are inflicting upon it,’ says Marc A Hayek, president and CEO of Blancpain – one of the contest’s partners.

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Collective Portfolio Award: Matty Smith. Pacific Man o’ War, a colourful marine invader under an apocalyptic red sky.

Collective Portfolio Award: Stefan Christmann. Male emperor penguins huddling during polar night, to stay warm as a group.

Collective Portfolio Award: Steven Kovacs. Larval lobster carrying four larval acorn worms which are one of its food sources.

Community Choice Award: Phil de Glanville. Surfer Jack Robinson rides the famous break known as ‘The Right’, home to some of the heaviest waves in the world.

Community Choice Award: Fabrice Guerin. A sea lion hunts mackerel off the coast of Baja (California Sur, Mexico).

Youth Photographer of the Year: Hannah Le Leu. A green sea turtle hatchling cautiously surfaces for air, to a sky full of hungry birds in Heron Island, Australia.

Exploration Photographer of the Year: Martin Broen. Speleothems cast long shadows at cenote Dos Pisos (in Quintana Roo, Mexico).

Conservation Photographer of the Year: Nicholas Samaras. A seahorse clings to a face mask (in Stratoni, Greece).

Conservation Photographer of the Year: Kimball Chen. An endangered yellow-eyed penguin under a starry sky (in Curio Bay, New Zealand).

Conservation Photographer of the Year: Henley Spiers. A dead gannet hangs from a piece of discarded fishing gear, used to build its nest (in Isle of Noss, Shetland, UK).

Adventure Photographer of the Year: Sebastien Pontoizeau. A freediver duck dives to capture a photograph of a humpback whale.

Adventure Photographer of the Year: Tanya Houppermans. An American crocodile glides through the water at sunset at Gardens of the Queen, Cuba, a protected marine reserve since 1996.

Adventure Photographer of the Year: Rodrigo Thome. A shiver of hammerhead sharks.

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/the-most-impressive-photos-from-the-ocean-photography-awards-2021-finalists/