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The astonishing Nature Conservancy Photo Contest winners

The astonishing Nature Conserv...
The Colima volcano erupting at night, a winning photograph in the Landscape Category
The Colima volcano erupting at night, a winning photograph in the Landscape Category
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Stallions Playing: The Grand Pize winning photograph from Camille Briottet
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Stallions Playing: The Grand Pize winning photograph from Camille Briottet
A general judge favorite: "A line of camels doing its evening strolling - walking into human habitat onto the road. It was taken in 2018 during a desert trip."
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A general judge favorite: "A line of camels doing its evening strolling - walking into human habitat onto the road. It was taken in 2018 during a desert trip."
A winer in the Cities and Nature category, called Reclamation, taken in the United Arab Emirates
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A winer in the Cities and Nature category, called Reclamation, taken in the United Arab Emirates
Second Place Overall is called The End Is Near. Taken in Iceland
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Second Place Overall is called The End Is Near. Taken in Iceland
The Colima volcano erupting at night, a winning photograph in the Landscape Category
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The Colima volcano erupting at night, a winning photograph in the Landscape Category
Overall Third Place winner, called Frog Hug, taken in Arkansas
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Overall Third Place winner, called Frog Hug, taken in Arkansas
A winner in the Water category, called Her Majesty, taken in Australia: "A plastic bag in its natural habitat, the ocean"
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A winner in the Water category, called Her Majesty, taken in Australia: "A plastic bag in its natural habitat, the ocean"
People's Choice winner, titled Watching You, Watching Me
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People's Choice winner, titled Watching You, Watching Me
A judge's pick, the Great White Lion
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A judge's pick, the Great White Lion
A judge's pick, the Ica desert in Peru
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A judge's pick, the Ica desert in Peru
A winner in the People and Nature category, Slender Slots, taken in the narrow slot canyons of Utah
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A winner in the People and Nature category, Slender Slots, taken in the narrow slot canyons of Utah
A judge's pick, called Stargate Cave, taken in Sardinia, Italy
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A judge's pick, called Stargate Cave, taken in Sardinia, Italy
A judge's pick, Redwood Sanctuary, taken in the dwindling old growth redwood forests of Northern California
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A judge's pick, Redwood Sanctuary, taken in the dwindling old growth redwood forests of Northern California
A winner in the Water category, Serenity, a waterfall in Iceland
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A winner in the Water category, Serenity, a waterfall in Iceland
A winner in the Wildlife category, The Hunter, a great white shark hunting in the water off Mexico
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A winner in the Wildlife category, The Hunter, a great white shark hunting in the water off Mexico
A winner in the Wildlife category, Polar Bear, taken in Nunavut in 2017
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A winner in the Wildlife category, Polar Bear, taken in Nunavut in 2017
A judge's pick, Playing With Sealions, taken in the Galapogos
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A judge's pick, Playing With Sealions, taken in the Galapogos
A judge's pick, A Forca Do Mar
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A judge's pick, A Forca Do Mar
A judge's pick, Light as a Feather, a Yellow Warbler in Ontario
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A judge's pick, Light as a Feather, a Yellow Warbler in Ontario
A judge's pick, Last Orange Lights, Santa Maddalena, Italy
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A judge's pick, Last Orange Lights, Santa Maddalena, Italy
A judge's pick, Stripes on Stripes, zebras in South Africa
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A judge's pick, Stripes on Stripes, zebras in South Africa
A judge's pick, Hoping for a Prince
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A judge's pick, Hoping for a Prince
A winner in the Cites and Nature category, My Home My City, Hong Kong under Lion Rock
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A winner in the Cites and Nature category, My Home My City, Hong Kong under Lion Rock
Receiving a judge's special recognition award, Welcome to my Humble Abode, a gnat on a toadstool in Scotland
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Receiving a judge's special recognition award, Welcome to my Humble Abode, a gnat on a toadstool in Scotland
A winner in the Landscape category, Floating in the Dead Sea
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A winner in the Landscape category, Floating in the Dead Sea
Receiving a judge's special recognition award, La Pacha Mama
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Receiving a judge's special recognition award, La Pacha Mama
A winner in the People and Nature category, Waterfall Wonders, taken at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
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A winner in the People and Nature category, Waterfall Wonders, taken at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
A winner in the People and Nature category, Vama Veche Sunrise, taken in Romania
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A winner in the People and Nature category, Vama Veche Sunrise, taken in Romania
A winner in the Water category, Meeting of Alligators
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A winner in the Water category, Meeting of Alligators
A judge's pick, Ao entardecer
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A judge's pick, Ao entardecer
A judge's pick, Ubiquitous, dolphins in Hawaii
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A judge's pick, Ubiquitous, dolphins in Hawaii
A judge's pick, Cosmic Caney Cane, taken at night in Nevada
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A judge's pick, Cosmic Caney Cane, taken at night in Nevada
A judge's pick, Sunrise Swim, King penguins in the Falkland Islands
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A judge's pick, Sunrise Swim, King penguins in the Falkland Islands
A judge's pick, Icy Reflection. an iceberg in Iceland
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A judge's pick, Icy Reflection. an iceberg in Iceland
A judge's pick, The Kingfisher, the kingfisher hunting in a local fishpond in Croatia
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A judge's pick, The Kingfisher, the kingfisher hunting in a local fishpond in Croatia
A judge's pick, Smile, the wettest desert in the world, in Brazil
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A judge's pick, Smile, the wettest desert in the world, in Brazil
A judge's pick, Perfect Flake, a snowflake caught in a young girl's hair
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A judge's pick, Perfect Flake, a snowflake caught in a young girl's hair
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A judge's pick, Super Blue Blood Moon, in Yosemite Valley
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A judge's pick, Super Blue Blood Moon, in Yosemite Valley
A winner in the Landscape category, Namibian Curves
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A winner in the Landscape category, Namibian Curves
A winner in the Cities and Nature category, Autumn in the Big Apple, the new World Trade Center
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A winner in the Cities and Nature category, Autumn in the Big Apple, the new World Trade Center
Receiving a judge's special recognition award, Lava Explosion
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Receiving a judge's special recognition award, Lava Explosion
A judge's pick, Frozen, a squirrel in Canada
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A judge's pick, Frozen, a squirrel in Canada
A judge's pick, An Elephant's Eyelash
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A judge's pick, An Elephant's Eyelash
A judge's pick, First High Tree Climb
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A judge's pick, First High Tree Climb
A judge's pick, St John's Fog, the bridge in Portland
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A judge's pick, St John's Fog, the bridge in Portland

The Nature Conservancy recently revealed the winning photographs from its massive global contest to find the most glorious images of nature across five categories. The winning photograph from French photographer Camille Briottet, illustrates the majesty of two wild Stallions frolicking in the mud.

The annual contest garnered a record number of entries this year, totaling over 57,000 photographs from 135 countries. Bill Marr, director of photography for The Nature Conservancy, highlighted the magnificent breadth of the contest saying, "We have wonderful entries from all over the world, from beautiful Western landscapes to squirrels in a backyard in Austria. Photography is a common language for all."

Stallions Playing: The Grand Pize winning photograph from Camille Briottet
Stallions Playing: The Grand Pize winning photograph from Camille Briottet

The entries spanned five categories: People and Nature, Landscape, Water, Cities and Nature, and Wildlife. As well as three overall winning images, there were three top picks from each category cited, plus three more "Special Recognition" awards and an overall People's Choice Winner.

The winning images offer a sublime perspective on all sorts of natural events from a truly astounding shot of a volcano erupting at night, to the People's Choice winning image of a touchingly wise red fox in Newfoundland.

A winner in the Water category, called Her Majesty, taken in Australia: "A plastic bag in its natural habitat, the ocean"
A winner in the Water category, called Her Majesty, taken in Australia: "A plastic bag in its natural habitat, the ocean"

The rules of submission stress anything digitally altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified. Other submission criteria also stipulated no imagery of captive animals or images that would suggest damage to the environment caused in the process of gathering the photograph. These strident rules ensure the images in the competition are perfect encapsulations of natural moments in time.

Take a look through the gallery to see all the winning images in this remarkable contest.

Source : The Nature Conservancy

1 comment
ljaques
Yet another beautiful collection. My faves: Colima Volcano, Last Orange Lights, Her Majesty (wink), Perfect Flake, and Blue Moon Yosemite. I want a 4' x 6' giclee of Colima in my living room.