Nature’s Color

The outdoors are saturated with vibrant colors.
Nature’s Colors photo contest winners and finalists

Grand Prize Alan Krakauer
Tundra Slumber
The Land of the Midnight Sun may be most famous for its big bears and immense landscapes, but sometimes it’s the small quiet moments that leave a lasting impression. One day in late August while hiking over the spongy Arctic terrain near Toolik Lake in northern Alaska, I found a sleeping red fox snoozing on a bed of vibrant late summer tundra. This is one of my all-time favorite photos in part because of the gorgeous fall-like colors, but even more because I’m not sure I’ve ever captured a picture of an animal that seems so at peace in its surroundings. I got my photos and continued on my way, and left the fox to its dreaming.
Canon 6D, Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6L, ISO 800, Aperture f/5.6, Shutter Speed 1/500sec, No flash or tripod.
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Second Prize William Stekelberg
Lake Martin Great Blue Heron
The photo was taken from a small boat on Lake Martin, Louisiana, near the town of Breaux Bridge. I was attracted to the way the late afternoon light was illuminating the heron while backlighting the foliage, which was in its “fall color” stage. The image has been cropped a little for compositional reasons.
Nikon D850, Tamron 150-600mm G2, handheld.
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Third Prize Perri Schelat
Moth Confetti
I created Moth Confetti last Fall, while walking along the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, a stretch that forms the southwest boundary of Glacier National Park. In the Fall the water gets low making it possible to get down in the river and explore amongst pools and rocks. I took a walk in the river, hand holding my camera, which allowed more artistic freedom not being attached to a tripod. I came across a small pool of water wedged in between two boulders full of dead months floating on top of fallen aspen leaves. It was an interesting intimate scene almost an abstract. The water was slightly moving, light was low and I was hand holding. I used an higher ISO to get a fast shutter speed, which was complicated by the need for a small aperture to get greater depth of field from corner to corner. It was a challenge to get just the right balance and the result I wanted. In the end the image really spoke to my current interest and exploration of smaller scenes, while taking time to be more thoughtful and introspective in the field.
Nikon D810, Nikon 24-70mm with VR on F16, 1/160, ISO 1600, 70mm focal length, Global RAW file adjustments made in Lightroom. Basic local adjustments made in Photoshop.
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Finalist
Oracle by Abe Blair
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Finalist
Red Legged Honeycreeper by Kevan Sunderland
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Nature’s Colors Photo Contest Winners and Finalists
more at Outdoor Photographer

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Celebrating bird photography from around the world

Promoting bird photography and the photographers behind the images is one of the primary aims of the Bird Photographer of the Year competition.

Here are some images from the “Bird Photographer of the Year 2019 Shortlist”

La Dama Blanca
White Stork – Ciconia ciconia. Stanislao Basileo, Italy.
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Shadows
Common Guillemot – Uria aalge. Audun Lie Dahl, Norway.
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E(ART)H
Rufous Hummingbird – Selasphorus rufus. Shane Kalyn, Canada.
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Staring
Whiskered Treeswift – Hemiprocne comata. Wang Bin, Singapore.
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Catwalk
Common Eider – Somateria mollissima. Thomas Hinsche, Germany.
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Celebrating bird photography from around the world
go to Bird Photographer of the Year website, home to the world-renowned photography competition and a growing community of wildlife photographers and conservationists. Marvel at some of the World’s best bird images, interact with innovative and established wildlife photographers, and help them support conservation.

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Bruce the Bald Eagle

Interview: Incredible Split-Second Photo of Bald Eagle with Symmetrical Reflection

Amateur wildlife photographer Steve Biro has been photographing birds for the past 10 years. Intrigued by their behavior and pushed by his love for the outdoors, Biro spends hours each week honing his craft. On a recent trip to the Canadian Raptor Conservancy in Ontario, an interaction with a feisty Bald Eagle resulted in a photo that’s been causing a sensation online.

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Bruce the Bald Eagle
Interview: Incredible Split-Second Photo of Bald Eagle with Symmetrical Reflection

more at My Modern Met

Cherry Blossom in Colour

“I would like to see your photos of cherry blossom. You could show anything from a macro of a bud or single bloom, to branches or entire cherry blossom trees. Other things such as people can be shown in the image, but the cherry blossom must be dominant. All images must be in colour.”

Cherry blossom 2
by Borut Pihlar
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Cherry blossom
by Pamela Liu
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Sakura and anime-girls
by Yaroslava Gromova
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Ring-necked Parakeet
by Emma Durnford
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Cherry blossom in Virginia
by Jhafrix
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Cherry Blossom in Colour
Created and judged by Robert Snary
more at Photocrowd

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Astonishing Shots of Birds Getting Their Grub On

Birds need to eat a lot to survive—a lot. All that flying around, foraging, and attracting a mate requires loads of energy, after all. For many birds, staying fueled up can mean eating anywhere from 5 percent to 35 percent of their body weight in food on a daily basis. Hummingbirds can eat a staggering 100 percent of their own bodyweight in nectar alone. …

Great Egret. Photo: Peter Brannon/Audubon Photography Awards
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Greater Roadrunner. Photo: Barbara Baird/Audubon Photography Awards
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Hooded Merganser. Photo: Dorian Anderson/Audubon Photography Awards
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Least Bittern. Photo: Peter Brannon/Audubon Photography Awards
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Reddish Egret. Photo: Tim Timmis/Audubon Photography Awards
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more in “Nom Nom: 22 Astonishing Shots of Birds Getting Their Grub On”
at Audubon

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The Old Men and their Birds

The Li River still remains home to the fading art of cormorant fishing, courtesy a few hardworking old-timers and their birds
—by Mangalika Ghosh

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The Old Men and their Birds
more in Indian Photo Arts magazine

‘At Indian Photo Arts we constantly strive to provide all the gifted individuals out there with a bigger and better platform to showcase their skills and achievements in the field of photojournalism.
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Nature Photographer of the Year

Nature Photographer of The Year is a Nature Photography contest that celebrates the artistry of nature photography.

2018 Overall winner
Bastien Riu (France) | Flight
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Category Mammals
Pere Soler Isern (ESP) | Orix escape
Category Winner
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Category Youth
Carla Rivas (ESP) | Polar fox in evening light
Category Winner
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Category Birds
Bence Maté (HUN) | Meeting point
Category winner
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Category Landscape
Daisy Gilardini (CAN) | Arctic reflections
Runner-up
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Category Plants and Fungi
Salvador Colvee Nebot (ESP) | Magic forest
Highly commended
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Category Mammals
Kevin Morgans (UK) | Bad hair day
Runner-up
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Category Youth
Grzegorz Długosz (POL) | Ballet dancer
Highly commended
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The Nature Photographer of the Year competition is open to residents of every country and to almost all ages starting from 10 years old. There are 9 different categories to enter, a portfolio award and a young NPOTY award.
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more at Nature Photographer of the Year