2017 Windland Smith Rice Awards

The NATURE’S BEST™ concept began with simple yet dynamic goals: to celebrate the beauty and diversity of nature through the art of photography, and to use this far-reaching medium as a creative tool for encouraging greater public interest in outdoor enjoyment and conservation stewardship. The annual Windland Smith Rice International Awards program evolved from this ambitious mission to become one of the most highly-respected and visually compelling nature photography competitions in the world. More than 26,000 entries are received and judged in the Awards competition.

Grand Prize
African Lionesses by Lakshitha Karunarathna
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Youth Photographer of the Year
Brown Bear Cubs by Ashleigh Scully, at age 15
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Nature in Motion Winner
Starling and Falcon Dance by Nick Dunlop
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Landscapes Winner
Colima Volcano by Sergio Tapiro Velasco
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Birds Winner
Western Grebes by Thanh Tran
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Ocean Views Winner
California Sea Lions by Andrew Sallmon
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African Wildlife Winner
Reticulated Giraffes by Piper Mackay
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Highly Honored
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2017 Windland Smith Rice Awards
more at Nature’s Best Photography

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First look: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 53

Discover the stories behind the images in a first look at this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.
Explore the world’s best nature photography, highlighting the incredible range of life on Earth. Opens 20 October.
The exhibition of 100 images records the beauty and drama of the natural world, from tiny insects to massive mammals.
This year’s competition attracted almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 92 countries.
See winning images selected by a panel of judges for their creativity, originality and technical excellence.

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First look: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 53
more at National History Museum

Red Color In Nature

Red Color In Nature Photo Contest Winners
Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos showing the color red in nature in the Red Color In Nature Photo Contest…

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner “Peeping Tom” by meganlorenz
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Congratulations Runner Up “Poppies_Towton_001” by gilesrrocholl
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Congratulations Runner Up “The Cerro Torre ” by WildEssence
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Congratulations People’s Choice “”Summer Tanager”” by TexasPixels
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Red Color In Nature
more at viewbug

India’s Wild West

The Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, India, has one of the largest salt deserts in the world but experiences great change when the monsoon arrives. Dhritiman Mukherjee spent 170 days photographing the unique flora and fauna of this area.

India’s Wild West
more in BBC Earth Asia Edition | Vol 9 Issue 9

Bird Photographer of the Year 2017

Bird Photographer of the Year is a competition that celebrates the artistry of bird photography and promotes conservation by contributing directly to the British Trust for Ornithology to support their conservation research.

Alejandro Prieto Rojas | Bird Photographer of the Year 2017
Feeding Flamingos by Alejandro Prieto Rojas
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Markus Varesvuo | Best Portfolio 2017
Snowy Owl by Markus Varesvuo
Blue Tit on berries by Markus Varesvuo
Great Grey Owl by Markus Varesvuo
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Best Portrait 2017 | Honourable Mention
Male King Eider by Staffan Widstrand
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Birds in the Environment 2017 | Gold
Condor over mountains by Ben Hall
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Attention to Detail 2017 | Gold
Cormorant wing by Tom Hines
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Attention to Detail 2017 | Silver
Grey Heron looking under wing by Ahmad Alessa
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Creative Imagery 2017 | Gold
Speculum by Georgina Steytler
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Bird Photographer of the Year 2017
more at PhotoCrowd

Spirit of Nature Photography Competition – Winners Announced

Congratulations to Larry Doherty with this image.
Spirit of Nature Photography Competition – 1st Place

Larry tells us about the image –
Photo taken in County Tipperary, Ireland. I take macro photos of insects etc all the time. I like to show the insect life that is under our feet. A lot of people don’t even see this part of our wildlife or dismiss it.
These flies were on a sycamore tree trunk. The hardest part was making sure I got the two flies heads in focus. It took about 3 attempts to get the image I wanted.
I used an Olympus Em5 Mark ii camera and the Olympus 60mm macro lens with diffused flash. Flash was the Meike MK320 for micro four thirds.
I use a Lumiquest Softbox attached to the flash and also another DIY diffuser in front of that to get nice soft light.
Because there was nothing directly behind the tree, the flash falloff meant I got a black background which I think works in this image.
Technical details: Handheld. Manual mode, f/11, 1/160 and manual flash adjusted to suit the subjects.
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Congratulations to Anne Woodington with this image.
Spirit of Nature Photography Competition – 2nd Place
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Congratulations to Darren Athersmith with this image.
Spirit of Nature Photography Competition – 3rd Place
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Highly Commended images
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Spirit of Nature Photography Competition
more at SINWP

Captivating Visions

Wildlife photography, like landscape photography, is probably the most sought-after genre of photography for nature lovers.
Photographers travel to every nook and corner of the world to indulge in this profession or hobby. And they work real hard – being a wildlife photographer means much more than just being able to afford expensive gear.

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Captivating Visions
more in Smart Photography – August 2017