An “otherworldly” misty sunrise wins South Downs National Park’s annual photo competition

Thank you to everyone who took part in the 2019/2020 South Downs Photo Competition.
In total, more than 2800 people took part in the People’s Choice vote; the winner of which will be announced later in February.
Below is a collection of the winning and shortlisted images from the Photo Competition.

Winner of the 2019/20 South Downs Photo Competition: Into the Mistic by Andrew Gambling
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Winner of the ‘Wildlife’ category in the 2019/20 South Downs Photo Competition: Hare in wildflower margin by Adam Huttly
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Runner-up in the 2019/20 South Downs Photo Competition: Stedham Common Sunrise by Mark Couper
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Highly-commended in the 2019/20 South Downs Photo Competition: Pony heaven by Joe James
and People’s Choice Award
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more at South Downs

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The LUMIX People’s Choice Award

The Natural History Museum has chosen 25 of the best images from the WPY 2019 competition shortlist. Which one captures your imagination?

Beak to beak
by Claudio Contreras Koob, Mexico

Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve in the state of Yucatán is home to Mexico’s largest flock of Caribbean flamingos. This chick is less than five days old – it will stay in its nest less than a week before it joins a crèche of other youngsters who wander around the colony searching for food.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II + Canon 300mm f2.8 Lens + Canon 2X Teleconverter II; 1/160 sec at f11; ISO 1600; Camo throwover blind.
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The unwelcome visitor
Salvador Colvée Nebot, Spain

Over several months, Salvador watched different species of bird use the dead flower spike of this agave in Valencia, Spain as a perch before descending to a small pond to drink. A pair of common kestrels were frequent visitors though each time they came magpies would hassle them.

Nikon D500 + Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 lens; v1/400 sec at f6.3; ISO 5000; Tripod and cable release.
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Station squabble
Sam Rowley, UK

Sam discovered the best way to photograph the mice inhabiting London’s Underground was to lie on the platform and wait. He only saw them fight over scraps of food dropped by passengers a few times, possibly because it is so abundant. This fight lasted a split second, before one grabbed a crumb and they went their separate ways.

Nikon D500 + 105mm f2.8 lens; 1/125 sec at f2.8; ISO 1000.
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Winter’s tale
Valeriy Maleev, Russia

Valeriy encountered this Pallas’s cat while it was out hunting in the Mongolian grasslands – it was -42°C (-44°F) on that frosty day, but the fairy tale scene cancelled out the cold. Pallas’s cats are no bigger than a domestic cat and they stalk small rodents, birds and occasionally insects.

Nikon D4 + 80-400mm lens; 1/1000 sec at f7.1; ISO 1250.
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A suitable gift
Marco Valentini, Italy

Marco was in Hortobágyi National Park, Hungary when he spotted these kestrels displaying typical courtship behaviour. Here the female has just received an offering of a young green lizard from her suitor and in this touching moment she tenderly took hold of his claw.

Canon 5D Mark III + Canon 500 IS ii lens; 1/640 sec at f.8; ISO 500.
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The LUMIX People’s Choice Award
more at Natural History Museum

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The people have spoken

Wildlife Photographer of the Year LUMIX People’s Choice Award winner revealed
The Natural History Museum’s annual showcase of the world’s best nature photography and photojournalism has revealed the winner of the people’s choice award. More than 16,000 nature fans voted from a selection of 25 images shortlisted by the London institution, with New Zealand-born London-based photographer David Lloyd’s picture, Bond of Brothers, depicting a unique moment between a pair of male lions, emerging as the favourite.

The two adult males, likely to be brothers, greeted and rubbed faces for around 30 seconds before settling down. It is unusual for lions to nuzzle for so long, and David was honoured to have experienced and captured such a moment.

“I’m so pleased that this image did well because it illustrates the emotion and feeling of animals and emphasises that this is not limited to humans,” David says. “It is something I think more people need to be aware of for the sake of all animals.”
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Fox Meet Fox
by Matthew Maran
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Three Kings
by Wim Van Den Heever
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One Toy, Three Dogs
by Bence Mate
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The 55th Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is currently being judged. The winners will be announced in October 2019.
via Australian Geographic

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Portraits with Depth

For this people photo contest we invited you to share your best portraits that have a clear composition using depth of field

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner “The elephant sean bone in the little girl hands ” by amaliazilio
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Congratulations Runner Up “Pathfinder ” by Ethos
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Congratulations Runner Up “23115088724_71290e2743_k ” by stephenpapageorge
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Congratulations Runner Up “Lighting the Way ” by benjaminfoote
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Congratulations People’s Choice “Vika ” by ilyayakover
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Portraits With Depth Photo Contest Winners
more at viewbug

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Vote for your Readers’ Choice Champion!

Back in september, Practical Photography and sister title Country Walking, in association with Fujifilm, launched a massive new annual competition designed to celebrate the breathtaking beauty of the British Isles.
Almost 3000 entries have been whittled down to just 15 and we want you to help decide who wins the final category – the Readers’ Choice.

Lifestyle | Derek Poulton
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Landscape | Jonathan Close
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Lifestyle | Colin Hamilton
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Nature | John Emmett
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Landscape | Pawel Zygmunt
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Vote for your Readers’ Choice at practicalphotography.com/outdoorphoto18 and follow the simple on-screen instructions.
Voting closes 11 March 2019.