Creatures Great and Small Photography Competition – Winner Announced

Congratulations to Michelle Howell with this image.
Creatures Great and Small Photography Competition – 1st Place

Michelle says ”Thank you so much for choosing my image! I look forward to using my membership and joining in more of your competitions.” ”The image is a macro image of an Argentinean Ornate Horned Frog taken in a reflection pool.”
The image was shot on a Nikon D5100 with a Tamron SP 90mm F2.8 Di VC USD Macro 1:1 F004N Lens.
— – —

Congratulations to Sheri Emerson with this image.
Creatures Great and Small Photography Competition – 2nd Place
— – —

Congratulations to Stuart Walker with this image.
Creatures Great and Small Photography Competition – 3rd Place
— – —

Creatures Great and Small Photography Competition
more at SINWP

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.
— – —

Congratulations to Anne Woodington with this image.
Spirit of Nature Photography Competition – 2nd Place
— – —

Congratulations to Darren Athersmith with this image.
Spirit of Nature Photography Competition – 3rd Place
— – —

Highly Commended images
— – —

Spirit of Nature Photography Competition
more at SINWP

Big Picture

Big Picture Natural World Photography Competition | 2017 Winners and Finalists Announced
We’re thrilled to share this year’s spectacular winners and finalists, chosen from nearly 6,000 entries.

Grand Prize
Confiscated, Denver, CO
Britta Jaschinski, England, UK

German wildlife photographer Jaschinski has been devoted to documenting the fractured existence of wildlife in captivity for over a decade. Her passion to protect animals, takes her across the globe to reveal otherwise untold stories about animal suffering. Jaschinski has received many international awards and lectures across Europe on photography and animal conservation issues.
These stools are only an example of the many deeply disturbing items that people try to smuggle through borders and airports across the globe. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stores 1.3 million seized items at a warehouse in Colorado. Trolleys are used to move the confiscated items around the warehouse. I placed the body parts on this backdrop to give some dignity to the objects and pay respect to the animals that loose their lives in the name of status, greed and superstition.
— – —

Landscapes, Waterscapes, and Flora
Kamokuna Lava Firehose 25, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
Jon Cornforth, Kilauea, Hawaii
— – —

Winged Life
Snow Globe, Bosque del Apache, New Mexico
Denise Ippolito, Brielle, New Jersey
— – —

2017 Series: Aerial Photography
Supra, New South Wales, Australia
Ray Collins, Sydney, Australia
— – —

Terrestrial Wildlife
Ecosystem, Ermas National Park, Brazil
Marcio Cabral, Brasilia, Brazil
— – —

Big Picture Natural World Photography Competition
2017 Winners and Finalists Announced

more at Big Picture Competition

National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year

Explore the prize-winning photos and download stunning wallpapers for all your devices. Share your favorite pictures with your friends and see the judge’s top picks.

Grand Prize Winner
The power of nature
by Sergio Tapiro Velasco
— – —

Second Place Winner, Nature
To live.
by Hiromi Kano
— – —

Third Place Winner, Nature
Crocodiles at Rio Tarcoles
by Tarun Sinha
— – —

Honorable Mention, Nature
Marble Caves
by Clane Gessel
— – —

People’s Choice Winner, Nature
Buff Tailed Coronet
by Hymakar Valluri
— – —

National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year
Our panel of judges reviewed thousands of incredible images from around the world to select this year’s grand prize winner. See the spectacular travel photos that bested the competition and earned the top awards in each of the three categories.

more at National Geographic

Macro Collection

A Macro Collection So Cool You Must See To Believe
Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best macro photos showing inanimate objects in the Macro Still Life Photo Contest…

“destiny” by maperick
— – —

“Story of Wars – Platoon” by jacksoncarvalho
— – —

“20161120-PB200091” by EdithNero
— – —

“otherworldy” by JenniferHannaPhotography
— – —

“Peeling Paint ” by tricianicolescott
— – —

“Brushing up on my Macro” by jamiesarkett
— – —

“Anemone macro” by anitamuldernijhuis
— – —

A Macro Collection So Cool You Must See To Believe
a lot more at viewbug

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 shortlist – in pictures

The Milky Way, the Northern Lights and hurtling asteroids feature in the shortlist for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year award. The winners will be announced on 14 September, and an exhibition of the winning images will be displayed in a free exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Centre from 16 September.

Crescent Moon over the Needles
Photograph: Ainsley Bennett/National Maritime Museum
— – —

A Battle We Are Losing
Photograph: Haitong Yu/National Maritime Museum
— – —

Super Moon
Photograph: Giorgia Hofer/National Maritime Museum
— – —

Fall Milk
Photograph: Brandon Yoshizawa/National Maritime Museum
— – —

Mr Big Dipper
Photograph: Nicholas Roemmelt/National Maritime Museum
— – —

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 shortlist – in pictures
more at The Guardian

The Challenge

Photographers are very familiar with the challenges faced in their line of work. They often have to deal with challenges in order to be able to capture the right image at the right moment and deliver the intended message or provoke the right feelings. However, this category is about conveying the theme of challenge in a clear manner either in the way the photograph was shot or in its content and subject matter. The scope is quite wide; the challenge could be shown in the composition of the picture, the arrangement of its elements, sequence, the lighting, or in expressing the odd and unusual (without digital manipulation). It can be in capturing a fleeting moment that may never pass again, or in delivering a piece of information or situation that is quite hard for most people to do. Don’t limit your mind to what the challenge may be; seek it and capture it.

Grang Prize Winner
Landfill Ballerina
Arash Yaghmaeian | United States of America
— – —

1st Winner
A Butterfly in Water
Giulio Montini | Italy
— – —

2nd Winner
Knowledge, the Most Powerful Weapon
Adel El Masri | Palestinian Territory
— – —

3rd Winner
A Fight for Survival
Mohammad Khorshid | Kuwait
— – —

The Challenge
more at HIPA