See the most breathtaking national parks around the world

The United States may lay claim to the world’s first national park, but it’s far from the only country whose most prized lands are officially protected by the government.

After the establishment of Yellowstone in 1872, the national park concept took hold across America and beyond. Canada founded its first national parks in the 1880s; the idea eventually spread across the Atlantic to Great Britain after World War I, then later to its colonies. Japan and Mexico embraced the concept in the 1930s and dozens of other countries followed suit over the course of the 20th century.

Banff National Park, Canada
Photograph by Jenn Ackerman and Tim Gruber
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Goreme National Park, Turkey
Photograph by Polina Nagareva
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Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Photograph by Michael Melford
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Photograph by Robert Harding
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
Photograph by Grant Faint
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See the world’s most beautiful national parks
From ancient rock formations in Australia to towering glaciers in Patagonia, here are 20 of our favorite national parks.
By Erica Jackson Curran

more at National Geographic

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Nature’s Best

The POY Award was created to recognize a single photographer or photo team whose body of work has consistently engaged the public through the power of photography and multi-media presentations. We present these award-winners as a part of the Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards.

The world renowned photographer and inspirational speaker Art Wolfe has traversed the globe, working on every continent to uncover exciting, new perspectives of nature and indigenous cultures.

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Frans Lanting’s photography has helped create leverage for conservation efforts ranging from local initiatives to global campaigns. Through his many alliances, publications, public appearances, and his ongoing active support of various environmental organizations, Lanting has earned numerous accolades over the years, most recently being named as an Ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund Netherlands.
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Thomas D. Mangelsen of Jackson, Wyoming, has a flourishing nature photography business with nine galleries across the country. Even with this success, Tom has never taken his eye off the importance of conserving the environment and protecting wildlife. Through his many partnerships, he has helped make an enormous impact on the way the public views and connects with the wild. In both pictures and actions, Tom Mangelsen has engaged and inspired awareness for animals, people, and places, creating a unique appreciation and celebration of planet Earth and our place in it.
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Cristina Mittermeier is driven by her strong passion for the environment and preservation of biodiversity worldwide. With a mission to discover, document, and communicate through the power of photography, Mittermeier created the International League of Conservation Photographers.
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Florian Schulz is a professional nature photographer with a mission to protect large endangered ecosystems across America. The youngest founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), Schulz is constantly searching for unique images that will motivate the public to take action.
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Howard Ruby is an outstanding photographer, business leader, and conservation advocate. Chairman of Oakwood Worldwide, Ruby not only implements important plans to reduce greenhouse gases within his own company, but he also launched a visually-supported mission to bring awareness to climate change concerns through his photography and educational outreach.
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Photographer of the Year Award Winners
more at Nature’s Best

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“Natures Glory​​”

No matter where we are nature is present. From the depths of a tropical rain forest to a small garden in the middle of a city, our life here is totally dependent its beautiful rhythms, seasons and fragile balance.

Aurora Over Sandvikholmen by ​Wojciech ​Kruczynski
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Fly Geyser ​by Deryk Baumgärtner
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Luminosity​​ by Craig Bill
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Fighting by Hendy ​Lie
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Boneyard Beach by Carla Vaughan
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“Natures Glory​​”

more at The Motif Collective

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Fill the Frame

To create visual impact fill the frame with your subject, excluding most or all of the background. Get in close, you do not have to have every part of the subject or object in the image for it to be complete. For this contest any subject or object in colour or black and white is acceptable. I look forward to seeing your images.

R e d by Lize Hill
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Owl by Luis Martins
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Flower by Paul kerby
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Moza wall by Gilbert Claes
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Orangutan by Steve James
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Fill the Frame

more at photocrowd

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Wildlife of the World

In Wildlife of the World truly spectacular portrait-style photography brings you “face-to-face” with individual animals in up-close and engrossing profiles on how the animals interact with their environments, mate, survive, and even play.

From the shaggy musk ox foraging in the Canadian high arctic to the angered Scottish wildcat prowling the Highlands to the rock-climbing gelada monkey of Ethiopia, each animal featured in Wildlife of the World plays a key role in its environment. An additional eighty-page illustrated reference section on the animal kingdom explains the animal groups and profiles additional species.

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Wildlife of the World
ISBN: 1465438041 | DK Publishing

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2019 Audubon Photography Awards Marks 10th Year of Exquisite Bird Photography

Birds make fascinating subjects, as the winners and honorable mentions of this year’s contest, our 10th, make clear. They’re at once beautiful and resilient, complex and comical. Thank you to the 2,253 entrants from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and 10 Canadian provinces and territories for your dedication to appreciating, celebrating, and sharing the wonder of birds and the landscapes they inhabit.

Presented in association with Nature’s Best Photography, winning photos and honorable mentions will be featured at the biennial Audubon Convention in July 2019, in future issues of Audubon magazine and Nature’s Best Photography magazine, and in a special traveling Audubon Photography Awards exhibit hosted by Audubon chapters and centers across the country.

Grand Prize Winner
Red-winged Blackbird. Photo: Kathrin Swoboda/Audubon Photography Awards
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Professional Winner
Greater Sage-Grouse. Photo: Elizabeth Boehm/Audubon Photography Awards
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Youth Winner
Horned Puffin (captive). Photo: Sebastian Velasquez/Audubon Photography Awards
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Plants for Birds Winner
Hooded Oriole on a California fan palm. Photo: Michael Schulte/Audubon Photography Awards
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Amateur Honorable Mention
Great Blue Herons. Photo: Melissa Rowell/Audubon Photography Awards
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About Audubon
The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. Audubon works throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. State programs, nature centers, chapters, and partners give Audubon an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. A nonprofit conservation organization since 1905, Audubon believes in a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Learn more at http://www.audubon.org and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @audubonsociety.

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Inspire / Plan / Discover / Experience

Discover Japan with this essential travel guide, designed to help you create your own unique trip and to transport you to this fascinating country before you’ve even packed your case – catch the buzz of futuristic Tokyo, step back in time in Kyoto, hike in mountainous Hokkaido or snorkel in Okinawa’s clear waters. The DK Eyewitness Guide to Japan covers the must-see sights and the hidden backstreets, so you won’t miss a thing.

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Japan

more at dk.com

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