Winners and finalists of the 15th Annual Photo Contest

We are excited to announce the winners and finalists of the 15th Annual Photo Contest, selected from 48,000 submissions submitted by photographers in 155 countries and territories. From Thong Huu’s Grand-Prize-winning capture of a weekly market in Vietnam to Dan Fenstermacher’s action shot of wrestlers in San Jose, California, these images stood out to our photo editors as the most unique and memorable. Sara Jacoby’s image “Rare” received the highest percentage of more than 38,000 reader votes, earning her the Readers’ Choice award. Congratulations to all!

Breakfast at the Weekly Market by Thong Huu
In northern Vietnam, people come to the weekly market to exchange goods and culture. They usually wake up very early to go to market and have breakfast here.
This photo is the Grand Prize winner
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Rare by Sara Jacoby
This is Maggie. She has two rare chromosome duplications, one of which she’s the only child on record to have. This photo captures not only her vulnerability, but also the magnitude of the science for which we are so grateful. A little girl and her “Gigi” already way too familiar with hospitals and doctors offices than any child should be.
This photo is the Readers’ Choice winner
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Shadow Highlight by Mohammad Mohsenifar
A couple of ladies are passing in front of graffiti.
This photo won the Mobile category
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Rain by Seyed Mohammad Sadegh Hosseini
Niloofar is an Iranian nomad girl living in the Babanajm nomad region south of Shiraz city in Fars Province, Iran.
This photo won the People category
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Pinnacle of Existence by Oreon Strusinski
Energy travels hundreds of miles across the ocean and comes to a dramatic end when it reaches our shores.
This photo won the Natural World category
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Stairs by Adam Żądło
There are not many other animals as productive as sheep. They give us wool, milk, meat. Their memoirs are usually short. The pool of names is repeated every two years on our farm. We have already had two Queens, three Theos and four Fables.
This photo won the Altered Images category
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Backflip Submission by Dan Fenstermacher
A wrestler does a backflip off the ropes of a wrestling ring in an attempt to defeat an opponent.
This photo won the American Experience category
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Making Incense by Tran Tuan Viet
Decoratively dyed bundles of incense dry in Quang Phu Cau, a commune in Hanoi, Vietnam. In Buddhist countries like Vietnam, incense is an irreplaceable part of traditional festivals and religious ceremonies.
This photo won the Travel category
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The Window by Salvador Colvée Nebot
During my stay at a Costa Rican hotel, I noticed that red-eyed tree frogs flooded the gardens. As I approached this frog, it climbed into one of the holes in a leaf, as if it were sticking out a window.
This photo is a finalist in the Natural World category
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Winners and finalists of the 15th Annual Photo Contest
more at Smithsonian Mag


Landscape Photographer of the Year Exhibition goes on Tour | Britain’s Busiest Stations Play Host

Throughout the spring, some of the country’s biggest railway stations will host an exhibition of photographs from the Take a view Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards. The first venue outside Britain’s capital will be Edinburgh Waverley, where the exhibition opens on March 14th and stays until the end of the month before moving on to Leeds, Manchester & Birmingham. More than 55 beautiful photographs, from the current Awards book, ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year – Collection 11’, will be on display and all the main winners of the competition are included. From romantic castle in the Scottish Highlands to the sand dunes of England’s South Coast, the photographs show some of Britain’s best landscapes through the eyes of their very talented creators. Commuters and leisure travellers alike will be able to take a moment from their busy lives and enjoy an escape to the country.

Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017
Benjamin Graham – Diminutive Dune, West Wittering, West Sussex, England
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Young Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017
Andrew Bulloch – Skatepark under the Northern Lights, Musselburgh, Scotland
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The VisitBritain ‘Home of Amazing Moments’ Award – Winner
Graham Niven – Dawn patrol, Loch Garten, Cairngorms, Scotland
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Network Rail ‘Lines in the Landscape’ Award – Winner
Jon Martin – The 08.52 from Barmouth, Gwynedd, Wales
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Adult Classic view – Winner
Rachael Talibart – Fire Within, Birling Gap, East Sussex, England
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The Sunday Times Magazine Award – Winner
Julian Eales – Poppies in a field of linseed, Hertfordshire/Cambridgeshire Border, England
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Adult Living the view – Winner
Paul Fowles – Alone against the torrent, Elan Valley, Mid Wales
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The Fujifilm Print Prize – Winner
Mark Cornick – Architectural detail, London, England
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The VisitBritain ‘Home of Amazing Moments’ Award – Highly commended
Matt Cooper – Brighton Pier from above at sunrise, East Sussex, England
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more at Take A View

2018 National Awards Winners

Running across nearly 70 countries, the National Awards program seeks to recognise and reward the best single image taken by a local photographer.

Brendon Cremer, South Africa
Commended, Open Wildlife and Winner, South Africa National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards
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Md. Tofazzal Hossain, Bangladesh
Shortlist, Open Street Photography and Winner, Bangladesh National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards
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Ingrid Vekemans, Winner, Belgium National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards
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Santiago Borja, Winner, Ecuador National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards
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Sai Aung Main, Winner, Myanmar National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards
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Yen Sin Wong, Malaysia
Shortlist, Open Travel and Winner, Malaysia National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards
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Chin Boon Leng, Singapore
Commended, Open Travel and Winner, Singapore National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards
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We are delighted to reveal the winners of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. Browse the various galleries to see the full range of stunning imagery from around the world.
more at World Photo

British Wildlife Photography Awards – Winners 2017

The British Wildlife Photography Awards were established in 2009. The key aims of the Awards are to:
Recognise the talents of photographers practicing in the UK, while at the same time highlight the great wealth and diversity of Britain’s natural history.
Celebrate British wildlife, in all its beauty and diversity, through a collection of inspirational photographs.
Showcase the very best of our nature photography to a wide audience and engage all ages with evocative and powerful imagery.
Encourage discovery, exploration, conservation and enjoyment of our natural heritage.
Raise awareness about British biodiversity, species and habitats.
Winners and commended entrants have their work showcased in a national touring exhibition and in a stunning book.

Overall Winner: Daniel Trim
“Heathrow Roostings”
Heathrow Terminal 5, London, England
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Category Winner – Hidden Britain
Alex Hyde
Green Hydra
Derbyshire, UK
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Category Winner – Habitat
Ben Hall
Wren on frost-encrusted fern
Dunham Massey, Cheshire
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Category Winner – Wild Woods
Francis Taylor
A Magical Morning
Bolehill Quarry, Derbyshire, Peak District National Park
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Category Winner – Animal Portraits
Melvin Redeker
Natural beauty
Isle of Noss on Shetland (Scotland)
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British Wildlife Photography Awards – Winners 2017
more at bwpawards

National Geographic Announces Winners of the 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Selected from over 11,000 entries, a wildlife photo of an orangutan crossing a river in Indonesia’s Tanjung Puting National Park has been selected as the grand-prize winner of the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest. The photo, titled “Face to face in a river in Borneo,” was captured by Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan of Singapore.

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2nd Place, Wildlife
Mother’s love
Photo and caption by Alejandro Prieto
An adult Caribbean pink flamingo feeds a chick in Yucatán, Mexico. Both parents alternate feeding chicks, at first with a liquid baby food called crop milk, and then with regurgitated food.

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3rd Place, Wildlife
White Fighters
Photo and caption by Bence Mate
Two grey herons spar as a white-tailed eagle looks on in Hungary.

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2nd Place, Landscapes
Dushanzi Grand Canyon
Photo and caption by Yuhan Liao
Sunlight glances off mineral strata of different colors in Dushanzi Grand Canyon, China.

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1st Place Winner, Aerials
Rock Pool
Photo and caption by Todd Kennedy
In Sydney, Australia, the Pacific Ocean at high tide breaks over a natural rock pool enlarged in the 1930s. Avoiding the crowds at the city’s many beaches, a local swims laps.

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Winners of the 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year Contest
more at National Geographic

The Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition 2017 Winners and more

The Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition celebrates the power of photography to communicate science and the role great images play in making science accessible to a wide audience.
We received our highest ever number of entries for the 2017 competition, with more than 1100 images submitted. Our judges had the difficult task of choosing the final winners and they are pleased to present them to you now.
We hope they inspire you to take your own images of the scientific world around us, and we look forward to receiving your submission for our 2018 competition.
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Category and overall winner: Earth science and climatology. “Icy sugar cubes.” by Peter Convey. The scale of Antarctica is awesome but hard to grasp. This photo, taken in early 1995 during a flight over the English Coast (southern Antarctic Peninsula) at about 74 degrees south, illustrates the scale of unusual bi-directional crevassing as an ice sheet is stretched in two directions over an underlying rise, with a Twin Otter aeroplane as scale. The photo was taken with a Pentax ME Super camera and 70-300 mm zoom on Kodachrome 64 slide film, with no technical details recorded, and has been scanned at the British Antarctic Survey.
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Category winner: Behaviour. “Respiro.” by Antonia Doncila.
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Category winner: Ecology and environmental science. “Waiting in the shallows.” by Nico de Bruyn.
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Category winner: Astronomy. “Lunar spotlight, South Pole, Antarctica.” by Daniel Michalik.
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Category winner: Microimaging. “Olive oil drop family hanging together.” by Hervé Elettro.
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Runner up: Behaviour. “Breeding.” by David Costantini.
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Honourable mention: Behaviour. “Toss the scorpion – Indian roller playing with the kill.” by Susmita Datta.
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more at The Royal Society

World in Focus | The Ultimate Travel Photography Competition

Take a trip around the world with this year’s World in Focus winners! Congratulations to professional grand-prize winner Blaine Harrington III, and amateur grand-prize winner Jacob Wallwork.

“Zojila Pass, Kashmir: one of the most dangerous roads in the world.”
Blaine Harrington III
Littleton, CO, United States
Sheep and goats are herded over the Zojila Pass as a traffic jam idles trucks because of a landslide in Kashmir, India.
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Jacob Wallwork
Perth, WA, Australia
The photographer captured this photo from his hotel window in Colombo, Sri Lanka. “I will never forget how casually men, [who were] in business suits and holding briefcases, were hanging out of the open doors and onto the side of the packed trains as they sped towards Colombo main station in the early morning rush hour,” he says.
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Professional : Outdoor Scenes
“White Water”
Karim Iliya
Haiku, HI, United States
A bird’s-eye view of a surfer paddling back out through a churned-up impact zone to catch another wave.
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Amateur : Outdoor Scenes
“Swan Lake”
Kellie Netherwood
London, London, United Kingdom
Whooper swans swim across a small section of water in Hokkaido, Japan.
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Amateur : Sense of Place
Anil Sud
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
A couple looking over the thermal vents in Iceland.
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Professional : Outdoor Scenes
“Mauna Kea ”
Stuart Chape
Apia, n/a, Samoa
An aerial photo taken from a helicopter featuring the winding access road leading to the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii.
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Amateur : Outdoor Scenes
“Lone Traveler”
Evan B. Siegel
Newport Coast, CA, United States
The Kodak Passage in the Antarctic Peninsula.
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World in Focus | The Ultimate Travel Photography Competition
more at World in Focus Contest