Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest always brings us some stunning photos, and the 2018 contest was no exception. The winners from 19 categories were selected and their photos show the beauty, versatility and sometimes harsh reality of the world around us.
The finalists of this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest include some really striking photos. But one of them illustrates how deep in trouble nature is. Justin Hofman took a sad photo which caused many reactions, and which will stick in our minds for a long time.
The photo features a tiny seahorse tightly grasping a pink, plastic cotton swab in the waters near Indonesian island Sumbawa. This poor animal, and many others, swim and drift surrounded b the enormous amount of trash and sewage.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is a famous photo contest, showcasing the world’s best nature photography and photojournalism. In its fifty-third year, it still makes us curious about the natural world, shines the spotlight on the beauties, but also on the problems of the natural world. This year’s competition attracted almost 50,000 entries from photographers coming from 92 countries. Until the winner is announced next month, this is the first look into stunning photos from the finalists.
Nature and wildlife lovers from all corners of the globe can now vote in one of the most prestigious photo contest in the world – Wildlife Photographer of the Year. The Natural History Museum published a shortlist of 25 photos for 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year. And it sure was a difficult task – they had to choose from almost 50,000 photos from 95 countries.
The photos they chose cover different styles. You can see breathtaking moments from everyday life of wild animals, or their captivating portraits. There are also surreal and abstract details of flora and fauna. The jury had a difficult task of choosing 25 photos, and you may also find it difficult to choose only one to vote for.
Flying Squirrels are fairly common, although seldom seen members of the rodent family. The Southern Flying Squirrel is found throughout the Eastern half of the United States. The Northern version is only found in the Northern most tier of states and in Canada.
One of the biggest challenges of this project was attracting, and training the squirrels to do what I needed them to do, so I could photograph them. I started off by simply mounting a tray to the side of a large oak tree. Each night at sunset, I would place a handful of nuts on the tray. It took a few weeks but eventually the Flying Squirrels found this new food source.
This allowed me to do pretty standard shots of the Squirrels on the trunk of the tree. Of course that is just a tiny part of the story of flying squirrels.
Beating 42,000 entries from 96 countries, amateur photographer Don Gutoski won the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 grand prize, over $15,000 and crazy field cred for his image Tale of two foxes.
Other winning photos include falcons, a whale, a liger with tigers and another fox.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London and was held for the 51st time. Start going through your archives as entries for the 2016 competition will soon be opening.
A nine year old boy from Spain took the top honors in the youth division of the 2014 Natural History Museum and BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, which celebrated it’s 50th anniversary this year. Carlos Perez Naval, stole the show when his exceptional photo, “Stinger In The Sun” not only earned the young photographer a 1st place finish in the 10 and under division, but also garnered him the prestigious title of Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year, for which he handily edged out photographers nearly twice his age.[Read More…]