This year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has already stirred our emotions with its amazing shortlisted images. And now, the winners of the 2019 competition have been announced, and they’re equally awe-inspiring. They show us all the extremes of the natural world, its beauty and cruelty. And they will remind you just how breathtaking the natural is, and why we need to look after it.
It’s that time of the year again: The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards has announced its finalists. I don’t know about you, but it’s one of my absolute favorite photography contests and its images never fail to put a smile on my face. Hoping that they will brighten up your day just as they did mine, here are the finalist photos of the 2019 contest.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition never fails to stir our emotions with its selection of photos. The shortlisted images of the 2019 contest have just been announced, and they show the beauty and cruelty of the natural world, but also the negative impact that humans have on it.
“Anyone could be a photographer; even a monkey could do it,” you’ll hear some people say. And while it will make you furious, it turns out that some monkeys actually want to become photographers. When Danish biologist Mogens Trolle was taking photos of monkeys in Indonesia, one of them approached his camera and it seems as if it wanted to take his job.
There are some photographic opportunities that you don’t encounter every day. A wildlife rescue center in Western Australia recently shared a set of incredible images showing a huge python swallowing a freshwater crocodile in one go.
When you photograph birds, their beauty really gets in focus against a clean and simple background. But when you’re out there with your camera, it can be pretty difficult to get a nice and clean background in bird photos. In this video, Jan Wegener shares a couple of simple tricks that will help you raise your photos to a whole new level.
If you are just starting out with photography, you’re learning about plenty of new concepts. Depth of field is one of them. Although it’s one of the essential elements to understand, it can be overwhelming if you’re completely new to it. Therefore, I have come up with the ultimate beginner’s guide to controlling depth of field with lens aperture. While I focus on nature photography, you’ll find this guide handy regardless of the genre you generally shoot. So, let’s get right into it!
Last year I joined my local photography club. The club holds regular competitions and I was amazed by the quality of the bird and wildlife photographs. I’ve never been much of a natural history photographer. So it’s not surprising that my own photographs did very poorly in competitions. In particular, a judge criticised a woodpecker photograph that I submitted because it was clearly on a bird feeder. “Hand of man!” he said as he dismissed my attempt.
Africa Geographic has just disqualified Björn Persson, its 2019 Photographer of the Year. His photo of an elephant named Tim won this year’s contest. However, the judges later discovered that the image doesn’t accurately reflect Tim’s look. It turned out that Persson overdid it with photo manipulation, so he’s been stripped of his award and a new contest winner has been announced.
Wildlife photography can be really rewarding, but it doesn’t come without its dangers. Australian photographer Chris Bray recently shared a video via ViralHog showing “the hazards of being a wildlife photographer.” The video shows his wife Jess getting squished by a couple of curious baby elephant seals, and I think this is what cuteness overload looks like.