Nature Photographer of the Year has just announced its 2019 winners. The judges selected some of the finest images that had been submitted for the contest, and they will remind you just how magical our nature is and why you need to be kind to it.
The Hungarian nature photographer Csaba Daróczi was awarded the Nature Photographer of the Year 2019. His winning photo shows two rabbits that jump up high in the air, and it was also awarded the winner of the Black and White category. According to the judges, this photo was chosen because of the “atmosphere, timing, beautiful light, perfect sharpness and composition.”
The photographer said about the photo:
“This photo is taken in Kiskunsag, near the village of Bócsa in Hungary. I spotted a colony of Rabbits and started taking photos of them. After a while I saw them jumping high in the air, especially when they were fighting over food. When I saw that, I realized that I wanted to take that photo immediately. In the end I spent more than 70 mornings in 2018 taking thousands of photos. I guess there are a few good ones amongst them…”
Italian photographer Giacomo Redaelli is the winner of the Youth category (11 – 17 years old). His photo shows a nest of Long tailed tits getting fed by their mom.
The judges had a tough choice between 14.000 images from over 73 countries, which is a new record for this competition. There are 11 different categories, as well as the Fred Hazelhoff portfolio award, which was awarded to Romanian photographer Gheorghe Popa.
If you’d like to submit your own photos for the 2020 contest, it will be open for entries from 1 December 2019. To enter photos or to create an account go to the Nature Photographer of the Year’s website.
We bring you the rest of the category winners below. Make sure to check out highly commended images and runner-ups on Nature Photographer of the Year’s website. To stay informed of the contest-related news, you can also like its Facebook page.