Stunning Winners of The Nature Conservancy 2018 Global Photo Contest

Winning images from The Nature Conservancy 2018 Global Photo Contest were selected among almost 60,000 entries from over 100 countries.

‘Stallions Playing’ by Camille Briottet (France). Grand Prize. “The power of the animal kingdom.”

‘Stallions Playing’ by Camille Briottet (France). Grand Prize. “The power of the animal kingdom.”

‘The End if Near’ by Andre Mercier (USA). Second place. “This ice could be thousands of years old, and only recently broke off the Vatnajokull Glacier at Jokulsarlon Bay in Iceland, and will soon melt into the sea.”

‘Serenity’ by Jeremy Stevens (USA). Water. “Aldeyjarfoss Waterfall in Iceland, January 2018. The places that are hardest to get to are often the best and most peaceful.”

‘Slender Slots’ by Tanner Latham (USA). People & Nature. “Squeezing through one of the incredibly narrow slot canyons in Escalante National Monument. Taken on a week long expedition through the deserts of southern Utah.”

‘Frog Hug’ by Terra Fondriest (USA). Third place. “Down at the mud puddles on our road, we found several young bullfrogs hopping around. Up on our hilltop, wet spots are few and far between, so our mud puddles are home to a constant flow of tadpoles, frogs, and toads. My daughter loves all critters, her goal is to create a wildlife rehab center someday. She constantly inspires me with her care towards every living thing.”

Watching You Watching Me’ by Megan Lorenz (Canada). Wildlife. “Red Fox in Bonavista in Newfoundland.”

‘Her Majesty’ by Aristo Risi (Australia). Water. “A plastic bag in its natural habitat, the ocean. Shot in Shellharbour in 2017. Plastic was once worshiped, now it destroys everything we love. Nature connects us all, we have a duty to protect her.”

‘Reclamation’ by Jesse Yang (USA). Cities & Nature. “The eeriness of exploring this ghost town in United Arab Emirates went away after an hour or so of exploring. But, I still felt uneasy about entering some of these ‘homes.’ It felt like I was trespassing, so I tried being oddly respectful. The Arabian Desert obviously didn’t feel the same way, reminding me that nature will always reclaim what we abandon.”

‘O Caçador (The Hunter)’ by Roberto Moccini Formiga (Brazil). Wildlife. “A large white shark hunts in the waters of Guadalupe
Island, Mexico.”

‘My Home My City’ by Kwok Kui Andus Tse (China). Cities & Nature. “Lion Rock is a symbol of Hong Kong, including me, many Hong Kong people are also growing under the mountain, it also represents the spirit of Hong Kong people.”

‘Namibian Curves’ by Paul Zizka (Canada). Landscape. “We were on our Chronicles of Namibia workshop, wrapping up a wonderful evening of shooting in the Sossusvlei area. On the drive back to camp, this most simple composition caught my eye. I couldn’t resist and stopped the group to get this shot.”

‘Lava Explosion’ by Elyse Butler (USA). Judges’ Special Recognition. “On the Kīlauea Lava Flow in Kalapana, lava hits the ocean creating an explosion of molten basalt rocks and acidic steam plumes skyward. When hot lava vaporizes cool sea water it blasts lava rock fragments every direction and creates a billowing cloud of laze ‘lava haze’ made up of a mixture of acidic seawater steam, hydrochloric acid, and tiny shards of volcanic glass.”

‘Energía Pura y Fuego (Pure Energy and Fire)’ by Hernando Alonso Rivera Cervantes (Mexico). Landscape. “Colima volcano erupting during the night showing its strength, was taken in the Yerbabuena, Comala, Colima, volcanic eruptions in small quantities help reduce global warming.”

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