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The 30 Winning Photos From 2019 Nature Conservancy Contest

 The Nature Conservancy is a charitable organization based out of Arlington, Virginia, with over 1 million members worldwide and actively participates in the protection of nearly 50 million acres of land and rivers. Every year, the Nature Conservancy conducts a photography competition. The 2019 Photography Contest saw submissions from 152 different countries, the highest participation ever for this competition. In September 2019, the results of the competition were announced. The winning 30 photographs fall under 5 categories, and there is one final grand prize winner, each showing the beautiful never-ending dance between the Earth and humankind. Prepare to lose yourself in the magnificent glory of nature! 

 

I. Category One: Wildlife 

1. First Place: Fernando O’Farrill, Mexico

HOPE: A Polar Bear swimming in Svalbard, Norway, taken June 2019  

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest,  Wildlife, First Place: Fernando O’Farrill, Mexico HOPE: A sole Polar Bear swimming in Svalbard, Norway, taken June 2019

© Fernando O’Farrill/TNC Photo Contest 2019 

 

2. Second Place: Raymond Hennessey, United States

SINGING SILHOUETTE: The silhouette of a Chestnut-sided Warbler singing it’s heart out 

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, Wildlife, Second Place: Raymond Hennessey, United States SINGING SILHOUETTE: The silhouette of a Chestnut-sided Warbler singing it’s heart

© Raymond Hennessy/TNC Photo Contest 2019 

 

3. Third Place: Yaron Schmid, United States 

THE GREVY'S ILLUSION: A Grevy Zebra, amidst its counterparts in Lewa, Kenya, stares into the camera

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, Wildlife, Third Place: Yaron Schmid, United States  THE GREVY'S ILLUSION: A Grevy Zebra, amidst its counterparts in Lewa, Kenya, stares into the camera

© Yaron Schmid/TNC Photo Contest 2019  

 

4. Honorable Mention: José David Altamirano González, Costa Rica

AFRICA SALVAJE: Translates to Wild Africa, taken in Botswana in July 2019

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, Wildlife, Honorable Mention: José David Altamirano González, Costa Rica AFRICA SALVAJE: Translates to Wild Africa, taken in Botswana in July 2019

© Jose David Altamirano González/TNC Photo Contest 2019 

 

5. Honorable Mention: Giuseppe Bonali, Italy

THE TRIO: Three damselflies in Italy rest on reeds after a storm has passed 

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, Wildlife, Honorable Mention: Giuseppe Bonali, Italy THE TRIO: Three damselflies in Italy rest on reeds after a storm has passed

© Giuseppe Bonali/TNC Photo Contest 2019 

 

6. Honorable Mention: Sebastian Di Domenico, Colombia

BIZARRE LOOKS: A White-Tipped Sicklebill, a hummingbird, standing completely still at night, a feature shared by all hummingbirds that lower their metabolism in the night to avoid starving

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, Wildlife, Honorable Mention: Sebastian Di Domenico, Colombia BIZARRE LOOKS: A White-Tipped Sicklebill, a hummingbird, standing completely still at night, a feature shared by all hummingbirds that lower their metabolism in the night to avoid starving

© Sebastian Di Domenico/TNC Photo Contest 2019

 

II. Category Two: People in Nature

7. First Place: Le Van Vinh, Vietnam

DANCE IN THE SEA: A Fisherman casts a net, in Hon Yen, Phu Yen, Vietnam

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, People in Nature, People in Nature, First Place: Le Van Vinh, Vietnam DANCE IN THE SEA: A Fisherman casts a net, in Hon Yen, Phu Yen, Vietnam

© Vinh Le van/TNC Photo Contest 2019 

 

8. Second Place: Fabio Teixeira, Brazil

PORTRAIT IN GUANABARA BAY: A young refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo floats in Guanabara Bay, Ramos Beach in Rio De Janeiro 

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, People in Nature, Second Place: Fabio Teixeira, Brazil PORTRAIT IN GUANABARA BAY: A young refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo floats in Guanabara Bay, Ramos Beach in Rio De Janeiro

© Fabio Teixeira/TNC Photo Contest 2019 

 

9. Third Place: Apratim Pal, India

BATHING TIME: Two locals enjoying a swim in West Bengal, India

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, People in Nature, Third Place: Apratim Pal, India BATHING TIME: Two locals enjoying a swim in West Bengal, India

© Apratim Pal/TNC Photo Contest 2019 

 

10. Honorable Mention: Giovani Cordioli, Brazil

CUBAN STORM: Swimmers look to the sky as a storm comes over Varadero, Cuba in 2019

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, People in Nature, Honorable Mention: Giovani Cordioli, Brazil CUBAN STORM: Swimmers look to the sky as a storm comes over Varadero, Cuba in 2019

© Giovani Cordioli/TNC Photo Contest 2019 

 

11. Honorable Mention: Anskar Lenzen, Germany

REFRESHMENT: A visitor jumps into the iconic lake Eibsee on a sultry summer day in southern Germany

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, People in Nature, Honorable Mention: Anskar Lenzen, Germany REFRESHMENT: A visitor jumps into the iconic lake Eibsee on a sultry summer day in southern Germany

© Anskar Lenzen/TNC Photo Contest 2019 

 

12. Honorable Mention: Ted Somerville, United States

COPACABANA SURFER: A surfer in Copacabana feeling the wave

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, People in Nature, Honorable Mention: Ted Somerville, United States COPACABANA SURFER: A surfer in Copacabana feeling the wave

© Ted Somerville/TNC Photo Contest 2019 

 

III. Category Three: Cities and Nature

13. First Place: Jay Huang, United States

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE ALIGNMENT: San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge as seen from a directly ahead during a low fog event 

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, Cities and Nature, First Place: Jay Huang, United States GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE ALIGNMENT: San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge as seen from a directly ahead during a low fog event

© Jay Huang/TNC Photo Contest 2019

 

14. Second Place: Yevhen Samuchenko, Ukraine

GOLD OF SVANETI Mestia, a small city in the Svaneti Province of Georgia, as seen at night 

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, Cities and Nature, Second Place: Yevhen Samuchenko, Ukraine GOLD OF SVANETI Mestia, a small city in the Svaneti Province of Georgia, as seen at night

© Yevhen Samuchenko/TNC Photo Contest 2019

 

15. Third Place: Robert Potts, United States

CALIFORNIA SEA LIONS: Docks in Astoria, Oregon flooded with California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus)

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, Cities and Nature, Third Place: Robert Potts, United States CALIFORNIA SEA LIONS: Docks in Astoria, Oregon flooded with California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus)

© Robert Potts/TNC Photo Contest 2019

 

16. Honorable Mention: Tsz Ho Tse, Hong Kong

MORNING HONG KONG: Looking down at world-famous Victoria Harbour through clouds early in the morning 

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, Cities and Nature, Honorable Mention: Tsz Ho Tse, Hong Kong MORNING HONG KONG: Looking down at world famous Victoria Harbour through clouds early in the morning

© Tsz Ho Tse/TNC Photo Contest 2019

 

IV. Category Four: Water

17. First Place: Alex Kydd, Australia

BIG FISH IN A BIG OCEAN: A whale shark swims in the ocean depths off Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia 

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, Water, First Place: Alex Kydd, Australia BIG FISH IN A BIG OCEAN: A whale shark swims in the ocean depths off Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia

© Alex Kydd/TNC Photo Contest 2019

 

18. Second Place: Hao Jiang, United States

TO THE LIGHTNING: Flamingos fly over this multicolored salt lake, in which the floating foam forms a pattern on the lake that resembles lightning 

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, Water, Second Place: Hao Jiang, United States TO THE LIGHTNING: Flamingos fly over this multicolored salt lake, in which the floating foam forms a pattern on the lake that resembles lightning

© Hao Jiang/TNC Photo Contest 2019

 

19. Third Place: Alex Kydd, Australia 

A RARE ENCOUNTER WITH COWNOSE RAYS: A group of Cownose Rays (Rhinoptera bonasus) crowd together in the waters off Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia 

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, Water, Third Place: Alex Kydd, Australia  A RARE ENCOUNTER WITH COWNOSE RAYS: A group of Cownose Rays (Rhinoptera bonasus) crowd together in the waters off Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

© Alex Kydd/TNC Photo Contest 2019

 

20. Honorable Mention: Barbara Rot, Slovenia

ICEBERG: A lone Adelie penguin stands on a large iceberg 

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, Water, Honorable Mention: Barbara Rot, Slovenia ICEBERG: A lone Adelie penguin stands on a large iceberg

© Barbara Rot/TNC Photo Contest 2019

 

21. Honorable Mention: Michael Gallagher, United Kingdom

GIMME SHELTER: An anemonefish shelters itself in the arms of a closing reef anemone 

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, Water, Honorable Mention: Michael Gallagher, United Kingdom GIMME SHELTER: An anemonefish shelters itself in the arms of a closing reef anemone

© Michael Gallagher/TNC Photo Contest 2019

 

V. Category Five: Landscape

22. First Place: Colin Ronald, Austria

TAKING THE PLUNGE: A skier plunges down a steep mountain slope in Slovenia 

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, Landscapes, First Place: Colin Ronald, Austria TAKING THE PLUNGE: A skier plunges down a steep mountain slope in Slovenia

© Colin Ronald/TNC Photo Contest 2019

 

23. Second Place: Leigh Miller, Australia

PINK LAKE: A photograph taken with a drone capturing the layers of color of the pink lake, Hutt Lagoon in Western Australia

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, Landscapes, Second Place: Leigh Miller, Australia PINK LAKE: A photograph taken with a drone capturing the layers of color of the pink lake, Hutt Lagoon in Western Australia

© Leigh Miller/TNC Photo Contest 2019

 

24. Third Place: Guilherme Gomes de Mesquita, Brazil

ON THE BRINK: A hiker sits at the edge of a cliff in Trolltunga, Norway 

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, Landscapes, Third Place: Guilherme Gomes de Mesquita, Brazil ON THE BRINK: A hiker sits at the edge of a cliff in Trolltunga, Norway

© Guilherme Gomes de Mesquita/TNC Photo Contest 2019

 

25. Honorable Mention: Carlos Eduardo Goulart

PAINE GRANDE IN THE STORM: A storm forms over the Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile 

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, Landscapes, Honorable Mention: Carlos Eduardo Goulart PAINE GRANDE IN THE STORM: A storm forms over the Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile

© Carlos Eduardo Coulart/TNC Photo Contest 2019

 

26. Honorable Mention: Victor Grilo Lima, Brazil

PIEDRAS ROJAS: The sun sets over the Piedras Rojas in the Chilean Atacama Desert in Peru 

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, Landscapes, Honorable Mention: Victor Grilo Lima, Brazil PIEDRAS ROJAS: The sun sets over the Piedras Rojas in the Chilean Atacama Desert in Peru

© Victor Grilo Lima/TNC Photo Contest 2019

 

27. Honorable Mention: Florian LeDoux, France

TREE OF LIFE: Water weaves branches through quicksand in Iceland 

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, Landscapes, Honorable Mention: Florian LeDoux, France TREE OF LIFE: Water weaves branches through quicksand in Iceland

© Florian LeDoux/TNC Photo Contest 2019

 

28. Honorable Mention: José David Altamirano González, Costa Rica

FURIA: The fury of Volcán De Fuego 

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, Landscapes, Honorable Mention: José David Altamirano González, Costa Rica FURIA: The fury of Volcán De Fuego

© José David Altamirano González/TNC Photo Contest 2019

 

VI. People’s Choice Winner: Diyanto Sarira, Indonesia

WANAYO WATERFALL: A small stream and waterfall encountered in Wasior, West Papua

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, People’s Choice Winner: Diyanto Sarira, Indonesia WANAYO WATERFALL: A small stream and waterfall encountered in Wasior, West Papua

© Diyanto Sarira/TNC Photo Contest 2019

 

VII. Grand Prize Winner: Tyler Schiffman, United States

BURST: A California sea lion poses surrounded by kelp beds in Monterey Bay, California 

Winners of the Nature Conservancy World wide Photo Competition / Contest, Grand Prize Winner: Tyler Schiffman, United States BURST: A California sea lion poses surrounded by kelp beds in Monterey Bay, California

© Tyler Schiffman/TNC Photo Contest 2019

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