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2020 Nature Photographer of the Year – 15 Winning Images

 Nature never ceases to surprise us with its glory and raw beauty. We may have seen several wonderful photos of nature in the past, but it never really is enough, is it? This is why you will love this collection of photos from the 2020 Nature Photographer of the Year (NOPTY) contest. The competition, which is in its fifth year now, strives to showcase the ethereal beauty of the natural world annually through its platform.

Organized by Nature Talks, the competition has 12 sections including, landscape, underwater, wildlife, and storytelling, among others. This year, NOPTY received a whopping 19,547 images from 95 different countries. The winners of the contest were announced recently and here we have presented some of the best of them. Take a look.

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1. "Jurassic Park" by Roberto Marchegiani (Overall winner)

Nature Photographer of the Year 2020, giraffe
Image source: NPOTY
The stunning photograph was taken in Nakuru National Park, Kenya, during the rainy season and shows a giraffe munching merrily above the thick vegetation. 

2. "Flyover" by Jie Fischer 

Nature Photographer of the Year 2020, birds
Image source: NPOTY
This beautiful photograph shows birds flying over a sandbank in the middle of the ocean and won a 'Highly Commended' award.

3. "I Can Pass" by Adriana Sanz

Nature Photographer of the Year 2020, frog
Image source: NPOTY
This photo of a green frog peeking over the top of a leaf was one of the winners in the wildlife category.

4. "Lone Egret among fall colors of the cypress swamp" by Rick Beldegreen

Nature Photographer of the Year 2020, Egret
Image source: NPOTY
It almost feels as if the sky has been painted here. This ethereal shot was one of the Highly Commended picks.

5. "Woods in a Pod" by Yuan Minghui

Nature Photographer of the Year 2020, black seeds
Image source: NPOTY
You are probably wondering what are you seeing in this photograph, right? Well, these are tiny black seeds growing on a wooden background. This was also one of the selections in the Highly Commended list.

6. "World Is Going Upside Down" by Thomas Vijayan

Nature Photographer of the Year 2020, monkey
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An orange monkey hugs a tree in a rainforest in this Highly Commended photo.

7. "Striped Hunter" by Karim Iliya

Nature Photographer of the Year 2020, fish
Image source: NPOTY
This perfectly-timed photo shows a fish diving through waters while hunting for its meal. It was a winner of one of the runner-up awards.

8. "Starling Apocalypse" by Bart Siebelink

Nature Photographer of the Year 2020, birds
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One of the winners in the Landscape category, this surreal photo shows thousands of birds flying through the air.

9. "A World Away" by Oliver Smart

Nature Photographer of the Year 2020, penguins
Image source: NPOTY
What you see in the distance here is a group of penguins migrating across a snowy landscape, while maintaining the perfect distance from each other. It earned a spot in the Highly Commended category.

10. "Splash!!!" By Antonio Leiva Sanchez

Nature Photographer of the Year 2020, bats
Image source: NPOTY
Bats have been in the news this year for all the wrong reasons. In this stunning shot, though, you can see one splashing about in the water merrily. It was one of the runner-ups in the Mammals category.

11. "Constellation of Eagle Rays" by Henley Spiers

Nature Photographer of the Year 2020, eagle rays
Image source: NPOTY
In this photo, you can see a group of spotted rays in the Maldives swimming side by side in a unique pattern. It was one of the winners in the Animal category.

12. "Caught In A Blizzard" by David Gibbon 

Nature Photographer of the Year 2020, wolf
Image source: NPOTY
A poor old wolf is completely drenched in snow here during a severe storm. This amazing painting-like picture was part of the Highly Commended list.

13. "Nature's Pitfall" by Samantha Stephens

Nature Photographer of the Year 2020, salamanders
Image source: NPOTY
Northern Pitcher plants (Sarracenia purpurea) are carnivorous and can trap invertebrate prey such as moths and flies in their leaves. In this photograph, you can see two juvenile Spotted Salamanders trapped simultaneously, at the same stage of decomposition, floating on the surface of the fluid of the plant. This incredible shot was the winner of the Animals category.

14. "Trapped" by Andrea Pozzi

Nature Photographer of the Year 2020, small fish
Image source: NPOTY
This photo of a small fish stuck in ice was the Category Winner of the Nature Art.

15. "Hope in a Burned Forest" by Jo-Anne McArthur

Nature Photographer of the Year 2020, kangaroo
Image source: NPOTY
One of the winners of the Animal category, this photograph shows a fortunate kangaroo that survived the devastating Australian bushfires earlier this year that killed an estimated 3 billion animals.
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