Gallery: Animals in their Environment

1° classified

Author: William Burrard-Lucas (GB)

Location: Tsavo West (Kenya)

Description: Black rhinos are predominately active at night, so I wanted to capture them in their nocturnal environment. This is a single exposure taken with a camera trap on a moonless night. I used a long, 25-second exposure time to expose the stars. At the start of the exposure, two flashes exposed the foreground. Since there was no moonlight, there was no ghosting effect after the initial flash. I opted for side lighting to highlight the sides of the rhino’s horn and make it stand out from the night sky. Rhinos were almost wiped out by poaching but thanks to concerted conservation efforts in the park, their numbers are gradually recovering.


2° classified

Author: Hannes Lochner (ZA)

Location: Khwai River (Botswana)

Description: After a huge fight between two hippo bulls, the older male died of his wounds. A few days later, the scent of the carcass abandoned by crocodiles attracted hyenas. The hyenas walked in carefully to drag the remains out until two lions appeared on the other side of the river. To avoid being eaten by crocodiles, they’d walked downriver to cross the river where it was narrower. There, lions feasted on the remains until early morning when the “winning” hippo bull walked out of the water to chase the lions off. I was able to capture the beautiful scene of the two lions feasting, the hippo and the river in the background, in the light of the milky way.


3° classified

Author: Thomas Vijayan (CA)

Location: Antarctica

Description: The emperor penguin is the tallest and heaviest of all living penguin species and is endemic to Antarctica. The male and female are similar in plumage and size. After a courtship of several weeks, a female emperor penguin lays one single egg and leaves the male to protect it from icy temperatures and storms. Two months later, the female returns from the sea with enough food to feed the now hatched chick.


Honorable Mention

Author: Yung-Sen Wu (TW)

Location: Adams River (Canada)

Description: The Adams River is a tributary to the Thompson and Fraser Rivers in British Columbia, Canada. Beginning in the Monashee Mountains to the north, it is one of the most important sockeye salmon breeding areas in North America.


Honorable Mention

Author: Vladimir Cech Jr. (CZ)

Location: Czech Republic

Description: A nocturnal red fox (Vulpes vulpes), photographed with the help of homemade camera traps in the border region of the Bohemian Forest in the Czech Republic, crosses a natural footbridge. A gentle snowfall accentuates the tranquil atmosphere.


Honorable Mention

Author: Thomas Vijayan (CA)

Location: South Georgia, British Overseas Territory

Description: A pair of emperor penguins caught in an unusual perspective, emphasized by the presence of the foreground. I had to wait for many hours before I could get this shot, which I had been dreaming of for some time.


Honorable Mention

Author: Songda Cai (PH)

Location: Anilao Batangas (Philippines)

Description: Wunderpus adults dwell mostly on coral reef sands, but in their juvenile stages, they float in the open waters. The transparency and symmetry of the image emphasizes the beauty of this tiny octopus, which is very difficult to locate in black water.


Honorable Mention

Author: Sonalini Khetrapal (IN)

Location: Svalbard (Norway)

Description: It was August and I had to travel all the way to the 83rd parallel North to find sea ice. When I spotted a bear in the middle of the pack, I used a fisheye lens to capture the magnificence of this powerful animal in its marvelous surroundings.


Honorable Mention

Author: Sergey Anisimov (RU)

Location: Lake Baikal (Russia)

Description: It was March and I was on the frozen surface of Lake Baikal, Siberia, when I took this shot of a young Lake Baikal seal, endemic to the place, in this curiously friendly pose.


Honorable Mention

Author: Paolo Rizzola (IT)

Location: Canelli, Asti (Italy)

Description: I’d been following this owl for a few months, first with a camera trap, and then in person with my camera. Having diligently observed it, I learned its habits and could finally take close-up images.


Honorable Mention

Author: Nadia Aly (US)

Location: Snow Hill (Antarctica)

Description: A group of Emperor Penguins begin their long trek to the ocean’s edge in search of food. Some of them will be parents to young chicks, and it’s necessary for them to make it back with food for them. Never touching land, and breeding only on sea ice, these penguins endure some of the coldest conditions on earth.


Honorable Mention

Author: Mohammad Murad (KW)

Location: Tanzania

Description: I waited for a small group of elephants to get closer to take a shot with a long exposure time to show the sense of movement of the pachyderms. Nevertheless, I managed to catch the eye of a small elephant who, protected by the group, appeared intrigued by my presence.


Honorable Mention

Author: Ellen Cuylaerts (KY)

Location: Farne Islands (UK)

Description: A grey seal rests on a bed of kelp, revealing the serenity of this protected area that hosts the largest seal colony in the UK.


Honorable Mention

Author: Bartosz Stró_y_ski (PL)

Location: Antarctica

Description: The Leopard seal, a species endemic to the Antarctic Peninsula, reveals all its beauty and power in an amazing underwater dance in the waters off the Petermann Island.


Remarkable Artwork

Author: Roman Shteynbrekher (RU)

Location: Indonesia

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Author: Scott Portelli (AU)

Location: Tonga

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Author: Shouzhi Wang (CN)

Location: ccc

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Remarkable Artwork

Author: Sonalini Khetrapal (IN)

Location: Masai Mara

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Author: Thomas Rajan (US)

Location: Torres de pine, Chile

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Author: Roie Galitz (IL)

Location: Svalbard

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Author: Qiong Bu (CN)

Location: ccc

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Author: Nadia Aly (US)

Location: Lembeh, Indonesia

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Author: Mike Korostelev (RU)

Location: Kamchatka

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Remarkable Artwork

Author: Marco Zaffignani (IT)

Location: Teluk Cenderawasih National Park

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Author: Eduardo del Álamo (ES)

Location: Antarctica

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Author: Dmitry Arkhipov (RU)

Location: Svalbard

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Author: Chin Leong Teo (SG)

Location: Indonesia

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Remarkable Artwork

Author: Weijun Chen (CN)

Location: China

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