Animals in their Environment

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1st classified

Night Hunter
by Jonas Classon


The Great Grey Owl is well known for its extreme hunting skills. After working on a story about this owl for many weeks in a row, I finally got the shot conveying all I wanted to show in one single frame. I captured the owl seconds before it attacked a vole under a full moon nigh...

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2nd classified

The World is Going Upside Down
by Thomas Vijayan


Orangutan means "man of the forest" in the Malay language. There are three varieties of Orangutan, and the one pictured is a Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus). Adult male orangutans can weigh up to 200 pounds. Males have prominent cheek pads, called flanges, and a throat sac use...

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3rd classified

Creature of the Night
by William Burrard-lucas


As far as I knew, nobody had ever captured a series of high quality images of a wild black leopard in Africa before. In 2019, with the help of Kenyan local guides, landowners and rangers who had seen the leopard, I set up camera traps and managed to capture this unique image of t...

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Honorable mention

When Rays Fly
by Amit Eshel


A large group of Mobula Rays in the Sea of ​​Cortez. These creatures are as graceful in mid-air as they are in the water, throwing their wings like flying birds.

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Honorable mention

Diamond
by Marco Steiner


A diamond squid photographed during a blackwater dive in Kuramathi, Maldives. Every night the ocean undergoes the biggest migration in the animal world. It is a vertical migration and there are high chances of seeing creatures that normally live very deep during the day.

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Honorable mention

I'm a Bragger!
by Nicolas Reusens Bodén


My main goal was capturing this sword-billed hummingbird in a totally different way, very close and detailed but also showing the surroundings and its habitat. I was then also lucky to capture the extra hummingbird to emphasize the beak size difference!

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Honorable mention

The Kiss
by Tobias Friedrich


Mandarinfish usually mate every afternoon during sunset in very shallow water. These two emerged from the coral reef in the clear water, when the female left her eggs and the male his sperm.

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The Knight Rider
by Yashpal Rathore


Bats are one of the most misunderstood species. However, the truth is that bats play a vital role in our ecosystem as seed dispersers and pest-controllers. With ever expanding city limits, some of the bat species are well-adapted to urban environments.

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Honorable mention

Mother Cares
by Nachum Weiss


In the Israeli Negev desert, a Nubian Ibox looking for food is very carefully escorting her one-and-a-half-month-old puppy in a difficult and dangerous passage.

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Strange Encounters
by Hannes Klostermann


A cormorant hunts for sardines under the late afternoon sun. These birds are extremely well-adapted to swimming and diving, and are able to reach incredible speeds underwater.

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Honorable mention

Successful Hunt
by Peter Lindel


In the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya, a female leopard along a nearly dry riverbed was looking for prey. A small warthog family appeared, and when a few drops of rain distracted them she took her chance and was successful.

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Honorable mention

Living in a Box
by Galice Hoarau


Juvenile fish protecting himself inside a stinging box jellyfish. The photo was taken during a blackwater dive in the Lembeh strait, Indonesia.

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Honorable mention

The Flying Hunter
by David Salvatori


Great action in Los Islotes, where every year millions of sardines arrive and trigger the feeding frenzy of sea lions and birds. A group of fantastic cormorants arrived to hunt the sardines and this one seemed to push them aside while diving.

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Honorable mention

Their Eyes Talk Emotions
by Thomas Vijayan


It is always fascinating to see Grizzly bears fishing. Each grizzly has its own technique to hunt fish. In this picture, the fish just escaped after hitting the outer part of the bear's teeth. The uniqueness of this shot is the way in which the fish and the bear's eyes seem to be...

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Remarkable Artwork

Snow Monalisa
by Fahad Alenezi


The Arctic Fox saves his food in different locations before the winter to return back to it during the heavy winter in order to avoid the risk of dying of starvation.

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Remarkable Artwork

Bear-Spoilt Eggs
by Jon Langeland


Brown Bear at Kuril Lake, Kamchatca, catching a salmon. The picture was taken in the exact moment when the salmon was losing all of its eggs and its life too.

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Remarkable Artwork

Follow me
by Massimiliano Giovampaoli


In the vicinity of Florence airport while a plane is taking off, a flock of starlings are trying to survive, by averting off a predator that is attacking them.

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Remarkable Artwork

Mara crossing with a centerpiece
by Artur Stankiewicz


Pure, uninterrupted wildlife experience at its best: a giraffe in the middle of the Mara River, in the Serengeti Park, with soft, orange light, and wildebeests passing by... and all of that in a complete solitude... for ten fantastic minutes.

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Remarkable Artwork

Feeding - Private Moment
by Mike Korostelev


Sometimes, very rarely, sperm whales allow you to be with them in socializing days. It is a unique experience and when one is in the water with whales the main thing is not to disturb them to avoid any change in their behavior.

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Remarkable Artwork

Think different
by Pietro Formis


A big-scale sand smelt moving towards a moon jellyfish. To defend themselves from predators, these fish move together grouping in ever-changing forms. In this case, a single specimen appears to be making a "counter-current" decision.

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attention
by Yung-sen Wu


A beam of sunlight enhances the scene of a lion swimming in the waters of the Sea of Cortez. Together with fur seals, sea lions are part of the Otariidae family, more commonly referred to as eared seals.

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Remarkable Artwork

Transition
by Yatwai So


This shot captures that fraction of a second in which a diamond squid in the sea of ​​Anilao changes color from its original light purple to an orange red, starting first from the tentacles and fins and then covering the whole body.

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Remarkable Artwork

Colorful Night
by Mohammad Murad


Framed by the glow of street and car lights along Kuwait city, two Arabian red fox cubs explore the night just outside their den. I spent more than 2 months monitoring them in order to take this shot where all the lights were reflecting on the sea water.

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Remarkable Artwork

Waltz of death
by Rian Van Schalkwyk


Near a puddle of water in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa, one morning I witnessed an unusual hunting scene: a black crow caught a dove but a Lanner's hawk took it away. Then came a jackal who grabbed the hawk's claw to steal it and then let it go.

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Constellation of Eagle Rays
by Henley Spiers


A shoal of uniquely patterned spotted eagle rays passes beneath me on an unforgettable dive in the Maldives. Like most divers, I have always found these rays to be especially spellbinding. Scientists have just recently confirmed that the spotting on each ray is a unique identifie...

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Remarkable Artwork

Dentist
by Lilian Koh


Symbiosis between a moray eel and a cleaner shrimp. This moray eel was having its routine dental checkup. The cleaner shrimps clean parasites, insects, algaes, etc. off of the eels, making them more healthy – in return, the shrimps get a free meal.

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Remarkable Artwork

Mating
by João Rodrigues


Far from land, in the pelagic domain of the Pacific Ocean, off Ensenada de Muertos, Baja California Sur, a couple of olive ridley turtles perform their mating ritual. It is a defining moment that will contribute to the population recovery of the second smallest sea turtle in the...

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Remarkable Artwork

False Killer Whale
by Scott Portelli


False Killer whales can be found in the deep oceans around Tonga and many of the world’s oceans. The false killer is a mystery to the cetacean world as they are very elusive and encounters with them are rare and brief.

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Dancing Pompano
by Songda Cai


These peculiar filaments help the young Pompano to move and eat slow-moving crustaceans, small crabs and other fish. As the body grows it lengthens and the fins get shorter.

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Perfectly on time
by David Salvatori


Great action in Los Islotes, where every year millions of sardines arrive and trigger the feeding frenzy of sea lions and birds. I enjoyed swimming in the shallow water with a group of fantastic cormorants diving to hunt the sardines for a couple of hours. Here the two cormorants...

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Remarkable Artwork

Green Eye
by Hannes Lochner


A massive six meter crocodile slowly moves towards a herd of antelopes coming in for a drink at sunrise. I opted for a narrow depth of field, in order to obtain a pin-sharp eye and the light droplets on the tail completely out of focus.

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Remarkable Artwork

life cycle
by Franco Banfi


A female short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) is carrying a dead calf in South Tenerife, Canary Islands, Atlantic Ocean.

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