The beauty of nature

Photo © Ivan Pedretti

1st classified

Way to Hell
by Nadine Galandi


A line of small erupting craters in the West of the Land of Ice and Fire. A river of lava guides the viewer’s eye, while thick smoke rises high into the sky. Seeing a volcanic eruption, hearing and smelling it, and feeling the unbelievable heat on your skin is a unique experience...

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2nd classified

Savannah Burning
by Roberto Marchegiani


A sudden fire burned a huge part of the Savannah and the rangers were unable to contain it. The fire lasted for three days and reduced entire hills to ashes. Fortunately the trees were not affected by the flames.

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3rd classified

Lonely Island Sunrise
by Aya Okawa


Morning calm at the lonely island, just after sunrise and before the world wakes up. Only the photographer and a lone heron fishing at the island’s edge were present to enjoy the moment.

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Honorable mention

The Lady of the Swamp
by Ignacio Medem


The grey heron emerges among the cypress trees of the swamps with a beauty and a figure that remind of the lady of the swamps. The Bald Cypresses in the middle of their autumnal cycle provide accentuated chromatic contrast.

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Honorable mention

The Throne of the Flying King
by Yohan Terraza


This vulture is an iconic creature living deep into these French mountains. It is very difficult to see it and even more to photograph it. Here the author of the shot manages to catch him in flight, as he crosses a bank of mist that points him out.

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Honorable mention

Foraging
by Gaochao Hong


The image was taken on an autumn day in the Ganzi Prefecture of the Chinese Province of Sichuan. It portrays a characteristic mountain landscape. In the foreground three mountain goats climb among the rocks. A green mantle separates them from the barren background.

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Honorable mention

Cumbre Vieja
by Gianluca Lombardi


Five emission points are active and visible in this single shot of the cone of the unnamed La Palma volcano. This picture was taken during a windy evening twilight on the thirty-fourth day of the eruption on the north-western flank of the Cumbre Vieja volcanic dome on the island.

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Honorable mention

Islanda
by Stanislao Basileo


It is always hard to say no to a trip to Iceland. The photographer’s last adventure takes him to the center of the island, where the spectacle of nature can leave you speechless. The frozen mountains in the background slope down into verdant hills, making the landscapes blend in...

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Honorable mention

Snow Planet
by Vasily Iakovlev


Every time one finds himself in these places, he never ceases to be amazed by their splendor. Truly alien landscapes, endless low hills stretching into the distance, reminding of Italian Tuscany and Czech Moravia at the same time. These small mountains are called Long Mountains f...

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Honorable mention

Peak Cosmos
by Yuriy Stolypin


Peak Kosmos is the name of the mountain on which this graceful pine tree grows. This tree has become a natural landmark of the Novy Svet reserve. Next to it incredible views of the beauty surrounding the mountain open up.

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Remarkable Artwork

Murmuration Sunset
by Aya Okawa


The starlings murmurate densely to deter predators and create warmth before roosting. It is spectacular to hear the quiet rustle of wings flapping when they fly close. When shooting so many birds it is wise to wear a hood!

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Remarkable Artwork

Up to Heaven
by Michaela Vinterová


The photo, taken in the Studený vrch nature reserve, offers a new point of view, with a strong imaginative power. The thin trunks of the trees, with their soft and overlapping edges in the autumn mist, stretch towards the sky. They look like many arms emerging from the cold earth...

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Remarkable Artwork

Burning Colours of the Night
by Nadine Galandi


One of the best Northern Lights in South-East Iceland. The lights create choreographies in the sky, lighting up the rocky mountains below with green and blue reflections. The show was short, only five minutes long, but intense: it looks like a burning sky.

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Remarkable Artwork

Vertical Horizon
by Alexandre Manuel


After a four-hour climb to the top of Tianzi Mountain, you can witness a magnificent view: several peaks of the national park stand out on the horizon, overlapping on different field levels.

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Remarkable Artwork

The Storm
by Irma Szabo


It was pouring and lightning when the photographer managed to get back soaking wet to the accommodation. After a quarter of an hour to calm down a bit, he quickly took his tripod and started photographing the storm passing by on a safe terrace.

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Remarkable Artwork

The Eye
by Ivan Pedretti


The particular rocks of the beach of Uttakleiv under the Northern Lights. These layers around the central rock look like an eye. The shades of light and blue colors give the landscape a lunar, extraterrestrial aspect.

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Remarkable Artwork

Neuron
by Steven Manolakis


The Kimberly is one of the world’s oldest and largest wilderness landscapes. Its predominantly untouched coastline, featuring pristine white silica shores and shimmering azure seas, is an extraordinary contrast to the towering red sandstone escarpments, open sky and sweeping plai...

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Remarkable Artwork

Poison Madness
by Gheorghe Popa


An aerial photograph capturing the details of one of the small rivers filled with poison. The picture is part of Poisoned Beauty, a personal project that tells the story of this natural disaster. This abstract colorful pattern is created both by nature and the chemical waste from...

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Remarkable Artwork

Gracchi
by Stanislao Basileo


In the morning, walking in Valsavarenche, you can be lucky enough to attend a spectacle of nature. Flocks of choughs take off, creating with their dark plumage a beautiful contrast against the snow-capped mountains in the background.

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