Animals in their Environment

Photo © Ivan Pedretti

1st classified

Mother, Tender Love
by Amos Nachoum


Mother bears, in particular, are very caring of the young ones. Today, due to climate change, bears have to travel greater distances to forage for food and survive. Sometimes the mother must hold her young one by her side while searching for the next hunting area.

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2nd classified

Puma Hunting Guanaco
by Ingo Arndt


A female puma hunting a full-grown male guanaco. The two animals stand out in the center; the mantles blend in with the background, though the muscular bodies create a sort of dance that gives rhythm to the shot and make the protagonists stand out. The image is part of a 7-month-...

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3rd classified

Last Hug
by Igor Altuna


This leopard, named Olimba, has just killed the mother of the baby baboon, which keeps clinging to her mother’s body, such as it was a last hug. Olimba transports the mother and the small baboon to her cub, to feed him. The baboon tries to escape without success.

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Honorable mention

Amur Leopards
by Sergey Gorshkov


Two leopards make their way along the snowy trails in Russian mountains. Even the ground seems speckled, like the mantle of the two leopards: the whiteness of the snow alternates with the barren earth and a few tufts of dry grass.

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Honorable mention

The Prince
by Marina Cano


This lion cub trains to catch the young dead zebra, playing around. With teeth and claws he clings to the dead body, finding the best way to kill his prey and refining his hunting technique. His mother has just hunted the zebra, so the whole family will find dinner ready!

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Honorable mention

Star(ling) Wars
by Jim Burns


A male Gilded Flicker and a European Starling do aerial battle near the flicker’s nest cavity in a Giant Saguaro. Flickers are one of the few native Sonoran Desert species able to outcompete the non-native-starlings for nest holes.

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Honorable mention

Predator VS Predator
by Clément Fontaine


Pantanal’s jaguars are specialized in caiman hunting. This female, after a catch-free afternoon, spotted a caiman in the water and jumped quickly on it. After a short but strong fight under water, she came out with her catch, holding it and trying to bring it to her cubs.

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Honorable mention

Fighting Mountain Hares
by Johansen Arnfinn


The photograph was taken in the central part of Norway during the night in the wintertime. It was April, the time of the year in which hares fight for mating rights. In the picture two males are fighting, while raising snowflakes all around. Their silhouettes stand out on the bla...

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Honorable mention

Yellow Eyes and Red Nose
by Ignacio Medem


The Pallas Cat is a widespread species in Central Asia, whose survival is endangered by the destruction of his natural habitat and the lack of prey. Here he is taking a sunbath among the frozen vegetation. The -30°C of the environment do not affect him due to his thick skin.

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Honorable mention

Out of a Dream
by Sabrina Schumann


The albida forest provides sustenance from its seed pods and shade from the brutal heat of the dry season to the many animals that call this park home. Here, a bull elephant walks towards the photographer through a perfect arch created by the beautiful albida trees.

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Honorable mention

Ursa Major, the Great Bear
by Peter Mather


A grizzly bear is fishing for salmon under the Northern Lights and the Big Dipper, also known as Ursa Major (The Great Bear). The green glows dance in the sky, highlighting the figure of the bear in the foreground, also illuminated by artificial lights.

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Honorable mention

The Seabirds
by Henley Spiers


Gannets embarking on fishing dives, with violent synchronicity. Their piercing glare scans for prey, even as they hit the water at 60mph, an impact they can only withstand thanks to specially evolved air sacs in the head and chest. In the backgrounds, the dark cliffs where the ga...

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Honorable mention

Wings as Rain Coats
by Douglas Gimesy


Using their wings as raincoats to keep themselves warm and dry, two Grey-headed Flying-foxes hang from a tree during a severe summer rain storm. This species is currently listed as vulnerable to extinction, with significant threats including habitat destruction and increased clim...

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Remarkable Artwork

The Feast of the Eagles
by Edo Pellach


Every November Bald Eagles come to feast on salmons in the Chilkat river. This Bald Eagle let the photographer crawl very close to him with a wide angle lens while keeping eating very relaxed. The animal let our eyes into his world.

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Remarkable Artwork

Ant Pecker
by Łukasz Gwiździel


Green woodpecker in a hollow during an ant hunting. During one of his walks, the photographer noticed a large hollow in an old oak tree. There were clear traces of rodents there. Birds were also feeding in the area. He set up the equipment overnight and watched from afar: many in...

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Remarkable Artwork

Parade Pelican
by Natalia Rublina


A huge flock of great white pelicans resting in a water reservoir near the central Israeli coastal city of Netanya during their annual migration to Africa. Pelicans, as if on parade, lined up in rows and looked in the same direction. They are very organized birds and do everythin...

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Remarkable Artwork

Last Day of the Lioness
by Sergey Gorshkov


The carcass of a lioness, exhibited in the foreground, becomes easy food for other animals of the savannah. A hyena is already devouring its meat, while a couple of vultures patiently wait their turn.

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Remarkable Artwork

The World is Mine
by Sascha Fonseca


A beautiful snow leopard triggers a DSLR camera trap high up in the mountains of the Indian Himalayas. The snow leopards are some of the most difficult large cats to photograph in the wild. Not only because of their incredible stealth, but also because of the remote environment t...

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Remarkable Artwork

Home Alone
by Lalith Ekanayake


This picture depicts the vulnerability of a gull chick. The image is an example of using a really wide-angle lens to create drama from the birds wheeling overhead, enhanced by the complementary colors of the bird against the blue sky.

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Remarkable Artwork

Hunting Cheetahs
by Daryl Yeo


Young cheetahs learning to hunt by chasing a fawn fatigued by their mother. The poor fawn tired out, rested and started running again, only to be chased yet again. The fear in the fawn's eyes says it all about its fight for survival.

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Remarkable Artwork

Out of Space
by Alberto Minacapelli


Hippos fighting for space in a muddy, small pool of water along the Seronera river. The short rains falling from November to December usually fload some pools in the Seronera area, ensuring hippos some more space. If it doesn't happen, they quickly run out of space.

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Remarkable Artwork

Puma Female with Cubs
by Ingo Arndt


Puma female with two cubs. After eating on a guanaco kill, the cubs start playing close to their mother. This picture was taken during a seven month long assignment to document the life of wild pumas, in Patagonia.

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Remarkable Artwork

Anger
by Elizabeth Yicheng Shen


It was the end of salmon run. The bears started spending more time munching on the meadow. But they hadn't given up fishing in the river. It was the end of the day. She jumped into the river again after numerous attempts, pouncing. Still, no catch.

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Remarkable Artwork

Polar Bear_2
by Juan Jesus Zas Espinosa


When the male polar bears win the fight for a new pride, they usually kill the other female's cubs, such as the male lions do. And this is mainly for two reasons: to get mating the female or because they are hungry and a cub is food.

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