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The Winners of the Nature Photography Contest Will Ignite Your Love for the World 

The Nature Photography Contest has just announced its inaugural list of winners. The new international photography competition is open to professional and amateur photographers from around the world.

The winners from each category receive cash prizes and the winner of Photographer of the Year will also choose a location to plant trees, one for every participant’s entry in the competition, in collaboration with One Tree Planted

Scroll below to see the winners of the 2023 Nature Photography Contest.

Photography Of The Year 

Sea Lion in Los Islotes – Glenn Ostle

Sea Lion in Los Islotes by Glenn Ostle

“A sea lion stops to pose for the camera before diving through the large schools of fish that surround the islets of Los Islotes close to LaPaz, Mexico.”

Category Winners

Natural Landscape 

Marek Biegalski – Burning Flower 

Burning Flower by Marek Biegalski

“One of my favorite things when exploring Iceland is the incredible glacial river perspective seen from up high. They’re called ‘braided river’ systems, as they often resemble an intricate jumble of patterns, intertwining in an almost inexplicable fashion.”


Soumya Ranjan Bhattacharyya – Stories in the Sand

Stories in the Sand by Soumya Ranjan Bhattacharyya

“The scorpion is widely distributed across various terrains in India. In Jaisalmer once the evening falls, the scorpions emerge across the dunes to feed for the night. I shot this image of the scorpion in the sand dunes at Jaisalmer. The scorpion, when lighted by faint UV light, emits bright blue luminescence from its body.”


Adrian Truchta – The Dreamer – Philaeus chrysops.

The Dreamer – Philaeus chrysops by Adrian Truchta

“Morning dew, sun, and a beautiful Philaeus chrysops female walking around her nest. Photo shot in a natural environment with natural light.”


家 住 Tangle.

家 住 Tangle

“Larval moray eel when feeling threatened”


Alessio Calviani- Puffin in Iceland.

Puffin in Iceland by Alessio Calviani

“Puffin walking on the cliff in Iceland”

Plant Life

Marcio Cabral – Pandora.

Pandora by Marcio Cabral

“This panorama shows the beauty of Chapada dos Veadeiros, a Brazilian national park that hosts a rich biodiversity and breathtaking landscapes.”

Night World

Marc Marco – Los arcos y la cueva.

Los arcos y la cueva by Marc Marco

“Panoramic night photograph in which I could capture the arch of the Milky Way passing behind the natural arch called Es Pontàs. In the photograph I could also capture a small cave in front of the arch.”

Environmental impact

Muhammad Hossain- Fatigue Sleep.

Fatigue Sleep by Muhammad Hossain

“Many homeless people in Bangladesh have lost their homes and properties due to frequent floods, river erosion, and other natural calamities.” 

Sharing the Planet

Alain Schroeder- Saving Orangutans 01.

Saving Orangutans 01 by Alain Schroeder

“Sibolangit, SOCP Quarantine Centre, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The whole SOCP team works together to prepare Brenda, an estimated 3-month-old female orangutan (she has no teeth yet), for surgery. A sedative is administered, the arm is shaved, her temperature is taken, while others hold her head or her hand out of compassion for the baby.”

Funny Nature

Panisara Sripratoom – Monday.

Monday by Panisara Sripratoom

“A spotted owlet (Athene brama) emerging from a hollow within a yellow flame tree situated in the university campus. This species of owl is characterized by its small size, primarily nocturnal feeding behavior, and frequent occurrence in urban environments.” 

Photographer of the Year 

Maldives by Alain Schroeder (Photographer of the Year Winner)

The Photographer of the Year 2023 award went to Alain Schroeder. He was also the winner of the powerful orangutan image in the Sharing The Planet category. The judges shared that Alain’s photographs stood out for his “talent and versatility” and for his commitment to the environment. 

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You can see more of the finalists on the Nature Photography Contest website. 

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