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The winners of the most recent Ocean Photography Awards are utterly mesmerizing

A photograph of a shark with bared teeth swimming in clear, gradient blue ocean water, another shark appears in the background
A photograph of a shark with bared teeth swimming in clear, gradient blue ocean water, another shark appears in the background
Photo: Tanner Mansell. All photos courtesy of Ocean Photography Awards

Vast, inaccessible, and astonishingly beautiful, the ocean can often feel like an alien place, full of danger and enchantment in equal parts. This makes the achievements of photographers who are able to shine a light on this part of our world all the more impressive, as they draw attention to the threats that the ocean faces, reveal its hidden beauty, and bring us face to face with its fascinating inhabitants.

The recently announced winners of the Ocean Photography Awards, organized by Oceanographic Magazine, are truly incredible achievements in this field. Seven major awards were granted, in categories for Ocean Conservation…


From beloved pets to wild creatures, a series of stunning photos of the amazing animals we share our world with

Photo: JJNMatt; all photos via Agora

Earlier this year, the photography app Agora challenged photographers to submit photos of living creatures from around the world for a contest focused on celebrating the diverse and precious life on our planet. More than 13,000 photos were submitted to the contest before the winner — a dazzling photo of an iguana by Indonesian photographer JJN Matt—was crowned.

From an absolutely charming shot of an arctic fox cub trying (and adorably failing) to look tough to a magical image of a highland cow storming through a misty heather field in the Netherlands to a heartbreaking photo of a devoted dog…


An arctic fox huddles against the snow.
An arctic fox huddles against the snow.
All photo via NPOTY 2020

These gorgeous images are the winners of the Nature Photographer of the Year competition

The overall winner of the latest Nature Photographer of the Year (NPOTY) competition is a photo by Roberto Marchegiani of a lone giraffe emerging from a forest in Kenya, reminiscent of a dinosaur navigating an ancient landscape, standing out in striking contrast to the dark and forbidding forest that frames her. Magdalena Herrera, the chair of the NPOTY jury, which selected the winner from nearly 20,000 submissions, explains their choice:

This image has a fairy-tale quality that goes far beyond a wildlife document. The contrast of the dark forest with branches like flashes of lightning and the little giraffe, who…


The powerful, expressive photo is truly remarkable, and stands out amongst a field of impressive entries — see them all for yourself

A dramatically-lit photograph of an adult female tiger who seems to be locked in a loving embrace with a tree in the forest
A dramatically-lit photograph of an adult female tiger who seems to be locked in a loving embrace with a tree in the forest
All photos: Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Amidst the magical surroundings of a forest in the Russian far east, an extremely rare Amul tigress ecstatically embraces a Manchurian fir tree, marking it with her scent to communicate with others of her kind. It took photographer Sergey Gershkov 10 months of waiting to catch a glimpse of this solitary creature, but his dedication was rewarded with a once-in-a-lifetime shot. This year’s winner of the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, “The Embrace” is a remarkable portrait of a rare and beautiful animal in her natural environment. …


A photo of a typical bank office showing a grey carpet and office furniture, plus two raccoons looking slightly caught
A photo of a typical bank office showing a grey carpet and office furniture, plus two raccoons looking slightly caught
Photos: Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

The one thing we really wanted to avoid in 2020

Nobody’s going to argue that this has been a perfect year, but I think we were all hoping to be able to add 2020 to a long string of international successes in avoiding the calamity of raccoon bank robbers. But with just over two months to go, the unthinkable has happened: An ATM user in Redwood City, California, spotted two masked bandits marauding inside a bank after hours and alerted the local authorities, including the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA.


A gecko “smiles” in the darkness behind a bright green leaf, his eyes sparkling with a mischievous air
A gecko “smiles” in the darkness behind a bright green leaf, his eyes sparkling with a mischievous air
All photos courtesy of CPOTY

The breathtaking results of this year’s Close-Up Photographer of the Year competition

The winners of the second annual Close-Up Photographer of the Year competition were chosen from over 6,500 submissions from 52 different countries. The competition seeks to reward the very best close-up, macro, and micro photographs that “help us see the world anew,” and this year it awarded prizes in multiple categories, including “Animals,” “Insects,” “Plants and Fungi,” “Micro,” “Intimate Landscape,” and “Young.”

The overall winner was a photograph by French marine molecular ecology professor Galice Hoarau, who captured a stunning image of eel larva near the Indonesian island of Lembeh during a blackwater dive. Each of the featured images uses…


Two possums peek from under a metal roof with cute, almost-cartoon like expressions of curiosity on their faces
Two possums peek from under a metal roof with cute, almost-cartoon like expressions of curiosity on their faces
Photo: Gary Meredith. All photos via The Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Powerful selections from The Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition

For 65 years, the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has been a home for some of the world’s most powerful nature photography. This year’s competition has received more than 49,000 entries from across 86 different countries, and the winners will be exhibited at London’s Natural History Museum in South Kensington. In the run-up to the final judging, the museum has released a selection of Highly Commended photos that provide a captivating glimpse of the diversity and strength of the competition.

From a 13-foot male gharial crocodile giving a lift to his dozens of offspring in India…


The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards show a different, more relatable side of nature

Two brown bear cubs pose, one looking serious and the other collapsing with a wide open mouth and his paws in the air
Two brown bear cubs pose, one looking serious and the other collapsing with a wide open mouth and his paws in the air
Photo: Yarin Klein; all photos via Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2020

For the last three years, the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards (CWPA) has been single-mindedly focused on showcasing a profoundly underserved aspect of wildlife photography: Pictures that show the goofy side of our animal friends. It turns out that, contrary to what National Geographic might want you to think not every wild animal wakes up looking like their Instagram photos.

In fact, for every picture where these guys are being majestic and proud and flat-out awe-inspiring, there’s one where they’re just as awkward and absurd as we are. And the CWPA is committed to uncovering the very best of those moments…


Many Great Dusky Swifts flying above a misty waterfall.
Many Great Dusky Swifts flying above a misty waterfall.
Photo: Francesco Filippo Pellegrini. All photos via Bird Photographer of the Year.

The breathtaking winners of the prestigious 2020 Bird Photographer of the Year competition

The Bird Photographer of the Year competition is a prestigious photography contest organized by bird-conservation charity Birds on the Brink. The recently announced winners of its fifth annual competition were chosen from out of 15,000 entries sent in from more than 60 different countries.

This year’s competition, which seeks to be a “celebration of avian beauty and diversity,” has produced a stunning array of images, showcasing birds in various habitats, from the forests of Norway to the mountains of Ecuador to the capital of Sri Lanka. …


Infuriating, un-American, and unacceptable

Four unique animals on a grid — a pink and orange moth, a brightly colored bird, a red and black snail, and a strange bat
Four unique animals on a grid — a pink and orange moth, a brightly colored bird, a red and black snail, and a strange bat
Photos: Shutterstock

Mother Nature is an endless source of wonder and joy, whose intricate and beautiful creations include such glorious beasts as the domestic shorthair and goats. As anyone who’s been fortunate enough to encounter these delightful creatures knows, goats are small bearded cows who are always ready with a friendly smile and a wave, and cats are the tiny brown devils who live under the bed, mostly. Both of these guys are insanely nice and not suspicious at all.

But sadly, that’s not true of Mother Nature’s other contrivances, which are infuriating, un-American, and unacceptable. And all of this is particularly…

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