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2018 Nature Conservancy Contest Shows Connection Between Nature and Humankind

The Nature Conservancy

A non-profit organization with one of the most important missions to ever exist, "Conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends." The Nature Conservancy addresses the most pressing conservation threats at the largest scale.

They have protected 119 million acres of land and thousands of miles of rivers all over the world meanwhile operating more than 100 marine conservation projects globally.

As a highly respected organization, each year they old a contest that is open to all professional and amateur photograpghers around the world, with an interest in observing how both nature and humankind connect. 

Images will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit. The 2018 contest winners have finally been announced and we can certainly feel the relationship. 

Categories include: 

  • People and Nature:recreation, adventure or a “Greatest of all Time” outdoor experience
  • Landscape: A sense of place with or without people
  • Water: Above, below or in between
  • Wildlife: In the wild or in the backyard (Note that Images that involve the willful harassment of wildlife or damage to the environment by the photographer will be ineligible.)
  • Cities and Nature: Connecting with nature where we live
  • People’s Choice: The overall winner chosen by the public

The Overall grand prize winner will receive : 

Digital Camera Package valued at $3,000 and gift card from Backcountry valued at $2,000, with a Total Value of $5,000 !

Not too bad at all! 

 

First place

STALLIONS PLAYING | CAMARGUE, FRANCE

“The power of the animal kingdom.” Photo by Camille Briottet, Lyon, France.

“The power of the animal kingdom.” Photo by Camille Briottet

 

Second Place

THE END IS NEAR | ICELAND

“This ice could be thousands of years old, and only recently broke off the Vatnajokull Glacier at Jokulsarlon Bay in Iceland, and will soon melt into the sea. Taken July 2017 in Iceland.” Photo by Andre Mercier, Los Angeles, California, USA.

The End is Near Andre Mercier
 

Third Place

FROG HUG | ARKANSAS

“Down at the mud puddles on our road, we found several young bullfrogs hopping around. Up on our hilltop, wet spots are few and far between, so our mud puddles are home to a constant flow of tadpoles, frogs and toads. My daughter loves all critters, her goal is to create a wildlife rehab center someday. She constantly inspires me with her care towards every living thing.” Photo by Terra Fondriest, Arkansas, USA.

Frog Hug

 

Wildlife

O CAÇADOR (THE HUNTER) | MEXICO

“Um grande tubarão branco caça nas águas da Ilha Guadalupe, no México.” (“A large white shark hunts in the waters of Guadalupe Island, Mexico.”) Photo by Roberto Moccini Formiga, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Roberto Moccini Formiga O Cacador

WATCHING YOU WATCHING ME | CANADA

“Red Fox in Bonavista, Newfoundland in July 2017.” Photo by Megan Lorenz, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada.

Megan Lorenz Watching you watching me

 

Water

HER MAJESTY | AUSTRALIA

“A plastic bag in its natural habitat, the ocean. Shot in Shellharbour in 2017. Plastic was once worshiped, now it destroys everything we love. Nature connects us all, we have a duty to protect her.” Photo by Aristo Risi, Shellharbour, Australia.

Aristo Risi

 

REUNIÃO DE JACARÉS (MEETING OF ALLIGATORS) | BRAZIL

“Lagoa com muitos jacarés no Pantanal Norte, região de Poconé. O final da tarde deixou a cena com uma cor azulada. Foto de 23/09/2011.” (“Lagoon with many alligators in the Northern Pantanal, Poconé region. Late afternoon left the scene a bluish color. Picture of 23/09/2011.”) Photo by Jorge André Diehl, Distrito Federal, Brazil.

Jorge Andre Diehl

 

SERENITY | ICELAND

“Aldeyjarfoss Waterfall in Iceland, January 2018. The places that are hardest to get to are often the best and most peaceful.” Photo by Jeremy Stevens, Fallsington, Pennsylvania, USA.

Jeremy Stevens Serenity

 

People and Nature

 

SLENDER SLOTS | UTAH

“Squeezing through one of the incredibly narrow slot canyons in Escalante National Monument. Taken on a week long expedition through the deserts of southern Utah.” Photo by Tanner Latham, Bozeman, Montana, USA.

Tanner Latham

 

VAMA VECHE SUNRISE | ROMANIA

“Sunrise in Vama Veche, Romania.” Photo by George Bufan, Timisoara, Romania.

George Bufan Vama Veche Sunrise

WATERFALL WONDERS | ZIMBABWE

“Victoria Falls is the seventh wonder of the world. Carved into the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, what better place for two nationalities to meet, and be awed by the never ending thunder of the water 100 meters below. December 2016.” Photo by Harry Randell, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Randell

 

Landscape

FLOATING IN THE DEAD SEA | ISRAEL

“One of the most unique experiences of the world in the lowest point on earth. We belong to nature and not the reverse. Without the nature we do not live, but without us it lives.” Photo by Aline Fortuna, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Aline Fortuna Landscape

 

ENERGÍA PURA Y FUEGO (PURE ENERGY AND FIRE) | MEXICO

“Volcán de Colima en erupción durante la noche mostrando su fuerza, fue tomada en la Yerbabuena, Comala, Colima. Las erupciones volcánicas en pequeñas cantidades ayudan a reducir el calentamiento global.” (“Colima volcano erupting during the night showing its strength, was taken in the Yerbabuena, Comala, Colima. Volcanic eruptions in small quantities help reduce global warming.”) Photo by Hernando Alonso Rivera Cervantes, Villa de Alvarez, Mexico.

Hernando Alonso Rivera Cervantes

 

NAMIBIAN CURVES | SOSSUSVLEI, NAMIBIA

“We were on our Chronicles of Namibia workshop, wrapping up a wonderful evening of shooting in the Sossusvlei area. On the drive back to camp, this most simple composition caught my eye. I couldn’t resist and stopped the group to get this shot. Sossusvlei, Namibia. 17/11/17.” Photo by Paul Zizka, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

PAUL ZIZKA

 

Cities and Nature

RECLAMATION | UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

“The eeriness of exploring this ghost town in United Arab Emirates went away after an hour or so of exploring. But, I still felt uneasy about entering some of these ‘homes.’ It felt like I was trespassing, so I tried being oddly respectful. The Arabian Desert obviously didn’t feel the same way, reminding me that nature will always reclaim what we abandon.” Photo by Jesse Yang, Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA.

Jesse Yang

AUTUMN IN THE BIG APPLE | NEW YORK CITY

“World Trade Center, New York. November 2017.” Photo by Yonca Ables, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

Yonca Ables

 

Judges Special Recognition

LA PACHA MAMA | COLOMBIA

“Una modelo sosteniendo las nervaduras de una hoja seca. Juan de Acosta, Atlántico Enero 08 2017. La Naturaleza es una Madre generosa.” (“A model holding the ribs of a dry leaf. Juan de Acosta, Atlantic, January 08 2017. Nature is a generous mother.”) Photo by Ruben Dario Mejia, Barranquilla, Colombia.

Ruben Dario Mejia

 

WELCOME TO MY HUMBLE ABODE | SCOTLAND

“A tiny fungi gnat sheltering inside the canopy of a toadstool, South Scotland 2017.” Photo by Duncan McNaught, Castle Douglas, United Kingdom.

02 Jul 2018 by Lisa Scarpa

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