The Nature Conservancy Announces 2021 Global Photo Contest Winners

Photography not only captures beauty but also enraptures the skill of storytelling. Nature and wildlife have enormous stories to emote and various wildlife photography contests bring those tales to us. In 2021, The Nature Conservancy photo contest received an abundance of entries from 158 countries.

The winning images feature stunning views of nature in categories that include wildlife, underwater and landscape, chosen out of an astounding 100,190 entries. Here are some of the most spectacular winning shots from The Nature Conservancy Photo Contest 2021.

The beauty and the beast – A cloud of butterflies is prettifying the grandeur of Malui, a Western lowland female gorilla, making this picture a Grand Prize winning shot.

Photo Contest Winners

Image: Anup Shah/Grand Prize Winner

Fired up – These fireflies congregate, making the tree glow in a hypnotic sierra.

Photo Contest Winners

Image: Prathamesh Ghadekar/People’s Choice Winner

Don’t leave me high and dry! – The carcass of a Pantanal alligator is lying on the dry soil.

Photo Contest Winners

Image: Daniel De Granville Manco/Landscape, First Place

Cotton candy – This breathtaking helicopter shot beautifully captures the view of rising peaks over the clouds.

Photo Contest Winners

Image: Denis Ferreira Netto/Second Place, Landscape

Salt Island – A captivating aerial shot of these colorful salt ponds over the bay near San Francisco International Airport.

 Photo Contest Winners

Image: Jassen Todorov/Third Place, Landscape

Venation – “Lush green mangroves line the mudflats by the tidal waters and months of rain filling the artesian basin,” making an amazing vein-like pattern.

Photo Contest Winners

Image: Scott Portelli, Australia/Honorable Mention

The gleaming beauty – The rising full moon illuminating the cityscape in an enchanting bokeh of light play.

Photo Contest Winners

Image: Kim-pan Dennis Wong/Honorable Mention, Landscape

God, saveth me! A 3-month-old female orangutan is going through surgery.

Photo Contest Winners

Image: Alain Schroeder/First Place, People and Nature

Go with the flow – “A guide in the Sahara Desert enduring a sand storm.”

Photo Contest Winners

Image: Tom Overall/Second Place, People and Nature

Spill out! – Land waste turning into water waste, this image shows medical waste used during the pandemic polluting the underwater.

 Photo Contest Winners

Image: Sebnem Coskun/Third Place, People and Nature

On the way home – These two men are struggling to return home with the help of ropes over a raging river in Yunnan, China.

The Nature Conservancy Photo Contest 2021 Announces Its Winners

Image: Minqiang Lu/Honorable Mention, People and Nature

Space up! – This picture shows the “Space of HK” through a black and white shade.

Photo Contest Winners

Image: Wax Leung/Honorable Mention, People and Nature

Gushing away – The flawlessly flowing water will soon be a thing of the past with increasing water insecurity.

The Nature Conservancy Photo Contest 2021 Announces Its Winners

Image: Kazi Arifujjaman/First Place, Water

Dive in – “Three levels of leisure: swimmers, free-divers and divers enjoy their respective sports activities in a Fresh Water mass known locally as the Cenotes.”

Photo Contest Winners

Image: Joram Mennes/Second Place, Water

The icefall – This mesmerizing image showcases the essence of winters in Iceland.

The Nature Conservancy Photo Contest 2021 Announces Its Winners

Image: Man Wai Wong/Third Place, Water

Air balls – These random air bubbles were trapped by a top frozen layer of a glacier.

The Nature Conservancy Photo Contest 2021 Announces Its Winners

Image: Jorge Andrés Miraglia/Honorable Mention, Water

“The lotus pond” – This astounding shot is taken at the waterways in Vietnam.

The Nature Conservancy Photo Contest 2021 Announces Its Winners

Image: Manh Cuong/Honorable Mention, Water

A drowning swim – The photographer feared these male cheetahs wouldn’t make it out of a flooded river in Masai Mara, Kenya.

 Photo Contest Winners

Image: Buddhilini de Soyza/First Place, Wildlife

The winter buddies – “This year due to a high water level a giant field of sunflowers could not be mown. In winter, it attracted thousands of different species of birds. “

Photo Contest Winners

Image: Mateusz Piesiak/Second Place, Wildlife

End game! – This picture beautifully photographs the struggles of life. Both pike and perch are struggling for their supper and life respectively.

Photo Contest Winners

Image: Viktor VrbovskyThird Place, Wildlife

Come soon – A baby sea lion is waiting for its mother to return in the sand on the beach.

Photo Contest Winners

Image: Kristhian Castro/Honorable Mention, Wildlife

My territory – This orangutan is all set to feed itself, owning the space just like a boss.

Photo Contest Winners

Image: Thomas Vijayan/Honorable Mention, Wildlife

Hustle for life – “During the frenzy of crossing the Mara River, the wildebeests were leaping, kicking, scampering and bucking.”

Photo Contest Winners

Image: Anup Shah/Honorable Mention, Wildlife

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