Winning Shots from the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021

Nature has a beauty beyond imagination and one cannot experience all aspects of it but can definitely capture the wonder afar description. Photography not only captures beauty but also enraptures the skill of storytelling. The annual Nature Photographer of the Year competition helps us witness the hidden beauty of nature while communicating the unseen stories from the wild and images from the 2021 edition are no different.

The winner of the contest was given a $3,382 cash prize and other equipment prizes. In 2021, the Nature Photographer of the Year competition received around 20,061 photos submitted to thirteen categories. Terje Kolaas of Norway was announced as the overall winner of the contest. Check out these amazing shots from the competition.

Unbothered Travelers – This phenomenal picture of these migrating Pink-footed Geese was announced as the overall winning shot from the contest.

Winning Shots from the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Terje Kolaas

The Orange Trail – The picture has beautifully captured the morning routine of these Magellanic penguins.

Winning Shots from the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Miquel Angel Artús Illana

Bedazzling Beast – This blurred yet interesting picture is communicating an intense emotion.

Winning Shots from the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Sepp Friedhuber

A Wolf in the Woods – This young wolf seems on the prowl at the night.

Winning Shots from the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Aare Udras

Crawling on the Edge – The photographer has amazingly captured this little snail walking through some dry leaves on the ground.

Winning Shots from the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Ruben Perez Novo

Floodlit Hoar Frost – This fascinating shot has beautifully captured the glitters of a stunning winter morning.

Winning Shots from the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Rupert Kogler

Cloudberries – These berries are often termed the eatable Arctic gold.

Winning Shots from the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Audun Rikardsen

“Dragon’s Lair” –  This breathtaking shot has pictured the eruption of the highest and most active volcano in the natural park Kamchatka “Klyuchevskoy”.

Winning Shots from the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Denis Budkov

White-Land – The scenic desert plateau is surrounded by this ocean of black sand, giving it an ethereal look.

Winning Shots from the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Andrea Pozzi

Blood-Eyed Dragon – This “red-in-red” shot of seahorses has been beautifully captured.

Winning Shots from the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Georg Nies

Aqua-Home – “One of the best places in the world to swim with wild dolphins”.

Winning Shots from the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Dmitry Kokh

Snowflake – This is an aerial series of photos of the Cuejdel Lake in Romania during the winter when it is completely frozen.

Winning Shots from the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Gheorghe Popa

Wrinkled Eye –  This is nothing but an agave plant resembling a slanted eye.

Winning Shots from the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Juan Ahumada

Bleed Blue World – A juvenile swordfish is on its water trip.

Winning Shots from the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Javier Murcia

Food Hunt! – This picture reflects the dark side of the treatment of wildlife and the realities of habitat loss.

Winning Shots from the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: David Hup

Snow-globing – “Polar bears in courtship, during a whiteout in Svalbard.”

Winning Shots from the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Roie Galitz

Black and White Unification – This is an aerial view of Cuejdel lake in winter before the complete freeze of the water.

Winning Shots from the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Gheorghe Popa

The Fiery Gaze – A melanistic leopard in Kenya’s Laikipia County blends right into the black shroud of the night.

Winning Shots from the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: William Burrard-Lucas

Big Feast – This young lioness moving between the legs of a dead elephant looks as if it is getting a hug from the mammoth.

Winning Shots from the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Roie Galitz

Admiring the Bridge View – This fox consistently crossed this bridge in the spring as the photographer searched for a good angle.

Winning Shots from the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Andius Teijgeler

Spectral Flight – This common buzzard was captured during autumn migration with amazing spectral in the background.

Winning Shots from the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Ronald Zimmerman

Never-Never Land – An Alpine Ibex strolling across an alpine with a dreamy sunrise.

Winning Shots from the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Levi Fitze

Spring Sunset – A cockchafer was photographed against the striking sunset in a small village of Döröske, Hungary.

Winning Shots from the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Gergő Kártyás

Wrestled Down – Either this cute squirrel is trying to get some workout done or is getting defeated in a wrestling match.

Winning Shots from the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Lea Lee Inoue

Are you Still Mad at Me? – Seems like this squirrel stole the other’s food and is now trying to make amends.

Winning Shots from the Nature Photographer of the Year 2021

Image: Lea Lee Inoue

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