Nature Photographer of the Year 2017 Winners Announced

Nature Talks Photo Festival in Holland is an organisation dedicated to not only depicting the best of the best in nature photography, but also helping inspire and inform others seeking to snag a slice of what our planet does best!

This year’s conference took place over the last weekend, in association with Canon and the WWF, amongst others. Alongside the conference Nature Talks held a photo exhibition of top-draw imagery from the bountiful world of nature photography, showing that nature not only talks the talk, but definitely walks the beautiful walk.

Nature Photographer of the Year 2017 was open to amateurs and professionals, the young and old, and basically anyone who loves experiencing the natural world through the lens. There were eleven categories in total, including traditional categories such as Birds, Mammals, Underwater, Landscapes, and more.

For those with an eye for the artistic and abstract, the Nature Art category features creative imagery of a silhouetted ant teetering along a botanical precipice, trees forking from a lonely lake, and an olive grove given a painterly effect through panning.

The Man and Nature category exhibits striking imagery of a tiger used for traditional Chinese medicine, a family of Rhino feet severed and shot in a studio with a distinctly sobering effect, and an image of onlookers observing a starling murmuration.

For the light-hearted, the Comedy category shows nature’s hilarious side, similar to the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards. Finally, the prestigious Fred Hazelhoff portfolio award – named after the Netherland’s most famous nature photographer – was given for an ‘Inception’ style series, with photographs of people taking photographs (often of themselves!) across Iceland.

If you love these photos and want more information, check out their website, or follow the festival on Facebook! Take a look at the winning images below:

Birds

Winner

The Great Migration © Pere Soler Isern

Runner-up

Newborn © Andrew Parkinson

Highly Commended

Midday Sun © Jan Lessman
Summer afternoon © José Elias Rodriquez Vazquez
Heron at Night © Jan Lessmann

Mammals

Winner (and Overall Winner)

Curious bears cubs © Mike Korostelev

Runner-up

The kingdom of stone © Oscar Diez

Highly Commended

The vigilant © Oscar Diez
Camouflage © Tom Way
Sunset Giraffe © Tom Way

Other Animals

Winner

Under the moon © Paul van Hoof

Runner-up

Flower Power Butterfly © Perdita Petzl

Highly Commended

Trapped Ant © Uge Fuertes Sanz
The vigilant © Ruben Perez Novo

Plants & Fungi

Winner

Grass Lines © Jan Smit

Runner-up

One of the last © José Luis Roldan Sosa

Highly Commended

Lily Of the Valley © Perdita Petzl
Scabiosa and echium © Uge Fuertes Sanz
Fireworks © Peter Soler Isern

Landscape

Winner

Early morning fog © Remo Savisaar

Runner-up

Eye of Stokksnes © Wojciech Kruczynski

Highly Commended

Mountains of ice © Pere Soler Isern
Laurel Forest © Radomir Jakubowski
Mountain Structures © Jan Smit

Underwater

Winner

Reef Shark © Shane Gross

Runner-up

Squid Formation © Shane Gross

Highly Commended

Sea Lion in the forest © Caudio Contreras
Lemon Shark Pup © Shane Gross
Attacking © Francisco Javier Murcia Requena

Nature Art

Winner

Courbes (Ant) © Bastien Riu

Runner-up

Lake Nakuru © Marco Gaiotti

Highly Commended

Hot and cold © Oscar Diez
Correllas forest © Christian Spencer
Abstraction in the olive grove © Juan Jesus González Ahumada

Man and Nature

Winner

In the Name of Traditional Chinese Medicine © Britta Jaschinski

Runner-up

Rhino Family Confiscated © Britta Jaschinski

Highly Commended

Green death © Pere Soler Isern
Crossing the Asphalt River © Marc Albiac
Terminator © Shane Gross
The Murmuration © Roeselien Raimond

Comedy

Winner

Sibling Rivalry © Andrew Parkinson

Runner-up

The Three Tenors © Roie Galitz

Highly Commended

High Five © Andrew Parkinson
Funny sifaka © Stefan Cruysberghs

Youth

Winner

Buzzard © Rick van der Kraats

Runner-up

Aspen Leaf Dew © Morgan Wolfers

Highly Commended

King of the Road © Sem Jones
Chaotic © Rick van der Kraats

Fred Hazelhoff Portfolio Award

Winning Portfolio – “Iceland is Hot” by Theo Bosboom

Storm Selfie © Theo Bosboom
Studio Basalt
Lupine Dream © Theo Bosboom
Got it © Theo Bosboom
Cool Selfie © Theo Bosboom
Perfect wedding picture © Theo Bosboom
At the waterfall © Theo Bosboom
Puffin approach © Theo Bosboom
Shop with a view © Theo Bosboom
Frozen World © Theo Bosboom

Ed Carr is a Yorkshire-born landscape photographer and nature writer. Having spent his youth in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, he takes any opportunity to don his hiking boots and head out, camera in hand. When not out taking pictures or hastily scribbling down his thoughts, Ed’s halfway up a hill out chasing after his dog, Hendrix.

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