Saturday, June 15

Winners of the The Nature Conservancy Photo Contest 2023

The Nature Conservancy Photo Contest is an esteemed international photography competition that celebrates the beauty and importance of the natural world through captivating and thought-provoking imagery. Organized by the Nature Conservancy, it has served as a platform for photographers to showcase their talent and passion for nature conservation. Each year, the competition draws entries from photographers around the globe, highlighting the rich diversity of landscapes, wildlife, and environmental issues. The event not only recognizes outstanding visual storytelling but also emphasizes the significance of preserving our planet’s natural wonders.

In its eagerly awaited 2023 edition, the Nature Conservancy Photo Contest has once again shone a spotlight on the remarkable work of photographers from across the world. This year’s winners have been announced, showcasing a breathtaking array of images that capture the raw beauty of nature, wildlife, and the urgent need for conservation. It’s a global affair, with contestants hailing from a staggering 191 countries, demonstrating the far-reaching impact and importance of nature conservation. Enjoy the winning photographs of the 2023 contest below.

Grand Prize Winner

Tibor Litauszki, Hungary

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Between the Stars

Photo Contest Director Alex Snyder stresses, “The contest judges spent a considerable amount of time in considering our Grand Prize winner. In the end, the composition, technical difficulty, and overall aesthetic of Tibor Litauszki’s image earned him the top spot.”

Celebrity Judge Choice

Hermis Haridas, United Arab Emirates

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Dawn’s Whispers: Graceful Hoopoe Silhouette at Sunrise

First Place, Aerials

Agnieszka Wieczorek, Poland

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Living Inside the Yellow Fields

Second Place, Aerials

Neelutpaul Barua, India

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Magadi Airshow

Third Place, Aerials

Derek Robertson, United States

Black and White

First Place, Birds

Grzegorz Długosz​, Poland

Busy Builder

Second Place, Birds

Mike Krehbiel, United States

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Third Place, Birds

Juan Jose Murillo​, Colombia

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First Place, Climate

Raphael Alves, Brazil


Second Place, Climate

Mustafa Binol, Turkey

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Third Place, Climate

Luisa Lynch Harris, Spain

Our Saviors

First Place, Freshwater

Jeanny Tang, Hong Kong

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Dry Fish Pond

Second Place, Freshwater

Alan Taylor​, United States

A Cool Drink

Third Place, Freshwater

Rubens Rebouças, Brazil

O Pé de Garças

First Place, Insects & Arachnids

Benjamin Salb, United States

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Wolf Spider Mama

Second Place, Insects & Arachnids

Soumya Ranjan Bhattacharyya​, India

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Galaxies at My Feet

Third Place, Insects & Arachnids

雷 波 / Lei Bo, China

Love Follows

First Place, Lands

Alessandro Carboni​, Italy

Sound and Vision

Second Place, Lands

Roberto Valdez​, Ecuador

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Cotopaxi Volcano from the Antisana Glaciers

Third Place, Lands

Adam Mowery, United States

Fruits of Labor

First Place, Mammals

Siddhartha Ghosh​, India

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Wolf Trinity

Second Place, Mammals

HJ Yang, United States

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Morning Attack

Third Place, Mammals

Luisa Pericoli, United States

Shaking Off

First Place, Oceans

Estebane Rezkallah, France

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The Rangiroa Gang

Second Place, Oceans

Bambang Wirawan, Indonesia

Ocean Guard Sea Tribe

Third Place, Oceans

Giovanni Allievi, Italy

Rough Sea 12

First Place, People & Nature

Michael Hegyi, United States

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Wildebeest Breakfast Balloon Safari

Second Place, People & Nature

Mano Aliczki, Hungary

Walking Over Wildlife

Third Place, People & Nature

Randall Hudson, United States


First Place, Plants & Fungi

Jose Pereyra Lucena​, Argentina

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SER*ES – Lunático

Second Place, Plants & Fungi

Vittorio Ricci, Italy

Lost in Snow Waves

Third Place, Plants & Fungi

Ashley Sykes, Australia

Ghost Mushrooms

First Place, Reptiles & Amphibians

Irina Petrova Adamatzky​, United Kingdom

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Alien Portrait

Second Place, Reptiles & Amphibians

Petr Bambousek, Czech Republic

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Hourglass Frog

Third Place, Reptiles & Amphibians

Joseph Mullica, United States

Scarlet Kingsnake

First Place, Underwater Life

Russell Laman, United States

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Phantoms Adrift

Second Place, Underwater Life

Cai Jialing, China

Snowy Night

Third Place, Underwater Life

Daniel Nicholson, Australia

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Parting the Tide

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