Matt
Dayka
PARKS AND SAFARIS
Grand Prize

Matt Dayka
"On the Lookout."
A group of male cheetahs scan the horizon of the Maasai Mara, Kenya.


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Terry
Shapiro
PARKS AND SAFARIS

Terry Shapiro
"Immensity."
Absolutely breathtaking—one can't appreciate the enormity of glaciers until there is something next to them to compare the scale. Some of these glaciers are miles wide. Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.


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Arnie
Dolgins
PARKS AND SAFARIS

Arnie Dolgins
A group of zebras photographed in Etosha National Park, Namibia.


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Matt
Dayka
PARKS AND SAFARIS

Matt Dayka
A pride of lions picks up a scent as the sun sets on the Maasai Mara, Kenya.


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Harriet
Smith
PARKS AND SAFARIS

Harriet Smith
"Stallion Challenge."
These two stallions chased and fought for some time and finally raced in the direction of my vehicle and stopped within camera range giving me one fabulous moment to photograph them in action.


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David
Lawrence Lim
PARKS AND SAFARIS

David Lawrence Lim
"Hills, Thrills & Spills."
A tiger reserve allows you to see tigers in a fairly large enclosure. I have always wondered if such reserves truly benefit the animals, or the pockets of the park owners. Then again, where else can we house and protect these oversized kitties?


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Michele
Westmorland
Beaches, Islands & Underwater
First Place

Michele Westmorland
"The Earth Made of Coral."
I wanted to show the diversity of the coral reef system in a very remote territory of the Gambier Islands in French Polynesia. By using an 8-15mm fisheye lens on my Canon EOS 5D Mark II, I was able to illustrate the beauty and importance of coral reefs to our planet. This image was taken on assignment with the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, as a founding fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.


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Mauricio
Donelli
Beaches, Islands & Underwater

Mauricio Donelli
"Blacktip Silhouette."
Diving at the Fakarava atoll in French Polynesia, with my liquid image mask, surrounded by bar- rier reef blacktip sharks. On my way back up, as I was about to finish my dive, I got this image of a shark's silhouette.


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Jeremy Shelby
Beaches, Islands & Underwater

Jeremy Shelby
"Macro Peekaboo."
"Secretary Blenny" peeking its head out of its star coral home. Photograph taken off the coast of the north shore of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.


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WJ
Boone
Beaches, Islands & Underwater

WJ Boone
"Alone."
I took this picture while flying over the Pacific Ocean with my brother, who is a helicopter pilot. We were near Lincoln City, Oregon, when I saw this image that looked very com- pelling. I used a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a 70-200mm lens from about 800 feet above the ground. It's part of a series I'm working on that explores humans in the larger scope of their environment.


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Scott
Hoyle
Beaches, Islands & Underwater

Scott Hoyle
"Wave Pacific #5."
This photograph is from my ongoing series "Wave Pacific."


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Jeff
Schultz
Outdoor Sports & Activities
First Place

Jeff Schultz
"Cracks and Dogs."
Iditarod dog musher Jason Barron and team traveling on snow and glare ice at Farewell Lake during Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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Matthew
O'Brien
Outdoor Sports & Activities

Matthew O'Brien
"A Rotation."
Professional surfer Christopher "Chippa" Wilson hucks a huge full-rotation air into the wind and onto the sand during a session at Cabarita Beach, Australia.


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Mark
Fisher
Outdoor Sports & Activities

Mark Fisher
"Adrift."
Professional skier Sage Cattabriga-Alosa makes a first descent in the Neacola Mountains, Alaska.


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Keith
Ladzinski
Outdoor Sports & Activities

Keith Ladzinski
"The Easy Way Down."
Base jumpers Mario Richard and Steph Davis take the quick way down from the summit of Ancient Art in the Fisher Towers, Utah. This was the first two-way base jump ever done from Ancient Art.


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Michael
DeYoung
Outdoor Sports & Activities

Michael DeYoung
"Family Reflections."
A family stand up paddle surfing in the Great Salt Lake, near Antelope Island State Park, Utah.


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Layne
Kennedy
Outdoor Sports & Activities

Layne Kennedy
"Fire & Ice, 26° Below Zero, Minnesota."
Hot water tossed into the frigid winter air vaporizes instantly in the sub-zero temperature near Ely, Minnesota.


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Scott
Rinckenberger
Outdoor Sports & Activities

Scott Rinckenberger
"Guye Peak Summit."
Professional skier Bryce Phillips reaches the spectacular summit of Guye Peak in the Cascade Range, Washington State.


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Kristin
Braga Wright
Plants, Animals, Insects & Gardens
First Place

Kristin Braga Wright
"Icelandic Horses."
After spending the summer roaming the highlands in northern Iceland, the horses are herded and sorted amongst the different farms.


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Chris
Schmid
Plants, Animals, Insects & Gardens

Chris Schmid
"The Power of the Criollos."
The power of the Criollo horses in Paraná, Brazil. The Criollo is the native horse of Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. It may have the best endurance of any horse breed in the world, next to the Arabian.


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Dawn Y.
Wilson
Plants, Animals, Insects & Gardens

Dawn Y. Wilson
"Phantom Owl."
A great horned owl takes off from a branch in a wooded area of Boulder, Colorado, during a spring snowstorm.


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Keith
Ladzinski
Plants, Animals, Insects & Gardens

Keith Ladzinski
"Snow Petrels of the Wolthat."
A nesting pair of snow petrels takes flight from the crest of a cornice in the Wolthat Mountains in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica.


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Gero
Heine
Plants, Animals, Insects & Gardens

Gero Heine
The dominant male tiger of the area is using a fig tree to mark his territory while sharpening his claws in Kanha National Park, India.


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Andrew
Peacock
Scenes of the Natural World
First Place

Andrew Peacock
"Minke Whale."
An inquisitive minke whale cruises just below the surface—and my kayak—along the Antarctic Peninsula.


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Matthew
Hood
Scenes of the Natural World

Matthew Hood
"The Milky Way over Deadvlei."
The skeleton of a camel thorn tree, believed to be approximately 900 years old, stands in the middle of the Deadvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia.


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Whit
Richardson
Scenes of the Natural World

Whit Richardson
"Double Arch."
Self-portrait, Double Arch, Arches National Park, Utah.


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Chelsea
Tischler
Scenes of the Natural World

Chelsea Tischler
"Lonely Penguin."
An Adélie penguin looking through a hole in an iceberg.


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Andrew
Peacock
Scenes of the Natural World

Andrew Peacock
"Face in the Ice."
This spectacular iceberg, with its shades of blue and hidden "face in the ice," captured my attention while sea kayaking along the Antarctic Peninsula.


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Hank
Gans
Scenes of the Natural World

Hank Gans
"Gabriel Lake."
Tiny Gabriel Lake in the Catskill Mountains, New York, is surrounded by far bigger lakes, but none more dramatic or beautiful just before sunrise on a fall day.


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John Toolan | John Nuhn
Justin Appenzeller | Genny Fullerton
Chris Wellhausen | Keri Bascetta
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