- Dead Horse Mill, Crystal, Colorado, United States (source)
- Mont Saint, Michel, France (source)
- Fairytale Tree Tunnel, Ireland (source)
- Lake Brienz, Switzerland (source)
- Grand Canyon Skywalk, Arizona, United States (source)
- Maroon Bells, Colorado, United States (source)
- Forest Bridge, Japan (source)
- Enchanted Forest, Bavaria, Germany (source)
- Bend in the Yangtze River, China (source)
- The Matterhorn towering over the village of Zermatt, Swiss Alps (source - © Brian Jannsen)
The Best Wildlife Photography of 2013
The results of the 2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year were announced October 17th and a number of phenomenal images made the shortlist of 100 photographs. The annual competition, now in its 49th year, is led by two United Kingdom institutions, the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide, who collectively received 43,000 photos from 96 countries this year. The photos will begin an international tour in the UK starting in November and you can find exhibition times and dates here.
The second and tenth images shown above, Mother by Udayan Rao Pawar of India and Essence of elephants by Greg du Toit of South Africa are the two grand title winners. The rest of the photographs are a mix of both winners and runner-up selections. You can read much more about each photograph at Wildlife Photographer of the Year. (via Colossal)
- Snow moment. Jasper Doest, The Netherlands.
- Mother. Udayan Rao Pawar, India. Grand Title Winner Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year (11-14 years), 2013.
- Fish-eye view. Theo Bosboom, The Netherlands.
- Freeze frame. Etienne Francey, Switzerland.
- Lionfish Bait. Alex Tattersall, United Kingdom.
- The flight path. Connor Steganison, Canada.
- The water bear. Paul Souders, United States.
- Feeding of the five thousand. Yossi Eshbol, Israel.
- Dive Buddy. Luis Javier Sandoval, Mexico.
- Essence of elephants. Greg du Toit, South Africa. Grand Title Winner Wildlife Photographer of the Year, 2013.
Amazing Views of Antarctic Wildlife
Wildlife photographer Justin Hofman is a lover of nature, and invites us to discover his incredible series of photographs
titled Antarctic Wildlife which discovers the beauty and life of the Antarctic Peninsula — up close and very personal in their native habitat.
These astonishing photographs provide an incredible glimpse of the lives of penguins, dolphins, whales and the particularly fascinating creature, the majestic elephant seal.
Hofman captured these amazing images at Gold Harbour on South Georgia in the Antarctic, braving the powerful and ferocious elephant seal’s wrath to get the close-up shots.
Several of the photographs capture a massive elephant seal seemingly laughing and smug at his fortune in the surf after managing to get a harem of 30 females for mating - all to himself.
Elephant seals can hold their breath longer than any other cetacean animal, staying underwater without air for up to two hours. They spend most of their lives at sea and only return to land to mate. The big beasts can grow to be 16 feet long and weigh over 6,000 pounds; the smaller females are normally about 10 feet long and weigh in at around 2,000 pounds.
Hofman states: “When they’re not fighting, you can pretty much stand within arm’s length of them, just sitting there watching them breathe, looking at their scars and being awed by their size,’ he said. ‘But when they get up and start to bellow, you know it’s time to step back.”
They were almost hunted to extinction in the 19th and 20th centuries but since then the population is estimated to have recovered to about 700,000 members.
In this interesting close-up by Dietmut Teijgeman-Hansen, we see what remains of a leaf that was likely consumed by an insect and is now slowly decomposing. According to reddit’s resident biologist Unidan:
“The reason this skeletal like pattern remains in the leaves is due to higher concentrations of lignin (a strong carbon structural molecule that is what makes wood woody) in the tracheid xylem cells. The more easily decomposed cells will rot away (or be eaten away, as it is more nutritious and more easily digested by insects), leaving the tougher skeletal lignin frame”
Amazing Volcanic Eruption With Northern Lights, Iceland
After hearing that the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano was erupting, photographer James Appleton made a journey to Iceland. Appleton managed to take these stunning photos of the volcano’s eruption while a light display of the aurora borealis (northern lights) filled the sky. His words express the experience best:
In 2010 I became aware of the volcanic activity on the Fimmvörðuháls mountain pass, on the side of Eyjafjallajökull. Having crossed the pass several times on previous trips to Iceland, I knew the area and that I would know my way around. Dealing with the severe winter conditions and obviously volatile situation would be something else. I am a strong believer that sometimes in life it is the risks we take that bring the greatest rewards, so with that in mind I booked flights, assembled my gear and headed out to Iceland. Arriving at night, I hitchhiked to the south coast and the start of the path up to the pass. Five days later I would return, physically and mentally exhausted, but with some of the greatest photographs I had ever taken and a pretty wide smile on my face.
In hues of green, gold and orange, within the privacy of trees, a place for your mind to go when it all gets too much.
Delicate Colors of Nature
These ethereal, almost fragile photographs depict the softer side of nature. The innocent and playful colors further enhance the delicate nature of the medium. Japanese photographer, Shihya Kowatari, has more incredible photos to peruse on her 500px portfolio.