The winners of 2019 Nature Photographer of the Year were revealed recently. Over 14,000 images were submitted by photographers from 73 different countries (a new record for the competition). Some of the best Wildlife and Landscape Photographs of the year from all around the world were submitted for selection.
The contest, now in its fourth year, is hosted by Nature Talks, the organization behind the annual Nature Talks Photo Festival in the Netherlands. Each year since 2016, the contest has chosen a total of 11 winners in categories such as Birds, Mammals, Plants & Fungi, and Landscapes, one of whom is also named that year’s overall “Nature Photographer of the Year.”
Hungarian photographer Csaba Daróczi for this incredibly timed black-and-white photo of two rabbits jumping in the air won the title of Nature Photographer of the Year 2019.
The photo shows two rabbits were jumping around, fighting with the rest of their “colony” over food in Kiskunsag, Hungary. According to the judges, it was selected for its stunning combination of “atmosphere, timing, beautiful light, perfect sharpness and composition.”
“This photo is proof of the fact that you don’t have to get an extremely rare or extraordinary species in front of your camera to be able to create a classic nature photo,” says Keith Wilson, chair of the NPOTY jury.
“If you have a vision and a creative mind you can create a great shot close to home.”
Daróczi, who also took top prize in the Black & White category, takes home the ultimate title (and 3,000 Euro in prize money), but his photo is far from the only stunner to emerge from the contest. Scroll down to see the rest of this year’s category winners.
Youth Winner – Giacomo Redaelli
Photo ©Giacomo Redaelli |
Nature Photographer of the Year 2019 Birds
Winner – Peeter Cech
Photo ©Peter Cech |
Photographer of the Year 2019 Mammals Winner – Stefano Quirini
Photo ©Stefano Quirini |
Photographer of the Year 2019 Other Animals Winner – Norbert Kaszás
Photo ©Norbert Kaszás |
Photographer of the Year 2019 Plants and Fungi Winner – David Frutos Egea
Photo ©David Frutos Egea |
Photographer of the Year 2019 Landscapes Winner – Ales Krivec
Photo ©Ales Krivec |
Nature Photographer of the Year 2019 Underwater Winner – Alexey Zozulya
Photo ©Alexey Zozulya |
Nature Photographer of the Year 2019 Nature Art Winner – Simone Baumeister
Photo ©Simone Baumeister |
Photographer of the Year 2019 Man and Nature Winner – Luke Massey
Photo ©Luke Massey |
Photographer of the Year 2019 Landscapes of the Lage landen Winner – Karin de Jonge
Photo ©Karin de Jonge
To see all of the runners up and finalists in each category—and we really recommend that you do—head over to the Nature Photographer of the Year website. And if you’re interested in entering next year’s contest, get your camera ready: Nature Talks will begin accepting entries on December 1st 2019. If you want to know how about how to become a professional nature photographer then you may follow this link Top 10 Budget lenses for Wildlife Photography in India. This will also help you to know about how to get paid for nature photography.
Image credits: Photos courtesy of Nature Talks/Nature Photographer of the Year 2019