2018 Photo Contest Winners

Thanks to everyone who submitted their favorite nature images during the 2018 Photo Contest. We’re pleased to announce this year’s winners by category.

Want to see more images that inspired us? View this year’s Judges’ Favorites.

Grand Prize

Two stallions playing

Stallions Playing | Camargue, France

“The power of the animal kingdom.” Photo by Camille Briottet, Lyon, France.

Second Place

Iceberg along the coast of Iceland

The End is Near | Iceland

“This ice could be thousands of years old, and only recently broke off the Vatnajokull Glacier at Jokulsarlon Bay in Iceland, and will soon melt into the sea. Taken July 2017 in Iceland.” Photo by Andre Mercier, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Third Place

Girl cups a bullfrog in her hand

Frog Hug | Arkansas

“Down at the mud puddles on our road, we found several young bullfrogs hopping around. Up on our hilltop, wet spots are few and far between, so our mud puddles are home to a constant flow of tadpoles, frogs and toads. My daughter loves all critters, her goal is to create a wildlife rehab center someday. She constantly inspires me with her care towards every living thing.” Photo by Terra Fondriest, Arkansas,


Large white shark hunting fish

O Caçador (The Hunter) | Mexico

“Um grande tubarão branco caça nas águas da Ilha Guadalupe, no México.”
(“A large white shark hunts in the waters of Guadalupe Island, Mexico.”) Photo by Roberto Moccini Formiga, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Red fox

People’s Choice Award Winner

Watching You Watching Me | Canada

“Red Fox in Bonavista, Newfoundland in July 2017.” Photo by Megan Lorenz, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada.
Polar Bear

Polar Bear | Canada

“The polar bear wandering on pack ice looks at the ice melting. Photo was taken in Nunavut during summer 2017.” Photo by Florian Ledoux, Brasles, France.


Snowy waterfall and gorge in Iceland

Serenity | Iceland

“Aldeyjarfoss Waterfall in Iceland, January 2018. The places that are hardest to get to are often the best and most peaceful.” Photo by Jeremy Stevens, Fallsington, Pennsylvania, USA.
Lagoon with alligators in Brazil

Reunião de Jacarés (Meeting of Alligators) | Brazil

“Lagoa com muitos jacarés no Pantanal Norte, região de Poconé. O final da tarde deixou a cena com uma cor azulada. Foto de 23/09/2011.” (“Lagoon with many alligators in the Northern Pantanal, Poconé region. Late afternoon left the scene a bluish color. Picture of 23/09/2011.”) Photo by Jorge André Diehl, Distrito Federal, Brazil.
Plastic bag floating under water

Her Majesty | Australia

“A plastic bag in its natural habitat, the ocean. Shot in Shellharbour in 2017. Plastic was once worshiped, now it destroys everything we love. Nature connects us all, we have a duty to protect her.” Photo by Aristo Risi, Shellharbour, Australia.

People and Nature

Squeezing through a slot canyon in Utah

Slender Slots | Utah

“Squeezing through one of the incredibly narrow slot canyons in Escalante National Monument. Taken on a week long expedition through the deserts of southern Utah.” Photo by Tanner Latham, Bozeman, Montana, USA.
People sitting in front of a waterfall

Waterfall Wonders | Zimbabwe

“Victoria Falls is the seventh wonder of the world. Carved into the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, what better place for two nationalities to meet, and be awed by the never ending thunder of the water 100 meters below. December 2016.” Photo by Harry Randell, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
Aerial view of a village along a beach

Vama Veche Sunrise | Romania

“Sunrise in Vama Veche, Romania.” Photo by George Bufan, Timisoara, Romania.


Sand dunes and a lone tree in Namibia

Namibian Curves | Sossusvlei, Namibia

“We were on our Chronicles of Namibia workshop, wrapping up a wonderful evening of shooting in the Sossusvlei area. On the drive back to camp, this most simple composition caught my eye. I couldn’t resist and stopped the group to get this shot. Sossusvlei, Namibia. 17/11/17.” Photo by Paul Zizka, Banff,
Alberta, Canada.
Floating in the Dead Sea

Floating in the Dead Sea | Israel

“One of the most unique experiences of the world in the lowest point on earth. We belong to nature and not the reverse. Without the nature we do not live, but without us it lives.” Photo by Aline Fortuna, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
Volcano erupting in Mexico

Energía Pura y Fuego (Pure Energy and Fire) | Mexico

“Volcán de Colima en erupción durante la noche mostrando su fuerza, fue tomada en la Yerbabuena, Comala, Colima. Las erupciones volcánicas en pequeñas cantidades ayudan a reducir el calentamiento global.” (“Colima volcano erupting during the night showing its strength, was taken in the Yerbabuena, Comala, Colima. Volcanic eruptions in small quantities help reduce global warming.”) Photo by Hernando Alonso Rivera Cervantes, Villa de Alvarez, Mexico.

Cities and Nature

Hong Kong skyline at night

My Home My City | Hong Kong

“Lion Rock is a symbol of Hong Kong, including me, many Hong Kong people are also growing under the mountain, it also represents the spirit of Hong Kong people. Photo time: 2018-1-14. Photo at: Tai Mo Shan.” Photo by Kwok Kui Andus Tse, Wong Tai Sin, Hong Kong, China.
Looking up at the World Trade Center, New York

Autumn in the Big Apple | New York City

“World Trade Center, New York. November 2017.” Photo by Yonca Ables, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
Sand-filled building in ghost town

Reclamation | United Arab Emirates

“The eeriness of exploring this ghost town in United Arab Emirates went away after an hour or so of exploring. But, I still felt uneasy about entering some of these ‘homes.’ It felt like I was trespassing, so I tried being oddly respectful. The Arabian Desert obviously didn’t feel the same way, reminding me that nature will always reclaim what we abandon.” Photo by Jesse Yang, Fort Lee, New Jersey,

Judges’ Special Recognition

Fungi gnat under the canopy of a toadstool

Welcome to My Humble Abode | Scotland

“A tiny fungi gnat sheltering inside the canopy of a toadstool, South Scotland 2017.” Photo by Duncan McNaught, Castle Douglas, United Kingdom.
Erupting volcano in Hawaii

Lava Explosion | Hawaii

“On the Kīlauea Lava Flow in Kalapana, lava hits the ocean creating an explosion of molten basalt rocks and acidic steam plumes skyward. When hot lava vaporizes cool sea water it blasts lava rock fragments every direction and creates a billowing cloud of laze ‘lava haze’ made up of a mixture of acidic seawater steam, hydrochloric acid, and tiny shards of volcanic glass.” Photo by Elyse Butler, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
A model holding the ribs of a dry leaf

La Pacha Mama | Colombia

“Una modelo sosteniendo las nervaduras de una hoja seca. Juan de Acosta, Atlántico Enero 08 2017. La Naturaleza es una Madre generosa.” (“A model holding the ribs of a dry leaf. Juan de Acosta, Atlantic, January 08 2017. Nature is a generous mother.”) Photo by Ruben Dario Mejia, Barranquilla, Colombia.
© Nick Hall for The Nature Conservancy