The 2014 Big Picture Natural World Photography competition has come to a close and we are checking out the winners. Categories include “Land Mammals”, “Birds”, “Insects, Reptiles, Marine Mammals, Fish and Amphibians”, “Waterscapes, Landscapes and Plant Life” and “Conservation Imagery”.
The grand prize winner – “The luckiest penguin”
A leopard seal narrowly misses a leaping gentoo penguin along the rocky shore of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Land Mammals first place
“Curvy King” A large male ibex staring down the cliff in Gran Paradiso National Park, Valsavarenche, Italy.
Birds first place
It took more than 20,000 exposures to capture this swift “decisive moment” of attack life and death in nature.
Invertebrates, Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles and Marine Mammals first place
“The Ice Bear” shows a female polar bear peering from a hotel in the ice in Canada’s Hudson Bay.
Waterscapes, Landscapes and Plant Life first place
Documenting the ocean’s many moods. Here we see light, tide and swell all captured in one shot on the Wollongong coast.
Conservation Imagery first place
Boulder, Colorado, records about 70 mountain lion sightings within city limits each year — likely just a fraction of the cats’ actual activity. This camera-trap image pulls back the curtain on the secret world of urban wildlife and prompts us to consider what it means to live with a beast in the garden.