MonoVisions Black and White Photography Awards 2019 Winners

BLACK & WHITE PHOTO OF THE YEAR 2019 Award, Romain Tornay – Elements

BLACK & WHITE SERIES OF THE YEAR 2019 Award, Marina Kazakova – The poetics of childhood

1ST PLACE – Black & White Travel SerieS of the Year 2019, The busy train station, Veselin Atanasov

1ST PLACE – Black & White Fine Art SerieS of the Year 2019, The Trace of Enlightenment – Ary Prananto Hastono

1ST PLACE – Black & White People SerieS of the Year 2019, Shadows of Kurdistan, Murat Yazar

1ST PLACE – Black & White Nude SerieS of the Year 2019, Desert Flower – Bartek NinoVeron

1ST PLACE – Black & White Conceptual SerieS of the Year 2019, Trauma – Manuela Thames

1ST PLACE – Black & White Landscapes SerieS of the Year 2019, Oman desert – Birgit Neise

2ND PLACE – SERIES, Conceptual, 2019, Sweet Dreams – Hampus Danielsson

1ST PLACE – Black & White Nature and Wildlife SerieS of the Year 2019, Ocean – Romain Tornay

1ST PLACE – Black & White Architectural PHOTO of the Year 2019, Midtown – Trevor Messersmith

1ST PLACE – Black & White Conceptual PHOTO of the Year 2019, hairloss – Michael Knudsen

1ST PLACE – Black & White Street PHOTO of the Year 2019, Final Shoot – Ali Nejatbakhsh Esfahani

1ST PLACE – Black & White Photojournalism PHOTO of the Year 2019, I want to be the best – Serhei Kuranov

1ST PLACE – Black & White Nature and Wildlife PHOTO of the Year 2019, Reflection – Daria Huxley

1ST PLACE – Black & White Fine Art PHOTO of the Year 2019, Walking Brutus – Daniel Castonguay

1ST PLACE – Black & White Travel PHOTO of the Year 2019, Mother at work – Tatiana Gomez

1ST PLACE – Black & White People PHOTO of the Year 2019, SUNSET – HOA TRAN TRUNG

1ST PLACE – Black & White Nude PHOTO of the Year 2019, zebra nude – curves & lines – Kristian Liebrand

1ST PLACE – Black & White Portrait PHOTO of the Year 2019, Maja – Hanna Derecka

MonoVisions Photography Awards is proud to present the winners of 2019 photo contest, selecting the winning photographs from 2580 entries from across the globe.

Swiss photographer Romain Tornay won the single photo category; his entry, titled “Elements”, which captures the “first sunshine following the snowstorm; Iceland”, won the Black & White Photo of the Year 2019, along with a $2000 cash prize.

For the series category, Russian photographer Marina Kazakova won the Black & White Series of the Year 2019, with a $3000 cash prize.

Her series, “The Poetics of Childhood” is “expressed in a psychological journey through intimate visions of private life, showing that there are stories worth telling all around us. The poetics of childhood: boundless sensuality, confidence, and a vast need for love, perhaps more so than in any other period of life.”

MonoVisions Photography Awards aim is to discover the best monochrome photographers from all over the world and to provide these artists with opportunities to be recognized and rewarded for their work.
Our annual competition is open to photographers of all backgrounds and all experience levels, from amateurs to professionals. We accept all forms of black and white photography captured using traditional or digital technologies.


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The Winners of World Press Photo 2017

The Dive

Sports – Second Prize, Singles Gaël Monfils of France dives for a forehand in his fourth round match against Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia during the 2016 Australian Open at Melbourne Park, Australia. The Australian Open holds the record for the highest attendance at a Grand Slam event.

Medics Assist a Wounded Girl

Spot News – Second Prize, Singles A Syrian girl cries out as a wounded child lies next to her at a makeshift hospital on 12 September 2016. She had been injured in reported government airstrikes on the rebel-held town of Douma, east of Damascus, Syria

Caretta Caretta Trapped

Nature – First Prize, Singles A sea turtle entangled in a fishing net swims off the coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

Big Cat In My Backyard!

Nature – Second Prize, Singles A wild leopard strolls through Sanjay Gandhi National Park, a protected area in the northern part of Mumbai city, India. The leopard is on its nocturnal prowl in the adjacent human settlements in search of food, which in these areas is typically dogs or pigs.

Monarchs In The Snow

Nature – Third Prize, Singles A carpet of monarch butterflies covers the forest floor of El Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary, in Michoacán, Mexico. The storm hit the mountains of Central Mexico, creating havoc in the wintering colonies of monarch butterflies just as they were starting their migration back north to the USA and Canada.

Rhino Wars

Nature – First Prize, Stories A black rhino bull is seen dead, poached for its horns less than 8 hours earlier at Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa. Inside Kruger National Park, the largest rhinoceros reserve in the world, along the border of Mozambique and South Africa, there exists a battle between poachers and small NGOs trying to protect this rare species.

Pandas Gone Wild

Nature – Second Prize, Stories Ye Ye, a 16-year-old giant panda, lounges in a massive wild enclosure at a conservation center in Wolong Nature Reserve

Now You See Me

Nature – Third Prize, Stories Buffalos at the drinking station. These photos combine a well-known natural phenomenon: the starry sky and portraits of wild animals not visible to the naked eye. The series needed very accurate planning, research, and preparation as the photos were made with remote control, and no modification was possible while capturing the photos.

What ISIS Left Behind

People – First Prize, Singles Five-year-old Maha and her family fled from the village Hawija outside Mosul, Iraq, seven days ago. The fear of so-called Islamic State and the lack of food forced them to leave their home, her mother says. Now Maha lays on a dirty mattress in the overcrowded transit center in Debaga’s refugee camp.

Praying for a miracle – mental health problems in disabling environments in Africa

People – Second Prize, Singles Hellen (41) lives with a mental health problem. Her illness developed later in life. In developing countries, over 80 percent of people living with mental health problems do not receive any treatment. In African countries, treatment often comes in the form of prayer from a pastor or traditional healer. Modern medicine is available to very few.


People – Third Prize, Singles A woman strokes a girl’s head as she rests on her lap whilst sitting on a sofa in a police station in Camaguey, Cuba, on 12 February 2016, with a portrait of Fidel Castro hanging above them.


People – Second Prize, Stories On 28 December each year, the “Floured War,” a 200-year-old tradition, takes place in Ibi in the province of Alicante, Spain. During the festival, the citizens are divided into two groups: the ‘Enfarinat’ (the floured) group simulates a coup d’etat and a second group tries to calm the rebellion. The teams play with flour, water, eggs, and colored smoke bombs

Grand National Steeplechase

Sports – First Prize, Singles Jockey Nina Carberry flies off her horse, Sir Des Champs, as they fall at The Chair fence during the Grand National steeplechase, during day three of the Grand National Meeting at Aintree Racecourse.

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The Winners of World Press Photo 2017

Iraq’s Battle To Reclaim Its Cities

General News – Second Prize, Stories More than two years after the Islamic State first blitzed across Iraq in 2014, Iraqi security forces are scrambling to evict the militant group from Mosul, its last major stronghold in the country. The campaign has displaced nearly 70,000 Iraqis, and may uproot hundreds of thousands more. A family flees the fighting in Mosul, as oil fields burned in Qayyara, Iraq.

Taking A Stand In Baton Rouge

Contemporary Issues – First Prize, Singles Lone activist Ieshia Evans stands her ground while offering her hands for arrest as she is charged by riot police during a protest against police brutality outside the Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana. Evans, a 28-year-old Pennsylvania nurse and mother of one, traveled to Baton Rouge to protest against the shooting of Alton Sterling.

Migrant Crossing

Contemporary Issues – Second Prize, Singles A woman is supported by two men while crossing a river, as refugees attempt to reach Macedonia on a route that would bypass the border fence

The Libyan Migrant Trap

Contemporary Issues – Third Prize, Singles Two Nigerian refugees cry and embrace in a detention center for refugees in Surman, Libya. The detention center houses hundreds of women escaping precarious conditions. Many claim they are regularly beaten or sexually assaulted, and receive insufficient amounts of food and water at the center. Most of these women were attempting to reach Europe by being smuggled across the Mediterranean in boats setting sail from neighboring Sabratah.

Victims Of The Zika Virus

Contemporary Issues – Second Prize, Stories In September 2015, babies in Brazil began to be born with microcephaly and other malformations, and in April 2016 the link between the Zika virus and these malformations was confirmed. Marcela (2) observes her sisters in her mother’s lap at the family’s home in the rural area of Areia. Twin sisters Heloisa (left) and Heloá (right) were born seven months prior with microcephaly caused by the Zika virus

Copacabana Palace

Contemporary Issues – Third Prize, Stories “Copacabana Palace,” an ironically named series of condominiums in Brazil, houses more than 300 homeless families. Built more than 30 years ago, construction on this complex was never finished and has since become squatted. A pastor, who also lives in the occupied buildings, explains all the construction problems. A couple of weeks ago, the hall floors from a building crashed down at night.

The Silent Victims Of A Forgotten War

Daily Life – First Prize, Singles Afghanistan has endured armed conflict since 1979, when the Soviet Union invaded. Afghan civilians are at greater risk today than at any time since Taliban rule, which ended in 2001. According to UN statistics, in the first half of 2016 at least 1,600 people died, and more than 3,500 people were injured. At the hospital, Najiba holds her two-year-old nephew Shabir who was injured from a bomb blast in Kabul on 29 March 2016.

Sweat Makes Champions

Daily Life – Second Prize, Singles Four students of a gymnastics school in Xuzhou, China, do toe-pressure training for 30 minutes in the afternoon.

Cuba On The Edge Of Change

Daily Life – First Prize, Stories In December, days after Fidel Castro’s death, his ashes were taken into the countryside, on a route that retraced, in reverse, the steps of the revolution he led in 1959. Towns and villages along the route were emptied of residents as thousands tried to catch a glimpse of Castro’s remains. For many, the death of Fidel Castro felt like that of a father.

Out Of The Way

Daily Life – Second Prize, Stories In Russia’s extreme north, century-long ways of life dominate the daily life of some of the most isolated parts of the desolate landscape. Modern civilization penetrates slowly and fragmentarily. There are no roads, and only one helicopter shuttle twice monthly. The residents’ ancestors can be traced back to hereditary hunters in a small settlement near Nizhnyaya Tunguska River, Russia, more than 300 years ago

Offensive On Mosul

General News – First Prize, Singles The Iraqi Special Operations Forces search houses of Gogjali, an eastern district of Mosul, looking for Daesh members, equipment, and evidence on 2 November 2016.

Left Alone

General News – Second Prize, Singles An 11-year-old girl from Nigeria (left), who said her mother died in Libya, cries next to her 10-year-old brother aboard an NGO rescue boat. The children had sailed for hours in an overcrowded rubber boat with other refugees during a rescue operation on the Mediterranean Sea, about 23 kilometers north of Sabratha, Libya.

Life Inside The Philippines’ Most Overcrowded Jail

General News – Third Prize, Singles An image from Quezon City Jail, one of the Philippines’ most overcrowded prisons. Conditions are getting worse as police wage an unprecedented war on crime. There are 3,800 inmates at the jail, which was built six decades ago to house 800, and they engage in a relentless contest for space. Men take turns to sleep on the cracked cement floor of an open-air basketball court, the steps of staircases, underneath beds and hammocks made out of old blankets.

They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals

General News – First Prize, Stories President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines began his anti-drug campaign when he took office on 30 June 2016. Since then, more than 2,000 people have been slain at the hands of the police alone. Six-year-old Jimji cries in anguish as she screams “papa” before funeral parlor workers move the body of her father, Jimboy Bolasa, from the wake at the start of the funeral to Navotas Cemetery in Manila, Philippines. Unidentified men abducted Mr. Bolasa and a neighborhood friend one night. Less than an hour later, their beaten bodies, with signs of torture and gunshot wounds, were dumped under a nearby bridge.

Black Days Of Ukraine

Long-Term Projects – First Prize Ordinary people became victims of the conflict between self-proclaimed republics and the official Ukrainian authorities from 2014 onwards in the region of Donbass. Civilians escape from a fire at a house destroyed by an air attack in the Luhanskaya village.

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Winners of the 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Sardine Run, Grand Prize Winner, and First Place Action Winner. During the sardine migration along the Wild Coast of South Africa, millions of sardines are preyed upon by marine predators such as dolphins, marine birds, sharks, whales, penguins, sailfishes, and sea lions. The hunt begins with common dolphins that have developed special hunting techniques to create and drive bait balls to the surface. In recent years, probably due to overfishing and climate change, the annual sardine run has become more and more unpredictable. It took me two weeks to have the opportunity to witness and capture this marine predation.  © G. Lecoeu

Pacific Storm, 3rd Place, Landscape. An isolated cumulonimbus storm developed over the Pacific Ocean a few miles south of the coast of Panama City. It sat atop a temperature inversion that created a thick overcast layer of clouds. The strong updrafts of the storm quickly reached the tropopause and spread out, creating the characteristic anvil. The strongest updrafts pierced the tropopause and turned into what scientists call the overshooting tops. The entire frame was lit by a single lightning from within the storm in a moonless night on June 16, 2016. © Santiago Borja

Toxic Vanity, 3rd Place, Environmental Issues. This image is a magnification of plastic particles in eyeliner, exploring just one facet of the synthetic swarm suspended in our oceans. The particles, lash-lengthening fibers, illuminating powders, and glitters these products contain are in fact tiny pieces of plastic. Every time we wash these products from our bodies or ingest them as we lick the glosses from our lips, we unknowingly add to the trillions of microplastic particles currently infesting every level of the ocean. This photograph was taken at Falmouth University in Cornwall, United Kingdom, in May 2016 using a reflective photographic microscope with a stacking panoramic process to create the final image. © Eleanor Ryder

Crow Chasing Buffy Owl, Honorable Mention, Animal Portraits. This shot was taken on an early September afternoon along the riverbank at Pasir Ris Park in east Singapore. I was hoping to capture wildlife in action when some movement in the bushes nearby caught my attention. Instinctively, I prepared my equipment to capture any action that might ensue. I was fortunate enough to witness this adult crow chasing an adult buffy fish owl right in front of me, proving at once that the crow was the more aggressive species of the two. The entire spectacle between these day and night creatures lasted less than two seconds and exemplified nature in its uninhibited form.© Kawrence Chia Boon Oo

Approach, 2nd Place, Action. An EF2 tornado bears down on a home in Wray, Colorado, on May 7, 2016. As soon as we were safe, as the tornado roared off into the distance through a field before roping out, we scrambled up the hill to check on the residents. Thankfully, everyone was all right, and we were grateful for that. As I was checking in with a young woman coming out of the basement, we became very aware of a strong new circulation right above our heads. We needed to run for cover and did so before saying a proper goodbye. © Tori O’Shea

Outside Facebook HQ, 2nd Place, Environmental Issues. Eighty percent of the San Francisco Bay Area wetlands—16,500 acres—has been developed for salt mining. Water is channeled into these large ponds, leaves through evaporation, and the salt is then collected. The tint of each pond is an indication of its salinity. Microorganisms inside the pond change color according to the salinity of its environment. This high-salinity salt pond is located right next to Facebook headquarters, where about 4,000 people work every day. © Chris McCann

No Snow, No Ice? Honorable Mention, Environmental Issues. A solitary bear sits on the edge of Barter Island, Alaska. There is no snow when, at this time of year, there should be. The locals in Kaktovik noted that it’s been an unseasonably warm winter, and that the ice will be late in forming this year. This will have an impact on the local polar bear population when it comes time to hunt seals for their food in the winter months. © Patty Waymire

Wildfire at the beach, Honorable Mention, Environmental Issues. A young woman in a bikini looks at an approaching forest fire near the beach. A firefighting plane drops water to extinguish the wildfire. This image was taken at the beach of Son Serra, on the island of Mallorca, on August 18, 2016. © Sergej Chursyn

Proud Momma, 2nd Place. Animal Portraits. A female peacock bass guards her brood in a Miami, Florida, freshwater lake. She will protect her young fry from a variety of predatory fish until they are large enough to fend for themselves. This tropical freshwater species, also known as the peacock cichlid, was introduced in Florida in the mid-1980s from South America to control the tilapia population, another invasive species. Throughout its native range (and in Florida) it’s a prized sportfish known for its fighting spirit. © Michael O’Neill

Wild Rink, 2nd Place, Landscape. The first cold days of winter have frozen the surface of a pond, and the first snowfall has revealed its delicate beauty. In low-pressure conditions, southwest winds push the clouds against the vertical peaks of the Pale di San Martino. At dusk, a long shutter speed enhances the movement of the clouds around Cimon della Pala, one of the highest peaks in the Dolomites. © Alessandro Gruzza

Dragging You Deep Into the Woods! 1st Place, Animal Portraits. I shot this at Amboli, Maharashtra, India, on July 24, 2016, during a morning stroll into the blissful rain forest. Ceaseless drizzles dampened the woods for 10 hours a day; the serene gloom kept me guessing if it was night or day. The heavy fog, chilling breeze, and perennial silence could calm roaring sprits. And there I saw this beauty. I wondered if I needed more reasons to capture the habitat, for I was blessed to see this at the place I was at. I immediately switched from the macro to the wide-angle lens and composed this frame. © Varun Aditya

Serendipitous Green Meteor, Honorable Mention, Landscape. Anand Varma was visiting me and I was showing him around a mountain range in South India called the Western Ghats. We camped on the side of a road and I set up my Nikon D600 and a 24-70mm lens to take 15-second exposures. I set the camera to take 999 images. I slept next to the camera and it continued taking pictures until dawn. It wasn’t until the next afternoon that I reviewed my images and noticed something unusually bright and green. I showed it to Anand, and we realized that I had captured an extremely rare event. After checking with a few experts, I learned that it was a green meteorite, and getting it on camera is very rare. This is an example of being at the right place at the right time to capture something totally unexpected. For those 15 seconds, I was the luckiest photographer on the planet. © Prasenjeet Yadav

Great Egrets Take Flight, 3rd Place, Action. A remarkable conservation success story, the graceful great egret was saved from the brink of disappearance in Hungary, where in 1921 there were only 31 mating pairs remaining. Less than a century later, international conservation efforts have triumphed. We can now count over 3,000 mating pairs in Hungary alone. Today, although their numbers are continuing to climb, the great egret remains the Hungarian Nature Conservation’s symbol, and they are still considered an endangered species that must be carefully protected. The birds are most active at dawn and dusk, and here they’re squabbling over food and jostling for space in the crowded swamp. © Zsolt Kudich

Jellyfish Feast, Honorable Mention, Action. I came across this jellyfish on a dive in Byron Bay, Australia. At the time there was a single turtle eating various parts of the jellyfish. Soon, two more turtles arrived in full force and started a tug-of-war to keep the best bits of the jellyfish. I moved in closer to position myself in between the action as the turtles snapped at each other and continued to eat, oblivious to my presence. Soon there was little left of this giant jellyfish, and a small group of fish were evicted from their shelter within the stinging tentacles. © Scott Portelli

Friendship Knows No Color, 3rd Place, Animal Portraits. Two bodies of Empusa pennata in the same plant was the rare scene I found when I visited one of my favorite locations for macro shots. This area is located near a village called Las Rozas in Madrid, Spain. There’s a small stream about one kilometer long where you can find a varied ecosystem with many different types of insects and arachnids. From May to September, I had seen up to four different Empusas alone on their plants, but on this day I was extremely lucky when I found two individuals on the same plant. I took advantage of such a discovery and mounted my macro set and took several photos of this magical scene, where the Empusas seem to play or dance, sharing the same plant like good friends. © Jose Pesquero Gomez

The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year has been named! We received thousands of photos that showcase the awe-inspiring and diverse natural world around usSee all the winning images and explore the judges’ top photo selections. 



In my work, I search for a bright and strong artistic effect, for a charming photographic language in shape, color and with the use of light. I pay great attention to the setting of the picture in an effort to combine the objectivity of the external world with my interiority, to obtain an image which represents both the “momentum” and my “artistic conception”. Following this general concept, I created my artwork “Mother and Son. Jiming Lv

New generations will see boundaries fade and determine for themselves what is normal. There is beauty in the unusual. Celebrate difference! Justine Tjallinks

Liza is a very special model- her face is child-like and innocent but her gaze is strong and deep. That was my first impression of her and I have tried to capture it in this portrait using soft but assertive balance between light, shadows and with a delicate asymmetry introduced into a symmetrical centered composition that dominates this image. Paul Apal\’kin

This is my favourite image from a series of photos inspired from the American TV series “Sons of Anarchy”. It took me two years to finally get a team together and be able to complete the first part of this project. The photographs were taken in the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland. Marek Biegalski

Slum children play football in a muddy field in the Gazipur district in Dhaka. Although Bangladesh’s football team is positioned 162 in the FIFA rankings, the country has millions of football fans, most of them supporting their national team. Probal Rashid

With this shot the author successfully captures the unlimited joy of some Indonesian children enthusiastically playing together trying to catch a fish jumping in the sea. Agung Anom Manik

Mud park, located in Xiushan island of Zhoushan City, is the first mud theme park in China. My work represents two visitors completely covered with mud, with a group of “muddy people” in the background. I used the contrast between light and shadow to show childish enjoyment. Changming Liu

I took this photo in Shangri square in China. I was attracted to an old thoughtful man. It was difficult to convince him to let me take his picture as we couldn’t communicate in any language. After much effort and the use of body language, he allowed me to take pictures of him. I took them from different angles to be able to represent his pensive mood. Leyla Emektar

During a Dharma assembly in the monastery of Labrang Lamasery, due to the heavy snow, all the monks’ robes were covered with a thick layer of snow. When a young Lama was looking back with a smile, the photographer captured his smiling face. Jianjun Huang


Meet Onno, a teenager girl from the Arbore tribe in Omo Valley. Onno, like other women of her tribe, enjoys decorating herself with hundreds of beads, which she believes makes her more attractive. Her hair is cut short and it is a symbol of virginity. Matjaz Krivic

Venetian-born mask creator, Marilisa Dal Cason, is a woman with great passion who creates each of her masks’ identity from her own soul. According to Marilisa, every mask has its own personality. Dean Saffron

Happy children playing with tires outside our NGO medical consultation point full of ill people. These are the smiling sons, nephews and grandchildren of our patients. Sometimes, the line between suffering and happiness is so small and fuzzy that it can be very frightening. Antonio Aragon Renuncio

This is a nomadic mountain inhabitant of the Sonamarg region in Kashmir whose harsh facial features and sharp look made him blend in with the rugged mountaintops in the background. In the end, it looked like he was part of his own landscape. Mahmoud Yakut



The art of wine

A Romanian farmer shows his happiness after the harvest in Maramures. The population of this region still maintains a strong connection to the land and still carries out many agricultural activities manually. Gianluca De Bartolo

An autumnal glimpse of Cuneo’s Langhe taken at La Morra, portrays a wine producing area near Alba in a moment in which the light increases the beauty of the vineyards’ colors. Valentina Galvagno

This project carried out by locals is for aging wine directly in the ground which is rich in minerals, and makes the already awesome landscape of Lanzarote even more interesting. Francisco Mingorance 


In this photo we can see the Vineyards of Monferrato exalted by the radiant light which caresses the valley enhancing the typical autumn colors of the rows of vines. Roberto Tagliani


I took this shot from the suggestive La Morra’s Belvedere. During autumn, the hills of the Langhe area present a variety of colors and shades, from red to yellow, from green to brown. Franco Cappellari

A Moldovan vineyard photographed during the winter season is enhanced by the geometrical connotation of the image attained through the texture of the rows and the dividing line drawn by the road that separates two vine varieties Anatolie Poiata


This image is about the traditional grape harvest in Sicily. The title in dialect refers to the must, picked and pressed in a cylindric shape. In this picture, you can see all the wine flowing from the pressed must. Riccardo Colelli


This shot captures the moment after harvesting in which the grapes are arranged by a Sicilian farmer before they are to be pressed. Riccardo Colelli


A stage of the process of Chines wine making. This distilled wine is made with a brewing process which is thousands of years old and has been declared as intangible cultural heritage of China. Xiaolong Guo 


Charlotte Green, castle owner in Seggiano, discovered some old Etruscan wine-making basins. Here she is taking a rest in one of them with her Sangiovese grapes. Bruno Bruchi




“Bubbles.” A green sea turtle at the surface off the coast of Oahu. I was able to spend the better part of an hour freediving alongside this turtle as it casually grazed on the sea floor below between gulps of air at the surface. © Brett Monroe Garner

“Tadpole Girl.” The tadpoles that we watched hatch in our mud puddle several weeks before were now hopping. Some of them still had little tails while others seem to have grown out of them. This is my daughter and one of her tadpole friends. For a few days after this, every time we visited our puddle there were tiny toads hopping everywhere. This was the first of many batches of tadpoles that ended up hatching in our mud puddles this past summer due to the large amount of rain we received. © Terra Fondriest

“Fox Tango.” Two sibling foxes have a little squabble. © Brittany Crossman

“Friendship knows no color.” ‘Friendship knows no color, nationality, race and social level, friendship knows no age and gender, friendship knows no distance’ – Luis A Ribeiro Branco. Two Empusa Pennata seem to play a game on a thin plant. © Jose Pesquero Gomez

“Dragging you deep into the woods.” A morning stroll into the blissful forest ! Ceaseless drizzles dampening the woods for 12 hours a day; The serene gloom which kept me guessing if it was a night or a day. Heavy fog, chilling breeze and the perennial silence could calm roaring spirits; And there I spotted this beauty, a green vine snake! © Varun Aditya

“Herring.” This Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) was not even 2 feet from me that day on Staffa Island, I almost had to step back to be able to focus on its beak the way I wanted. It is a common species yes, but it was still a very very nice encounter for me. © Jonathan Alexandre Guillot

“Curious humpback whale calf .” Early this month I went swimming, snorkeling with humpback whales in Tonga again. One of the locations where they are born and nurse before heading with their mum to their new home Antarctica. This cutie swam right towards me and came to a halt. With this wide angle lens you can imagine how close i was. I couldn’t stop giggling in to my mask as he was just so cute looking at me. I think he asked if i would like to play with him or something. © Rita Kluge

“Mirrored Blenny.” This shot was taken in Northern Adriatic Sea, in the Gulf of Rijeka (Croatia). I had placed a snoot (a cylindrical hood to control lighting) behind the lair of a horned blenny (Parablennius tentacularis) and waited patiently for it to emerge from its den to make them a shot with the backlight technique. Suddenly the blenny was completely out of its hole and went to look at himself in the snoot window to check who this intruder was. © Adriano Morettin

“Good Catch.” This Eastern Osprey (Pandion cristatus) was heading back to his nest with his prize catch (a swallow tail or Trevaly). I have being photographing him for a few months and he appeared to do a circle over head before heading away – he seemed very chuffed with himself! © Sally Hinton

“Dancing in the rain.” Fox caught in action under the rain. © Vladislav Kamenski

“Rush Hour.” Thousands of snow geese take flight during a snowy morning fly out at Bosque del Apache, New Mexico. It is loud and sounds like a passing train! © Eileen Johnson

“Eating to the end.” Eating to the end (of the leaf or life). © Piotr Kwatera

“Face to Face Encounter .” During WWII, U-Boats would sit right on the US coast waiting to ambush unsuspecting ships. Today the wrecks left behind are inhabited by the many sand tiger sharks that move up and down the US East coast. This picture was taken deep in the hold of the wreck of the Atlas where I had an amazing face to face encounter. © David Alpert

“No Snow, No Ice?” A solitary bear sits on the edge of one of the Barter Islands. There is no snow, when at this time of year, there should be. In speaking with the locals in Kaktovic, they’ve noted that it’s been an unseasonably warm winter, and that the ice will be late in forming this year. This will have an impact on the local polar bear population, when it comes time to hunt seals for their food in the winter months. © Patty Waymire

“Parental Care.” Hornbills have a unique breeding behavior, the female enters the hollow if the tree and the male seals it with mud leaving a small slot from where females beak can stick out. Once this is done, the male takes the complete responsibility of feeding the female and babies till the chicks are grown enough to fly away. In this image, a male is bringing in fruits to feed the female which is nesting inside the tree trunk.© Prasenjeet Yadav

“White Rhino Reflection.” A White Rhino approaches a pool of water to drink at night in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa. © Inger Vandyke

National Geographic Magazine’s annual photo contest is still under way, but the deadline for submissions is coming up on Friday. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a 10-day trip for two to the Galapagos Islands. The kind folks at National Geographic were once more kind enough to let me choose among the contest entries so far for display here. The captions below were written by the individual photographers.


2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Buffalo Mud Bath.” An African Buffalo full of mud late in the afternoon in the Masai Mara, Kenya. A different portrait for this powerful animal. Chris Schmid

“Atlantic Puffin.” A closeup of an Atlantic Puffin on the protected nesting site of Machias Seal Island, off the coast of Maine. Access to the island is very restricted for the benefit of the puffins. It was an amazing experience to be up so close to these beautiful and unique birds that spend the majority of their lives at sea. Harry Collins

“Congeal.” A jelly-like wave curls in multiple layers over a shallow reef on the New South Wales South Coast, Australia. When there’s no wind on the ocean’s surface, waves can can look like surreal sheets of melting glass. Warren Keelan

Paradise for Flamingoes 2.” Thousands of flamingoes live in Lake Bogoria [in Kenya] where it’s like paradise for them. Yu Huiping

“Pop the Top.” Waves shoot high into the evening air like champagne at a party in a celebration of life and the joy of being in nature. Na Pali Coast, Hawaii. Lee Scott

“Celestial Terrestrial #1.” The alien-looking southern calamari squid is native to Australian and New Zealand coastlines. Its dot-painting-like skin patterns are reminiscent of ancient Aboriginal paintings. It took me several weeks of night dives and patience to achieve this unique portrait: When I shot this frame I was elated!! Matthew Smith

“American Flowers #1.” In Greenland’s pristine landscape lies a US Air Force base which was abandoned in 1947 and everything was left behind: vehicles, asbestos laced structures, and over 10,000 aviation fuel barrels. The Inuits who live in the region call the rusted remains American Flowers. In 2014 and 2015 I camped out solo to photograph it. In 2015 my 5 day solo camping trip turned into 8, as I couldn’t get picked up due to the weather. Ken Bower

“Washing Highline in Kjerag.” In Norway, above the fjord, Paulo enjoys highlining at 980 meters above the ground, drying some laundry at the same time.  Fred Marie

“The Frozen Pond With Snow.” The famous “Blue Pond” in Hokkaido Biei-cho, Japan. The scheduled illumination period for the pond this year will be from November 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017. We, all the residents who are living in Biei town, are expecting more tourists from all over the world coming to visit us this year.  Kent Shiraishi

“From Floor to Cloud.” In Pienza, Tuscany, I was waiting for this lightning! Gilbert Fitoussi

“Skeeter Attack.” A group of mosquitos attack a snapping turtle. Each year, snapping turtles emerge from the wetlands at Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware. The mosquitos are particularly bad in this area and swarm these turtles.  Jerry am Ende

“Microscopic Underwater Butterfly.” Another delicate and beautiful underwater creature that appears during the vertical migration. This is the largest migration on Earth, and it occurs every night in the oceans around the world. Tiny planktonic creatures, larval forms, and pelagic miniatures come up to feed in the dead of night. This photo [was] taken in the Gulf Stream Current off SE Florida, in the Atlantic Ocean.  Suzan Meldonian

“Bear Hug.” Brown Bears, Katmai National Park, Alaska.  Aaron Baggenstos

“Pacific Storm.” A colossal cumulonimbus flashes over the Pacific Ocean as we circle around it at 37,000 feet en route to South America.  Santiago Borja

I was on a photographic safari in Chobe River, Botswana in April 2016 when I took this image. At this time of the year the water levels are high and herds of hippopotamus share the tributaries. This particular bull was very territorial and liked a mock charge whenever our boat (driven by a qualified local guide) passed his patch of the river on our daily outings. On this occasion, I pre-focussed my 600mm lens and fired a few shots at a safe distance and got this golden hour shot!

“Territorial Hippo.” I was on a photographic safari in Chobe River, Botswana in April 2016 when I took this image. At this time of the year the water levels are high and herds of hippopotamus share the tributaries. This particular bull was very territorial and liked to mock charge whenever our boat (driven by a qualified local guide) passed his patch of the river on our daily outings. On this occasion, I pre-focussed my 600mm lens and fired a few shots at a safe distance and got this golden hour shot! Sam Kurtul

National Geographic Magazine has opened its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 4. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a 10-day trip for two to the Galapagos Islands. The kind folks at National Geographic were once more kind enough to let me choose among the contest entries so far for display here. The captions below were written by the individual photographers


2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Barbara Dall’Angelo

Yuval Ofek

Gregory Lecoeur

Kiel Bristow

Amos Nachoum

Anabel Vargas

Jean Tmr

John Rollins

David Nam Lip Lee

Mark Meyer

Bill Klipp

Michel Zoghzoghi

Brett Rylance

This photo was taken on a summer morning. The weather is not prefaced any good, the mountains were completely shrouded by clouds. Only 5 short minutes the clouds have left to breathe a bit 'mountains before covering all again.

Federica Violin

The deadline to enter the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest is fast approaching—entries will be accepted until May 27, 2016. The grand prize winner will receive a seven-day Polar Bear Safari for two in Churchill, Canada. National Geographic was once more kind enough to allow me to share some of this year’s entries with you here, gathered from three categories: Nature, Cities, and People.

2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

this image was captured very early in the morning after climbing Yellow Mountain at 3 am and waiting for few hours in the cold and wind at -4 degrees. no HDR and no photoshop was used for the effect of this image , everything is 100% natural . The magic of the nature did it work and I have been lucky

Thierry Bornier / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Missy Mandel / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest


Reynold Dewantara / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Danilo Dungo / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Massimo Rumi / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

James Smart / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Hiroki Inoue / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Chris McCann / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Rune Svendsen / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

James Anderson / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Gaby Barathieu / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Manish Mamtani / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Douglas Gimesy / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Dylan Shaw / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Kyle Adler / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

Viral Padiya / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest is now underway, and entries will be accepted until the end of the month, May 27, 2016. The grand prize winner will receive a seven-day Polar Bear Safari for two in Churchill, Canada. National Geographic was kind enough to allow me to share some of the early entries with you here, gathered from three categories: Nature, Cities, and People. The photos and captions were written by the photographers


2015: The Year in Photos ( 3 )

A building and a large screen are seen through thick smog in Beijing December 8, 2015 as China's capital issues its first ever "red alert" for pollution. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj - RTX1XOBB
A building and a large screen are seen through thick smog in Beijing on December 8, 2015, as China’s capital issued its first ever “red alert” for pollution. Damir Sagolj / Reuters

Guillaume Rolland of France stands on the line during the Highline Extreme event in Moleson, Switzerland, on September 25, 2015. European best slackliners competed on six different lines ranging from 45 meters (148 feet) to 495 meters (1,624 feet). Denis Balibouse / Reuters

A Palestinian boy sleeps on a mattress inside the remains of his family’s house, that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war in 2014, during a sandstorm in Gaza on September 8, 2015. A heavy sandstorm swept across parts of the Middle East on Tuesday, killing two people and hospitalizing hundreds in Lebanon and disrupting fighting and air strikes in neighbouring Syria. Suhaib Salem / Reuters

Enthusiast Desirae Hepp, dressed as “Immortan Joe” from the movie Mad Max, poses for a portrait during the Wasteland Weekend event in California City, California, on September 26, 2015. Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

A tourist poses for photographs in front of the rising sun at a resort in Bayingolin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, on October 3, 2015. China Daily / Reuters

Residents wait for rescue helicopters in a residential area flooded by the Kinugawa River, caused by Typhoon Etau, in Joso, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, on September 10, 2015. At least eight people were killed after rivers burst their banks in cities north of Tokyo following days of heavy rain. Kyodo / Reuters

A Dutch volunteer tries to comfort a migrant moments after arriving aboard a raft at a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos, on October 23, 2015. Yannis Behrakis / Reuters

A woman from Syria waits to cross the border with Croatia near the village of Berkasovo, Serbia, on October 21, 2015. Marko Djurica / Reuters

Vehicles sit stuck in a traffic jam near a toll station as people return home at the end of the week-long National Day holiday in Beijing, China, on October 6, 2015. Fifty lanes (at bottom) vie for 25 toll gates, then constrict down to a five-lane bottleneck (at top). China Daily / Reuters

A boy displays the winners’ medal given to him by Sonny Bill Williams of New Zealand after the Rugby World Cup Final against Australia, at Twickenham in London, on October 31, 2015. Henry Browne / Reuters

A panorama stitched from several images of the surface of Mars, taken by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 1174 (November 25, 2015). Curiosity has now been exploring Mars for more than 3 years. JPL-Caltech / NASA

Women practice yoga during a performance on a glass bridge in the Shiniuzhai National Geo-park in Pingjiang County, Hunan Province, China, on November 5, 2015. China Daily / Reuters

Rime ice extends several feet horizontally from a sign marking the summit of 5,774-foot Mount Adams, the second highest mountain in New England, on November 17, 2015, in northern New Hampshire. Monday’s freezing fog and strong winds formed the rime ice, creating a winter wonderland above treeline in New Hampshire’s aptly named White Mountains. Robert F. Bukaty / AP

A 3-month-old female giant panda cub is photographed at the Giant Panda Conservation Center at the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on November 17, 2015. Joshua Paul / AP

Fernando Soberania uses a tool to scrape layers of gum from Seattle’s famous “gum wall” at Pike Place Market on November 10, 2015. Tourists and locals have been sticking their used chewing gum on the walls of a section of Post Alley for the past 20 years, and although the walls will be cleaned down to bare brick, officials expect the gum-sticking tradition will quickly return. Ted S. Warren / AP

A message that reads: “In the name of what?” and a rose is placed through a bullet hole in a window at the restaurant on Rue de Charonne, Paris, on November 15, 2015, where attacks took place on November 13. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks on a stadium, a concert hall, and Paris cafes that left 130 people dead and over 350 wounded. Frank Augstein / AP

A Belgian soldier patrols a shopping street in central Brussels as police search the area during a continued high level of security following the recent deadly Paris attacks, on November 24, 2015. Yves Herman / Reuters

A view of burned stumps as peatland forest is cleared by burning for a palm oil plantation at a company’s grounds on November 1, 2015, in the outskirts of Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. The air pollution or haze has been an annual problem for the past 18 years in Indonesia. It’s caused by the illegal burning of forest and peat fires on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo to clear new land for the production of pulp, paper, and palm oil. Desperate civilians at the epicenter of Indonesia’s haze crisis are taking the fight into their own hands, using whatever meager resources they have to confront the fires ravaging their communities as they tire of waiting for the government to take action. This disaster has been exacerbated by this year’s long dry season, triggered by the El Nino weather phenomenon. Ulet Ifansasti / Getty

Volunteers walk on a massive pile of lifejackets left behind by refugees and migrants who arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey on December 3, 2015. Aris Messinis / AFP / Getty

Gyrocopters fly over Dubai during the World Air Games 2015, on December 9, 2015. Karim Sahib / AFP / Getty

Elin Harvey, 6, plays in snow for the first time near Norden, California, on December 5, 2015. An El Nino is forecasted for California, and regular precipitation has been welcomed after years of drought. Max Whittaker / Reuters


2015: The Year in Photos ( 2 )

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 file photo, a Lebanese anti-government protester holds a placard during a demonstration against the on-going trash crisis and alleged government corruption, in Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

A Lebanese anti-government protester holds a placard during a demonstration against the ongoing trash crisis and alleged government corruption, in Beirut, Lebanon, on August 29, 2015. Hussein Malla / AP

A group of 1,000 customers receive a facial massage at a sports center in Jinan, Shandong province, China, on May 4, 2015. The women were given a 30 minute, facial beauty treatment together that achieved a Guinness record for the largest group of people having beauty treatments in the same location, according to local media. Reuters

Seals dressed in military uniforms swim during a show marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, at an aquatic park in the Siberian city of Irkutsk, Russia, on May 9, 2015. Evgeny Kozyrev / Reuters

Rohingya migrants stand and sit on a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe, in the Andaman Sea, on May 14, 2015. The boat crammed with scores of Rohingya migrants—including many young children—was found drifting in Thai waters on May 14, according to an AFP reporter at the scene, with passengers saying several people had died over the last few days. Christophe Archambault / AFP / Getty

An Afghan girl plays with a rope on a hilltop in Kabul, Afghanistan, on May 18, 2015. Mohammad Ismail / Reuters

A protester wears grass around his face to obscure his identity during a protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term, in Bujumbura, Burundi, on May 11. 2015. Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

Bon-chan, a 19-year-old male African spurred tortoise weighing about 70 kilograms (154 pounds), walks with his owner Hisao Mitani on a street in the town of Tsukishima in Tokyo, on June 10, 2015. Bon-chan loves fruit and vegetables and is often offered carrot and cabbage pieces by cheering neighbors when he is out. Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP / Getty

Brandon Risher, left, is pulled away by a friend as he cries over the casket of his grandmother, Ethel Lance, following her burial service on June 25, 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina. Lance was one of the nine people killed in the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. David Goldman / AP

Syrians fleeing the war rush through broken-down border fences to enter Turkish territory illegally, near the Turkish border crossing at Akcakale, in Sanliurfa province, on June 14, 2015. Turkey said it was taking measures to limit the flow of Syrian refugees into its territory after an influx of thousands more over the past days due to fighting between Kurds and jihadists. Under an “open-door” policy, Turkey has taken in more than 1.8 million Syrian refugees since the conflict in Syria erupted in 2011. Bulent Kilic / AFP / Getty

A thunderstorm passes northwest of the Las Vegas Strip on July 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The monsoon storm dropped heavy rain and hail in parts of the valley, causing street flooding and power outages. Ethan Miller / Getty

The United States Women’s National Team celebrates with the trophy after they beat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on July 5, 2015. Elaine Thompson / AP

From left, Sisters Margaret Kerry, Mary Thecla, and Kathleen Lang of the Order of the Daughters of St. Paul pray outside the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 19, 2015. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for the death penalty for Dylann Storm Roof, age 21, of Lexington, South Carolina, if he is found guilty of murdering nine people during a prayer meeting at the church. Among the dead was the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, the pastor of the church which, according to the National Park Service, is the oldest black congregation in America south of Baltimore. Chip Somodevilla / Getty

he shock wave of a T-38C supersonic jet flying over the Mojave Desert in California is seen in this NASA schlieren image released on August 25, 2015. Researchers used NASA-developed image processing software to remove the desert background, then combined and averaged multiple frames to produce a clear picture of the shock waves. Schlieren imaging reveals shock waves due to air-density gradient and the accompanying change in refractive index, according to a NASA news release. NASA / Reuters

An Asian elephant swims in a 65-meter-long pool at Fuji Safari Park in Susono, at the foot of Mount Fuji, southwest of Tokyo, on July 13, 2015. Koji Ueda / AP

A man fires a weapon as he dances during a traditional excursion near the western Saudi city of Taif, on August 8, 2015. Mohamed Hwaity / Reuters

People watch a shadow-play performance at Changgyeonggung Palace in Seoul, South Korea, on May 6, 2015. Thomas Peter / Reuters

A wounded woman, left, holds the hand of another woman who is about to die just after an explosion rocked the Turkish city of Suruc, near the Syrian border on July 20, 2015, killing 28 people and wounding nearly 100 others in what Turkish authorities said appeared to be an Islamic State-inspired suicide bombing. The mid-day explosion took place at a cultural center in Suruc as a political group, the Federation of Socialist Youths, was wrapping up a news conference on plans to rebuild the Syrian city of Kobani, a witness said. Zeki Yavuzak / AP

Cleaners spray the 37-meter-tall tourism icon of the Merlion, on the resort island of Sentosa ahead of the city-state’s 50th anniversary celebrations in Singapore on July 8, 2015. Edgar Su / Reuters

An aerial picture of the site of a series of massive explosions at the Binhai new district, Tianjin, China, on August 16, 2015. The explosions the previous week in the world’s 10th-busiest port in China’s industrial northeast forced the evacuation of thousands of people after toxic chemicals were detected in the air. More than 170 people were killed, and nearly 800 people were injured. The blasts devastated a large industrial site and nearby residential areas. Reuters

Boulder County Sheriff’s Deputy Sophie Berman crouches over a small owl, taking a brief video before the bird flew away, near Rainbow Lakes, outside Nederland, Colorado, on July 21, 2015. Berman came across the raptor on a dirt road as she patrolled the area. Dan Walter / Boulder County Sheriff’s Office via AP


2015: The Year in Photos ( 1 )

A man rescues an migrant from the Aegean sea, in the eastern island of Rhodes, Monday, April 20, 2015. Greek authorities said that at least three people have died, including a child, after a wooden boat carrying tens of migrants ran aground off the island of Rhodes. (Argiris Mantikos/Eurokinissi via AP) GREECE OUT

A man rescues a migrant from the Aegean Sea, in the eastern island of Rhodes, Greece, on April 20, 2015. Greek authorities said that at least three people died, including a child, after a wooden boat carrying tens of migrants ran aground off the island of Rhodes. Argiris Mantikos / AP

Lemurs eat at Qingdao Forest Wildlife World in Qingdao, Shandong province, China, on January 27, 2015. China Daily / Reuters

ESA’s comet-chasing Rosetta spacecraft made this four-image mosaic of images taken from a distance of 28 kilometers from the center of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on January 31, 2015. European Space Agency – ESA

A passenger without pants waits for the subway train during “The No Pants Subway Ride” in Mexico City on January 11, 2015. The event, the fifth organized in Mexico, is an annual flash mob and occurs in different cities around the world, according to its organizers. Edgard Garrido / Reuters

Ebola survivor and nurse’s aid Benetha Coleman comforts an infant girl with Ebola symptoms in the high-risk area of the Doctors Without Borders, Ebola Treatment Unit, on January 26, 2015, in Paynesville, Liberia. Ebola survivors have immunity to the strain of the disease which infected them. The baby’s blood test later came out as negative. John Moore / Getty

Cats crowd the harbor on Aoshima Island in the Ehime Prefecture in southern Japan on February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Thomas Peter / Reuters

A man carries the body of his mother after what activists said were air strikes by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Marj Al Sultan, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria, on February 27, 2015. Amer Almohibany / Reuters

A Kosovo man carries his baby as he crosses illegally the Hungarian-Serbian border near the village of Asotthalom on February 6, 2015. The European Union is experiencing a steep rise in the number of Kosovo citizens smuggling themselves into the affluent bloc, with 10,000 filing for asylum in Hungary in just one month this year compared to 6,000 for the whole of 2013. It follows a relaxation of travel rules allowing Kosovars to reach EU borders via Serbia and has coincided with political turmoil and street unrest in Kosovo fueled by poverty, high unemployment, and economically debilitating corruption. Laszlo Balogh / Reuters

A Russia-backed rebel rests as a dog eats from a can in Debaltseve, Ukraine, on February 20, 2015. After weeks of relentless fighting, the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of Debaltseve fell to Russian-backed separatists, who hoisted a flag in triumph over the town. The Ukrainian president confirmed that he had ordered troops to pull out and the rebels reported taking hundreds of soldiers captive. Vadim Ghirda / AP

Thai Buddhist monks pray and gather at Wat Dhammakaya temple in Pathum Thani province to participate in Makha Bucha Day ceremonies on March 4, 2015. Makha Bucha, a religious holiday that marks the anniversary of Lord Buddha’s mass sermon to the first 1,250 newly ordained monks 2,558 years ago. Sakchai Lalit / AP

A Russian-backed female rebel fighter watches as colleagues perform during a beauty contest involving women from the main separatist battalions in Donetsk, Ukraine, on March 7, 2015. Self-proclaimed authorities in the rebel-held Donetsk held the beauty pageant on the eve of March 8, a women’s day widely celebrated throughout the former Soviet Union. Vadim Ghirda / AP

Linebacker Taiwan Jones prepares to run a drill during Michigan State NFL football pro-day in East Lansing, Michigan, on March 18, 2015. Paul Sancya / AP

National Hot Rod Association top fuel dragster driver Larry Dixon crashes after his car broke in half during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Auto Plus Raceway on March 14, 2015, in Gainesville, Florida. Dixon walked away from the incident. Mark J. Rebilas / USA Today Sports / Reuters

A Syrian Kurdish boy sits on a destroyed tank in the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, on March 27, 2015. ISIS fighters were driven out of Kobane on January 26 by Kurdish and allied forces. Yasin Akgul / AFP / Getty

Models showcase designs during the Maticevski Show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2015 at Carriageworks in Sydney, Australia, on April 14, 2015. Ryan Pierse / Getty

A young boy walks past a makeshift barricade made of wrecked buses to obstruct the view of regime snipers and to keep people safe, on March 14, 2015, in the rebel-held side of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Syria’s conflict entered its fifth year on March 15, 2015. Karam Al-Masri / AFP / Getty

A “nail house,” the last building in the area, sits in the middle of a road under construction in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, on April 10, 2015. According to local media, the owner of the house didn’t reach an agreement with the local authority about compensation of the demolition. Reuters

Nepalese army personnel and a sniffer dog search for victims amidst the rubble of collapsed houses after Saturday’s earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal, on April 27, 2015. Navesh Chitrakar / Reuters

Girls who survived what activists said was a ground-to-ground missile attack by forces of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, hold hands at Aleppo’s Bab al-Hadeed district on April 7, 2015. Abdalrhman Ismail / Reuters

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Migrant crisis in Europe

Migrants pass the border between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece, near the town of Gevgelija, Sept. 2. The Gevgelija-Presevo journey is just a part of the journey that the refugees, the vast majority of them from Syria, are forced to make along the so-called Balkan corridor, which takes them from Turkey, across Greece, Macedonia and Serbia to Hungary, the gateway to the European Union. (Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA
Migrants fall as they rush to cross into Macedonia after police allowed a small group of people to pass through a passageway, as they try to regulate the flow of migrants at the Macedonian-Greek border Sept. 2. Up to 3,000 migrants are expected to cross into Macedonia every day in the coming months, most of them refugees fleeing war, particularly from Syria, the United Nations said last week. (Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters)

Two Syrian women embrace after arriving on Kos in an inflatable dinghy on August 30, in Kos, Greece. Migrants from many parts of the Middle East and African nations continue to flood into Europe before heading from Athens, north to the Macedonian border. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) Migrants who arrived from Budapest walk on the platform at Vienna’s Westbahnhof railway station on Aug. 31. After arriving at Vienna’s Westbahnhof, many of the migrants then boarded a train to Salzburg, while others climbed on to another one headed for Munich. (Patrick Domingo/AFP/Getty Images) A migrant boy looks through a window onboard a train for Serbia at the new transit center for migrants at the border line between Greece and Macedonia near the town of Gevgelija on Aug. 28. (ROBERT ATANASOVSKI/AFP/Getty.Images) Hungarian policemen detain a Syrian migrant family after they entered Hungary at the border with Serbia, near Roszke, August 28. (Bernadett Szabo/Reuters)

A migrant family runs after crossing a border line near the village of Roszke on the Hungarian-Serbian border on August 28, 2015. (Attila Kisbenede/AFP/Getty Images)
A Swiss police officer accompanies migrants from Syria carrying their children, upon their arrival at the railway station in the north-eastern Swiss town of Buchs on Sept. 1. (Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters)
A man and his sons, migrants from Iran, wait for the train on their way to Vienna on August 31. Nickelsdorf is the first village in Austria on the way from Hungary. (Vladimir Simicek/AFP/Getty Images)
Police load a group of Afghan migrants into a van after the migrants crossed from Austria into Germany and were walking along the A3 highway in the early hours on August 30, near Neuhaus am Inn, Germany. Police took them shortly after to a registration center for asylum seekers. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
A migrant family gathers with a few hundred others in wait for a train to Germany at the Keleti train station in Budapest, Sept. 1. The station, which has emerged as ground zero in Europe’s spiraling migration crisis, temporarily shut down its services Tuesday under the strain of an influx of migrants trying to travel to Germany from Hungary. (Mauricio Lima/The New York Times)

Hungarian soldiers put up razor wire on top of a fence on the border with Serbia, in Asotthalom, Hungary, Aug. 31. Refugees surging through the Balkans now are racing against Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s right-wing nationalist government, which has ordered army engineers to erect a 13-foot (4-meter) fence along the border. (Darko Bandic/Associated Press)

Syrian and Iraqi migrants sleep on railroad tracks waiting to be processed across the Macedonian border Sept. 2 in Idomeni, Greece. Since the beginning of 2015 the number of migrants using the so-called ‘Balkans route’ has exploded with migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey and then travelling on through Macedonia and Serbia before entering the EU via Hungary. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Migrants cross the border between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece, near the town of Gevgelija, Macedonia, Sept. 1. (Valdrin Xhema/EPA)

Syrian refugees and migrants rest along a railway line as they try to cross from Serbia into Hungary near Horgos on Sept. 1. European Union leaders called for action to defend the “dignity” of migrants ahead of fresh emergency talks, as tensions flared on the bloc’s eastern borders over the escalating crisis. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) Abdullah Kurdi, father of three-year old Aylan Kurdi, cries as he leaves a morgue in Mugla, Turkey, Sept. 3. The family of Aylan, a Syrian toddler whose body washed up on a Turkish beach, had been trying to emigrate to Canada after fleeing the war-torn town of Kobani. His 5-year-old brother Galip and mother Rehan, 35, also died after their boat capsized while trying to reach the Greek island of Kos. His father, Abdullah, was found semi-conscious and taken to hospital near Bodrum. (Murad Sezer/Reuters)

A Syrian refugee from Deir Ezzor, holding his son and daughter, breaks out in tears of joy after arriving via a flimsy inflatable boat crammed with about 15 men, women and children on the shore of the island of Kos in Greece, Aug. 15. (Daniel Etter/The New York Times)
Migrant men help a fellow migrant man holding a boy as they are stuck between Macedonian riot police officers and migrants during a clash near the border train station of Idomeni, northern Greece, as they wait to be allowed by the Macedonian police to cross the border from Greece to Macedonia, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. Macedonian special police forces have fired stun grenades to disperse thousands of migrants stuck on a no-man’s land with Greece, a day after Macedonia declared a state of emergency on its borders to deal with a massive influx of migrants heading north to Europe. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic) (Darko Vojinovic)
Syrian migrants travel on a bus after arriving on a ferry carrying about 2,500 migrants from the Greek islands to the main port of Piraeus on Aug. 26, in Athens, Greece. (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
Migrants wait on the dock after disembarking from a Medecins Sans Frontieres ship carrying 320 migrants in the Sicilian harbour of Augusta, Italy, Aug. 25. (Antonio Parrinello/Reuters)

Record number of migrants, most of them refugees fleeing war and crisis in the Mideast and Africa are seeking asylum in Europe. The countries are grappling with what to do with the unprecedented numbers as the crisis escalates and measures are implemented to control the masses. Many have died on their perilous journeys across land and sea.–By Leanne Burden Seidel

The Winners Of The 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Diving with a humpback whale and her new born calf while they cruise around Roca Partida Island, in Revillagigedo, Mexico. This is an outstanding and unique place full of pelagic life so we need to accelerate the incorporation of this islands into UNESCO as natural heritage site in order to increase the protection of the islands against the prevailing ilegal fishing corporations and big game fishing.

Diving with a humpback whale and her newborn calf while they cruise around Roca Partida in the Revillagigedo, Mexico. (Image credits: Anuar Patjane)

This gravel-crush working place remains full of dust and sand. Three gravel workmen are looking through the window glass at their working place. Chittagong, Bangladesh. (Image credits: Faisal Azim)

Camel Ardah, as it is called in Oman, is one of the traditional styles of camel racing between two camels controlled by expert men. The faster camel is the loser so they must be running at the same speed level in the same track. The main purpose of Ardah is to show the beauty and strength of the Arabian camels and the riders’ skills. (Image credits: Ahmed Al Toqi)

The night before returning to Windhoek, we spent several hours at Deadvlei. The moon was bright enough to illuminate the sand dunes in the distance, but the skies were still dark enough to clearly see the Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds. (Image credits: Beth McCarley)

Two boys are trying to catch a duck at the stream of the waterfall. Nong Khai Province, Thailand. (Image credits: Sarah Wouters)

White frost over Pestera village. (Image credits: Eduard Gutescu)

Traditional haymaking in Poland. Many people continue to use the scythe and pitchfork to sort the hay. (Image credits: Bartłomiej Jurecki)

The night before this photo, we tried all day to get a good photo of the endangered white rhino. Skulking through the grass carefully, trying to stay 30 feet away to be safe, didn’t provide me the photo I was hoping for. In the morning, however, I woke up to all three rhinos grazing in front of me. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Uganda. (Image credits: Stefane Berube)

Kushti is the traditional form of Indian wrestling. Wearing only a well-adjusted loincloth, wrestlers enter a pit made of clay, often mixed with salt, lemon, and ghee. At the end of a workout, wrestlers rest against the walls of the arena, covering their heads and bodies with earth to soak up any perspiration and avoid catching cold. (Image credits: Alain Schroeder)

A sauna at 2,800 meters high in the heart of Dolomites. Monte Lagazuoi, Cortina, eastern Italian Alps. (Image credits: Stefano Zardini)

The results are in for this year’s National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, and the photos are truly exceptional. They were selected from more than 17,000 global entries in the categories Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments.

Anuar Patjane Floriuk won first prize for his underwater shot of divers swimming close to a humpback whale near Roca Partida, an island off of the western coast of Mexico. The grand prize is an eight-day National Geographic Photo Expedition to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal for two.

“The photo wasn’t planned,” said Floriuk, from Tehuacán, Puebla, Mexico. “I was taking photos near the head of the whale, and all of a sudden she began to swim toward the rest of the diving team. The divers gave the whale and her calf space, and I just clicked at the moment when the flow and composition seemed right.”

The competition is in its 27th year, and both amateur and professional photographers are eligible to submit photos.

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Ary+SchefferA man watches as Indian Sikhs protest the acquittal of ruling Congress party leader Sajjan Kumar in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. (Altaf Qadri/associated press)

Hla Hla May, a Rohingya Muslim woman displaced by violence, holds her one year old daughter Roshan at a former rubber factory that now serves as their shelter, near Sittwe, Myanmar on April 29, 2013. (DAMIR SAGOLJ/reuters)

Matua Fallah waits to receive a small ration of rice at a makeshift distribution center on August 23, 2014 in Dolo Town, Liberia. The government has been slow to deliver sufficient food aid to the town of some 20,000 people, following an August 20 quarantine to stop the ebola epidemic from spreading from the community, located near Liberia’s international airport. (John Moore/getty images)

A Palestinian protester stands during clashes with the Israeli army in Qalandia in the occupied West Bank on May 15, 2013 as Palestinians held rallies marking Nakba Day. (MARCO LONGARI/afp/getty images)

Matt Gone, known as “Checkered Man,” poses for a photo at a during the VIII International Tattoo Artist Convention in Bogota, Colombia on Nov. 15, 2014. (Fernando Vergara)

An actress of the Grusellabyrinth poses for photographs in Bottrop, Germany, 29 October 2014. The Grusellabyrinth (Horror Maze) will open on 13 February 2015. (ROLAND WEIHRAUCH/EPA)

A Bahraini Shiite Muslim girl takes part in a ceremony marking Ashura, which commemorates the seventh century slaying of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed, in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama on November 4, 2014. (MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH/afp/getty images)

A girl with her body covered in red paint poses for a portrait during the Santo Domingo festivities in Managua, Nicaragua. The faithful coat their bodies in used motor oil or red paint, and dress in traditional costumes as a promise for a prayer or miracle they believe was performed or answered by Managua’s patron saint, Santo Domingo de Guzman. In the capital city the first 10 days of August are reserved for the carnival-like celebration of Santo Domingo with processions, bullfights, parties and church services. (Esteban Felix/associated press)

An indigenous man stands inside the abandoned old Indian museum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 21, 2013. (Felipe Dana/associated press)

A young Indian Shiite Muslim, bleeding after self-flagellating during Ashura, looks at the camera at a street in New Delhi, India on Nov. 4, 2014. (Bernat Armangue)

Somali child Mohammed, suffering from malaria, recovers at a clinic run by the Burundian contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia at their base in Mogadishu. (TOBIN JONES/afp/au-un ist )

Honduran migrant Blanca Lydia Valenzuela, 61, wipes a tear while at a shelter for undocumented immigrants on September 15, 2014 in Tenosique, Mexico. She said she comes to Mexico twice a year to search for her son Manuel Hernandez Valenzuela, who dissappeared while crossing through Mexico to re-enter the United States in 2003. He had earlier been deported back to Honduras after working in New Orleans for three years. (John Moore/getty images)

An anti-government protester looks on as he mans a barricade in Kiev February 21, 2014. (DAVID MDZINARISHVILI/reuters)

A woman looks from a window of her family’s tent at a camp for internally displaced persons in al-Mazraq of the northwestern Yemeni province of Hajja May 19, 2013. (Khaled Abdullah/reuters)

Students attend a lesson in Sharia law at the Russian Islamic University in the Chechen capital Grozny April 23, 2013. (MAXIM SHEMETOV/reuters)

Members of the North Florida Survival Group wait with their rifles before heading out to perform enemy contact drills during a field training exercise in Old Town, Florida, December 8, 2012. The group trains children and adults alike to handle weapons and survive in the wild. (BRIAN BLANCO/reuters)

A portrait often pauses events and allows viewers to look into the eyes of the participants. Candid moments are usually how stories are told, but sometimes the interaction between photographer and subject tells its own story. Like a movie character who breaks the fourth wall, a portrait can arrest our gaze when we’re otherwise focused on narrative, forcing us to consider an individual. Collected here is a celebration of that special genre of photojournalism, the portrait.

Best Wedding Photography of 2014

Matous Duchek | Matous Duchek | Prague, Czech Republic


Chris Huang | We-Sweet Photography | Taipei, Taiwan

Apresh Chavda | Apresh Chavda Photography | London, United Kingdom

Ruslan Myts | Ruslan Myts | Novorossiysk, Russia

Mariano Sfiligoy | Mariano Sfiligoy Wedding Photography | Santiago, Chile

Aries Tao | Clovergraphy | Sydney, Australia

Franco Baroni | Franco Baroni Photography | Frankfurt, Germany

Zhang Ainiu | NIU+ Wedding Photography Studio | Chongqing, China

Eunice Montenegro | Eunice Montenegro Photography | Columbus, Ohio

Nacho Mora | LOOK FOTOGRAFIA | Zaragoza, Spain

Tina Wright | Sierra Blanco Photography | Phoenix, Arizona

Rich Howman | Elan Images | Bristol, United Kingdom

Lucas Lermen | Lucas Lermen Fotografia | Caxias do Sul, Brazil

Ivo Popov | Ivo Popov Photography | Brussels, Belgium

Gerhard Nel | Gerhard Nel Photography | The Hague, Netherlands

Raymond Phang | Raymond Phang Photography | Singapore

Paula Boto | Paula Boto – Visual PC Studio | Vigo, Spain

Valentin Gamiz | Valentin Gamiz {Photography} | Córdoba, Spain

Andrea Corsi | Andrea Corsi Photographer | Florence, Italy

Allen Ko | T-PHOTO STUDIOS Allen.Ko | Canton, China

Hendra Lesmana | Cheese N Click Photography | Jakarta, Indonesia

Adrian Stehlik | ADRIAN STEHLIK Fotografo de Bodas | Buenos Aires, Argentina

Emin Kuliyev | Emin Wedding Photography | New York City, New York

Pedro Cabrera | 100% Fotos | Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Tito Rikardo | THEUPPERMOST PHOTOGRAPHY | Jakarta, Indonesia

The International Society of Professional Wedding Photographer (ISPWP) holds a members-only wedding photography contest four times a year. Each time, wedding photographers from all around the world submit their best shots out of 20 different categories,


Lewis Hine

Jimmy Nelson

Consuelo Kanaga

Lewis Hine


Jerome Liebling

Jimmy Nelson

Dorothea Lange

Saul Leiter

Muhammed Muheisen

Jerome Liebling

Eve Arnold

D. Kristanovic

Sally Mann

Micke Berg

Rudolf Koppitz

Sabine Weiss

Sabine Weiss

Yann Layma

Lewis Hine

Julia Margaret Cameron
Flash of God

Sony Awards 2015

Antoine Weisde

Jaime Massieu

Héctor Muñoz

BombAntony Crossfield

Armin Appel

Nick Ng Yeow Kee

Norman Quinn

Saleh Rozat

Yasen Georgiev

Wilson Lee

Beatriz Rocha

Stephanie Anjo

Yong Lin Tan

Janos M Schmidt

Sony World Photography Awards 

Sony Photography Awards

“The Old Teacher In Hanoi, VietNam.” Photo by Bao Vu, Vietnam.

“A Hindu monk is walking in a foggy winter morning of a mango garden of Dinajpur.” Photo by Jubair Bin Iqbal, Bangladesh.

“Blue Tit Looking at it’s Reflection in Some Water.” Photo by Georg May, Germany.

“Woman suspended in a mass of feathers.” Photo by Ahmad Zikri Mohamad Zuki, Malaysia

“A staircase in Berlin, reduced to the essential.” Photo by Ralf Wendrich, Germany.

A Hamer man collecting wood to build a defensive fence for the cattle in the Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia.” Photo by Diego Arroyo Méndez, Spain.

“A white fallow deer standing in the morning mist an early morning in Eifel National Park, Germany. One hardly dares to move – can only look fascinated.” Photo by Georg May, Germany.

“Cube houses (Dutch: Kubuswoningen) are a set of innovative houses built in Rotterdam and Helmond in the Netherlands, designed by architect Piet Blom and based on the concept of “living as an urban roof”: high density housing with sufficient space on the ground level. Blom tilted the cube of a conventional house 45 degrees, and rested it upon a hexagon-shapedpylon. His design represents a village within a city, where each house represents a tree, and all the houses together, a forest.” Photo by Cor Boers, Netherlands.

“Hindu devotees throw vivid color at each other to celebrate the start of spring during Lathmar Holi Festival. Hindu brahmans from the village of Nandgaon are covered in colored powder as they sit and sing on the floor during prayers.” Photo by Ioulia Chvetsova, France.

“Fina (the girl in the picture) is the younger of my two daughters. Fina used to be scared of cat, which was the reason why we decided to adopt two kittens. We wanted Fina to learn how to live with cats, how to hold them, how to care for them and how to treat them as family members to help her overcome her fear. Now we can proudly say she did! Day by day, 7 months passed by and today Fiona and the cats are best friends, and love and care for each other. In this picture I wanted to show how gracefully they’re together in a frame with Leon, one of her babies.” Photo by Arief Siswandhono, Indonesia.

“This is exactly the moment when Romanian YAK Team is breaking the formation just in front of the public at Bucharest International Air Show. At that moment they look just like they are haunting each other.” Photo by Cioplea Vlad, Romania.

“About 30 minutes after sunrise a hot air balloon is captured in the distance beginning it’s decent to land in a camel farm. The image was shot while floating over the dunes in a chase balloon.” Photo by Gareth Lowndes, New Zealand.

“The mother and the cub are Spirit Bears or Kermode bear a subspecies of the North American Black Bear living in the Central and North Coast regions of British Colombia, Canada. These bears are rarer than the Panda Bear in the wild.” Photo by Kyle Breckenridge, Canada.

“King Penguins live in large colonies in South Georgia, a speck of an island in the South Atlantic Ocean and just below the Antarctic Convergence. They are very beautiful, gracious and yet almost comical birds and a true delight to observe. This image aims to capture and reflect how gracious and colorful wildlife can be even at the ends of the Earth.” Photo by Lisa Vaz, Portugal.

“A man washes his feet before bathing in the early morning in the Hooghly River, part of the holy Ganges River in Kolkata, India.” Photo by Nick Ng, Malaysia.

1“I was taking pictures of some Orangutans in Bali and then it started to rain. Just before I put my camera away, I saw this Orangutan took a banana leaf and put it on top on his head to protect himself from the rain! I immediately used my DSLR and telephoto lens to preserve this magic moment. Image location: Bali, Indonesia.” Photo by Andrew Suryono, Indonesia.

The Sony World Photography Awards are one of the greatest and most respectable annual photography competitions for amateurs and professionals in the field. We are glad to present you with 18 of the best entries from the Open category.

The Sony World Photography Awards, first launched in 2008, have three major competitions: Open, Youth, and Pro. If you have a photo you believe in, you too can take part in the Open competition, which, together with the Youth competition, is open for entries until 5 January 2015. The Pro competition will be available for entries until 8 January, 2015.

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