The World Nature Photography Awards announced the winning photographs from its 2022 photo competition.
The contest aims to use the power of photography to put a spotlight on the wonder of the natural world, reminding viewers to take action now to protect the planet and secure a better tomorrow.
The contest, which opened to U.S. residents last year, invited readers to submit a digital photograph in over a dozen categories, such as animals, plants and fungi and people and nature. The grand prize winner receives a cash prize of $1,000. Here are all the gold medal winners by category:
Winner of World Nature Photographer of the Year
Behaviour – Mammals
Behaviour – Amphibians and reptiles
Behaviour – Birds
Behaviour – Invertebrates
People and Nature
Plants and Fungi
Planet Earth’s Landscapes and Environments
Black and White
Animals in their Habitat
To see the full gallery of winners, visit the World Nature Photography Awards website.