Photography Competition 2020 Winners
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Photographer of the Year 2020: Winner
Dangerous garbage-eating elephants by Tilaxan Tharmapalan
Taken: Ampara District, Sri Lanka
The elephants pictured here come to garbage dumping grounds in Ampara in search of food.
Photographer of the Year 2020: Runner up
The boundary of disaster by Roberto Bueno
Taken: Boundary between forest and land stripped of trees for agricultural use in Belize
This straight line represents the border between nature and the humanity. However, human impact like this can be seen all over the world with ecosystems going through huge, dramatic changes.
Photographer of the Year 2020: Highly commended
Observers by Agata Boguszewska
Taken: Richmond Park, London, UK
Three cyclists are watched by a young deer in Richmond Park.
Photographer of the Year 2020: Shortlisted
My shirt by Hasan Baglar
Taken: Nicosia, Cyprus
The grasshopper is moulting its exoskeleton. It will do this a number of times as it changes and grows during its lifetime.
Young volunteers by Froi Rivera
Taken: Cavite, Philippines
The three volunteers are seen happy and content during their tree-planting activity.
The olive journey by Saurabh Chakraborty
Taken: Rushikulya, Odisha, India
Almost every year in Rushikhulya, Orissa, one of the most spectacular events in nature takes place. Thousands of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles come to this coastal region to lay eggs.
Greenhouse by Jonathan Jimenez (Jonk)
Taken: Gant, Belgium
The image of an abandoned nineteenth century greenhouse shows how nature can reclaim and transform structures left by humans.
Young Photographer of the Year 2020: Winner
Waiting by Ashwin Geerthan
Taken: Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
These Indian cormorants (Phalacrocorax fuscicollis) are patiently waiting on a structure made by sticks that was setup by humans for fishing.
Young Photographer of the Year 2020: Runner up
The world is a good place by Charlotte Bean
Taken: Brookmans Park, England, UK
We tend to focus on the bad changes that occur in the world around us, yet so much positivity can be found if we look in the right places. Here, the young goslings are making the first steps into their world.
Young Photographer of the Year 2020: Highly commended
End of a thousand dreams by Saptarshi Gayen
Taken: Singur, Hooghly, West Bengal, India
As extreme weather events are becoming more frequent, it is important to recognise the impact they have not just on humans but also on the rest of nature. Two baby baya weaver (Ploceus philippinus) pictured here had fallen out of their nest and died following a cyclone.
Young Photographer of the Year 2020: Shortlisted
Silent noon by Rosie Tarboton
Taken: Claygate, Surrey, UK
Changes occur all the time in nature – it is a part of every organism’s life cycle. This is very clearly seen in creatures such as dragonflies who undergo metamorphosis, as they completely transform during their lifetime as they grow.
Ischmeer glacier by Rory Stringer
Taken: Ischmeer glacier, Swiss Alps
In the 1800s the entire gorge was covered in ice. Today, the glacier has retreated so much it has resulted in many problems such as unstable rock. The world around us continues to change – who knows what things will look like in years to come.
Special thanks to judges
Tim Harris - Nature Picture Library and Bluegreen Pictures
Tom Hartman - program chair of MSc in Biological Photography and Imaging at the University of Nottingham
Alex Hyde - natural history photographer and lecturer at The University of Nottingham
Linda Pitkin - underwater photographer