The winners and runners up of the 2019 Nature Photographer Of The Year have recently been announced, and as always, the standards are incredibly high. The presentation of the award at the Nature Talks Photo Festival in the Netherlands marked the end of a competition at which over 14,000 images were submitted by photographers from 73 different countries.

Entries are divided into 11 categories including Birds, Mammals, Plants and mushrooms, Landscapes, Underwater and Man and Nature. Category winners are then pitted against each other to decide the Grand Prize: the prestigious title of Nature Photographer Of The Year.

Scroll down below to see a comprehensive list of the best winners and runners up of this year's competition, and let us know which ones you liked best in the comments below!

#1

Category Mammals Highly Commended: 'Colorful Night' By Mohammad Murad (Kw)

Category Mammals Highly Commended: 'Colorful Night' By Mohammad Murad (Kw)

Mohammad Murad Report

Rowlie 2 weeks ago

Can't stop staring

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This year's overall winner was Hungary's Csaba Daróczi, who scooped the prize with a beautifully-timed black and white capture of two rabbits leaping playfully through the air. Nature Talks explained that the jury chose this image because of the atmosphere, the timing, the beautiful light and the perfect sharpness and composition. 

“This photo proves once again that you don't have to put rare or exotic animals in front of the lens to make a perfect nature photo. If you have a good idea and a vision of nature photography, you can also make a great album close to home," said Keith Wilson, chairman of the jury. "It is also remarkable that it is a black and white photo, but it is precisely because of this that the energy pops out of the photo."

#2

Overall Winner And Black And White Category Winner: 'Jump' By Csaba Daroczi (Hungary)

Overall Winner And Black And White Category Winner: 'Jump' By Csaba Daroczi (Hungary)

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Naoko Yamaguchi 2 weeks ago

The very best photo I've ever seen. Soooo amazing!

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#3

Category Mammals Highly Commended: 'Climbing To The Sweet' By José Juan Hernández (Es)

Category Mammals Highly Commended: 'Climbing To The Sweet' By José Juan Hernández (Es)

José Juan Hernández Report

Rowlie 2 weeks ago

Beware of the thorns little guy

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The photographer himself explained that while he is not particularly passionate about rabbits, he found their lively, leaping behavior to be well worthy of capturing. “I took this photo in Kiskunsag, near my village of Bócsa,"he told Bored Panda.

"I found a colony of rabbits when I went out taking pictures. I was watching them for a while, and I found out where was the best spot to take photos of them. I gave them a little food to come closer to me and they got more and more confident. In 2018 I spent 72 mornings taking photos of them. I made a few good ones."

While watching the rabbits I realised that sometimes they jump at each other in the air. I knew in the moment, that I have to take a picture of this scene. So I gave them food, and the stronger rabbits were protecting their share from the others.That's what caused this scene.”

#4

Category Birds Winner: 'Greeting The Sun' By Peter Cech (Cz)

Category Birds Winner: 'Greeting The Sun' By Peter Cech (Cz)

Peter Cech Report

Rowlie 2 weeks ago

Peaceful and dreamy. I want it on my wall

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#5

Category Plants And Fungi Winner: 'The Fallen Idol III' By David Frutos Egea (Es)

Category Plants And Fungi Winner: 'The Fallen Idol III' By David Frutos Egea (Es)

David Frutos Egea Report

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife 2 weeks ago

Really love this shot- so very serene. Awesome symmetry and atmosphere as well.

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#6

Category Underwater Winner: ' Up In The Air' By Alexey Zozulya (Ru)

Category Underwater Winner: ' Up In The Air' By Alexey Zozulya (Ru)

Alexey Zozulya Report

Spikey Bunny 2 weeks ago

Upside down v right side up... gorgeous either way

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#7

Category Youth Winner: 'Symphony N°5' By Giacomo Redaelli (It)

Category Youth Winner: 'Symphony N°5' By Giacomo Redaelli (It)

Giacomo Redaelli Report

Rowlie 2 weeks ago

I love the rebel on the left

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#8

Category Mammals Highly Commended: 'Wolf Attack' By Martin Steenhaut (Be)

Category Mammals Highly Commended: 'Wolf Attack' By Martin Steenhaut (Be)

Martin Steenhaut Report

BingeFest1 2 weeks ago

Gorgeous shot

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#9

Category Birds Runner-Up: 'Golden Eagle Landing' By Audun Rikardsen (No)

Category Birds Runner-Up: 'Golden Eagle Landing' By Audun Rikardsen (No)

Audun Rikardsen Report

SirPatTheCat 2 weeks ago

Oh I remember seeing how they got this shot basically they created a perch that looked optimal for sitting on for the eagle and just waited until it sat on it (which I believe took a while-in the days range?) and put a camera on it. Anyways it sounds a lot less dramatic when I explain it but that’s what happened

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#10

Category Birds Highly Commended: 'Fjord Fight' By Bernt Østhus (No)

Category Birds Highly Commended: 'Fjord Fight' By Bernt Østhus (No)

Bernt Østhus Report

Rowlie 2 weeks ago

We were on a break!

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#11

Category Underwater Runner-Up: 'Dancing In The Light' By Domenico Tripodi (It)

Category Underwater Runner-Up: 'Dancing In The Light' By Domenico Tripodi (It)

Domenico Tripodi Report

xXKittensweetXx 2 weeks ago

aw so serene.. hehehe squishies everywhere

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#12

Category Man And Nature Highly Commended:' Sunsets' By Pedro Narra (Pt)

Category Man And Nature Highly Commended:' Sunsets' By Pedro Narra (Pt)

Pedro Narra Report

Daria B 2 weeks ago

First sight: "awwwww...." Second thought: "wait? Isn't it chlorinated water?" It's such a powerful image, really.

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#13

Category Black And White Highly Commended: 'Brothers' By Luke Massey (Es)

Category Black And White Highly Commended: 'Brothers' By Luke Massey (Es)

Luke Massey Report

Christopher 2 weeks ago

Why they look like Jake Gyllenhall?

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#14

Category Landscape Winner: 'A Stormy Day' By Ales Krivec (Si)

Category Landscape Winner: 'A Stormy Day' By Ales Krivec (Si)

Ales Krivec Report

CR82 2 weeks ago

I love this!

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#15

Category Mammals Highly Commended: 'Deer On The Crest' By François Nowicki (Fr)

Category Mammals Highly Commended: 'Deer On The Crest' By François Nowicki (Fr)

François Nowicki Report

Alatheia Eunomia 2 weeks ago (edited)

Is that really a deer? The antlers resemble those of an elk. I don't even know if the picture was taken in North America.

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#16

Category Fred Hazelhoff Portfolio Award Winner: 'Cuejdel My Lake' By Gheorghe Popa (Ro)

Category Fred Hazelhoff Portfolio Award Winner: 'Cuejdel My Lake' By Gheorghe Popa (Ro)

Gheorghe Popa Report

Rowlie 2 weeks ago

I wonder if some filter was used or is it natural

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#17

Category Underwater Highly Commended: 'Duck Photo Bomb' By Paul Colley (UK)

Category Underwater Highly Commended: 'Duck Photo Bomb' By Paul Colley (UK)

Paul Colley Report

Invisible Killer Platypus 2 weeks ago

the duck be like "I have backup"

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#18

Category Plants And Fungi Highly Commended: 'Survivor III' By David Frutos Egea (Es)

Category Plants And Fungi Highly Commended: 'Survivor III' By David Frutos Egea (Es)

David Frutos Egea Report

Rowlie 2 weeks ago

The symmetry is imcredible

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#19

Category Youth Highly Commended:'poplar Stars' By Carlos Perez Naval (Es)

Category Youth Highly Commended:'poplar Stars' By Carlos Perez Naval (Es)

Carlos Perez Naval Report

Katherine Drabek 1 week ago

Beautiful night and starlight.

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#20

Category Landscape Highly Commended: 'Flower Power' By Brandon Yoshizawa (Us)

Category Landscape Highly Commended: 'Flower Power' By Brandon Yoshizawa (Us)

Brandon Yoshizawa Report

Sunzilla 2 weeks ago

Rift in space and time?

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#21

Category Birds Highly Commended: 'La Dama Blanca' By Stanislao Basileo (It)

Category Birds Highly Commended: 'La Dama Blanca' By Stanislao Basileo (It)

Stanislao Basileo Report

xXKittensweetXx 2 weeks ago

almost looks photo-shopped! its that pretty!

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#22

Category Other Animals Highly Commended: 'Hunting Ants' By Petr Bambousek (Cz)

Category Other Animals Highly Commended: 'Hunting Ants' By Petr Bambousek (Cz)

Petr Bambousek Report

Rowlie 2 weeks ago

What's for dinner?

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#23

Category Plants And Fungi Highly Commended: 'Frozen Spring' By Csaba Daroczi (Hu)

Category Plants And Fungi Highly Commended: 'Frozen Spring' By Csaba Daroczi (Hu)

Csaba Daroczi Report

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife 2 weeks ago

Love this! Looks like a peacock feather.

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#24

Category Other Animals Runner-Up: 'Gorgon' By Alena Shevtsova (Ru)

Category Other Animals Runner-Up: 'Gorgon' By Alena Shevtsova (Ru)

Alena Shevtsova Report

Invisible Killer Platypus 2 weeks ago

too close! too close!

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#25

Category Other Animals Highly Commended: 'Hunt In Sun' By Wei Fu (Th)

Category Other Animals Highly Commended: 'Hunt In Sun' By Wei Fu (Th)

Wei Fu Report

Rowlie 2 weeks ago (edited)

PIVOT!

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#26

Category Mammals Winner: 'Under The Snow…' By Stefano Quirini (It)

Category Mammals Winner: 'Under The Snow…' By Stefano Quirini (It)

Stefano Quirini Report

Rowlie 2 weeks ago

Looks more like a beautiful painting

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#27

Category Mammals Runner-Up: 'Tapir Diver' By Marcio Esteves Cabral (Br)

Category Mammals Runner-Up: 'Tapir Diver' By Marcio Esteves Cabral (Br)

Marcio Esteves Cabral Report

Foxxy’s #1 fan 2 weeks ago

Well how bout that, I had no idea that Tapir could swim especially underwater.

#28

Category Other Animals Highly Commended: 'Fly' By Radomir Jakubowski (De)

Category Other Animals Highly Commended: 'Fly' By Radomir Jakubowski (De)

Radomir Jakubowski Report

Rowlie 2 weeks ago

It's like the plant is watching itself in a magic mirror

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#29

Category Youth Highly Commended: 'Little Curious Learner' By John Peter Wewin Pandian (In)

Category Youth Highly Commended: 'Little Curious Learner' By John Peter Wewin Pandian (In)

John Peter Wewin Pandian Report

CaptainDinosaur 2 weeks ago

Amazing.

#30

Category Other Animals Winner: 'Golden Rain' By Norbert Kaszás (Hu)

Category Other Animals Winner: 'Golden Rain' By Norbert Kaszás (Hu)

Norbert Kaszás Report

xXKittensweetXx 2 weeks ago

aw poor dragonfly!!! it could kill the poor guy! once an insects wings are wet and damaged, it leaves them vulnerable for quite a while as they wait for their wings to dry :(

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