The best photos and runners up of the 2019 Nature Photographer Of The Year photo contest 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 photography contest at which over 14,000 stunning pictures were submitted by both amateur and professional photographers from 73 different countries.

Entries are divided into 11 nature photography 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 beautiful photos from 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
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1 year 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)

Csaba Daroczi Report

Foxxy’s #1 fan
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1 year ago

I envision them dancing.

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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

SCL
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1 year ago

Like in a fairy tale.

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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

Pamela24
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1 year ago (edited)

Oooh! This is one of my favourite places in Prague (my hometown), I'm so touched to see it here! Definitely my favourite bridge, I have so many great memories sitting on it with my friends, legs hanging above water slipped through the railing, sipping cider and enjoying the beautiful view (on both sides). Congratulations, Peter, on such a gorgeous picture!

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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

Rowlie
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1 year ago

These are some very well-organised beautiful trees

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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

Ania O
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1 year ago

Reminds me of the Windfish from Zelda games :)

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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
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1 year 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

Sveta Smirnova
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1 year ago

The birds from Walking dead scene

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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

Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

Great perspective

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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
Community Member
1 year 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

glorytherainwing
Community Member
1 year ago

la da dee la da daaa la da daaaaaa

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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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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

Theory Buchannon
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1 year ago

That isn't a deer. That is a moose!!!LOL XD

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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
Community Member
1 year 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

Jacob/Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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1 year ago

That fish is like oh crap

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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
Community Member
1 year 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

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
1 year ago

Starry, starry night.

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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
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1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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

Sunzilla
Community Member
1 year ago

Pretty little worm.

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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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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

glorytherainwing
Community Member
1 year ago

hello darkness my old friend

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Note: this post originally had 68 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.