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The 2023 edition of the International Photography Awards (IPA) has once again revealed an awe-inspiring collection of nature photography that has captivated viewers worldwide. These remarkable winning images transport us to the enchanting realms of the natural world, vividly portraying the beauty, diversity, and raw power of nature.

From breathtaking landscapes to intimate wildlife portraits, the winners in the 'nature photography' category of IPA 2023 showcase unparalleled skill, creativity, and a profound appreciation for our planet's remarkable ecosystems. Join us in celebrating the extraordinary talent displayed by the IPA 2023 winners in the realm of nature photography.

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#1

2nd Place In Nature/Aerial/Drone: "33 Days Among The Bears" By Martin Gregus

A picture of a polar bear sleeping

"As the pandemic raged during the summer of 2020 and 2021, Martin decided to brave the mosquitoes and turn his attention to documenting and exploring new Hudson Bay areas. Utilizing drones and custom-built equipment allowed Martin to get up close and personal to the bears all the while staying invisible, often capturing intimate moments and unique hunting behaviours. Observing the polar bears’ curiosity and compassion changed the lives of Martin and his team forever."

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This year, the IPA competition received a huge number of entries - tens of thousands, in fact. Many of the photographs focused on the environment and changes coming from climate change but also showed the resilience and beauty of nature.

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2nd Place In Nature/Landscape: "A Perfect Cloud" By Francisco Negroni

A photograph of the Villarrica volcano

"The Villarrica volcano is the most dangerous volcano in Chile and one of the most active in America. In the photograph a beautiful lenticular cloud moves over the crater while it is illuminated by the light emitted by the volcano's lava."

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2nd Place In Nature/Sunrise /Sunset: "First Light" By Aaron Lynton

A photograph of a wave

"My flash illuminates an otherwise dark shore break barrel just before the first light of the morning. Chasing surf before the sun rises; there's not many better ways to start the day!"

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The IPA competition undergoes an official judging process spanning several weeks, led by our esteemed panel of judges who are experts in the field from around the globe. Each entry is meticulously rated on a scale from 10 to 100, with 10 being the lowest score. The scores are aggregated, and the winners are determined by the overall score derived from the cumulative votes of the jury.

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2nd Place In Nature/Animals/Pets: "Heather Coo" By Wesley Kristopher

A photograph of a cow

"I Photograph this fold of Highland cattle frequently but tend to stick to longer telephoto portrait shots. For this Photograph, I experimented with my ultra-wide lens to give a distorted, exaggerated look to the cow. She looked so grand among the heather with the light shining through the clouds and I hope this captures that moment well!"

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1st Place In Nature/Underwater: "The Hidden World" By Alexej Sachov

A photograph of an underwater cave

"The photographs capture the ethereal play of sunlight in unexplored, untouched underwater caves. They reflect the grace of wild fish in their dance with sunrays, illustrating a vibrant, undiscovered world. The stunning beauty of these remote places underscores their vulnerability. Each image serves as a plea for awareness and action - to protect these fragile ecosystems from the reach of human influence. Through my work, I aspire to inspire, to create a powerful connection between viewers and our incredible, yet injured, planet."

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5 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am so glad that someone takes pictures like this because it's great to know what's down there without ever having to actually go DOWN there.

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To uphold an impartial and unbiased voting process, the identities of all photographers are kept confidential from the judging panel. IPA mandates that each judge assess the images based on specific criteria, including originality, creativity, execution excellence, overall impact, and relevance to the designated category. This thorough evaluation ensures a comprehensive and fair assessment of each submission, upholding the integrity of the competition.

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1st Place In Nature/Underwater: "The Dentist" By Takayuki Toriumi

A photograph a cod catching a shrimp

"A few years ago, I came across a cod enjoying the shrimp's cleaning service on a southern Japanese island. I captured this delightful scene as if he were being examined by shrimp doctor."

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2nd Place In Nature/Trees: "Trees In Water" By Jinyi Han

A photograph of a tree and its reflection

"In the heart of the tranquil lake, a marvel of nature blossoms. An old, withered log, once thought devoid of life, becomes the birthplace of a young sapling. Its roots dig deep into the hardened bark, drawing sustenance from what was once barren. Each new leaf echoes resilience, symbolizing a harmonious dance between past, present, and future. The reflection in the water below mirrors its growing silhouette, a testament to life's indomitable spirit of perseverance and rebirth."

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1st Place In Nature/Macro: "Pretty With Pink" By Benjamin Salb

A picture of a damselfly

"Getting bored of a black background, which is typical when shooting macro in the field in the dark, I secured a pink background card behind this damselfly for some extra POP. The 63 image focus stack of a wild, living subject is one of my favorites of 2023."

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1st Place In Nature/Trees: "Tree Of Life" By Rafael Garcia Luna

A photograph of a tree

"This photograph was taken in the Gorbeia natural park. Walking among its shapes is a delight for any nature lover and especially for hunters of curves and angles to translate into photography. Everything is suggestive, everything is delicate, poetic and wild at the same time. The paths disappear among the undergrowth, eaten away by time and moss. I came across this beech tree just with the first rays of light in the morning, I was impressed by its extensive roots on top of that hill and its gigantic branches."

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3rd Place In Nature/Wildlife: "An Annual Feast" By Rayhan Mundra

A photograph of a bear hunting salmon

"Every year hundreds of thousands of sockeye salmon head upstream, to spawn their next generation. This annual migration provides a carnivorous feast for brown bears, who rely on the fish to survive hibernation as well as bringing nutrients from the open ocean inland to support the greater ecosystem. As commercial fishing continues to take a toll on returning populations it is important to preserve this keystone species in order to allow future generations to witness the spectacle of the Alaskan salmon run and preserve the Alaskan organisms whose existence relies on this annual feast."

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3rd Place In Nature/Aerial/Drone: "Veins Of The Earth" By Robert Bilos

A picture of a river in Iceland

"The rivers of Iceland run from the glaciers to the oceans, creating paths across the volcanic earth which look like the veins of the land when seen from the air. Along the way, they transport vital nutrients for the ecosystem in the form of sediment, which are responsible for the sometimes very unusual colors of the water, sometimes looks like another planet. It is a true paradise for all the photography lovers. When you shot from the air, sometimes can be a big challenge to create a photograph in windy conditions and for short periods of time. Photograph from Iceland rivers and highlands."

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#12

1st Place In Nature/Animals/Pets: "The Prince Of Darkness" By Danica Barreau

A photograph of a dog with crown

"A beautiful black dog emerges from the shadows to be crowned The Prince of Darkness."

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5 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Very regal looking dog, although I admit I was biased by the title.

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Nature Photographer Of The Year: "Ice Fantasy" By Barbara And Maciej Noskowski

A picture of frozen lake

"We are absolutely fascinated by these beautiful patterns on the frozen lakes we discovered in February this year. They are like flowers, branches, stars, abstract compositions, minimalistic, fantastic! You can only see them from above. As we later found out, these are holes created as a result of vegetation inside the lake. These sprawling cracks and surrounding shapes are a quite rare sight."

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1st Place In Nature/Flowers: "Flower Portrait Series" By Tim Platt

A photograph of a flower

"My fascination when photographing flowers is observing the amazing detail within natures design. The closer you get, the more you see. These flower portraits have all been photographed in macro using a focus stacking technique ranging fro 60 - 160 shots at different focal points and then blended to create deep focus from the nearest to farthest points of the subject. This is the only way to create the necessary depth of field when shooting close up with a macro lens."

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1st Place In Nature/Aerial/Drone: "The Torn Earth" By Liu Junye

A picture of industrial waste

"Due to industrial pollution, mining industrial waste is discharged on the ground, resulting in strange patterns."

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4 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The horrors humans have wrought upon Mother Nature... poisons like this may be the worst

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2nd Place In Nature/Flowers: "Flowers Of Another World" By Herbert Pregel

A photograph of a lily

"... a calla lily in the dark."

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3rd Place In Nature/Landscape: "Desert Glory" By Babak Mehrafshar

A photograph of Khara desert

"Khara desert."

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4 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you take the human out of the picture, it's beautiful abstract art.

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2nd Place In Nature/Macro: "Menemerus Bivittatus" By Eduardo Modolo

A photograph of a jumping spider

"Macro fotografia de araña saltarina."

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3rd Place In Nature/Sunrise/Sunset: "Braves Fishermen In The Rough Sea" By Hernani Castro Jr

A picture of fishermen at work

"Fishermen at work at sunny day, strong wind and rough sea in the Rio Vermelho neighborhood, at Salvador City, Bahia, Brazil!"

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2nd Place In Nature/Other: "Kakhovka Dam 6/06/2023" By Olga Volianska

A photograph of the tragedy at the Kakhovka dam

"This series of photographs is a way to convey the horror of the events taking place with the help of art installations from black-used engine oil. The series was created during the first days after the tragedy at the Kakhovka dam, which has been under occupation since the first day of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. An ecological catastrophe, the scale of the consequences we can't know today, and the whole world is unconscious. Life is the greatest value - both humans and the entire planet, every blade of grass on our earth."

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5 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Absolutely Terrible! Especially in this day and age. Have we humans not learned anything from our Past and the consequences that follow?😕 😔 😞

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