The Nature inFocus Photography Contest honors talented photographers who document unique natural history moments and critical conservation issues and generate an impressive catalog of imaginative and artistic images every year.

Radha Rangarajan, who is the editor of the contest, told Bored Panda: “The Nature inFocus Photography Contest began back in 2015, and this is the 7th edition of our contest!” The winners and finalists of this year’s contest were announced on November 22 via a live YouTube event. More than 2,000 photographers from 40 countries submitted nearly 18,000 photographs featuring amazing images of nature.

In the images below, you can see the winning and finalist pictures of this year.

More info: Instagram | natureinfocus.in

#1

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

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Lauren St.Pierre
Community Member
5 months ago

Just...whoa.

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“Every year, a jury is appointed by us, and the members of the jury are a mix of wildlife and environmental photographers, scientists, journalists, and filmmakers. This is done to ensure that we have a well-rounded approach in understanding all aspects of an image. The jury members select the winning images based on creativity, originality, composition, and technical as well as artistic considerations. The contest is open to all, participants from all over the world are welcome to submit. There is a special category for young photographers who are 17 years of age and under,” Radha told us about the evaluation process of the submissions.

#2

The King’s Feast

The King’s Feast

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jpaul
Community Member
5 months ago

amazing shot

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#3

The Resting Monarch

The Resting Monarch

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Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
5 months ago

I wonder if they're home or on their way?

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When asked about how the winners are chosen, Radha explained: “Over multiple rounds of judging, the jury and the organisers shortlist images based on various technical and artistic considerations. All the finalists are contacted for RAW image verification, post which the jury members score and decide the final winners. We follow a rule of complete anonymity, where none of the jury members know who the participants are, and the images are judged purely on the merit of each individual photograph.”

#4

The Illusionist

The Illusionist

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Goth mouse (they/them)
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow! Is that its brain?

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#5

A Bush Elephant

A Bush Elephant

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Mya Lugar
Community Member
5 months ago

Stayed wet too long, got mossy.

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“There are 6 main categories and each category winner takes away a cool cash prize of Rs 50,000 (INR). The runner-up wins Rs 25,000 and the second runner-up wins Rs 10,000. All the winners and special mentions get trophies and certificates. Additionally, they get worldwide media coverage and features on our social media channels,” Radha told us about the prizes for the winners.

#6

Pay Through The Nose

Pay Through The Nose

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Lewis Thorne
Community Member
5 months ago

I love this picture how can I get a copy?

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#7

Catwalk

Catwalk

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Amanda
Community Member
5 months ago

Looks like a display at a museum..

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The creators of the contest are happy about the success they’ve had: “Every single year all of us on the organising team are overwhelmed and inspired by the sheer quality and quantity of submissions that come in. Photographers are constantly pushing the boundaries of technical and artistic excellence and we are in a lucky and unique position to witness this progression, first hand. We are privileged to be in the company of such talented photographers from all over the world, and glad to be able to provide a huge platform for them to showcase their work.”

#8

After ‘While Crocodile!

After ‘While Crocodile!

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Lauren St.Pierre
Community Member
5 months ago

What a lovely game of tag. "Tag you're dead!" Lol man I'm terrible

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#9

Blue Symphony

Blue Symphony

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Mya Lugar
Community Member
5 months ago

Outstanding composition/skill

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#10

Hamster Wheel Of Life

Hamster Wheel Of Life

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
5 months ago

Incoming.

#11

A Hiss In The Canopy

A Hiss In The Canopy

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maya P.K
Community Member
5 months ago

fellow slitherins, assemble!

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#12

The Old Man And The Forest

The Old Man And The Forest

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Goth mouse (they/them)
Community Member
5 months ago

Aww his trees have been cut down 😢

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#13

Hop Into The Limelight

Hop Into The Limelight

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Kristy DeMonte-Early
Community Member
5 months ago

Very nice

#14

City Lights

City Lights

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
5 months ago

Unfortunately this little one will be growing up far too close to them.

#15

Cut To The Chase

Cut To The Chase

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
5 months ago

Run boarest!! Run!!

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#16

Tag, You Are It!

Tag, You Are It!

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
5 months ago

I know it's their next meal, but I hope they lose on this one and move on.

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#17

Pixie Dust

Pixie Dust

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
5 months ago

This is so beautiful. Should be higher.

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#18

Going Astray

Going Astray

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
5 months ago

Ok! I'm leaving already. No need to get pushy.

#19

Plastic Island

Plastic Island

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
5 months ago

😔 so very sad.

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#20

Evicted

Evicted

Mahisin Khan Report

Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
5 months ago

This is so very sad.

#21

Who Let The Bees Out!

Who Let The Bees Out!

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
5 months ago

Probably flying alongside this gorgeous bird. Glad there are bees to be out.

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#22

A Heritage Sight

A Heritage Sight

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Kristy DeMonte-Early
Community Member
5 months ago

Love it

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#23

Spider Dreams

Spider Dreams

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jpaul
Community Member
5 months ago

definitely in my wallpapers folder

#24

Neon Night

Neon Night

Ian Wade Report

Lauren St.Pierre
Community Member
5 months ago

Imagine some sort or snail party and his little eye stalks are just bopping around teehee

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#25

Nose-To-Tail Diet

Nose-To-Tail Diet

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Baylee Parker
Community Member
5 months ago

I feel like there's a dirty joke just waiting to happen here... Probably something that'll evoke eye rolling and such. Like, "he must not have gotten her off, seeing as immediately afterward she wanted some head!" Yup, I went there. You're welcome. Face, meet palm. 🤦🏼‍♀️

#26

Bear In The Woods

Bear In The Woods

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
5 months ago

Doing what in the woods?

#27

Something In The Rain

Something In The Rain

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Goth mouse (they/them)
Community Member
5 months ago

A snail looking at the rain!

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#28

Wool In The Snow

Wool In The Snow

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Just playing hiding in plain sight and seek.

#29

Toxic-City

Toxic-City

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Kristy DeMonte-Early
Community Member
5 months ago

The photo through was well taken good shot.

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#30

Love Is Orange

Love Is Orange

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Kerry Johnson
Community Member
5 months ago

When you're done, I'm waiting...and I'm better.

#31

Swarm The Sun

Swarm The Sun

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#32

Entrapment

Entrapment

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Virginia Green (she/her)
Community Member
5 months ago

this one may be my favorite

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#33

Rush Hour

Rush Hour

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Lauren St.Pierre
Community Member
5 months ago

HIIIIIIYA

#34

This Divided Land

This Divided Land

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
5 months ago

I lived here first and I'm NOT leaving!

#35

Deep Cleaning Services

Deep Cleaning Services

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Why?
Community Member
5 months ago

... and you think you've got a shitty job!

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#36

Fishing For Rubbish

Fishing For Rubbish

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
5 months ago

Unfortunately and infuriatingly more and more of the catch these days. More than we could ever dredge out.

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#37

Collateral Damage

Collateral Damage

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Katrina Gibson
Community Member
5 months ago

I'm having a hard time telling what is happening to the bird? Is it trying to hunt the chicks or feed them? Falling into thorns?

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