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“Nature and wildlife photography has the power to change lives for the better, not only by making the wonder of nature accessible to so many, but by improving awareness of conservation issues across the globe,” says Rob Read, the founder of WildArt Photographer of the Year contest. The contest has 4 categories (Wet, Light, Silhouettes, and Eyes) and is a great platform for talented photographers to get recognition for their work.

Scroll down to see this year’s best photographs and don’t forget to check out our post about last year’s contest too.

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Ervin Horesnyík - Light Category

Ervin Horesnyík - Light Category

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Bored Panda got to ask a few questions to Vicki Jauron, who won silver in the “Wet” category. She told us that the winning picture was from the most memorable photoshoot she’s ever done: “We had to race across the river hoping that the wildebeest would cross. We could have missed everything but instead just made it in time to be perfectly placed when the herd started heading into the river. I remember every moment of that morning.”

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“One of the things I love most about photography is that it’s given me the ability and drive to be out in the wild,” Vicki says. “Oftentimes I can hardly contain myself and can be heard exclaiming the beauty of the animal, making happy sounds and such. It’s thrilling to me and I’m in awe of the world's beauty. I might feel differently if I’m ever faced with a black mamba though.”

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Daniel D’Auria - Eyes Silver Award Winner

Daniel D’Auria - Eyes Silver Award Winner

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When asked about how she felt about winning, Vicki told us: “I never expect to win anything. Sometimes I feel like I have a potential winner, but there are always so many potential winners… I don’t know how the judges do it! But I was absolutely thrilled to win a place. Especially with the quality of the images in this competition.”

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Vicki Jauron - Wet Silver Award Winner

Vicki Jauron - Wet Silver Award Winner

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Lukasz Sokol - Wet Category

Lukasz Sokol - Wet Category

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As for the future, the talented photographer says: “My aspiration is to have my work help promote a love of nature, particularly in the next generation. I recently published two children’s books dedicated to that purpose featuring shore birds in Long Island. I’m doing some soul searching now on what more I can do and what project to take on next. And of course, I’m always looking to improve my skills and creativity.”

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Vanessa Mignon - Eyes Category

Vanessa Mignon - Eyes Category

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Andorn Meesreedee - Eyes Category

Andorn Meesreedee - Eyes Category

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Manjula Sridhar
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a beautiful pic. In India we refer to Peacock as Sahasraksha (or thousand eyes)

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Yaron Schmid - Silhouettes Gold Award Winner

Yaron Schmid - Silhouettes Gold Award Winner

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Jiri Hrebicek - Silhouettes Bronze Award Winner

Jiri Hrebicek - Silhouettes Bronze Award Winner

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Andrew Fusek-Peters - Silhouettes Category

Andrew Fusek-Peters - Silhouettes Category

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Matthew Sullivan - Eyes Category

Matthew Sullivan - Eyes Category

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Sean Chinn - Eyes Category

Sean Chinn - Eyes Category

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Tibor Litauszki - Silhouettes Category

Tibor Litauszki - Silhouettes Category

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Boldizsár Szucs - Light Gold Award Winner

Boldizsár Szucs - Light Gold Award Winner

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Aaron Todd - Light Founder’s Choice

Aaron Todd - Light Founder’s Choice

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Matthew Sullivan - Wet Category

Matthew Sullivan - Wet Category

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Jef Bateman
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I used to see salamanders more frequently. Are pesticides taking a toll, or is it global warming? Or both?

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Michal Dobes - Eyes Category

Michal Dobes - Eyes Category

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Bernhard Schubert - Wet Founder's Choice

Bernhard Schubert - Wet Founder's Choice

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Ponlawat Thaipinnarong - Eyes Category

Ponlawat Thaipinnarong - Eyes Category

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Note: this post originally had 69 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.