The Nature Conservancy is 'the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people." Every year they hold a competition where professional and amateur photographers from all around the globe can submit their photos, and this year the organization has just announced the 21 winning photographs of 2018.


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There are 6 categories in this competition: people and nature, landscape, water, wildlife, cities and nature, and people’s choice. People from 135 countries submitted more than 57k pictures, and below you can see the best of them.

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#1 Stallions Playing, Grand Prize

Stallions Playing, Grand Prize

“The power of the animal kingdom.” Photo by Camille Briottet, Lyon, France.

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Laugh Fan 2 weeks ago

Magnificent! You can see their raw strength.

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#2 Serenity

Serenity

“Aldeyjarfoss Waterfall in Iceland, January 2018. The places that are hardest to get to are often the best and most peaceful.” Photo by Jeremy Stevens, Fallsington, Pennsylvania, USA.

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Magdalina777 2 weeks ago

Iceland definitely goes on my bucket list with all those stunning ice things <3

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#3 Pure Energy And Fire

Pure Energy And Fire

“Colima volcano erupting during the night showing its strength, was taken in the Yerbabuena, Comala, Colima. Volcanic eruptions in small quantities help reduce global warming.” Photo by Hernando Alonso Rivera Cervantes, Villa de Alvarez, Mexico.

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Corey Smith 2 weeks ago

That is strangely beautiful.

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#4 Polar Bear

Polar Bear

“The polar bear wandering on pack ice looks at the ice melting. Photo was taken in Nunavut during summer 2017.” Photo by Florian Ledoux, Brasles, France.

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d r e a m w o r l d 2 weeks ago

At first I thought it was a worm on a frosty blue-tinted window...

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#5 Namibian Curves

Namibian Curves

“We were on our Chronicles of Namibia workshop, wrapping up a wonderful evening of shooting in the Sossusvlei area. On the drive back to camp, this most simple composition caught my eye. I couldn’t resist and stopped the group to get this shot. Sossusvlei, Namibia. 17/11/17.” Photo by Paul Zizka, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

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Alex Kovacheva 2 weeks ago

Simplisity, sophistication and perfection - it's the power of mother Nature!

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#6 The End Is Near

The End Is Near

“This ice could be thousands of years old, and only recently broke off the Vatnajokull Glacier at Jokulsarlon Bay in Iceland, and will soon melt into the sea. Taken July 2017 in Iceland.” Photo by Andre Mercier, Los Angeles, California, USA.

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Luis Molina 2 weeks ago

Pero que emocion estar tan cerca de algo como esto…….

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#7 Welcome To My Humble Abode

Welcome To My Humble Abode

“A tiny fungi gnat sheltering inside the canopy of a toadstool, South Scotland 2017.” Photo by Duncan McNaught, Castle Douglas, United Kingdom.

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Laugh Fan 2 weeks ago

That looks far from humble! Love it.

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#8 Watching You Watching Me

Watching You Watching Me

“Red Fox in Bonavista, Newfoundland in July 2017.” Photo by Megan Lorenz, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada.

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ZombieGirl5591 2 weeks ago

He looks very wise

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#9 Floating In The Dead Sea

Floating In The Dead Sea

“One of the most unique experiences of the world in the lowest point on earth. We belong to nature and not the reverse. Without the nature we do not live, but without us it lives.” Photo by Aline Fortuna, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

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Luis Molina 2 weeks ago

Me gustaria estar al lado de esa personita y disfrutar…..

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#10 Reclamation

Reclamation

“The eeriness of exploring this ghost town in United Arab Emirates went away after an hour or so of exploring. But, I still felt uneasy about entering some of these ‘homes.’ It felt like I was trespassing, so I tried being oddly respectful. The Arabian Desert obviously didn’t feel the same way, reminding me that nature will always reclaim what we abandon.” Photo by Jesse Yang, Fort Lee, New Jersey,... Read More

“The eeriness of exploring this ghost town in United Arab Emirates went away after an hour or so of exploring. But, I still felt uneasy about entering some of these ‘homes.’ It felt like I was trespassing, so I tried being oddly respectful. The Arabian Desert obviously didn’t feel the same way, reminding me that nature will always reclaim what we abandon.” Photo by Jesse Yang, Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA.

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Rie Yamaguchi 2 weeks ago

A very strong message about how "permanent" all human creations are in the face of nature and time.

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#11 Lava Explosion

Lava Explosion

“On the Kīlauea Lava Flow in Kalapana, lava hits the ocean creating an explosion of molten basalt rocks and acidic steam plumes skyward. When hot lava vaporizes cool sea water it blasts lava rock fragments every direction and creates a billowing cloud of laze ‘lava haze’ made up of a mixture of acidic seawater steam, hydrochloric acid, and tiny shards of volcanic glass.” Photo by Elyse Butler, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

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female raisin 2 weeks ago

The colors are beautiful

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#12 Her Majesty

Her Majesty

“A plastic bag in its natural habitat, the ocean. Shot in Shellharbour in 2017. Plastic was once worshiped, now it destroys everything we love. Nature connects us all, we have a duty to protect her.” Photo by Aristo Risi, Shellharbour, Australia.

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Laugh Fan 2 weeks ago

The damage we have caused is horrific.

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#13 Meeting Of Alligators

Meeting Of Alligators

“Lagoon with many alligators in the Northern Pantanal, Poconé region. Late afternoon left the scene a bluish color. Picture of 23/09/2011.” Photo by Jorge André Diehl, Distrito Federal, Brazil.

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Laugh Fan 2 weeks ago

Beautiful and scary! I would have had to use a very, very long lens!!

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#14 My Home My City

My Home My City

“Lion Rock is a symbol of Hong Kong, including me, many Hong Kong people are also growing under the mountain, it also represents the spirit of Hong Kong people. Photo time: 2018-1-14. Photo at: Tai Mo Shan.” Photo by Kwok Kui Andus Tse, Wong Tai Sin, Hong Kong, China.

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#15 The Hunter

The Hunter

“A large white shark hunts in the waters of Guadalupe Island, Mexico.”Photo by Roberto Moccini Formiga, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Alex Kovacheva 2 weeks ago

I love that sense of danger... wonder if that was the last shot of the photographer - that shark looks hungry!

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#16 Slender Slots'

Slender Slots'

“Squeezing through one of the incredibly narrow slot canyons in Escalante National Monument. Taken on a week long expedition through the deserts of southern Utah.” Photo by Tanner Latham, Bozeman, Montana, USA.

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Laugh Fan 2 weeks ago

Agh! Claustrophobia trigger... moving on (despite how gorgeous the photo is).

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#17 Vama Veche Sunrise

Vama Veche Sunrise

“Sunrise in Vama Veche, Romania.” Photo by George Bufan, Timisoara, Romania.

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Alexandra Sedan 2 weeks ago

it's better live ! but amazing photo :D

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#18 La Pacha Mama

La Pacha Mama

“A model holding the ribs of a dry leaf. Juan de Acosta, Atlantic, January 08 2017. Nature is a generous mother.”Photo by Ruben Dario Mejia, Barranquilla, Colombia.

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Tammy Chapman 2 weeks ago

That is one huge leaf. And because of the thin and lacy effect it looks even more beautiful.

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#19 Frog Hug

Frog Hug

“Down at the mud puddles on our road, we found several young bullfrogs hopping around. Up on our hilltop, wet spots are few and far between, so our mud puddles are home to a constant flow of tadpoles, frogs and toads. My daughter loves all critters, her goal is to create a wildlife rehab center someday. She constantly inspires me with her care towards every living thing.” Photo by Terra... Read More

“Down at the mud puddles on our road, we found several young bullfrogs hopping around. Up on our hilltop, wet spots are few and far between, so our mud puddles are home to a constant flow of tadpoles, frogs and toads. My daughter loves all critters, her goal is to create a wildlife rehab center someday. She constantly inspires me with her care towards every living thing.” Photo by Terra Fondriest, Arkansas, USA.

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Tammy Chapman 2 weeks ago

Such a sweet little girl. And I love the bright greens on the frog.

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#20 Waterfall Wonders

Waterfall Wonders

“Victoria Falls is the seventh wonder of the world. Carved into the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, what better place for two nationalities to meet, and be awed by the never ending thunder of the water 100 meters below. December 2016.” Photo by Harry Randell, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

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Tom Witkowski 2 weeks ago

Where's the old man's house from "Up"?

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#21 Autumn In The Big Apple

Autumn In The Big Apple

“World Trade Center, New York. November 2017.” Photo by Yonca Ables, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

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