The World Nature Photography Awards have announced their 2020 winners, and the competition has proven itself to be a wonderful celebration of Mother Earth.

"2020 was a challenging year for many but nothing could be more uplifting than marveling at the beauty of the natural world around us," the organizers wrote. "And that's something that our 2020 winners have done with gusto."

Participants competed in 13 categories. Their images and captions revealed that the pandemic has diminished neither their passion nor their patience for capturing our planet. But at the end of the day, the title of World Nature Photographer of the Year went to Thomas Vijayan for his shot 'The world is going upside down.'

Continue scrolling and explore the winners.

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Animals In Their Habitat, Gold Winner And Grand Prize: Thomas Vijayan, Canada

Animals In Their Habitat, Gold Winner And Grand Prize: Thomas Vijayan, Canada

I had this frame in my mind so, to get this shot, I firstly selected a tree that was in the water so that I could get a good reflection of the sky which makes the image look upside down. Then, I climbed up the tree and waited for hours. This is a regular path for the orangutans to cross to another small island, so I felt I was sure to get this frame if I wait patiently. It was a tough task but the end result paid off. Borneo is a photographers’ paradise. I really enjoyed shooting in such an untouched part of the world.

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Ms.M.
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6 months ago

tree hugger <3

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"Our winners work is seen by millions of people around the world and we hope that this encourages people to remember the beauty of our planet and think about how we can all help to preserve it," the organizers of the competition told Bored Panda. "We also actively support climate change charities and in 2021 are planning to plant a tree for every entry received."

For this competition, they received submissions from 20 countries across 6 continents.

#2

Behaviour - Birds, Bronze: Lisa Roeder, United States

Behaviour - Birds, Bronze: Lisa Roeder, United States

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ejfs
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6 months ago

Awwwww :)

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The team at World Nature Photography Awards know that the challenges around climate change are enormous. But they also know that amazing things can be achieved if we all come together.

"We believe that we can all make small efforts to shape the future of our planet in a positive way and photography can go a long way in influencing people to see the world from a different perspective and change their own habits for the good of the planet," they write on their website.

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Behaviour - Birds, Gold: Dale Paul, Canada

Behaviour - Birds, Gold: Dale Paul, Canada

This Great Horned Owl has just jumped from its perch in the trees to begin flight. She has thrust her wings forward to gain momentum. As the wings connect in front of her it appears as though she has formed a perfect flying saucer. The image was taken near High River, Canada.

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Ms.M.
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6 months ago

Spectacular!

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They also believe this applies to other areas as well. "We know that wildlife photography and travel often go hand in hand. But we can all do more to think about how to make our travel more sustainable wherever possible," they continued. "And, who knows, that great shot might not be waiting on the other side of the world but in your very own garden or in the park at the end of the street, especially now that COVID-19 has many of us staying at home to save lives."

#4

Animal Portraits, Gold: Nick Dale, United Kingdom

Animal Portraits, Gold: Nick Dale, United Kingdom

A Bengal tigress with a catchlight in her eye lies up to her neck in the dark shadows of a water hole. Her name is Maya 'The Enchantress', and she has orange and black stripes with white patches on her head.

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Kate Kyffin
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6 months ago

Fantastic picture.

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Adrian Dinsdale, the co-founder of the WNPA, said "We’ve been thrilled with the quality of work that was entered into the awards. It was such a privilege to see the competition’s philosophy come to life – our photographers really are shining a spotlight on the wonders of the natural world in a way that reminds us to do everything we can to protect the future of our planet.”

#5

People And Nature, Silver: Naomi Rose, Australia

People And Nature, Silver: Naomi Rose, Australia

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Ms.M.
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6 months ago

Well now, that's the biggest dang bird I've ever seen ;-)

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#6

Animals In Their Habitat, Silver: Vladimir Cech, Czech Republic

Animals In Their Habitat, Silver: Vladimir Cech, Czech Republic

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6 months ago

Stunning

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#7

Behaviour - Birds, Silver: Andy Pollard, Falkland Islands

Behaviour - Birds, Silver: Andy Pollard, Falkland Islands

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Ms.M.
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6 months ago

skillz

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#8

Urban Wildlife, Gold: Lawrence Worcester, United States

Urban Wildlife, Gold: Lawrence Worcester, United States

A songbird pulls at construction tape to snag a thread

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Mia
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6 months ago

Wants to built a perfect colourful nest :)

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#9

Animal Portraits, Bronze: Femke Van Willigen, The Netherlands

Animal Portraits, Bronze: Femke Van Willigen, The Netherlands

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Ms.M.
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6 months ago

aww they look so excited :-D

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#10

Nature Art, Gold: Dipanjan Pal, India

Nature Art, Gold: Dipanjan Pal, India

A glacial river flowing through the black sand to the Atlantic.

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Kinga Złotkowska
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6 months ago

This one is unbelievable.

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Behaviour - Mammals, Silver: Darren Donovan, South Africa

Behaviour - Mammals, Silver: Darren Donovan, South Africa

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6 months ago

If I were the photographer in this picture I would be scared as hell!

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Animal Portraits, Silver: Joseph Shaffery, United Kingdom

Animal Portraits, Silver: Joseph Shaffery, United Kingdom

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Ms.M.
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6 months ago

so tiny... so fuzzy :-)

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#13

Plants And Fungi, Gold: Doron Talmi, Israel

Plants And Fungi, Gold: Doron Talmi, Israel

South Eastern USA has numerous swamps, lakes and bayous where thousands of large "bald cypress" trees are growing in the water. The beautiful sights are further enhanced during the November fall foliage by amazing lights and reflections. The image was captured handheld, from a kayak at a misty dawn in a lake in East Texas.

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Katie Johnson
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6 months ago

This is why I want to visit the USA, not LA, not New York, THIS.

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#14

Urban Wildlife, Silver: Jocelyn Chng, Singapore

Urban Wildlife, Silver: Jocelyn Chng, Singapore

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Ms.M.
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6 months ago

Otterly adorbs!

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Behaviour - Amphibians And Reptiles, Gold: Vittorio Ricci, Italy

Behaviour - Amphibians And Reptiles, Gold: Vittorio Ricci, Italy

Two European common brown frogs during Spring mating season, Aveto, Italy.

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Ms.M.
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6 months ago

Oooo hoppy lovers

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#16

Black And White, Gold: Harry Skeggs, United Kingdom

Black And White, Gold: Harry Skeggs, United Kingdom

Ulysses, one of the last remaining great tuskers, bears down on top of me, demonstrating his colossal size and tusks

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6 months ago

PLEASE stop killing elephants for their tusks

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People And Nature, Gold: Christa Funk, United States

People And Nature, Gold: Christa Funk, United States

Andre Fajardo and I went to dive early one morning. Sometimes you'll see a ton of life in this area and other times you won't. This particular day we came upon a few bait balls and the fish let us swim around them. The photo was taken in the Pacific Ocean.

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6 months ago

Aquaman!

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#18

Black And White, Bronze: Heiko Mennigen, Germany

Black And White, Bronze: Heiko Mennigen, Germany

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HooowlAtTheMoon
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6 months ago

"I see you..."

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Behaviour - Mammals, Gold: Patrick Nowotny, United States

Behaviour - Mammals, Gold: Patrick Nowotny, United States

An interloper approaches a watering hole in the Serengeti that was already claimed by a small pride of lions. As the lioness came close, the pride attacked her in order to drive her away.

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6 months ago

World War 3

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Planet Earth’s Landscapes And Environments, Bronze: Shawna Hinkel, United States

Planet Earth’s Landscapes And Environments, Bronze: Shawna Hinkel, United States

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Jeannine Pope
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6 months ago

An American landscape that would be beautiful as a large-size photo image!

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Behaviour - Mammals, Bronze: Nabarun Majumdar, India

Behaviour - Mammals, Bronze: Nabarun Majumdar, India

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Haley Brock
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6 months ago

pretty kitties

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#22

Animals In Their Habitat, Bronze: Arlette Magiera, Germany

Animals In Their Habitat, Bronze: Arlette Magiera, Germany

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6 months ago

He looks angry

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Planet Earth’s Landscapes And Environments, Silver: Mustafa Demirörs, Sweden

Planet Earth’s Landscapes And Environments, Silver: Mustafa Demirörs, Sweden

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6 months ago

Woah!

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#24

Urban Wildlife, Bronze: Adriana Rivas, Spain

Urban Wildlife, Bronze: Adriana Rivas, Spain

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6 months ago

The Great Heist

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Behaviour - Amphibians And Reptiles, Bronze: Mr Endy, Singapore

Behaviour - Amphibians And Reptiles, Bronze: Mr Endy, Singapore

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Ms.M.
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6 months ago

wasssup!

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Behaviour - Invertebrates, Silver: Melissa Robertson, United States

Behaviour - Invertebrates, Silver: Melissa Robertson, United States

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Haley Brock
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6 months ago

I WANT is so cute <3

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Behaviour - Invertebrates, Gold: Dr Tze Siong Tan, Singapore

Behaviour - Invertebrates, Gold: Dr Tze Siong Tan, Singapore

Dragonfly and damselfly sex is a very conspicuous event, easily recognised by the heart-shaped "wheel" formation of mating pairs. I was lucky to encounter several pairs during a morning walk at Gardens by the Bay,Singapore. I approached quietly to avoid scaring the pair away; and positioned my equipment carefully to get both damselflies in the same plane.

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6 months ago

IS THIS BUG PORN!

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#28

People And Nature, Bronze: Mark Mcinnis, United States

People And Nature, Bronze: Mark Mcinnis, United States

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6 months ago

This looks like the beginning of a trailer

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Plants And Fungi, Bronze: Susanna Patras, United States

Plants And Fungi, Bronze: Susanna Patras, United States

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6 months ago

I get this is pretty, but I don't understand how it was one of the best nature photos of 2020

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Behaviour - Invertebrates, Bronze: Janus Olajuan Boediman, Indonesia

Behaviour - Invertebrates, Bronze: Janus Olajuan Boediman, Indonesia

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6 months ago

I feel like I have to post something because currently this picture has no comments

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