Grand Prize : Flight of the Egret
Gemenc Forest, Danube-Drava National Park, Hungary
Kudich’s passion is creating images that capture nature’s fragile balance in an artistically powerful way. His work has garnered attention and accolades in many magazines, books, and photography contests. His latest project took him to eight countries to explore a string of reserves along the Danube River—the last untouched floodplains in the river basin.
Aquatic Life : Peek-A-Boo
Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands
A photographer and Missouri landlubber‚ Watson found her true passion when she began scuba diving and took a camera under water. Her calling is to convey the importance of preserving our splendid and fragile ocean ecosystems.
Art of Nature : Water Pearls
Shih teaches photography as an assistant professor of visual communication design at China University of Technology in Taiwan. He hopes his images encourage viewers to pause and savor the artistry of nature that’s around us everywhere.
Landscapes, Waterscapes, and Flora : Survivor in a Sea of Sand
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, United Arab Emirates
Seabury got into photography in his twenties during his international travels as a surfer. In recent years, he has spent many days at sea, aiming his lens at whales from above and below the water.
Terrestrial Wildlife : Monkey in the Snow
Jigokudani Monkey Park, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
Self-taught photographer Doest wants to give a voice to the wild creatures who share our planet. His work has won acclaim in the UK-based Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
Winged Life : Shake It Off
Memphis Zoo, Tennessee
Pachis’s passion for photographing wildlife is his creative outlet from a 40-year career as a computer technologist. Through his images, he hopes to evoke empathy for animals as fellow inhabitants of our world.
Human/Nature : Defenders of Innocence
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, Zimbabwe
O’Leary, a native of Zimbabwe, rides bikes, adores horses, and revels in the great outdoors. For her, the African bush is the best place to arrive and the hardest to leave. “My camera goes everywhere with me.”