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Awesome UW Images from 2017 WildlifePhoto Photography Competition Revealed

The winners of the WildlifePhoto.com 2017 Photo Competition Series have been revealed, with some pretty inspiring underwater pictures featuring in this year’s line up.

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The winners of the WildlifePhoto.com 2017 Photo Competition Series have been revealed, with some pretty inspiring underwater pictures featuring in this year’s line up.

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Overall winner and Habitats & Landscapes category winner. Theobald’s ranid frog photographed in front of the Milky Way, West Bengal, India © Ripan Biswas

The winner of the Habitats & Landscapes category, the overall winner of the 2017 contest series and the $12,000 Ecuador and Galapagos Adventure, courtesy of Metropolitan Touring, is Ripan Biswas, a photographer from India. Ripan’s image of a Theobald’s ranid frog looking up towards the Milky Way scooped the top spot.

 

 

However, the underwater entries in this year’s competition really caught our eye.

The Animal Behaviour Runner-Up images included this green iguana photo by Lorenzo Mittiga, and an action-packed underwater shot of gannets hunting fish in Scotland by Greg Lecoeur.

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A green iguana takes a breath after venturing into a coastal cave on the island of Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean © Lorenzo Mittiga

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Gannets hunting fish in Scotland © Greg Lecoeur

In the Wildlife Portraits Commended Entries, Younghun Kan’s hobbit worm picture taken in Lembeh, Indonesia, depicts this strange, eerie-looking underwater creature, while Vanessa Mignon’s whale shark image showcases the ornate patterns of this species. Jukka Repo’s ‘King of the Lake’ was another highly commended image in this category, featuring a pike lurking in the shadows of a lake in Southern Finland.

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A bobbit worm – a fearsome ocean predator photographed in Lembeh, Indonesia © Younghun Kan

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A whale shark ascends to the surface of the ocean through sunrays, Cenderwasih Bay, West Papua © Vanessa Mignon

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A pike lurking in the shadows of a lake, Southern Finland © Jukka Repo

Photographer Younghun Kan featured again in the the Animal Behaviour Commended Entries, with his Yellow Goby and Squid Eggs image taken in Lembeh, Indonesia.

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A yellow goby hiding underneath squid eggs, Lembeh, Indonesia © Younghun Kan

In addition to the overall winner, there were two further category winners who each received an F-stop voucher, a Breakthrough filter, Skylum Luminar software and a Camtraptions PIR camera trap sensor.

Wolfgang Schmitzberger won the Wildlife Portraits category with his silhouette of a gentoo penguin in South Georgia.

Tibor Kércz won the Animal Behaviour category with his photograph of a hunting kingfisher frozen in mid-air, surrounded by a burst of water droplets.

See the rest of the winning and commended images from the contest here.

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Lorna Dockerill
Lorna Dockerill
Lorna fell in love with scuba diving back in 2011 during a trip to Thailand and Australia. Having always dreamt of seeing a sea turtle in the wild, her dream was realised on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef while training to become a certified diver. Since then she’s developed a passion for the natural world, writing about wildlife photography – both the on land and underwater kind – for the past eight years.

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