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