Wolves trudging through a mountain range in Italy, a see-through frog protecting its eggs, and seals playing for a piece of iceberg near Antarctica are among the photos used to win prizes in a Spanish nature competition.
The MontPhoto competition is held every year in Spain to promote nature conservation by documenting the beauty of nature.
The jurors received 14,000 entries from 68 countries before awarding 11 prizes in five categories – mountains, nature, technical photography, ecological reporting and art in nature – as well as an overall winner.
The 2020 overall winner was Italian photographer Lorenzo Shoubridge for his picture of wolves near Monte Corchia, 20 miles north of Pisa, which also won the mammal award as part of the nature category.
‘The coronavirus pandemic changed our lives this year and we were all forced to go online. Nevertheless, we managed to organize a high quality competition with inspiring stories from all over the world, ”said Paco Membrives, co-founder of MontPhoto.
OVERALL WINNER & MAMMAL’S WINNER
For this picture of wolves around Monte Corchia, 20 miles north of Pisa, Lorenzo Shoubridge received the overall winner’s prize and the main prize in the mammals category. “Although this beautiful park and surrounding area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the marble industry attacks them on a daily basis,” he said. ‘This is crumbling away the mountains and polluting the water and causing irreversible damage. I hope my image inspires change. ‘
Mammals run up
The Polish photographer Artur Stankiewicz received second place in the mammals category for this picture of a giraffe in the Mara during the annual wildebeest migration through the northern Serengeti in Tanzania in August 2019
ECOLOGICAL REPORTING WINNER
The Italian photographer David Salvatori won the “Ecological Reporting” category. His photo, titled “Entangled,” showed the effects of litter on our oceans’ wildlife. “After spending a full day in the sea off the coast of Tenerife, we discovered a turtle entangled in a plastic bag,” said David. “I climbed in the water and helped release him.”
ECOLOGICAL REPORTING RUNNER-UP
An outstanding contribution by the runner-up is the Spanish photographer Joan de le Malla’s picture “Street Shows”. The picture taken in Surabaya, Indonesia took second place in the “Ecological Reporting” category
UNDERWATER WORLD WINNER
French photographer Greg Lacoeur won in the Underwater World category for this seal picture in Antarctica, which he took on a small yacht in March. “Little is known about how wildlife thrives in these mobile homes. Icebergs fertilize the oceans by carrying nutrients out of the land, igniting the flowers of marine life and also providing a home for larger animals like these crab eaters, ”he said
UNDERWATER WORLD RUNNER-UP
Franco Banfi, a Swiss photographer, won second place in the Underwater World category for this picture, entitled “Sadness,” which shows a pilot whale carrying its dead calf through the oceans
French photographer Greg Lacoeur, who won in the Underwater World category, also won in the Birds category for this image, entitled Wings of the Sea, which shows boobies diving for fish under the sea
Oscar Diez Martinez, a Spanish wildlife photographer, was awarded second place in the birds category for this picture
WINNER OF THE OTHER CATEGORY OF ANIMALS
The “Other Animals” category was won by Spanish photographer Jamie Culebras and his photo “Invisible Father”. The picture was taken in Costa Rica and showed a glass frog guarding its eggs. “The photo highlights the translucency of this species. This helps them go unnoticed by predators,” Jamie said
OTHER ANIMALS RUN UP
Pedro Javier Pascual Hernandez came second in the “Other Animals” category for this “Flights at Night” image.
Macro Category Winner
The Spanish photographer Ruben Perez Novo, who won the “Macro” category with his picture “Get Down Here” with two praying worshipers
MACRO CATEGORY RUNNER-UP
Linan Ouyang’s photo ‘Moth Egg Hatching’ won second place in the Macro category
PLANT WORLD WINNER
British photographer Fortunatto Gato won the “Flora” category for his “Tundra in Fog” picture, which was taken in Denali National Park in Alaska. “When the fog rises in Denali National Park, it looks like a veil trying to hide the bright colors of the tundra,” said Fortunatto. “It’s always fascinating to portray these wild places with a minimalist touch.”
PLANT WORLD RUNNER-UP
Agorastos Papatsanis ” Rain’s Visitors at Dusk ”, second in the ‘Plant World’ category
MOUNTAIN ACTIVITY WINNER
Txema Trull Pochs “Steps That Nature Our Soul”, winner of the category “Mountain Activity”
MOUNTAIN ACTIVITY RUNNER-UP
Wojciech Dopieralas “End of the World”, second in the “Mountain Activity” category
WINNER OF THE MOUNTAIN VIEW
Anne Maenurm’s Image Winter Wonders won in the Mountain View category. “This is an area known for its wildflower fields in the summer when upland meadows are covered in poppies and cornflowers. But for me, winter can be even more extraordinary here when snowfalls and windy days create magical shapes like the one in the foreground of this picture while Monte Vettore rests in the background, ”she said
MOUNTAIN VIEW RUNNER-UP
Fran Rubias “Another Planet”, second in the “Mountain View” category
Jose Fragozos ‘Maasai Mara Sky’, winner of the ‘Landscape’ category
Gheorghe Popa’s “Blue Hour”, second in the “Landscape” category
ART IN NATURE WINNER
Peter Manschot’s “El Baile de las Aguas”, winner of the “Art in Nature” category
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