Here is the gallery of winners of the 2023 edition of The Nature Photography Contest. Enjoy the winning photographs of our photography contest, as well as the different finalists.

Congratulations to all the photography award winners!

Sea Lion in Los Islotes, by Glenn Ostle. Photography of the Year in The Nature Photography Contest 2023


Sea Lion in Los Islotes, by Glenn Ostle.

"A Sea Lion stops to pose for the camera before diving through the large schools of fish that surround the islets of Los Islotes close to LaPaz, Mexico."

Category winners

Natural Landscape

Marek Biegalski

Burning Flower

“One of my favorite things when exploring Iceland is the incredible glacial river perspective seeing from up high. They're called 'braided river' systems, as they often resemble an intricate jumble of patterns, intertwining in an almost inexplicable fashion. These networks of river channels flow from the glaciers toward the sea, carrying vital nutrients for the ecosystem along the way, in the form of sediment. When the flow of the rivers decreases, the sediment gets deposited on the river bed, leaving behind small temporary islands of dark volcanic sand that cause the channels of the rivers to split. Its remarkable colors are very original and mesmerizing.”


Soumya Ranjan Bhattacharyya

Stories in the sand.

“The scorpion is widely distributed across various terrains in India. In jaisalmer once the evening falls, the scorpions emerge across the dunes to feed for the night. I shot this image of the scorpion in the sand dunes at jaisalmer.. The scorpions when lighted by faint uv light, emit bright blue luminescence from its body. The image was captured using flashlight which lit up the wind created streaks of the dunes. The scorpion was illuminated by a UV flashlight.”


Adrian Truchta

The Dreamer - Philaeus chrysops.

“Morning dew, sun and beautiful Philaeus chrysops female walking around her nest. Photo shoot in natural environment. Natural light.”


Yi Lin Tseng


“Larval Moray Eel when feeling threatened”


Alessio Calviani

Puffin in Iceland.

“Puffin walking on the cliff in Iceland”

Plant Life

Marcio Cabral


“This panorama shows the beauty of Chapada dos Veadeiros, a Brazilian national park that hosts a rich biodiversity and breathtaking landscapes.

The white flowers that stand out in the foreground are a rare species of Paepalanthus, a genus of plants endemic to the region.

They were illuminated by a scurion lamp to create a contrast with the dark sky.

In the background, the Milky Way curves over the hills, revealing the colors and shapes of stars and nebulae.

This pano was taken with a specialized camera for astrophotography, which allows capturing more details of the universe.”

Night World

Marc Marco

Los arcos y la cueva.

“Panoramic night photograph in which I could capture the arch of the Milky Way passing behind the natural arch called Es Pontàs. In the photograph I could also capture a small cave in front of the arch.”

Environmental impact

Muhammed Amdad Hossain

Fatigue Sleep.

“Many homeless people in Bangladesh have lost their homes and properties due to frequent floods, river erosion, and other natural calamities. They were forced to migrate to the Dhaka city in search of a better future. These people have no place to take shelter in big cities. Their day starts in dump hills and streets in roads or boats to nowhere. The concrete-covered street and dirt hills is a flower bed for these refugees who practically do not have any identity. They live by working as street hawkers, boatman, laborers, and doing other odd jobs.”

Sharing the Planet

Alain Schroeder

Saving Orangutans 01.

“Sibolangit, SOCP Quarantine Centre, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

The whole SOCP team works together to prepare Brenda, an estimated 3-month-old female orangutan (she has no teeth yet), for surgery. A sedative is administered, the arm is shaved, her temperature is taken, while others hold her head or her hand out of compassion for the baby.

During the three-hour procedure, Dr. Andreas Messikommer, a renowned orthopedic surgeon invited from Switzerland, will place a pin and screws to secure the damaged humerus. Brenda was confiscated from a villager in Blang Pidie on the west coast of Aceh who was keeping her as a pet.”

Funny Nature

Panisara Sripratoom


“A spotted owlet (Athene brama) emerging from a hollow within a yellow flame tree situated in the university campus. This species of owl is characterized by its small size, primarily nocturnal feeding behavior, and frequent occurrence in urban environments. Without a sharp eye, this spotted owlet goes unnoticed. The meaning of this photograph is in the presence of the large trees around the campus. All branches from these trees were cut and removed as a precautionary measure to prevent potential dangers, such as branch breakage during the rainy season, which could cause risks to passersby. Despite this, these spotted owlets, somehow, have shown their adaptability, finding a habitat within this modified urban environment.”

Photographer of the Year

The Photographer of the Year 2023 award went to Alain Schroeder for his powerful and engaging images. Photographs in which he has been able to show his talent and versatility. Alain Schroeder's photographs stand out for his commitment to the environment, with captures such as the one that have led him to win the "Sharing the Planet" category.

On this page you can find plenty of examples of his talent as a photographer and this image is just a small sample of the different photographs with which Alain Schroeder has proven to be worthy of this Photographer of the Year award.

He will be, in this first edition, responsible for deciding where the almost 400 trees will be planted that, thanks to your support and participation, will help to take care of our planet a little bit.

Maldives 01. An example of the photographs for which Alain Schroeder has won the Photographer of the Year 2023 award.

Great photographs of the finalist

Beyond these incredible award winning photographs of our photography competition that demonstrate by themselves the beauty of our world and give us plenty of reasons to take care of it, there have been many high quality images that have not been awarded even though they deserved it.

Here you have a small selection with some of the finalist photographs of this The Nature Photography Contest 2023.

Once again we would like to congratulate all the winning photographers of this photo contest. We hope that these images serve to reflect on the place where we live and show us magical areas that we had not discovered. Hope they open our eyes to the beauty that surrounds us, to its fragility, and to how important it is that we all, together, do our bit to maintain and care for it.

We invite you all to share these incredible images and their authors, who have shown such good work behind the camera.


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All pictures appearing on The Nature Photography Contest website belong to their authors: Luke Stackpoole, Cynthia Bandurek, Mario Cea (the jury), David Selbert, Shifaaz Shamoon, Meric Dagli, Ivana Cajina, Yi Lin Tseng, Glenn Ostle, Arturo de Frías Marqués, David Alberto Carmona, Justus Menke, Marcio Cabral, Ulrich Wrabetz, Lawrence Worcester and OCG-saving-the-ocean.