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Photo of Leaping Rabbits Takes Home Top Prize at Nature Photographer of the Year 2019

The winners of this year’s Nature Photographer of the Year were revealed today. Selected from over 14,000 images submitted by photographers from 73 different countries (a new record for the competition) these photos represent some of the best landscape and wildlife photography from around the world.

The contest, now in its fourth year, is hosted by Nature Talks, the organization behind the annual Nature Talks Photo Festival in the Netherlands. Each year since 2016, the contest has chosen a total of 11 winners in categories such as Birds, Mammals, Plants & Fungi, and Landscapes, one of whom is also named that year’s overall “Nature Photographer of the Year.”

The title of Nature Photographer of the Year 2019 went to Hungarian photographer Csaba Daróczi for this incredibly timed black-and-white photo of two rabbits jumping in the air:


Photo ©Csaba Daroczi | Nature Photographer of the Year 2019

The photo shows two white rabbits that were jumping around, fighting with the rest of their “colony” over food in Kiskunsag, Hungary. According to the judges, it was selected for its stunning combination of “atmosphere, timing, beautiful light, perfect sharpness and composition.”

“This photo is proof of the fact that you don’t have to get an extremely rare or extraordinary species in front of your camera to be able to create a great nature photo,” says Keith Wilson, chair of the NPOTY jury. “If you have a vision and a creative mind you can create a great shot close to home.”

Daróczi, who also took top prize in the Black & White category, takes home the ultimate title (and 3,000 Euro in prize money), but his photo is far from the only stunner to emerge from the contest. Scroll down to see the rest of this year’s category winners.

Youth Winner – Giacomo Redaelli


Photo ©Giacomo Redaelli | Nature Photographer of the Year 2019

Birds Winner – Peeter Cech


Photo ©Peter Cech | Nature Photographer of the Year 2019

Mammals Winner – Stefano Quirini


Photo ©Stefano Quirini | Nature Photographer of the Year 2019

Other Animals Winner – Norbert Kaszás


Photo ©Norbert Kaszás | Nature Photographer of the Year 2019

Plants and Fungi Winner – David Frutos Egea


Photo ©David Frutos Egea | Nature Photographer of the Year 2019

Landscapes Winner – Ales Krivec


Photo ©Ales Krivec | Nature Photographer of the Year 2019

Underwater Winner – Alexey Zozulya


Photo ©Alexey Zozulya | Nature Photographer of the Year 2019

Nature Art Winner – Simone Baumeister


Photo ©Simone Baumeister | Nature Photographer of the Year 2019

Man and Nature Winner – Luke Massey


Photo ©Luke Massey | Nature Photographer of the Year 2019

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Landscapes of the Lage landen Winner – Karin de Jonge


Photo ©Karin de Jonge | Nature Photographer of the Year 2019

To see all of the runners up and finalists in each category—and we really recommend that you do—head over to the Nature Photographer of the Year website. And if you’re interested in entering next year’s contest, get your camera ready: Nature Talks will begin accepting entries on December 1st 2019.


Image credits: Photos courtesy of Nature Talks/Nature Photographer of the Year 2019


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