Stunning Wildlife Captured in World Nature Photography Awards 2024

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A stunning photograph of two gannets fighting for a fish in the waters near Scotland’s Shetland Islands has won first prize at the World Nature Photography Awards. Taken by Tracey Lund from the UK, this image was selected from among numerous submissions to receive the $1,000 prize. Lund captured the shot from a boat using a DSLR camera in waterproof housing while on holiday.

The awards featured categories such as animal portraits, plants and fungi, and invertebrate, amphibian, and reptile behavior. In the Planet Earth’s landscapes and environments category, Ivan Pedretti of Italy won with a magical photo of winter in Stokksnes, Iceland, featuring “The beach with its black sand and the majestic mountain called Vestrahorn.” Pedretti shared his appreciation for the contrast of colors in the landscape, saying “I love the contrast in colors between the white mountains and the black dunes with yellow grass.”

The World Nature Photography Awards were launched in 2020 with the goal of promoting photography and contributing to environmental causes by planting a tree for each entry into the competition. According to their website, photography can influence people to see the world differently and change their habits for the benefit of the planet. Co-founder Adrian Dinsdale commended

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