ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, The Nature Conservancy unveiled the winners of its 2018 Photo Contest. Selected from more than 50,000 entries, a photo of two wild horses, “Stallions Playing” in Camargue, France taken by Camille Briottet of Lyon, France won the Grand Prize. Second place, “The End is Near,” featured a photo of a broken piece of the Vatnajokull Glacier at Jokulsarlon Bay in Iceland by Andre Mercier of Los Angeles, CA. And, third place went to Terra Fondriest of St. Joe, Arkansas for a photo titled “Frog Hug,” of a young girl holding a bullfrog.
“The quality of entries this year is stunning. It was very difficult to select the winner,” said Bill Marr, director of photography for The Nature Conservancy and one of the contest’s judges. “TNC’s Photo Contest is a wonderful intersection for those who love nature and those who love photography. We have wonderful entries from all over the world, from beautiful Western landscapes to squirrels in a backyard in Austria. Photography is a common language for all.”
This year’s photo contest received a record number of entries: 57,489 from 135 countries. Winners received prizes including gift cards and packages from Backcountry, Patagonia, Tom’s of Maine, Lokai, and the grand prize winner received a digital camera package.
Additional awards in the following categories were given to:
People and Nature
Tanner Latham, Bozeman, Montana
Harry Randell, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
George Bufan, Timisoara, Romania
Hernando Alonso Rivera Cervantes, Villa de Alvarez, Mexico
Aline Fortuna, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Paul Zizka, Banff, Alberta, Canada
Jeremy Stevens, Fallsington, Pennsylvania
Jorge André Diehl, Distrito Federal, Brazil
Aristo Risi, Shelharbour, Australia
Roberto Moccini Formiga, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Megan Lorenz, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
Florian Ledoux, Brasles, France
Judges’ Special Recognition
Duncan McNaught, Castle Douglas, United Kingdom
Elyse Butler, Honolulu, Hawaii
Ruben Dario Mejia, Barranquilla, Colombia
To view all the winning photos please visit nature.org/photocontest
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