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2019 Windland Smith Rice Awards Nature's Best Photography presents this year's finalists.

Congratulations to the Winners and Highly Honored finalists!

winner | GRAND PRIZE

MuskOx

Dovrefjell–Sunndalsfjella National Park, Norway

By Amit Eshel of Kfar HaHoresh, Israel

Canon 1D X Mark II; 200-400mm ƒ/4L IS USM lens at 400mm; 1/2000 sec at ƒ/8; ISO 1600; hand-held.

YOUTH PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Ladybirds on Pyrolusite

Calamocha, Teruel, Spain

By Carlos Pérez Naval at age 13, of Calamocha, Teruel, Spain

Nikon D700; Micro 105mm ƒ/2.8G IF-ED lens; 1/60 sec at ƒ/16; ISO 2000; hand-held.

Highly honored | youth

winner | AFRICAN WILDLIFE

hippo and wildebeest

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

By Thomas Vijayan of Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Nikon D850; 70-200mm ƒ/2.8 lens at 135mm; 1/3200 sec at ƒ/4; ISO 560; hand-held.

highly honored | african wildlife

winner | birds

great horned owls

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California, USA

By Adhika Lie of Torrance, California, USA

Nikon D500; Sigma 500mm ƒ/4 DG OS HSM Sports lens; 1/1000 sec at ƒ/5; ISO 1600; hand-held.

highly honored | birds

winner | conservation story

adélie penguins

Ross Island, Antarctica and West Antarctic Peninsula

By Chris Linder of Potomac, Maryland, USA

Nikon DSLRs and various lenses; Gitzo tripods; Really Right Stuff ball heads.

highly honored | conservation story

winner | landscapes

Coyote Buttes South

Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Page, Arizona, USA

By Paul Lambie of Auburn, California, USA

Nikon D600; 18-35mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED lens at 31mm; 6 secs at ƒ/13; ISO 100; UV filter; Bogen Manfrotto tripod and head.

HIGHLY HONORED | landscapes

winner | OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

stormy sunrise

North Cascades National Park, Washington, USA

By Adam Mowery of Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA

Sony α7R II; Vario-Tessar 16-35mm ƒ/4 lens at 17mm; 1/100 sec at ƒ/4; ISO 400; Hoya HD3 circular polarizer filter; hand-held.

highly honored | outdoor adventure

winner | OCEAN VIEWS

juvenile african pompano

Anilao, Batangas, Philippines

By Songda Cai of Xiamen, China

Nikon D850; Micro 60mm ƒ/2.8G ED lens; 1/6 sec at ƒ/25; ISO 250; Seacam Seaflash 150D strobes (2) and UW housing.

HIGHLY HONORED | OCEAN VIEWS

winner | polar passion

Emperor Penguins

Atka-Bay, Ekström Ice-Shelf, Dronning-Maud Land, Antarctica

By Stefan Christmann of Geislingen an der Steige, Germany

Nikon D810; 400mm ƒ/2.8E FL ED VR lens; 1/1000 sec at ƒ/4; ISO 800; hand-held.

HIGHLY HONORED | polar passion

winner | small world

Jackson’s Chameleon

Kona Coast, Hawai’i, USA

By Don Hurzeler of Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i, USA

Sony α7R III; 70-200mm ƒ/2.8 GM OSS lens at 159mm; 1/100 sec at ƒ/5; ISO 100; hand-held.

highly honored | small world

winner | wildlife

Three-toed Sloth and baby

Guápiles, Costa Rica

By Hector D. Astorga of Mission, Texas, USA

Nikon D850; 80-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens at 240mm; 1/640 sec at ƒ/7.1; ISO 2000; hand-held.

highly honored | WILDLIFE

winner | NATURE IN MOTION

KilaueA

Lower East Rift Zone, Hawai’i Island, Hawai’i, USA

By Luis Vilariño of A Coruña, Spain

highly honored | nature in motion

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