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The Nature Conservancy Announces 2023 Photo Contest Winners

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) unveiled the winners of its 2023 Photo Contest, featuring images that help connect us to the power and the peril of the natural world – with closeups of creatures great and small, painterly landscapes in all seasons and amazing scenes of exploration on land and sea.

This year’s awards

This year’s contest doubled the number of categories and saw a huge increase in stunning submissions, from a serene coral reef in Guatemala to pair of tigers in the middle of a fight in India.

A prestigious panel of judges that included photographers Javier Aznar, Smita Sharma, Morgan Heim, and renowned natural history photographer Frans Lanting selected the winners from more than 80,000 individual photographers and over 189,000 entries – an enormous increase from just over 100,000 entries in 2022 – from 191 countries and territories.

The 2023 Grand Prize will be awarded to Tibor Litauszki from Hungary, for his underwater photo of a newt eating freshly-laid frog’s eggs.

Adding to the pride of Hong Kong, local photographer Jeanny Tang has won First Place in the Freshwater category, setting a celebratory milestone for the city. Her award-winning photograph, taken in Tai Sang Wai Yuen Long, showcasing the captivating beauty that merges after the pond dries up. 

In the image, one can clearly see the holes dug by fish for spawning, adding a unique charm to the scene and showcasing the magnificent natural beauty within the urban landscape of Hong Kong to the world.

“Our annual photo contest is an inspiration. Photographers from all walks of life helped give voice to nature by showing us what mattered to them. The judges and I were taken on a visual journey as we reviewed thousands of images from amateurs and professionals alike. These impactful images underscored not only the power of photography but the importance of The Nature Conservancy’s global efforts in conservation.” 

Alex Snyder, 2023 Global Photo Contest Director and Judging Coordinator
WOLF TRINITY Here you can see three wolves leaping through the air showcasing their
enthusiasm and companionship. It’s like a moment in time that captures their nature in the
wild. Each wolf exudes happiness and energy with their eyes shining bright from the
excitement and their strong bond as a pack. This image serves as a reminder of the elegance
and charm of these animals, in their natural environment. © Siddhartha Ghosh/TNC Photo
Contest 2023

The Nature Conservancy full list of winners

The judges will award over $25,000 in prize money. In addition to the Grand Prize winner, who will receive a camera kit worth $5,000, the judges have also selected a first, second and third place winner for each category, plus honorable mentions.

Judge Awards

Celebrity Judge Cole Sprouse’s Choice – Hermis Haridas, United Arab Emirates (@Hermis.haridas)


1st Place – Estebane Rezkallah, France (@panchovilaaa)
2nd Place – Bambang Wirawan, Indonesia (@bro_matra)
3rd Place – Giovanni Allievi, Italy

People & Nature

1st Place – Michael Hegyi, United States (@michaelhegyiphoto)
2nd Place – Mano Aliczki, Hungary (@manoaliczkiphoto)
3rd Place – Randall Hudson, United States (@kcstorys)
Honorable Mention – Narayan Malu, India
Honorable Mention – Fatih Yilmaz, Turkey (@rotadefterim)
Honorable Mention – Md. Safayet Hossain Shanto, Bangladesh (@safayethossainshanto2017)

Plants & Fungi

1st Place – Jose Pereyra Lucena, Argentina (@josepereyralucena)
2nd Place – Vittorio Ricci, Italy
3rd Place – Ashley Sykes, Australia (@Ausmashmash)
Honorable Mention – Gero Heine, United States (@geroheinephotography)
Honorable Mention – Mohammed Salman, India


1st Place – Jeanny Tang, Hong Kong
2nd Place – Alan Taylor, United States (@alantaylorphotography)
3rd Place – Rubens Rebouças, Brazil (@rubensreboucas)
Honorable Mention – Jorge Castro Urbiola, Mexico (@thesantogrial)
Honorable Mention – Gianluca Gianferrari, Italy (@camouflajj)


1st Place – Alessandro Carboni, Italy (@alessandro_carboni)
2nd Place – Roberto Valdez, Ecuador (@robinski__)
3rd Place – Adam Mowery, United States (@adammoweryphoto)
Honorable Mention – Cosmin Ovidiu Stan, Romania (
Honorable Mention – Bruce Hogle, United States

MORNING ATTACK An orca attacks two seals in the morning on the beach. © HJ Yang/TNC Photo Contest 2023


1st Place – Siddhartha Ghosh, India
2nd Place – HJ Yang, United States
3rd Place – Luisa Pericoli, United States (@vittoria_thecutestfrenchie)
Honorable Mention – Bing Lin, United States (@earth.abloom)


1st Place – Raphael Alves, Brazil (@photoraphaelalves)
2nd Place – Mustafa Binolm Turkey (@mustafabinol)
3rd Place – Luisa Lynch Harris, Spain
Honorable Mention – Zhenhuan Zhou, Canada (@zzh_hiland)
Honorable Mention – Adra Pallón, Spain


1st Place – Agnieszka Wieczorek, Poland (@polatinaphotoandtravel)
2nd Place – Neelutpaul Barua, India (@neel.barua.photograph)
3rd Place – Derek Robertson, United States (@derekrobertsonphotography)
Honorable Mention – Maman Sukirman, Indonesia
Honorable Mention – Mostafijur Rahman Nasim, Indonesia

PLANNED BURN AT CHASE STATE FISHING LAKE This is the late evening on April 17, 2014 with the planned pasture burn creeping along the ridge of the hill at the end of the lake. The evening was cool and got downright chilly by 1:30 AM when we finally quit photographing. Driving back from a ranch outside Elmdale, KS, I spotted the red glow, which looked like there might be a chance it would be reflecting in the lake, and it was!​© Bruce Hogle/TNC Photo Contest 2023

Insects & Arachnids

1st Place – Benjamin Salb, United States (@bens_small_world)
2nd Place – Soumya Ranjan Bhattacharyya, India
3rd Place – Lei Bo, China
Honorable Mention – Tibor Litauszki, Hungary (@tiborlitauszki_naturphtgrphy)
Honorable Mention – Jaime Daniel Fajardo Torres, Ecuador (@Jaime.f.torres)

Underwater Life

1st Place – Russell Laman, United States (@russlaman)
2nd Place – Cai Jialing, China (@homoplankton)
3rd Place – Daniel Nicholson, Australia (@barefoot.wandering)
Honorable Mention – Juan Carlos Huitrón Baca, Mexico (@biton72023)


1st Place – Grzegorz Długosz, Poland (@gdlugosz_photography)
2nd Place – Mike Krehbiel, United States (@krebbs28)
3rd Place – Juan Jose Murillo, Colombia (@jjmurillorolon)
Honorable Mention – Mario Labado, United States (@bobby_labado)
Honorable Mention – Petr Bambousek, Czech Republic (@sulasulacom)

Reptiles & Amphibians

1st Place – Irina Petrova Adamatzky, United Kingdom (@microcosmic_world)
2nd Place – Petr Bambousek, Czech Republic (@sulasulacom)
3rd Place – Joseph Mullica, United States (@Scarletkingcowboy)
Honorable Mention – Sergio Emmanuel Comisso, Argentina (@emmanuelcomisso)
Honorable Mention – Christian Passeri, Germany (@chrissparrows)

“Whether you’re a scientist collecting data in the field or a photographer capturing the wonder of the natural world, we are all conservationists. Our earth is full of both beauty and danger, power and peril, and these images illustrate how protecting and restoring nature must be a top priority for us all. We each have a part to play in combating the crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.”

Meg Goldthwaite, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of The Nature Conservancy
FLOODING Po is the largest river in Italy. In the past, the floods have always been the cause of great damage and decades ago embankments were built to contain them. Due to climate change, these floods are increasingly rare. During the last flood I took this photo of the semi-submerged birches. I chose a long exposure to get a watercolor effect in the reflection on the water. A warning of nature​. © Gianluca Gianferrari/TNC Photo Contest 2023

About The Nature Conservancy 

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is the world’s leading international conservation non-profit organization dedicated to protecting natural places and preserving life on Earth for future generations.  TNC follows a science-based conservation approach to create innovative solutions to global conservation challenges and enable nature and people to thrive together. 

We are currently addressing climate change at an unprecedented scale by protecting lands, waters, and oceans in sustainable ways, providing food and water resources, and helping cities become more sustainable. 

Our projects span 76 countries and territories, using collaborative approaches with local communities, governments, private sector and others, to carry out various conservation projects and activities, including biodiversity conservation, forest conservation, marine conservation, climate change, and sustainable land use. In addition to the photo contest, TNC also organizes various community projects and educational activities, aiming to promote public awareness and action towards environmental protection and sustainable development and to raise public awareness of natural environments and wildlife

*Cover picture: SOUND AND VISION This picture represents one the most intense moments I could remember during my life. It was September, when after a two-week wait I was lucky enough to experience an amazing mix of extraordinary elements, which I will never forget: the impressive display of the autumn colours at their peak and the first snow of the season.​© Alessandro Carboni/TNC Photo Contest 2023

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