2012 Photo Contest, © Jim Chagares

And the Winners of the 3rd Annual Photo Contest are…

* Click on the photos once to check out the photographers’ description of their photos. Click on the photo again to view a full sized image!

Grand Prize winner of the Yellowstone/Tetons week-long photo tour with Jess Lee

Mama and her Little Hobo

Grand Prize Winner by James Yule

First Place: Wild Lands

Glorious Radiance

First Place: Wild Lands Category. Photo by Chase Schiefer


First Place: Wildlife

Polar Shaker

First Place: Wildlife Category. Photo by Hank Perry


Second Place: Wild Lands

Ke'e Kurve

Second Place: Wild Lands Category. Photo by Mark Johnson


Second Place: Wildlife

Trials and Tribulations

Second Place: Wildlife Category. Photo by Gene Furr


Third Place: Wild Lands

Upper Falls: Star Trails

Third Place: Wild Lands Category. Photo by Rachele Matteucci


Third Place: Wildlife

It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's an Ermine

Third Place: Wildlife Category. Photo by Danny Nestor


Congratulations again to all of our winners and thanks to everyone who entered and voted for their favorites.  Tune in next week for a slideshow featuring some of our fabulous honorable mentions!

25 Responses to “And the Winners of the 3rd Annual Photo Contest are…”

  1. Heather Moss

    Such remarkable photographs! Congratulations to all the winners.

    • paula

      you look like a twin in your picture!Iam a twin too, my parents where twins ,too.What animals often ave twins? polar bears.I put the leaping animal on my desktop for courage,too!go vegan ,love Paula twin of Lynne

  2. Cecelia

    Where can I purchase pictures submitted.Absolutely gorgeous pics.

    • hank perry

      Cecelia, thank you so much! My photos are up at naturalrealm.com and my proceeds go to Defenders and local wildlife conservation groups. yours in conservation, hp

  3. Bret @ Green Global Travel

    Great photos! I especially love the polar bear and the nighttime waterfall shot. We’ll have to remember to enter some of the shots from our trips to the Galapagos Islands and Peru’s Amazon region in next year’s contest. Will share this on our site now…

    • hank perry

      Bret, thanks for the kudos! 🙂 that bear back-scratched for awhile before he got around to a shake and it was very cold and windy out! there’s a sense of luck and timing with the shot to be sure, but mostly, it’s great to see them in the Northern Canada (if you’ve not been, get there soon!). a video with commentary is up at my site naturalrealm.com. thank you again.hp

  4. Priscilla

    Ce sont toutes de tres belles photos c etait difficiles de voter pour les departages malgre tous ils sont tous gagnands.

  5. Jaye Gundrum

    I still love the Last Photo with the little guy jumping off the snow edge. Leap of Faith I think. He’s beautiful.

  6. Marie Rowland

    I Love the bear and her cub, what a cutie. Of coarse I love all of Mother Nature’s Wonders and especially all of God’s four legged creatures. :):):)

  7. Daryl Hunter

    I’m so glad to see James win this with the great photo of Blaze and her cub. I don’t think this will be the last we see of the great photograph either 😀

  8. Michaelene (Mikey)

    The wildlife pictures are beautiful and the wildlands Sunset. The problem I have is that the wildlands photo of the waves and the one with the waterfall,look like pictures of pictures. I have done pictures like that but would never enter them into a contest.
    The other thing I would like to mention is there should be a contest for folks with plain cameras, that cant afford the higher priced cameras with telescopic lenses that can take such close up shots of the animals. To me and probably alot of folks, higher price is anything over $200. I take pretty good shots, with my sale priced digital, but most of mine couldnt compare to the ones in this contest. Please consider this. Thank you and keep up the good work for our wonderful wildlife. Sincerely yours…Mikey

  9. pat thomas

    dan nestor’s photo of that little creature jumping off the ‘snow wave’ into the air gave me courage this morning.
    thank you, thank you!!

  10. Julie

    These are some of the best shots I’ve ever seen. And I look at a lot of them. Incredible. Breathtaking. Phenomenal.

  11. Linda M.

    Beautiful!!!! Congrats to all the winners! TY for sharing..

  12. Karen Uyeno

    I like the shot of the little animal jumping off a cliff. It probably was one of the hardest shots to capture, considering it probably took a lot of climbing. Maybe it was taken by someone that was skiing?

  13. Alan Wolff

    ALL of the photographs are really Great, and the effort put forward by these photographers cannot be accurately measured.

    Their contribution, however, can be measured, and it is Over Whelming.

    Thanks and gratitude to all of the entrants, you have captured the Heart of your subjects, be they Wild Life or Wild Lands.

    Interestingly 3 of the 4 Wild Life photographs are of animals in a winter/snowy setting.

    Me? I LOVE that brave determined, throw all caution to the wind…”I can almost fly…” Ermine!!!!!!! Kudos to Danny Nestor, Great image!!!!

  14. Alan Wolff

    Danny Nestor,

    Wanted to make a comment, actually share an haiku I composed for your
    “It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s an Ermine” photo.

    Ermine winter white,
    black tail and eyes determined,
    “I can almost fly.”

  15. Margo Tracey

    My favorite is the wave by Mark Johnson. Having grown up next to the ocean, I know how rare it is for a wave to break as beautifully as that, and for Mark to have caught this so perfectly and at such a rare moment, along with that glorious sunset and the rugged ridges on the shore… well, it’s absolutely magnificent and awe inspiring. Fantastic job!

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