#1 Splitting The Catch By Audun Rikardsen, Norway
A large male killer whale feeds on herring that have been squeezed out of the boat’s closing fishing net. He has learnt the sound that this type of boat makes when it retrieves its gear and homed in on it. Usually, it’s the fishing boats that look for the killer whales and humpbacks, which help to locate the shoals of herring that migrate to these Arctic Norwegian waters. But in recent winters, the whales have also started to follow the boats.
#2 Swarming Under The Stars By Imre Potyó, Hungary
Imre was captivated by the chaotic swarming of mayflies on Hungary’s River Rába and dreamt of photographing the spectacle beneath a starlit sky. For a few days each year (at the end of July or beginning of August), vast numbers of the adult insects emerge from the Danube tributary, where they developed as larvae. On this occasion, the insects emerged just after sunset. At first, they stayed close to the water, but once they had mated, the females gained altitude. Winners will be announced on 18 October.
“I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.”
A boy rescues his sister from underneath the rubble of their home in Syria
Grand Prize Winner: Winter Horseman, Inner Mongolia
First Place Winner, Cities: Ben Youssef, Marrakesh, Morocco
This playful collection of photographs features one man’s view from the inside of a tent. Simply called Morning Views From the Tent, the inspirational travel series was created by photographer Oleg Grigoryev. Each image offers a unique glimpse of the Tajikistan landscape from the eyes of an adventurer traveling through the Fann Mountains.
In the compositions, the photographer’s legs lead us forward, through the rounded entryway of each tent, and outward towards the stunning scenery. Other tents, supplies, backpacks, and shoes are scattered throughout the foreground which creates a sense of human presence among the breathtaking views. The bright and colorful tents uniquely frame the scenes and invite viewers to be swept away by the photographs as if we, too, are witnessing the dazzling natural beauty in person.
For his latest project Brazilian photographer Marcos Alberti has combined three of his passions: friends, photography and wine.
As he says himself: “The first glass of wine is all about the food, the second glass is about love, and the third glass is about mayhem“. So his idea was to go and look for that mayhem.
“The first picture was taken right away when our guests have just arrived at the studio,” explains Alberti, “in order to capture the stress and the fatigue after…working all day“.
By the third glass of wine Alberti’s friends got more and more into his project, revealing more open versions of themselves. We can only begin to imagine what photos 4, 5 and 6 might look like!
When Penguins Attack | Casey Station, Antarctica
Image source: Clinton Berry
Winter White | Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy
Image credits: Stephano Unterthiner
If you have a dog you know just how excited they get over something, or rather anything, to eat. Even the worst ball catchers can magically muster up the power to catch anything edible. Photographer Christian Vieler from Waltrop, Germany decided to capture photos of dogs the moment they caught something to eat, and the results are doggone hilarious!
Different dogs make different faces as they catch their favorite treats; something Vieler quickly learned when he began this project. He also realized how many different things one single facial expression could say about a dog’s current state of mind. Dogs show excitement, desire, joy and even panic as they dive snout first towards the treat of their dreams.