Europe’s Natural Treasures Photo Competition 2017 Winners

Europe’s Natural Treasures Photo Competition


1. Place: Pay day, © Giuseppe Bonali, EuroNatur Competition
1. Place: Pay day
© Giuseppe Bonali

Phew, done it! He’s negotiated the wobbly blade of grass and got what he’s after:  some refreshment in the form of a drop of water. The just rewards for this hard-working ant at the end of a long day.

2. Place: Underwater, © Felipe Foncueva, EuroNatur Competition
2. Place: Underwater
© Felipe Foncueva

Northern Gannets shooting through the North Atlantic like torpedoes. These smartly turned out birds pierce the surface of the water at a speed of around 100 km/h on their hunt for their favourite food – herring and mackerel.

3. Place: Whooper swans, © Olli Immonen, EuroNatur Competition
3. Place: Whooper swans
© Olli Immonen

Intruders not welcome: this pair of whooper swans unite their forces to drive off an unwanted guest. In late March, there were very few ice-free spots on this lake in eastern Finland, so the fervour with which they defended it is not surprising.

4. Place: High Noon, © Julian Rad, EuroNatur Competition
4. Place: High Noon
© Julian Rad

What might these two foxes have to say to each other? They’re certainly not swapping small talk; after all, this tussle is actually about a fight for territory. On the other hand, this rarely results in any serious injuries to either party.

5. Place: Harvestman, © Bernd Liedtke, EuroNatur Competition
5. Place: Harvestman
© Bernd Liedtke

With their slender filigree legs, harvestmen look incredibly fragile. And even more so when they are clambering over delicate plant structures.  This specimen posed briefly for a photo completely motionless on the seed heads of a clematis.

6. Place: Bearded Vulture, © Bertrand Muffat Joly, EuroNatur Competition
6. Place: Bearded Vulture
© Bertrand Muffat Joly

What a magnificent sight: a bearded vulture gliding majestically over the French Alps. With a wingspan of almost three meters, the bearded vulture is the largest bird of prey in Europe – and one of the rarest.

7. Place: Bank vole, © Folkert Christoffers, EuroNatur Competition
7. Place: Bank vole
© Folkert Christoffers

The garden gourmet: this bank vole is obviously really enjoying these blackberries. This injection of vitamins will have done the little rodent a power of good as the autumn sets in.

8. Place: David and Goliath, © Bruno De Lorenzo, EuroNatur Competition
8. Place: David and Goliath
© Bruno De Lorenzo

An unsuccessful attempt like this is bound to ruffle your feathers! This little egret must have expected it to be easier than this to get his breakfast. Time and time again, the fish managed to escape the onslaughts from his feathered attacker by jumping out of the water…

9. Place: Three peaks and the Milky Way, © Gabor Takacs, EuroNatur Competition
9. Place: Three peaks and the Milky Way
© Gabor Takacs

Diligence rewarded: this photographer prepared meticulously for this picture by doing his homework with a rotating star chart, enabling him to capture the perfect moment:  the setting sun and rising stars create a magical backdrop to the rock formations of the Dolomites.


10. Place: Up in the air, © Javier Herranz, EuroNatur Competition
10. Place: Up in the air
© Javier Herranz

“Keep calm and carry on”, seems to be this minstrel bug’s motto. He’s obviously reached a dead end and is now determined to reach the other side of the twig by taking a hair-raising short cut.


11. Place: Take-off, © Susanne Wunn, EuroNatur Competition
11. Place: Take-off
© Susanne Wunn

The wings are in position, permission to take off has been granted, and the journey can start: it’s off on the honeymoon. These 30 or so may bugs were discovered by the photographer on her evening walk as they assembled on an oak tree ready to set off on their honeymoon.


12. Place: Great Skua, © Christian Schmaler, EuroNatur Competition
12. Place: Great Skua
© Christian Schmaler

Look out, skua! If an intruder comes too close to their nest, these great skuas won’t see the joke.  They keep any unwelcome visitors away with a low pass.  With their powerful beaks and sharp claws, these belligerent birds have some forceful “arguments” to deter others.


Europe’s Natural Treasures Photo Competition



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