Over the past seven years, the Nature Conservancy has received over 100,000 incredible photos of the world’s natural marvels in its annual digital photo contest. This year’s entries were no less remarkable, as subjects and compositions were as diverse as they were beautiful. Featured below are the contest’s honorable mentions and finalists. This year’s winner comes courtesy of Tulus Simatupang, who captured a Great Blue Heron flying in tandem with a Red-winged Blackbird.
A Parson’s chameleon catching a snack in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Alaotra-Mangoro Region, Madagascar. Photo credit: © Giovanni Mari
Grizzly bathing in Crescent Lake, Alaska. Photo credit: © Burgess Lewis
Death Valley National Park, near San Bernardino, California. Photo credit: © Joseph Pincus
Controlled burn of dead winter grasses in Shawnee County, Kansas. Photo credit: ©2013 Colin MacMillan
Elk Lake near North Hudson, Adirondack Park, New York. Photo credit: © Gary D. Paige