Italian Dolomites — by Atanas Chulev
Photographer Atanas Chulev is the winner of the national award for Bulgaria with this stunning shot of the Italian Dolomites. He said: ‘The photo was taken in one of the excavated tunnels that were created during the First World War. Most of them can be seen on the Via Ferrata De Luca/Innerkofler route through the mountains’
Galloping Horses in Mongolia at Sunset — by Tien Sang Kok
Tien Sang Kok, who won the national award for Malaysia, said: ‘It is traditionally said that a Mongol without a horse is like a bird without a wing’
Devastating bushfires —- By Adam Stevenson
Adam Stevenson, who won the national award for Australia, snapped this powerful image on his iPhone X after devastating bushfires swept through Wallabi Point in New South Wales, close to where he lives. He said: ‘As I watched the sun set through the smoke, a kookaburra appeared and allowed me to walk right up to it. We shared a moment, watching the sun fade behind the apocalyptic scene…’
Image of two rhinos mating in Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in India — By Pobitora Wildlife
Abhijeet Kumar Banerjee, who won the national award for India, said: ‘We were on a jeep safari and suddenly we encountered this pair of Indian one-horned rhino mating. Needless to say, it was a unique and rare opportunity’
Northern Lights next to the Seljalandfoss waterfall in Iceland — By Sutie Yang
The Chinese photographer Sutie Yang explained: ‘I went inside the waterfall and found this little world. The aurora danced outside the cave for a moment, as if it contained the whole universe’
Huangshan mountains in China — By Karem Apaza Lopez,
Karem Apaza Lopez, who won the national award for Peru, called the image ‘Dreamy Mountains’. He said: ‘It was impossible for my senses to ignore the wonder of the Huangshan mountains. It was as if they were posing for my lens and allowing me to capture their splendour’
A curious monkey in an Indonesian forest — By Czech photographer Jan Simon
Jan Simon, who win the national award for the Czech Republic, said: ‘I was amazed by this creature while travelling through Indonesia. I spotted the monkey just sitting there while I was exploring a place called Monkey Forest. It looked like he was just sitting there wondering about the world.’ Picture of buffalo by Will Venter, the winner of the South African national award, showing a water buffalo peeking out from dense foliage. He explained: ‘It had a look as though it wanted us to help it. So many people around the world rely on these amazing creatures for survival, and yet few help to protect its natural environment’
Abandoned coal mine on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard — By Bjørn-Arild Schanck
The national award winner for Norway is Bjørn-Arild Schancke, who impressed the judges with this striking shot of an abandoned coal mine on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. He explained that mining in Svalbard ended in 19
Autumnal shot of Lake Kawaguchiko and Mount Fuji in Japan — By Kiatthaworn Khorthawornwong
The winner of the national award for Thailand is Kiatthaworn Khorthawornwong, who captured this beautiful autumnal shot of Lake Kawaguchiko and Mount Fuji in Japan
Spread ’em’ — By photographer Marcus Westburg
This image, called ‘Spread ’em’, helped photographer Marcus Westburg scoop the national award for Sweden. He captured the unusual photo while in a hide at the Onguma Private Reserve in Namibia. He said: ‘I knew if I were patient enough, I would have a good chance of photographing giraffes as they came in to drink, but I never imagined any of them would squeeze in between the hide and the waterhole! This presented me with a different perspective than I had envisioned. Patience and a willingness to sit quietly in nature is often a reward in itself – although in this case I was delighted to leave with an image like this’
An otter in Bourne, Lincolnshire — By Lakshitha Karunarathna
The winner of the national award for Sri Lanka is Lakshitha Karunarathna for this fascinating shot of an otter he captured in Bourne, Lincolnshire. He said: ‘As I spent a whole night photographing a heron in a small pond, this handsome hunter popped up all of sudden right in front of me and started swimming and diving for fish at an unbelievable pace. I could not get a proper shot for some time due to the speed and the unpredictability of this skilful night hunter. After good half an hour of hunting, it took a break and shook the water off’
Crab-eater seals in the Antarctic Peninsula — By Greg Lecoeur
Winner of the French award is Greg Lecoeur for this incredible underwater shot of crab-eater seals in the Antarctic Peninsula. This image also earned him the top prize in the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2020 competition.
A school of jackfish off the coast of Sipadan Island in Malaysia — By Kam Moon Lai
Claiming second place in the national award for Hong Kong is Kam Moon Lai, who shot this amazing photo of a school of jackfish off the coast of Sipadan Island in Malaysia.
Ring of Frost — By Ales Krivec
Ales Krivec is the winner of the national award for Slovenia after impressing with this snap, which he called ‘Ring of Frost’. It shows an optical phenomenon called ‘halo’, which is produced by light interacting with ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere.
Sea lion — By Yung-sen Wu
Runner-up for the national award for Taiwan is Yung-sen Wu, who captured this magnificent shot of a sea lion swimming among fish.
“Pastoral Symphony” — By F. Dilek Uyar
Turkish photographer F. Dilek Uyar is the winner of the national award for Turkey for this image of sheep being herded in Bitlis in the east of the country. She described the image as being like a ‘pastoral symphony’.
A boy on a raft — Hwanhee Kim
Claiming second place in the national award for the Republic of Korea is Hwanhee Kim for this image he captured of a boy on a raft in the Solomon Islands. He said: ‘Although the weather was a little unfriendly, he seemed happy to meet some new faces’.
Mountaineers fighting against the cold — Kushal Shahi
Photographer Kushal Shahi is the winner of the national award for Nepal with this stunning image of mountaineers fighting against the cold as they climb a Himalayan peak
@Summarized from Daily Mail