2010 Photo Contest Winners Gallery
The winning images from "National Wildlife" magazine's 40th annual photography competition
Edited by Thuy Senser
Four decades ago, the first National Wildlife Photo Contest launched with one theme—the effects of pollution on wildlife—and a very grim grand prize winner: an image of a dead cormorant on a beach. Since then, the annual contest has grown exponentially. This year, nearly 50,000 images were entered in seven categories and in three divisions, Amateur, Professional and Youth. Through all these changes, one thing remains constant: the power of photography to connect people—both photographers and viewers—with wildlife and the outdoors. Since 1971, the contest has celebrated this connection. Winners are selected on the basis of originality, execution and technical excellence. We think you’ll agree that this year’s images are a diverse and impressive bunch.
Our print edition included captions for some of these images, including the two grand-prize winners. Check out the stories behind the photos.