Winning Images from the Wildlife Photography Awards

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The Mar Menor has been the stage in which the Spanish photographer noticed Angel Fitor to capture a spectacular sunset which was accompanied by several jellyfish doing a kind of ballet. With this beautiful image, he has been declared the winner of the prestigious international competition ‘European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021’ (‘2021 European Wildlife Photography Awards’).

'The jellyfish ballet'
‘The ballet of the jellyfish’ / Photo: Ángel Fitor

The Spanish beat more than thousand photographers from 36 countries and took first place in the ‘European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021’ awards. The photo was taken seven years ago, in 2014, before the destruction of the lagoon ecosystem. In fact, the photographer blames poor agricultural planning and overconstruction of the tourism sector for the slow decline of aquatic life. Fitor used multiple flash triggers to create the illusion of a swarm, though there were actually only two jellyfish in the water before him.

Judge Jim Brandenburg commented that “the powerful image spoke strongly to jurors on many levels, and following the ecological catastrophe that occurred shortly after at the site where it was taken […] the winning photo also talks about the huge environmental problems of this region«.

Here are the winning images of the European Wildlife Photography Awards for each category. Enjoy the wildlife through these spectacular snapshots:

Winner of the category ‘Other animals’

The winning images of the European Wildlife Photography Awards
Photo: Jan Pedersen

Winner of the category ‘Plants and fungi’

The winning images of the European Wildlife Photography Awards
Photo: Tobias Richter

Winner of the category ‘Landscapes’

The winning images of the European Wildlife Photography Awards
Foto: Anette Mossbacher

Winner of the category ‘Aquatic world’

The winning images of the European Wildlife Photography Awards
Photo: Fabrice Guerin

Winner of the category ‘Men and nature’

The winning images of the European Wildlife Photography Awards
Photo: Magnus Lundgren

Winner of the category ‘Nature’s Studio’

The winning images of the European Wildlife Photography Awards
Photo: Francis De Andrés

Winner in the category ‘Young people up to 14 years old’

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The winning images of the European Wildlife Photography Awards
Photo: Andrés Luis Domínguez Blanco

Winner of the category ‘Young people from 15 to 17 years old’

The winning images of the European Wildlife Photography Awards
Photo: Lasse Kurkela

Runner-up in the ‘Birds’ category

Runner-up in the 'Birds' category
Photo: David Pattyn

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