Glorious Gannet Portrait Wins World Nature Photography Awards

Glorious Gannet Portrait Wins World Nature Photography Awards

 World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Underwater Gannets’ by Tracey Lund — World Nature Photographer of the Year 2024 and Gold winner in ‘Behavior — Birds’ category | World Nature Photography Awards 2024

The World Nature Photography Awards announced the winners of its 2024 contest, celebrating the best in nature and wildlife photography. British photographer Tracey Lund won the top prize for her stunning portrait of a pair of gannets swimming off the coast of the Shetland Islands.

Lund’s winning image featured above also took the Gold award in the “Behavior — Birds” category. Lund bested photographers in a vast pool of entrants from six continents.

“Taken whilst on holiday in Shetland, sat on the side of a RIB. The hired DSLR camera in the waterproof housing was attached to [a] polecam system and lowered into the water. Thousands of gannets were in the sky above us and then started to dive into the sea after locally-caught fish. An unbelievable spectacle to witness, let alone photograph. I took 1,800 images on that day but only had two that I could use,” Lund explains.

“Our winners never fail to take our breath away with their stunning images. As always, it’s such a joy to see the amazing caliber of entries into the awards,” says Adrian Dinsdale, co-founder of the World Nature Photography Awards.

The top three images — the silver and bronze winners in the case of the Behavior — Birds category — from all 14 categories are featured below.

Animal Portraits

World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Anger Fish’ by Nicolas Remy — Gold Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024
World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Alike’ by Michael Stavrakakis — Silver Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024
World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Bloody Himalayan Vulture’ by Partha Roy — Bronze Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024

Behavior — Amphibians and Reptiles

World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Head Massage’ by John Saeger — Gold Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024
World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Father Calling’ by Karthik Ak — Silver Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024
World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Reflections of the Frog’ by Rafal Dymarkowski — Bronze Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024

Behavior — Birds

World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Oxpecker and Water Buffalo’ by Lakshitha Karunarathhna — Silver Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024
World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Aino’ by Jouni Erola — Bronze Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024

Behavior — Mammals

World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Those Last Seconds’ by Alex Brackx — Gold Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024
World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Guarding’ by Elizabeth Yicheng Shen — Silver Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024
World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Reaching for the Top’ by Lukas Walter — Bronze Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024

Behavior — Invertebrates

World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Lightfoot Crabs Puerto Egas Galapagos’ by Bill Klipp — Gold Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024
World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Not So Silent Hill’ by Panagiotis Dalagiorgos — Silver Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024
World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Cuckoo Wasp’ by Kevin Blackwell — Bronze Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024

Nature Art

World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Earth’s Treasure’ by Miki Spitzer — Gold Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024
World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Aspen Trees’ by Robert Ross — Silver Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024
World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Patagonia Dreaming’ by Vittorio Ricci — Bronze Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024

People and Nature

World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Catch of the Day’ by Ioannis Pavlos Evangelidis — Gold Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024
World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Front of the Wreck’ by Ferenc Lorincz — Silver Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024
World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Chasing Nature’ by Hira Punjabi — Bronze Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024

Plants and Fungi

World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Owl-Like Plant’ by Chatree Lertsintanakorn — Gold Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024
World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Rainbow at Dawn’ by Dr. Martin Stevens — Silver Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024
World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Trompet’ by Radoslav Sviretsov — Bronze Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024

Underwater

World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Crowd Control’ by Andy Schmid — Gold Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024
World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Young Humpback Playing II’ by Philip Hamilton — Silver Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024
World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Light in Light’ by Giovanni Crisafulli — Bronze Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024

Planet Earth’s Landscapes and Environments

World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Difference’ by Ivan Pedretti — Gold Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024
World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Perfect Cloud’ by Sr. Francisco Negroni — Silver Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024
World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Ions and Water Over Godafoss’ by Cari Letelier — Bronze Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024

Black and White

World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Graceful Turn’ by Richard Li — Gold Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024
World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Under a Mother’s Guidance’ by Tom Way — Silver Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024
World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Double Catch’ by Tom Nickels — Bronze Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024

Animals in Their Habitat

World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Livin on the Edge’ by Amit Eshel — Gold Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024
World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Lynx Pounce’ by Thomas Vijayan — Silver Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024
World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘A Foraging Turtle’ by Tom Shelsinger — Bronze Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024

Urban Wildlife

World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Dragon’s Nest’ by Roy Wiesner — Gold Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024
World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Among Bricks’ by Roman Willi — Silver Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024
World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Budapest Beaver’ by Adam Horvath — Bronze Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024

Nature Photojournalism

World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘The Dangerous Toy’ by Celia Kujala — Gold Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024
World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Voodoo Sacrifices’ by Enrique Lopez Tapia — Silver Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024
World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs
‘Price of Binturong Coffee’ by Lennart Stolte — Bronze Winner | World Nature Photography Awards 2024

This year, for the first time, a selection of winning images from this year’s contest and prior years will be available to purchase as wall art in a dedicated online store.

“We’re thrilled that people will now have the chance to buy some of these images to grace the walls of their homes. What’s more, we’re planning to plant a tree for every piece of wall art we sell,” Dinsdale adds.

Photographers can now enter next year’s contest. The complete entry details and rules are available on the World Nature Photography Awards website.


Image credits: World Nature Photography Awards. Individual photographers are credited in the captions.

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