The results from our 2018 Habitats & Landscapes photo contest.

  • Winner: Kellie Netherwood
    Swan Lake

    As snow sweeps across Kussharo Lake, whooper swans seek warmth in a small section left unfrozen from the flow of nearby hot spring waters.

  • Runner-Up: Pratik Pradhan

    The Spider in this picture is called Poecilotheria regalis. It is a species of arboreal tarantulas from the Western and Eastern Ghats, India.The common name for this spider is Indian ornamental tree spider. I had previsualized this picture long back but the main challenge is to find a tarantula in a perfect place and approach closer to take a wide angle picture. After spotting this particular individual I had to set wireless speedlite behind the tree bark such that it wil backlit the spider but will not be visible in the picture I had set my camera on a tripod to keep the shutter open for longer time to be able to expose stars. I have waited for 4 years before taking this photograph because usually this spiders are found very high on tree trunks.

  • Runner-Up: Matt Meisenheimer

    An amazing display of light and atmosphere over the mountains of Hawaii's oldest island, Kauai.

Congratulations to the featured photographers and a big thank you to all who entered! Thank you also to the generous support of our contest sponsors: