Category: Terrestrial Wildlife

First Place: Snow Monkey

2015 Competition Winner: Snow Monkey

Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata)
Jigokudani Monkey Park, Nagano Prefecture, Japan

Every year, hordes of tourists eagerly flock to Jigokudani to snap shots of Japanese macaques soaking in hot springs. But these charismatic animals actually do have a life outside nature’s jacuzzi. Wanting to portray a fuller picture, Doest photographed the red-faced monkeys in their wintery mountain habitat. “This image takes me away into the alpine forest, and the eye contact with the monkey increases the empathy for this wonderful species.”



Jasper Doest

Vlaardingen, Netherlands

A self-taught photographer, Doest wants to give a voice to the wild creatures who share our planet. His work has won acclaim in the UK-based Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

Finalist: Yasuni Jaguar

2015 Competition Winner: Yasuni Jaguar

Jaguar (Panthera onca)
Yasuni National Park, Ecuador



Steve Winter

Hoboken, New Jersey – USA

An expert at photographing big cats in the jungle, Winter looks for great scenes that reveal the forest environment and the animals that live in it.

Finalist: Gelatinous Existence

2015 Competition Winner: Gelatinous Existence

Spiny glass frog (Teratohyla spinosa)
Selva Verde Lodge and Rainforest Reserve, Sarapiquí, Costa Rica



Alejandro Arteaga

Quito, Ecuador

Biologist and photographer Arteaga co-authored the only field guide on frogs and reptiles of Ecuador’s Mindo Cloud Forest. There, he re-discovered the Pinocchio lizard, long believed extinct.

Finalist: Magical Moment at Dead Vlei

2015 Competition Winner: Magical Moment at Dead Vlei

Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis)
Dead Vlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia



Marius Kleisch

Neumarkt, Germany

Kleisch, a doctor, bought his first digital camera in 2007. “Photography is a magnificent way to pass on the richness, uniqueness, and beauty of nature to others.”

Finalist: Shelter

2015 Competition Winner: Shelter

Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus)
Churchill, Canada



Jules Cox

Brighton, England, UK

Photographing the wildlife and wilderness of the British Isles and the Arctic North is a passion for Cox. He frequently shoots for BBC Wildlife Magazine.

Finalist: Green

2015 Competition Winner: Green

Wagler’s sipo (Chironius scurrulus)
Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, Ecuadoran Amazon



Jaime Culebras

Cáceres, Spain

As a child, Culebras borrowed his father’s camera to snap pictures of anything he found crawling under rocks and trees. Now he photographs wildlife in the Amazon.

Finalist: Eternal Snow

2015 Competition Winner: Eternal Snow

Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata)
Jigokudani Monkey Park, Nagano Prefecture, Japan



Jasper Doest

Vlaardingen, Netherlands

For Doest, photography is always about conveying emotion. His work documenting snow monkeys also won a First Place prize in the 2015 BigPicture competition.