Congratulations to Paul Souders of Seattle Washington, USA for his winning image The Luckiest Penguin. As the Grand Prize winner of the 2014 competition, Paul receives $5,000 in cash and approximately $2,000 in camera gear from BorrowLenses.com for his next adventure. Paul’s winning image will be on display at the California Academy of Sciences in the BigPicture Exhibit which runs from August 1 – November 2, 2014.
A leopard seal narrowly misses a leaping gentoo penguin along the rocky shore of the Antarctic Peninsula. Leopard seals are brutally efficient killers in these icy waters, often trying to ambush penguins as they enter or leave the water. “I love photographing in the Antarctic. The wildlife there are quite comfortable with (human) presence. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see the world in a near pristine state.”
Seattle, Washington USA
Paul Souders has journeyed to every continent — creating images that appear in major US, French and German publications. His recent work in the Arctic has drawn wide acclaim including National Geographic Photo of the Year.
Category: Land Mammals
First Place: Curvy King
An environmental scientist, Biggi works to raise awareness about lesser-known species and their roles in ecosystem health.
First Place: Attack
A childhood spent outdoors fostered Hermansen’s love of nature, conservation and exploration. He has written and illustrated 25 books about the natural environment and exhibited his photography worldwide.
Category: Invertebrates, Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles and Marine Mammals
First Place: The Ice Bear
Seattle, Washington, USA
Souders has journeyed to every continent — creating images that appear in major US, French and German publications. His recent work in the Arctic has drawn wide acclaim including National Geographic Photo of the Year.
Category: Waterscapes, Landscapes and Plant Life
First Place: Snow Mountain
In 2007, Collins purchased his first camera to take photos of waves near his hometown. Now his work can be seen in international museums, galleries and advertising campaigns.
Category: Conservation Imagery
First Place: Beast in the Garden
Boulder, Colorado, USA
Heim brings a background in zoology and environmental journalism to her photography and film projects. She cofounded OK, Possum! Productions, a collective producing media about living with wildlife.
First Place: Seals On Iceberg
Laman has been capturing images of wildlife since he was five years old. Spurred by his love of the outdoors, the 13-year-old has journeyed to Antarctica with his photographer father.
First Place: Heath Fritillary Butterfly
Nine-year-old Brown has taken photos for roughly two-thirds of his life. His first camera had two viewfinders, one for each eye.