Amazing Winners of the Nature Photographer of the Year 2020 Competition

NPOTY Photo Contest 2020-Jurassic Park-Roberto Marchegiani-Category Winner-C2 Mammals

“Jurassic Park” by Roberto Marchegiani (Italy). Overall Winner and Mammals Category Winner/NPOTY 2020.

Feel like you're stuck indoors too much these days? These stunning images from the winners of the Nature Photographer of the Year (NPOTY) contest will satisfy your wanderlust—and maybe encourage you to get outside with your own camera, be it a DSLR or your phone. This year's award winners are the fifth batch of talented photographers chosen by the annual competition which held its inaugural contest in 2016. Run by the nature & photography organization Nature Talks, the contest draws the best and brightest of outdoor photography from around the world.

This year, the overall winner—now known as the Nature Photographer of the Year—is Roberto Marchegiani of Italy. The experienced landscape photographer has been shooting since he was 14 years old. To get his dreamy winning shot of a giraffe in Nakuru National Park, Kenya, Marchegiani had to arrange for a special safari in dreary weather. Using the powerful telephoto view of a 600mm lens, Marchegiani fixed his gaze on a portion of forest and waited. Luckily, a group of nearby giraffes happened to pass his view. “In the end,” he comments, “I was rewarded by my stubbornness: the giraffes passed exactly in the right place. The scene reminded me of a Jurassic landscape, with a herbivorous dinosaur in the same position as the giraffe.”

For the 2020 competition, the jury panel judged 19,547 images from photographers in over 95 countries. Categories included Black and White, Animal Art, and a special Portfolio competition. There was even a Youth category for kids over 10 years old. If you'd like to try your hand and submit your own work, consider entering the 2021 competition. As a bonus, your entry fee helps support conservation efforts in the Netherlands and Belgium. Nature Talks will also be hosting a 2-day Online Nature Photography Journey on March 13 and 14, 2021. You'll attend cool talks, masterclasses, and more.

Scroll down to check out this year's magnificent winners of each category in the Nature Photographer of the Year awards. To see the full list of runners up and commended images, check out the contest page.

Nature Talks has announced the winners of their Nature Photographer of the Year contest.

NPOTY Man and Nature

“Hope in a Burned Forest” by JoAnne McArthur (Canada). Man and Nature Category Winner/NPOTY.

Other Animals Winner NPOTY

“Nature's Pitfall” by Samantha Stephens (Canada). Other Animals Category Winner/NPOTY.

“Welcome to Mexico,” Border Wall Project by Alejandro Prieto (Mexico). Fred Hazelhoff Portfolio Award/NPOTY.

Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

“Dead Forest” by Radomir Jakubowski (Germany). Plants and Fungi Category Winner/NPOTY.

In the Hiding Underwater Photography

“In The Hiding” by Milos Prelevic (Serbia). Underwater Category Winner/NPOTY.

Nature Art Winner

“Trapped” by Andrea Pozzi (Italy). Nature Art Category Winner/NPOTY.

NPOTY Black and White Manta Rays

“Constellation of Eagle Rays” by Henley Spiers (UK). Black and White Category Winner/NPOTY.

ANimal Portraits Wildlife Photography

“I Can Pass” by Adriana Sanz (Argentina). Animal Portraits Category Winner/NPOTY.

F “DE LAGE LANDEN” Bart Siebelink |

“The Apocalypse” by Bart Siebelink (Netherlands). Animals of “De Lage Landen” Category Winner/NPOTY.

Landscape Photography Winner

“Il Bosco Incantato” by Stanislao Basileo (Italy). Landscapes Category Winner/NPOTY.

NPOTY Brambling Togetherness Birds

“Brambling Togetherness” by Andreas Geh (Germany). Birds Category Winner/NPOTY 2020.

Nature Photographer of the Year Contest Winners

“Tiny Details” by Lili Sztreharszki (Hungary). Youth Category Winner/NPOTY.

Learn more about how Nature Talks can help improve your photography practice.

NPOTY: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Nature Talks

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by NPOTY.

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Madeleine Muzdakis

Madeleine Muzdakis is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and a historian of early modern Britain & the Atlantic world. She holds a BA in History and Mathematics from Brown University and an MA in European & Russian Studies from Yale University. Madeleine has worked in archives and museums for years with a particular focus on photography and arts education. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys hiking, film photography, and reading while cuddling with her cat Georgia.
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