Looking into the lion’s den : Winners of the Nature Through the Lens Competition

The award winners Nature Through the Lens Photographer of the Year 2022 Competition just announced, and a brutal image of a flaming hunting caracal named the winner.

Will Nicholls, Founder of Nature Through the Lens, said of the winning image: “This is nature at its rawest. The caracal is soaked from the passing of the flames through the waters, but it came out on top. The contrasting colors against the dark surroundings make this image very public.”

Photographers compete in over eight different competition categories celebrating the natural world including animal behaviour, camera traps, landscapes, urban wildlife and underwater.

Nature TTL is the world’s largest online nature photography resource, providing free tutorials and inspirational features. Photographers can learn more at naturettl.com.

Overall winner

flamingo hunting caracal

Caracal (Caracal caracal) hunting along the shores of Lake Ndutu, in southern Serengeti, Tanzania. Photo by Dennis Stogsdill/Nature TTL

Winner – urban wildlife category

Hare city at night

A hare runs through the deserted night streets of Kassel, Germany. Photo by Jan Piecha/Nature TTL

Winner – Underwater category

Shepherd's Pink and Rust

A pink whipray (Himantura fai) passes through a school of mergansers at the eponymous Tuna Factory in the Maldives. Photo by Andy Schmid/Nature TTL

Winner – The night sky category

the highest point in Australia

There are cabins surrounded by snow at Kosciusko, Australia’s highest point. In the background is a stunning image of the Milky Way. Photo by Josselin Cornou/Nature TTL

Winner – wildlife portraits category

Lion's eye contact

A male lion (Panthera Leo) sits and eats buffalo being hunted with his brothers, and the photographer takes his picture from the relative safety of his car. Photo at Moremi, Okavango Delta, Botswana. Photo by Tomasz Szpila/Nature TTL

Winner – Under 16 category

Birds kissing

Two Malabar parakeets (Psittacula columboides) fight over a stump, in a dispute over territory. This image was shot from a bird hide in Hosanagara, Karnataka, India. Photo by Achintya Murthy/Nature TTL

Second place – Camera trap category

Snow leopard and sunset

A snow leopard ( Panthera uncia ) scans for prey across the rugged peaks of the Ladakh mountain range in India. Thick snow covers the ground, but the big cat’s dense coat and fur paw pads keep him warm. Photo by Sascha Fonseca/Nature TTL

Winner – Landscapes category

thunder and sunflowers

A thunderstorm overtakes a sunflower that has, against all odds, managed to survive on a rubbish dump in the semi-arid Karoo region of South Africa. Photo by Bertus Hanekom/Nature TTL

Winner – Camera trap category

Grizzly bear close up

Photograph of a grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) in freezing conditions, from a camera trap set up along a river in Klukshu, Yukon, Canada. Photo by Geoffrey Reynaud/Nature TTL

Second place – Underwater category

Fish gobbleguts

When female eastern gobbleguts ( Vincentia novaehollandiae ) are ready to lay their eggs, the male opens his mouth near the center of his cloaca, pushing the eggs out in a conical fashion. The male will then hold the eggs in his mouth, like this one here, and continue to care for them for a month before hatching occurs. Fortunately, he is still able to feed with the eggs in his mouth. Photo by Talia Greis/Nature TTL

Winner – small world category

A moth flies in the night

A multi-exposed image showing a moth trail in the night sky, in Őrségi National Park, Hungary. Photo by Tibor Litauszki/Nature TTL

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Second place – wildlife portraits category

fox dog looking back

This image of a fox was taken at Graubünden, high in the mountains of Switzerland. The person in this image is standing near a common marker amongst the trees. Photo by Matt Engelmann/Nature TTL

Second place – Night sky category

Aurora over Iceland's Godafoss

A stunning image combining the northern lights and a moonbow (lunar rainbow), all against the stunning backdrop of the Godafoss waterfall, Iceland. Photo by Mauro Tronto/Nature TTL

Second place – animal transport category

Elephant throwing dust

After wallowing in the mud, this African elephant (Loxodonta) throws dust on itself to dry. Photo at Ngorongoro Crater, Republic of Tanzania. Photo by Michael Snedic/Nature TTL

Second place – small world category

Micro-mite pollen

A micro-moth ( Micropterix calthella ) covered in golden balls of pollen from a spindly umbel flower found in Mutter’s Moor near Sidmouth, Devon, UK. Photo by Tim Crabb/Nature TTL

Second place – Landscapes category

Lava Fagradalsfjall Volcano

Lava flows out of the Fagradalsfjall Volcano, near Reykjavík, Iceland, on September 17, 2021. Photo by Marek Biegalski/Nature TTL

Second place – urban wildlife category

Millions of glow worms have taken over this abandoned railway tunnel in Helensburgh, Australia. Photo by Josselin Coronou/Nature TTL

Second place – Under 16 category

Photo of a great grebe ( Podiceps cristatus ) on a pond near the photographer’s house in Poznań, Poland. Photo by Maksymilian Paczkowski

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