We are excited to announce the winners of our Let’s Get Wild Photo Competition! Photographers from all across the world submitted their wildest photos of Wilderness, wildlife or people. The public voted on their favourite, and then a jury from the European Wilderness Society had the difficult task of selecting winners. Now we are pleased to announce these winners!
You can view all the photos here: Let’s Get Wild Photo Contest
The overall winner is Sofia Rioli, from Italy, with her photo ‘Dreaming the Dolomites’. Sofia’s photo won by public vote. Sofia will win a ticket to WILDArt in Majella National Park, Italy, where she will be part of a group of artists who explore the Wilderness for a week, and let nature inspire their artwork and photography.
The jury found it difficult to select the other winners, as there were many interesting, dynamic and excellent photos. However we are pleased to announce the following photographers as our winners, from the three different photo categories – Wilderness, Wildlife and Wild people.
In first place, ‘Drying Wings’ by Bas van Laarhoven, from the Netherlands. His photo shows a cormorant drying his wings in the first sunlight of the day, at the Goorfen in the Oisterwijkse forests and fens nature reserve (Netherlands). Second place was ‘Good morning Lange Lacke’ by Christina Rittmannsperger from Austria, with her photo taken at 5:30am of the sunrise at Nationalpark Neusiedler See-Seewinkel, Austria. Third place was given to Stephan Dengg from Austria, for his photo ‘Nature pur am Karwassersee’, where the light is kissing the larch trees.
The winner of the wildlife category was Mauro Raunich, from Slovenia, with his photo ‘Young Deer’, which shows a quiet morning, and a deer peeking out of tall grass. Second place os Bereckzki Barna from Romania, with his photo of a solitary chamois ‘The Sentinel 2’. And third place is Brandon Hartwig from Canada, with his photo ‘Hokkaido Fox’.
Wild People Category
In the Wild People category, first place is awarded to Joao Coutinho from Portugal, with his photo ‘Into the Wild’. In second place is Gill McMillan from the UK, with her photograph ‘Ancient Seascape’. And third place is Janin Salzger, with her photograph ‘Fire Dance’, which represents her experience of being free and wild, dancing with the remnants of a bonfire between the cliffs of Møns Klint and the Baltic Sea.
Aside from the grand winner Sofia Rioli winning a ticket to WILDArt Majella this September, we have prizes for all our winners. The three photographers in first place will go hiking in the High Tatras National Park, Slovakia, with a Wilderness Guide and a stay in an overnight cabin. Second and third place winners will each be sent a parcel of Wilderness goodies in the post.
All photographs can be viewed on the photo contest webpage here. Thank you to all the photographers who participated!