Monk Seals photographed off Madeira
Wild Wonders of Europe photographer Nuno Sá managed to take sensational photos of the critically endangered Monk Seal Monachus monachus - the World’s most endangered seal species!
Thanks to great support from Madeira Islands and with a special permit from Parque Natural da Madeira, he was allowed to dive with the seals in their natural habitat. “In the end the seals approached me - it was absolutely amazing!” reports Nuno.
The current population of the Monk Seal is estimated at fewer than 600 individuals in the Mediterranean. Major threats are loss and deterioration of habitat, accidental entanglement in fishing nets, killing by fishermen who regard them as a pest and shrinking food sources due to overfishing.
Win an exclusive photo mission to Alladale estate, Scotland! A great chance to win a winter photo trip to Alladale and the Cairngorms National Park with great opportunities to photograph red deer and other highland wildlife.
This is YOUR chance! Don’t miss it! Upload your best images of European nature and wildlife to the Wild Wonders of Europe Online Photo competition. And make sure you stick to the rules! May the best pictures win! For more information, check the competition pages on our website.
Last month’s competition winners
Congratulations to our August competition winners: Piotr Szpakowski (House Sparrows), Zsolt Palankai (Speed), Balasz Liska (Passion) and Marcus Valeur (Trying to Gain Height)! Check out their winning images below:
There are more winning images to see in our gallery. Try yourself and upload your best nature photographs from Europe to our competition and win fabulous prizes.
Wild Wonders of Europe mini-exhibits
These small “appetiser exhibits“ of what will come later, in 2010, will be shown at:
Dream Team Photographers at the GDT Festival
One of the most internationally respected nature photo festivals in Europe, the GDT festival, will see its 17th revival in Luenen from 23-25 October 2009.
Wild Wonders of Europe Dream Team members Sandra Bartocha & Claudia Mueller (Germany), Dietmar Nill (Germany), Jari Peltomäki (Finland), Milán Radisics (Hungary), Manuel Presti & Stefano Unterthiner (Italy) will show some world-class photography, together with National Geographic Photographers Joel Sartore & Paul Nicklen and many other great visual artists. Make sure you book your tickets in time for 2010, when "The Great Wild Show“ by Wild Wonders of Europe will be on in Luenen!
Wild Wonders of Europe at Montier-en-Der
Supported by Nikon, an exhibition will feature some of the best work from Wild Wonders of Europe as a sneak preview of the Great Outdoor Exhibition which will start touring through Europe next year. Exhibitions and slide-shows will attract more than 30.000 visitors from 19-22 November 2009. Check the festival’s website to find out more!Stay tuned!
Wild Wonders of Europe is about the joy of wildness. About what is still out there and what we are risking to lose. Why it matters to us. And why we need to protect it. Read more»
Wild Wonders of Europe wish to thank our great partners:
…and our many other very important partners for their generous contributions and support! All without which this epic conservation photography project would never have been possible.
WWF - National Geographic - Epson - Nikon - Nokia - Groupe Bayard
Nature Picture Library - Conservation International - Eazyfone - Sandisk - Gitzo
Polar Quest - Aunan Lodge - Norway Nature - Artic Media - Wild Taiga - Finnature
Noble Caledonia - Flatanger Kommune - Innovation Norway - Kuusamo Lapland
Forollhogna - Äventyrsresor - IUCN - EEA - ILCP - Countdown 2010 - WILD Foundation
Euronatur - Aefona - Fotonatura.org - Vision Salvaje - Image & Nature - Grasduinen - IFWP
UNEP - Naturapics - Visit Finland - Visit Sweden - Co+Life - NVN - Naturfokus
Reisen in die Natur - Destinasjon Saltstraumen - BirdingInSpain.com - Photo Travel
Hide Photography - Mediwiss Analytic - Objectif Nature - Lanzarote - Madeira Tourism
Patronado de Turismo de Lanzarote - Andorra Turisme - King of the Forest - Ulvsbomuren
Parque Natural da Madeira - Nordic Discovery
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