Wild Wonders of Europe

Online Photo Competition

Grand Prize - Young Crew - Marcus Valeur, 18 Years old, Norway

'Trying to gain height'

 “This was the very last image in a series of more than 25 pictures. None of the images had sufficient sharpness in the head region – except this.” Read the full story

Grand Prize – Adult - Janne Heimonen, 28 Years old, Finland 


“I was laying on the ice and watching the dipper dive for food from the stream in front of me, in the last sunbeams of sunset.”  Read the full story

Almost 11.000 images had been submitted to 12 months of monthly competitions. 48 Winning Images from two age groups were eligible for the judging.

These two fabulous images gained most votes from our board of judges:

  • Cristina Goetsch-Mittermeier (Executive Director iLCP – International League of Conservation Photographers)
  • Michaela Stolle (Epson, Product Manager, Pro-Photo)
  • Yvonne Billenkamp-Schafers (Nikon Europe, Sponsoring & Events)
  • Milán Radisics (President of naturArt, Hungarian Association of Nature Photographers, Wild Wonders Photographers’ Team, Graphic Designer)
  • Florian Möllers (Wild Wonders of Europe Communications Director, Photographer)

Congratulations, Marcus and Janne to this outstanding achievement!

Enjoy the portfolios of the two Grand Prize winners on our Online Competition pages on the Wild Wonders of Europe website.

The Grand Prize I:
5 Days of Photography in the Scottish Highlands

Accompanied by Wild Wonders of Europe Director and Photography Tour Leader Peter Cairns, Marcus and Janne will set out in early March to test out their photographic skills on the wildlife and landscapes of the Cairngorms National Park  and Alladale Estate. Sir Paul Lister will invite the small team to photograph the stags and other highland wildlife on his grounds, generously offering free board and accommodation as part of the Grand Prize.

The Grand Prize II:
Exclusive Epson Printing Day in

Following their 5 day photo adventure in Scotland, Marcus and Janne are invited to Epson UK’s headquarters in London for a special printing day.

Epson, a leading digital imaging company and one of Wild Wonders of Europe’s Main partners, will provide access to their specialist Large Format Printing team and work with the two winners to help them learn how to print images of perfect colour and clarity.

More Great Images…

can be seen in our special Grand Prize Winners gallery . We are delighted to show you 3 “Next Best” photographs in the Young Crew and Adult categories with wonderful images from Bulgaria, France, Holland and Lithuania!

Wild Wonders Online Photo Competition 2010 …

We are currently working on setting up this year’s round of monthly competitions. Stay tuned – we will keep you informed.

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:

Main Partners:

National Geographic logoWWF logo
Epson logoNikon logoNokia

…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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