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The Race is On for the Grand Prize...

...of the 2010/11 Wild Wonders of Europe Online Photo Competition!

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 Photos: previous monthly competition winners from the Young Crew   
by Kaloyan Hristov and Martijn Roos   

In 2009 25,000 EURO in prizes set a new level worldwide for an online photo competition and attracted almost 11.000 images  from 24 European countries. The 2nd round of the competition will definitely live up to that reputation and starts in August 2010!

Thanks to our great partners, Nikon , Epson  and NikSoftware, another set of stunning prizes will be given out to the monthly winners. Plus the prestigious Grand Prize: Your Own Wild Wonders Mission to a wild destination in Europe!

“That was a bloody cool trip”, said 2009 Youth winner, Markus Valeur/Norway, who, together with Janne Heimonen/Finland (Adults) was invited to photograph wildlife in the Scottish Highlands. Read their blogs and discover what you can see in just 5 days at the right place in Europe!

Submitting your own photos of the Wild Wonders of Europe is easy. All info is on our website.

So, grab your camera and get out shooting!
Deadline for the first month is August 31st, don’t miss it!

P.S. Make sure you engage in the public voting for the best images – it’s fun!

competition monthly winnerPhoto: Fergus Gill

competition monthly winnerPhoto: Tjeerd Visser   

3 PRO Tips for shooting Great Competition Images
by Wild Wonders of Europe Director and Photographer Florian Möllers

May the light be with you… Get up early and stay out that little bit longer. Always go for the most interesting light, either low or soft (e.g. on overcast days).

Strong compositions create strong impressions - Subjects in the center of the frame? Give it a second glance and think about re-composing after focussing!

Respect! - No matter what it takes: try to get to eye-level with your subjects to give them that extra bit of wow!-factor they deserve.

New Partner: NikSoftware

Nik Software LogoWithout our partners, a new round of the photo competition wouldn’t be possible. So thanks especially to NikSoftware, who joined Wild Wonders of Europe this month as a new partner.
Nik is a leading manufacturer and supplier of high class software solutions for enhancing and editing digital photography of any specialization. Watch out for their cool new products coming soon, targeting professional photographers, photo enthusiasts and those new to the world of digital photography. We are excited to announce that some of these new releases will be featured in special Nik/Wild Wonders webinars. Stay tuned and check the company’s website.

Always thought filters are only for family or wedding pix? Way off the mark! You’ll be amazed how you can enhance landscape and flower photographs with Nik Software. Check out their training videos and lessons.

118 Galleries Online +1

Sibillini, Italy

HDR Photo by Sandra Bartocha /Wild Wonders of Europe    

Ever wondered how nature photographers manage to take those amazing images? Visit our new gallery featuring Wild Wonders photographers doing what they are really good at: braving the elements, blending in with the environment, getting eye to eye with their subjects and meeting the locals…
Plus: Gems of the Mediterranean from Turkey, Cyprus and the Principality of Monaco. Enjoy!

Loggerhead turtle

Photo: Loggerhead turtle by Solvin Zankl/Wild Wonders of Europe    

FabFacts: Despite being the most common turtle species in the Mediterranean, Loggerheads are still declining throughout their range. The loss of breeding habitats continues along the Mediterranean coast and thousands are still caught accidentally in shrimp nets and on long lines. With the loss of each individual, 100 more species may also die. That’s the number of species that live on the shell of just one adult turtle. More info on the WWF pages.

This Summer's "Must See"

Our Outdoor Exhibitions will be on show in The Hague and Prague until the end of August at Lange Vijverberg and the Rudolfinum. We thought you'd enjoy some fun pictures of a vintage car event that was held alongside our exhibition in Prague recently.
vintage car at prague exhibition

vintage car at prague exhibition

Photos: Kristyna Zvelebilova   

Wild Wonders of Europe Book cover"From the polar bears of arctic Svalbard to the sea turtles of the Mediterranean; from the wild bison of Poland to the snow-covered glaciers of the Caucasus – for the first time ever, the wild beauty of Europe’s landscapes and the immense diversity of its wildlife is being shown to the world." - excerpt from English edition of the book.

For more information contact:
Florian Moellers (Communications Director) t: +491709375789 e: florian@wild-wonders.com, Bridget Wijnberg (Media & Exhibitions Director) t:+447972106839 e: bridget@wild-wonders.com

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 Wild Wonders of Europe thanks our Main Partners:

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…and our many other important partners for their generous contributions and support, all without whom this epic conservation photography project would never have been possible.

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 - NaturapicsVisit Finland  - Visit Sweden
NVN - Naturfokus - Naturfotograferna - 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
- DIVE.is -  Alpine Convention - Alladale Estate - Valle d’Aosta

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