40 Outstanding Award Winning Photos Around the World

July 22nd, 2010

This post showcases beautiful photographs that have won photo contests such as National Geographic Contest, Nikon Technology, Energizer, Sony, Smithsonian Mag, Nature Conservancy, National Wildlife Refuge Association, etc. Photography is always been a fun activity and as a profession it is the job of creative people. You can express your feeling, your observations, and your imagination in very creative and appealing ways by using your camera. We hope that this showcase will inspire you to get out and shoot more.

Outstanding Award Winning Photos

By Cor Bosman

By David F. Bezold
This mountain lion’s favorite spot is a large rock formation where he rests in the late afternoon. I waited patiently until he stared directly at me.


Friends by Peter Allinson
This photo was taken three miles west off the coast of Dominica. The whale is a member of a pod of about 50 sperm whales that live there. His name is Scar. Andrew Armour has befriended the whale and is pictured with him.


Tribal by Jessica Teng
The use of artificial light was well executed, as is evident by the specular highlights of the paint on the face to give it that extra shiny look. This photo has lovely composition, great ideation and beautiful colours.


Sheep+shepherd by Soren Skov
The image was captured in Romania. The shepherd was asleep with his sheep.


Erwin von Arx – Science


I took this photo at my sister’s apartment on the balcony, while I was testing my new lens (Sigma 105mm Macro) which I had gotten a few days earlier. I was looking for something interesting to shoot, and suddenly I spotted a little turtle in the aquarium.


By Felix Marquez
I’m sure this military drill was a wonder to see in its rapid fire execution. But it is another wonder to see when held still in this photograph. Preparation, precision, and timing all coming together so wonderfully. (All which can also be said of the photographer.)


A tribal birth in India by Abhijit Dey
Six days after Betka Tudu’s birth, female relatives and neighbors in the West Bengal village of Purulia gathered to bless him and “to protect him from harm’s way,” says Dey. Born into the Santhal tribe, Betka “unknowingly drew his distant kin closer than ever.” — Abigail Tucker


Colombo by Namal Kamalgoda
Minneriya National Park, Sri Lanka.


By Majed Sultan Ali


By Machado, Portugal
Licancabur volcano is located on the border between Chile and Bolivia.


Motherly Love by Lisa Young


Jellyfish by Lisa Young


Dentist by Debasish Bhhaduri
The photograph was shot at the Kolkata zoo.


DEADLOCK by David Maitland


By Zoltán Balogh, Hungary
An aerial view near Madrid


By Ruston Agte Arizona
Kobe the polar bear out for a swim at the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Arizona. At first I thought the glaring sun on the water was going to ruin the picture. What a surprise!


TROUBLE-MAKER by Stefano Unterthiner


Beekeeper at work by Julien Robitaille


Dance by Zeljko Milakovic


Junior needs help


Clearwater by Carol Grant
Endangered Florida manatee at the Three Sisters Spring wintering site, Crystal River, Florida.


Light Dance by Rod Scott
Tough lighting situations at times produce the greatest shots. This photo is one that falls into that category. The painting of light and the illumination of the faces capture the moment beautifully.


Ted Steinke of Layton
for photo of Northern Harriers, Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, UT


Refuge Photo Contest


JoHanna Wienert (Newport, OR)


Calcutta, India by Debashis Mukherjee
Boys are running towards a waterhole in a hot & humid day


Green Sea Turtle Being Cleaned by Peter Liu


By Jason J. Corneveaux Arizona
Canyonlands National Park on the White Rim Trail, looking south along the Green River near the Potato Bottom campsite.


By Abraham Herrera
The Grand Canyon’s Redwall Cavern


Faces of Asia by Yoppy Pieter


By Arthur Morris
Pairs of gannets were building nests atop a viewing shelter. It was a great opportunity to capture artistic images with high-key sky backgrounds as I did in this photo of a male passing nesting material to his mate.


By Prasanta Biswas
At the Indian village pond


By Ghioc Tudor, Romania
Where is freedom?


By Jaime Villalta, Venezuela
Fireworm moving in star coral


By Kristina Buceatchi, Moldova
Another vision


By Marina Kochetova


By Borut Furlan


By Pang Piow-Kan


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115 comments for „40 Outstanding Award Winning Photos Around the World
  1. Hung Bui on July 22nd, 2010 at 5:03 am

    Wow what amazing photos. I love the 7th one. great shot.

    • Naveed Khan on September 27th, 2012 at 8:58 am

      Its is simply superb thanks for sharing

  2. Fahad on July 22nd, 2010 at 5:07 am

    Wow! Amazing photos!

  3. ed1nh0 on July 22nd, 2010 at 5:10 am

    Awesome!!! o_O

  4. Jordan Walker on July 22nd, 2010 at 5:13 am

    Simply stunning!

  5. NooN on July 22nd, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Amazing shots
    Thanks for sharing

  6. João Pedro Pereira on July 22nd, 2010 at 5:30 am

    Awesome collection, and one of the photos is from a portuguese :).

  7. Adeel on July 22nd, 2010 at 5:37 am

    Amazing pictures very Good Research work…appreciated!

  8. Brian Jones on July 22nd, 2010 at 5:40 am

    Absolutely stunning and amazing work!

  9. sayed mobin on July 22nd, 2010 at 5:41 am

    nice photography

  10. Dean on July 22nd, 2010 at 5:43 am

    Awesome Collection of Photos!!

  11. kanit mittal on July 22nd, 2010 at 5:54 am

    Really i like it, this is a best collection of such type of photo.

  12. Fabio Peñafiel L. on July 22nd, 2010 at 6:02 am


  13. Mondo Print on July 22nd, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Amazing! What great inspiration to start your day.

  14. Rafiq Elmansy on July 22nd, 2010 at 7:23 am

    These are truly inspired!!

  15. Sebastian on July 22nd, 2010 at 9:11 am

    wow, amazing!

  16. Fungai on July 22nd, 2010 at 11:18 am


  17. Ted Thompson on July 22nd, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Some great photos – I love the kitten and they fly, cute!

  18. Raelin on July 22nd, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Thank you for the awestruck and breathtaking photographs!

  19. The Mographer on July 22nd, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    This is one awesome list of photos!
    i post a link to this location 4 ya!


  20. Bram on July 23rd, 2010 at 1:56 am

    Nice photographs but would liked to have seen a few winners from World Press Photo… Although these are not always the most beautiful but they are the most powerful photos I have ever seen. Especially the ones taken by war photographers. Please update!

    • Kent on July 27th, 2010 at 8:45 am

      I completely agree with you Bram. I understand that we live in a beautiful world and that is cool to see in the pics, but the human story and plight is right now the key story that needs to be told…

  21. gagan on July 23rd, 2010 at 2:18 am

    cool pics i really liked them.

  22. Saifu on July 23rd, 2010 at 4:30 am

    amazing photos…i like “A tribal birth in India”

  23. Brian Carey on July 23rd, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Amazing and inspiring work!

  24. Lakeside Technologies on July 23rd, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Awesome Photographs. Some of the pictures are just picture perfect.

  25. TARIFA RAK on July 24th, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Thanks to:

    Ghioc Tudor, Romania

    Kristina Buceatchi, Moldova

    Sheep+shepherd by Soren Skov


    Majed Sultan Ali

    Ruston Agte Arizona

    TROUBLE-MAKER by Stefano Unterthiner

    Beekeeper at work by Julien Robitaille

    Clearwater by Carol Grant


  26. Tamas Jonas on July 24th, 2010 at 2:28 am

    Amazing pictures!

  27. Senthil Balakrishnan on July 24th, 2010 at 7:54 am

    They are truly amazing…

  28. Singh on July 24th, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Awesome.Outstanding photographs.Thank you for sharing.

  29. Faisal Raj on July 25th, 2010 at 2:44 am

    Wow awesome photographs, photograph “Tribal” was the great.

  30. Anuj on July 25th, 2010 at 2:58 am


  31. Ayush Kumar on July 25th, 2010 at 4:31 am

    Just Beautiful!

  32. Tina on July 25th, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Outstanding collection. Thanks for sharing.

    • saif on February 21st, 2011 at 12:01 am

      i need someone to share my feelings.coz, ………

  33. Ben Daly Mohamed on July 26th, 2010 at 12:54 am

    Awsome photos !! thanks for the share

  34. div on July 26th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Splendid collection.

  35. Best Website Templates on July 27th, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Stunning Photographs….. I really loved all those images…. Great post :)

  36. doug hay on July 29th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Wow – what magnificant photography. Well done to all concerned.

  37. Leelee on July 29th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    I loved them all, but I would really like to have seen Green Sea Turtle Being Cleaned by Peter Liu! Where was Peter? :)

  38. Michela on July 30th, 2010 at 1:02 am

    they all are great shots…my fave the aerial view near Madrid!

  39. Gerri on July 30th, 2010 at 1:31 am

    One day I will get there with my photo blog. These are stunnning shots!

  40. Peter Liu on July 30th, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Thank you for including my photo. I’m humbled and honored to be in such great company.

    • Rene Volpi on September 19th, 2010 at 6:04 am

      I love your work, Nikon fan, lol

      René Volpi ~stillmind~

    • Abhishek Sharma on January 25th, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Simply awesome pictures. These are the pictures which can speak.

  41. Logan on July 31st, 2010 at 4:50 am

    Amazing photos!

  42. Manohar on August 2nd, 2010 at 4:17 am

    lovely pics.. liked them!

  43. joe on August 4th, 2010 at 12:26 am

    simply photolicious!

  44. Gerasimos - Eugenia on September 1st, 2010 at 9:44 am

    perfetto by Greece

  45. katie on September 2nd, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Wow! these pictures are amazing!!

  46. Eduardo on September 19th, 2010 at 4:32 am

    Great and inspiring collection of photos. The creativity of Photography always amazes me. Nice post.

  47. Rene Volpi on September 19th, 2010 at 6:02 am

    Absolutely astonishing work! Good reason to be on-line for 45 min, at least.


  48. RealVisionPhotos on October 5th, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Nice Photos. Thank you.

    Greeitings Ben


  49. Jasmine Sangma on October 6th, 2010 at 5:01 am

    i m spellbounded by these amazing photographs. according to me, the 4th, 7th and 16th were da best. i just loved those.

  50. namal on October 6th, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Wow. I’m honored to be included among this collected of brilliant images. Thanks

  51. DcPhoto on October 21st, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Impressive collection !!!

  52. Jane Griffith on October 21st, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    So wonderful to be in the right place at the right time! Beautiful photos!

  53. Aqeel on November 4th, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Its really wonderful amazing very beautiful keep it up.

  54. Mamie Feeley on November 9th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    You’re a fan, you’re not famous. Get over yourself. Kthanks.

  55. durgesh yadav dev on December 4th, 2010 at 4:09 am

    good timing,good colour,nice every shoot

  56. Ravi Kant on January 7th, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    All the snaps are really amazing…. I love them all…
    Earlier I thought these can be created with various photoshop softwares but now my perception has changed..Thanks for sharing all these….

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  58. mbugua on February 2nd, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    this is very very serious photography.
    i am hoping to reach there soon.
    of course it will take time BUT ONE DAY….I WILL BE THERE.

  59. Parth Purohit on March 4th, 2011 at 5:46 am

    Awesome Pics…
    Just suppup..mind blowing..

  60. Beth on March 4th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Lovely shot of our beautiful resident polar bear, Kobe!

  61. Suneetha on March 23rd, 2011 at 1:14 pm


  62. Lev on March 29th, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    these are horrible photos. Where would the would be without the digital camera that any lameman can point and click and the stolen downloaded torrent of Photoshop.

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  64. sreejithsree on May 3rd, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    i like the faces of asia nice one

  65. swayamprava on June 3rd, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Nice collections.Really beatiful and innovative.

  66. Venkat on June 24th, 2011 at 11:00 am


  67. mugundan.K on July 5th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    awesome & splendid collection..covered a motley of fields…BRAVO Collector.

  68. sudip dutta on September 17th, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    The collection speaks of itself only. No need to comment on such an awesome collection.

  69. AAshish on October 14th, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Loved the Last One and Where is the Freedom..

  70. Frank Botchway on November 13th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    gr8 photos. I love the DENTIST

  71. Kabelo on January 16th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Stunning photos, Exquisite, beautiful and amazingly eye catching. I truly love Another Vision, Military and Dentist is the bomb…. Abslotely out of this wrld!!!

  72. wambui maina on February 7th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    beautiful collection. maybe, you could include collect a few pics from Africa? all the same, good work.

  73. Mandeep Sharma on February 9th, 2012 at 5:04 am

    Brilliant Photographs

  74. shekh mohd. irfan on February 12th, 2012 at 10:18 am

    really beautiful !

  75. Rachel Cashmore on February 12th, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Brilliant photographs, very inspiring.

  76. Anu K.S on February 14th, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    42, 39, 35,04,08, 13,19, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30,31,34.. pics were really appreciating.

  77. Ruthie Smith on March 22nd, 2012 at 4:52 am

    All of the pictures are more than amazing, The Best Photography work I have ever seen. Keep up the great work.

  78. Harit Wilson on April 21st, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Beatiful Pics… Great Photography…

  79. allan on April 26th, 2012 at 5:47 am

    very nice

  80. nasir on May 8th, 2012 at 6:30 am

    really beautiful snaps..

  81. Richard Sam Jackson on May 8th, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    That is very good great work done there.I like them very much .

  82. APNA JAHANIAN on May 10th, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    really amzaing and high quality photos, I really inspired…… thanks for sharing.

  83. keziah on May 13th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    DAMN! good photos…

  84. Rabindra on May 16th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Amazing photos

  85. bilal bukhari on May 23rd, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    thatttt is just awesome….
    some admirable snapes from around the world

  86. Suma.M.S on May 24th, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    No words…. Simply superb

  87. john on May 24th, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    these r very nice

  88. Wasim ahmed on May 28th, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Very nice pic

  89. Sirajuddin on July 8th, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    very nice picture I like the all of them

  90. Alok Limbu on August 3rd, 2012 at 9:52 am

    wow…. wow…. mind-blowing shots.

  91. Ducus Tendai Mwanaka on August 21st, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Nyc shots there,What an amazing world we live in

  92. Nazrul Islam on August 22nd, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    very nice picture I like the all of them

  93. Mark on August 28th, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Stunning photos

  94. abhishek on September 4th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    all the snap awesome and want to say some things..

  95. Dr. Alka Suri on September 14th, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Amazing Pics cant be believed

  96. Wasim Tahir on September 30th, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Wow! wonderful pics

  97. Ali on October 12th, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Real amazing, and wonderful……

  98. Thirupathi on October 13th, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Awesome photographs. Congratulations for having such a wonderful photographs
    Goodluck for good moments

  99. jahnvi on October 15th, 2012 at 9:16 am

    its amezing!!! i can’t axpress feeling by words.

  100. SIDHARTHA on October 21st, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    its too amezing!!! i can’t axpress feeling by words.

  101. sadaf kamran on November 8th, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Amezing :-) really beautiful snaps..

    • sadaf kamran on November 8th, 2012 at 7:47 am

      Amazing photos ,Outstanding!!

  102. ASLAM ALIZAI on November 15th, 2012 at 5:09 pm


  103. lolouna on November 19th, 2012 at 12:08 am

    really beautiful photos and been taken in the right time

  104. zaimi zainudin on November 22nd, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    crazy beautiful!!

  105. ahmad kamal on December 22nd, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Excellent work. Keep it on.

  106. mark on December 28th, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Amazing and totally inspirational images.

  107. Prem Mehra on January 11th, 2013 at 9:30 am


  108. Bhagi on January 15th, 2013 at 8:33 am


  109. nive on March 25th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    wonderful collections!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)