Jul 22 2010

40 Outstanding Award Winning Photos Around the World


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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Comments and Discussions
  • Hung Bui, 22 July 2010

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

    • Naveed Khan, 27 September 2012

      Its is simply superb thanks for sharing

  • Fahad, 22 July 2010

    Wow! Amazing photos!

  • ed1nh0, 22 July 2010

    Awesome!!! o_O

  • Jordan Walker, 22 July 2010

    Simply stunning!

  • NooN, 22 July 2010

    Amazing shots
    Thanks for sharing

  • João Pedro Pereira, 22 July 2010

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

  • Adeel, 22 July 2010

    Amazing pictures very Good Research work…appreciated!

  • Brian Jones, 22 July 2010

    Absolutely stunning and amazing work!

  • sayed mobin, 22 July 2010

    nice photography

  • Dean, 22 July 2010

    Awesome Collection of Photos!!

  • kanit mittal, 22 July 2010

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

  • Fabio Peñafiel L., 22 July 2010


  • Mondo Print, 22 July 2010

    Amazing! What great inspiration to start your day.

  • Rafiq Elmansy, 22 July 2010

    These are truly inspired!!

  • Sebastian, 22 July 2010

    wow, amazing!

  • Fungai, 22 July 2010


  • Ted Thompson, 22 July 2010

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

  • Raelin, 22 July 2010

    Thank you for the awestruck and breathtaking photographs!

  • The Mographer, 22 July 2010

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


  • Bram, 23 July 2010

    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, 27 July 2010

      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…

  • gagan, 23 July 2010

    cool pics i really liked them.

  • Saifu, 23 July 2010

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

  • Brian Carey, 23 July 2010

    Amazing and inspiring work!

  • Lakeside Technologies, 23 July 2010

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

  • TARIFA RAK, 24 July 2010

    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


  • Tamas Jonas, 24 July 2010

    Amazing pictures!

  • Senthil Balakrishnan, 24 July 2010

    They are truly amazing…

  • Singh, 24 July 2010

    Awesome.Outstanding photographs.Thank you for sharing.

  • Faisal Raj, 25 July 2010

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

  • Anuj, 25 July 2010


  • Ayush Kumar, 25 July 2010

    Just Beautiful!

  • Tina, 25 July 2010

    Outstanding collection. Thanks for sharing.

    • saif, 21 February 2011

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

  • Ben Daly Mohamed, 26 July 2010

    Awsome photos !! thanks for the share

  • div, 26 July 2010

    Splendid collection.

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

  • doug hay, 29 July 2010

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

  • Leelee, 29 July 2010

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

  • Michela, 30 July 2010

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

  • Gerri, 30 July 2010

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

  • Peter Liu, 30 July 2010

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

    • Rene Volpi, 19 September 2010

      I love your work, Nikon fan, lol

      René Volpi ~stillmind~

    • Abhishek Sharma, 25 January 2012

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

  • Logan, 31 July 2010

    Amazing photos!

  • Manohar, 02 August 2010

    lovely pics.. liked them!

  • joe, 04 August 2010

    simply photolicious!

  • Gerasimos - Eugenia, 01 September 2010

    perfetto by Greece

  • katie, 02 September 2010

    Wow! these pictures are amazing!!

  • Eduardo, 19 September 2010

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

  • Rene Volpi, 19 September 2010

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


  • RealVisionPhotos, 05 October 2010

    Nice Photos. Thank you.

    Greeitings Ben


  • Jasmine Sangma, 06 October 2010

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

  • namal, 06 October 2010

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

  • DcPhoto, 21 October 2010

    Impressive collection !!!

  • Jane Griffith, 21 October 2010

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

  • Aqeel, 04 November 2010

    Its really wonderful amazing very beautiful keep it up.

  • Mamie Feeley, 09 November 2010

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

  • durgesh yadav dev, 04 December 2010

    good timing,good colour,nice every shoot

  • Ravi Kant, 07 January 2011

    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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  • mbugua, 02 February 2011

    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.

  • Parth Purohit, 04 March 2011

    Awesome Pics…
    Just suppup..mind blowing..

  • Beth, 04 March 2011

    Lovely shot of our beautiful resident polar bear, Kobe!

  • Suneetha, 23 March 2011


  • Lev, 29 March 2011

    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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  • sreejithsree, 03 May 2011

    i like the faces of asia nice one

  • swayamprava, 03 June 2011

    Nice collections.Really beatiful and innovative.

  • Venkat, 24 June 2011


  • mugundan.K, 05 July 2011

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

  • sudip dutta, 17 September 2011

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

  • AAshish, 14 October 2011

    Loved the Last One and Where is the Freedom..

  • Frank Botchway, 13 November 2011

    gr8 photos. I love the DENTIST

  • Kabelo, 16 January 2012

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

  • wambui maina, 07 February 2012

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

  • Mandeep Sharma, 09 February 2012

    Brilliant Photographs

  • shekh mohd. irfan, 12 February 2012

    really beautiful !

  • Rachel Cashmore, 12 February 2012

    Brilliant photographs, very inspiring.

  • Anu K.S, 14 February 2012

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

  • Ruthie Smith, 22 March 2012

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

  • Harit Wilson, 21 April 2012

    Beatiful Pics… Great Photography…

  • allan, 26 April 2012

    very nice

  • nasir, 08 May 2012

    really beautiful snaps..

  • Richard Sam Jackson, 08 May 2012

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

  • APNA JAHANIAN, 10 May 2012

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

  • keziah, 13 May 2012

    DAMN! good photos…

  • Rabindra, 16 May 2012

    Amazing photos

  • bilal bukhari, 23 May 2012

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

  • Suma.M.S, 24 May 2012

    No words…. Simply superb

  • john, 24 May 2012

    these r very nice

  • Wasim ahmed, 28 May 2012

    Very nice pic

  • Sirajuddin, 08 July 2012

    very nice picture I like the all of them

  • Alok Limbu, 03 August 2012

    wow…. wow…. mind-blowing shots.

  • Ducus Tendai Mwanaka, 21 August 2012

    Nyc shots there,What an amazing world we live in

  • Nazrul Islam, 22 August 2012

    very nice picture I like the all of them

  • Mark, 28 August 2012

    Stunning photos

  • abhishek, 04 September 2012

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

  • Dr. Alka Suri, 14 September 2012

    Amazing Pics cant be believed

  • Wasim Tahir, 30 September 2012

    Wow! wonderful pics

  • Ali, 12 October 2012

    Real amazing, and wonderful……

  • Thirupathi, 13 October 2012

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

  • jahnvi, 15 October 2012

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

  • SIDHARTHA, 21 October 2012

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

  • sadaf kamran, 08 November 2012

    Amezing :-) really beautiful snaps..

  • ASLAM ALIZAI, 15 November 2012


  • lolouna, 19 November 2012

    really beautiful photos and been taken in the right time

  • zaimi zainudin, 22 November 2012

    crazy beautiful!!

  • ahmad kamal, 22 December 2012

    Excellent work. Keep it on.

  • mark, 28 December 2012

    Amazing and totally inspirational images.

  • Prem Mehra, 11 January 2013


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  • nive, 25 March 2013

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

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