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Fireflies and Star Trails, Winner: Landscapes, under 18 © Will Draxler

Take 6: 2020 Photo Contest Winners, Under 18

With the passing of each year, we all grow a little older (though perhaps a bit more grateful than usual to be leaving this particular year behind). But the entrants to the Under 18 bracket of our annual Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest stay “forever young,” so how is it that their submissions keep getting better every year?

We were blown away once again by this year’s slate of young photographers and their creative compositions. Here are the winners from each of the six categories: Birds, Mammals, Other Wildlife, Plants & Fungi, Landscapes, and People in Nature.

See these, the 18 and Over winners, and some terrific honorable mentions on the photo contest homepage, as well as the winners from past years.

Common Tern, Winner: Birds, under 18 © Kieran Barlow
Common Tern, Winner: Birds, under 18 © Kieran Barlow
Fireflies and Star Trails, Winner: Landscapes, under 18 © Will Draxler
Fireflies and Star Trails, Winner: Landscapes, under 18 © Will Draxler
Eastern Cottontail, Winner: Mammals, 18 and over © Christy Bomer-Norton
Eastern Cottontail, Winner: Mammals, 18 and over © Christy Bomer-Norton
Grasshopper, Winner: Other Wildlife, Under 18 © Deyan Kassev
Grasshopper, Winner: Other Wildlife, Under 18 © Deyan Kassev
Winner: People in Nature, Under 18 © Siya Gunda
Winner: People in Nature, Under 18 © Siya Gunda
Pickleweed, Winner: Plants & Fungi, Under 18 © Alexander Knight
Pickleweed, Winner: Plants & Fungi, Under 18 © Alexander Knight
Skunk Cabbage, Winner: Plants & Fungi, 18 and over © James Doucett

Take 6: 2020 Photo Contest Winners, 18 and Over

Among other (many less illustrious) titles, 2020 broke the record for most submissions ever to our annual Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest. We sifted through no fewer than 5,000 entries across six categories: Birds, Mammals, Other Wildlife, Plants & Fungi, Landscapes, and People in Nature.

It’s never easy to narrow it down to just a few champs, but these six category winners in the 18 and over age bracket outshone the competition in the end with their creativity, visual storytelling, composition, and unique perspectives. See these, the Under 18 winners, and some terrific honorable mentions on the photo contest homepage.

Skunk Cabbage, Winner: Plants & Fungi, 18 and over © James Doucett
Skunk Cabbage, Winner: Plants & Fungi, 18 and over © James Doucett
Semipalmated Sandpiper, Winner: Birds, 18 and over © Stephen Kender
Semipalmated Sandpiper, Winner: Birds, 18 and over © Stephen Kender
Winner: People in Nature, 18 and over © William Hicks
Winner: People in Nature, 18 and over © William Hicks
Snapping Turtle, Grand Prize Winner © Patrick Randall
Snapping Turtle, Grand Prize Winner © Patrick Randall
Coyote, Winner: Mammals, 18 and over © Jason Gilbody
Coyote, Winner: Mammals, 18 and over © Jason Gilbody
Comet NEOWISE in Gloucester, Winner: Landscapes, 18 and over © Alison Leedham
Comet NEOWISE in Gloucester, Winner: Landscapes, 18 and over © Alison Leedham

Take 5: August Facebook Favorites

Over the course of the 2020 Photo Contest, we will be highlighting 5 photos from the previous month’s entries on Facebook and asking fans to select their favorite. This is just a fun way of sharing some of the amazing entries and doesn’t have to do with the official judging process.

You can pick your favorite by “liking” it on Facebook. Not a Facebook user? Let us know your top pick in the comments. And, there’s still time to enter the contest—the deadline is September 30!

Great Blue Heron © Scott Creamer
© Janet Sharp
© Greg Kniseley
© Caroline Carton
© Will Draxler

Take 5: July 2020 Facebook Favorites

Over the course of the 2020 Photo Contest, we will be highlighting 5 photos from the previous month’s entries on Facebook and asking fans to select their favorite. This is just a fun way of sharing some of the amazing entries and doesn’t have to do with the official judging process.

You can pick your favorite by “liking” it on Facebook. Not a Facebook user? Let us know your top pick in the comments. And, there’s still time to enter the contest—the deadline is September 30!

Blue-winged Warbler © John Randell
© Julianne Schwarzer
Marshfield © Tom McManus
© Paula Kubisek
Gloucester © Alison Leedham
Short-eared Owl by David Morris

Take 5: June 2020 Facebook Favorites

Over the course of the 2020 Photo Contest, we will be highlighting 5 photos from the previous month’s entries on Facebook and asking fans to select their favorite. This is just a fun way of sharing some of the amazing entries and doesn’t have to do with the official judging process.

You can pick your favorite by “liking” it on Facebook. Not a Facebook user? Let us know your top pick in the comments. And, there’s still time to enter the contest—the deadline is September 30!

Great Blue Herons © Michael Stefanik
Green Sweat Bee © Matthew Delligatti
Red Squirrel © Maryann Fortier
Short-eared owl © David Morris
red Fox © Craig Bretton
Peregrine Falcon Tom Skala

Take 5: August 2019 Facebook Favorites

Over the course of the 2019 Photo Contest, we will be highlighting 5 photos from the previous month’s entries on Facebook and asking fans to select their favorite. This is just a fun way of sharing some of the amazing entries and doesn’t have to do with the official judging process.

You can pick your favorite by “liking” it on Facebook. Not a Facebook user? Let us know your top pick in the comments. And, there’s still time to enter the contest—the deadline is September 30!

American Toad copyright John Yurka
American Toad © John Yurka
Beach landscape at sunset copyright Marc Bouvier
© Marc Bouvier
Boy on the beach in winter copyright Richard Formato
© Richard Formato
Bee copyright Simi Rabinowitz
© Simi Rabinowitz
Peregrine Falcon copyright Tom Skala
Peregrine Falcon © Tom Skala
© Richard Hilgendorff

Take 5: June 2019 Facebook Favorites

Over the course of the 2019 Photo Contest, we will be highlighting 5 photos from the previous month’s entries on Facebook and asking fans to select their favorite. This is just a fun way of sharing some of the amazing entries and doesn’t have to do with the official judging process.

You can pick your favorite by “liking” it on Facebook. Not a Facebook user? Let us know your top pick in the comments. And, there’s still time to enter the contest—the deadline is September 30!

Great Horned Owl © Deidre Gonsalves
Tufted Titmouse @ Greg Nadeau
© Nadia Haq
© Richard Hilgendorff
Humpback Whales © Terri Nickerson
Other Wildlife Under 18 Winner © Francis Morello

Take 5: 2018 Photo Contest Winners (Under 18)

There are a lot of talented young people taking beautiful nature photographs and we were lucky enough to have many of them submit their work to the 2018 Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest.

We highlighted the 18 and Over photo contest winners a couple weeks ago, so now let’s appreciate some of the winners of the Under 18 categories. You can browse through all the winners from this year and past years on our website.

Other Wildlife Under 18 Winner © Francis Morello
Other Wildlife Under 18 Winner © Francis Morello
Mammals Under 18 Winner © Jordan Kanes
Mammals Under 18 Winner © Jordan Kanes
Plants & Fungi Under 18 Winner © Sean Henderson
Plants & Fungi Under 18 Winner © Sean Henderson
People in Nature Under 18 Winner © Nicole Nelson
People in Nature Under 18 Winner © Nicole Nelson
Birds Under 18 Winner © Davey Walters
Birds Under 18 Winner © Davey Walters
Birds 18 and Over Winner © Kim Caruso

Take 5: 2018 Photo Contest Winners (18 and Over)

The votes are in and the judges have made their picks—the 2018 Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest winners are in!

The entries this year were beyond impressive, especially in the oft-overlooked People in Nature category. Your birds, mammals, insects, landscapes, and portraits really wowed us.

See five of the 18 and Over winners from this year’s contest below and browse through all the winners from this year and past years on our website.

Grand Prize/Landscapes 18 and Over Winner © Evan Guarino
Grand Prize/Landscapes 18 and Over Winner © Evan Guarino
Mammals 18 and Over Winner © Victor Zigmont
Mammals 18 and Over Winner © Victor Zigmont
Birds 18 and Over Winner © Kim Caruso
Birds 18 and Over Winner © Kim Caruso
People in Nature 18 and Over Winner © Diana Chaplin
People in Nature 18 and Over Winner © Diana Chaplin
Plants 18 and Over Winner © Matt Cembrola
Plants 18 and Over Winner © Matt Cembrola