Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best nature shots showing bright colors in the Bright Colors In Nature Photo contest with chances to win Carbon Fiber Tripod and more!

A special thanks to our friend and professional photographer Candace Dyar for her collaboration as a guest judge in this photo contest. Candace Dyar is a professional landscape and nature photographer based in Seattle, and a contributing photographer and author to the Visual Wilderness team. Her background in Art History significantly contributes to her overall artistic vision and she is known for portraying a painterly type of style within her work. Candace is passionate about exploring and photographing the diversity of wilderness areas in their entirety. Her goal as a photographer is to reach viewers on an emotional level, while also spreading awareness of the necessity and vitality of the natural world.

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner "The red fox " by AndyMaraloi

"The first thing I notice here is the the intense eyes and gaze of the fox here, which immediately grab my attention. But once my eyes explore around a bit more, I notice that the fox really seems to "pop" out from the foliage and surroundings due to the contrasting vivid red/ green colors and tones. The focusing is so precise and makes the fox and eyes stand out that much more from the surrounding forest. There is an intimate connection here taking place, between the viewer and fox. This image is beautifully processed, tasteful, brilliant and speaks to me on a personal level. Very well done!" - Candace Dyar

Congratulations Runner Up "Purple Haze || Church of the Good Shepherd, New Zealand" by capturezeworld

"I've seen a lot of images from this location, but what I enjoy about this one is the overall cohesive color palette and how the saturation is not completely overdone. You can tell that it would be extremely easy to "overcook" this image while editing, but the artist took a tasteful approach and didn't completely overdo that here. There is such a nice variation of purples, lavender and blues and my eye is gradually lead from the foreground lupine back to the church and stunning sunset. The photo makes a big impact overall and is one of the best I've seen taken from this area. Beautiful work!" - Candace Dyar

Congratulations Runner Up "Anemone Stamens" by ksean

"I love how it seems like you are stepping into an intimate dream world here. The detail and focus are extraordinary and I love that the artist's approach with post-processing.  The bluish purple tones and color here are very striking on their own and the image is able to speak for itself. This is vibrant and bold, yet delicate and lovely. Beautifully done and stunning work! " - Candace Dyar

Congratulations People's Choice "Lightfield" by maurocirigliano

"Sunset in the Mountains" by svetlana56

"over/under in the paradise" by romainbarats

"Sunset at Valley of Fire " by jessicacathrinesantos

"Lonely tree, Bay of Fires, Tasmania " by lake_of_tranquility

"Lavender_Fields " by ellestaples

"A Sea of Yellow" by ericakinsella

"Lavender contrast" by patrice-vallet

"Monarch and the Lavender" by Adam_Triska

"Sunset at Horseshoe Bend" by dakoch

"Focus Stack Daisy" by maxrittner

"Yellow Beauty" by Ela_H

"Jackson Lake at Dawn" by beckykempf

"Jökulsárlón Ice Beach" by alex_lauterbach

"Odyssey of an Avenue II" by Jan_Smid_QEP

"Mount Taranaki at sunset" by kylebarden

"Gerbera in Macro" by rebelpunk

"Summer reflections" by saintek

"Kenya Rainbow" by WorldPix

"Sunset Flowers" by 84Padres

"Royal Presence" by LauraAnnGP

"Jelly in Colour" by Greatwhitesean

"317A3323" by trishdavies

"Cosmos Bipinnatus" by WoodlandPixels

"~ How I Shine ~" by alfkelty

"Lights in the night sky" by swqaz

"July 2014 Lightning-11" by BlackRockPhoto_PaulSmith

"Moth" by rogerhampton

"Don't Look Now " by DrawsWithLight

"longing upwards " by photo-bloom

"My way " by JeffAlexander

"Valensole Dream " by Fannie_Jowski

"The Turquoise Lake " by crismagsino

"Santa_madalenna " by zarkopiljak

"Torre Minervino " by Milkywayhunters

"Heaven's Stairway " by Hstarr

"Catedrais Sunrise " by albertoalvaro

"Last light of the Dolomites " by Mbeiter

"Colored Morning Mist " by FalconEyesPhotography

"Land Shrimp " by benthic_photos

"Sunset in Cala Cipolla " by wildlifemoments

"Setting Sun-Flowers " by terryc

"Lifeline " by olehenrikskjelstad

"Abiqua Falls " by jasonboneham

"Summer Poppy Field " by CPF_Photography

"Give Me The Light " by Luka180

"bruarfoss feat autumn " by Tor-Ivar

"near over the moon.. " by joecas

"The Fire And The Waves" by vershinin

"Shy" by mturnau

"Slow Wave, Lighthouse Beach - Ballina NSW - Australia_1614" by dallasnock_8182

"Dramatic weather" by blazvogelnik

"Relaxing On The Lake" by douglasunger

"Eruption on Etna " by RonTear

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