Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best nature shots in the Our Natural World Photo Contest with chances to win a DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter Drone and more!

"There is so much beauty around us and so many beautiful images that were captured in this photo contest titled “Our Natural World”. As I was scrolling through the list of finalists, I was looking for images that reflected the title of this contest and made me stop and look deeper into the image for composition, technical excellence and a story telling element. Congratulations to all the finalists and to everyone that participated in this contest!" - Laurie Rubin

A special thanks to our friend and professional photographer Laurie Rubin for her collaboration as a guest judge. Laurie Rubin is an international award-winning photographer specializing in wildlife and nature photography. Her passion for photography as well as a career working for software companies, has combined her talents for teaching and sharing photography, from capture to post-processing. She currently has one of her prints displayed at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.

Grand Jury Winner

"What an amazing image this is! This was taken from above and what we see is a river with branches of inlets coming off of it like limbs of a tree. I love seeing nature reflect itself in patterns and textures. I felt this image was worthy of the Grand Prize because of it’s unique perspective of the world and the beauty of the nature’s art. Beautifully captured. Congratulations!" - Laurie Rubin

Runner Up

"There is so much I love about this image. First of all... what a beautiful moment captured at just the right moment! The colors and tones throughout the image are muted reds and yellows. The bird is nicely focused and it is isolated just enough within what could have been a very busy background. Technically this is brilliant." - Laurie Rubin

Runner Up

"I wanted to give this image credit because of the feeling of wonder of the beauty of nature. With the man standing on a rock in front of the waterfall, it gives the viewer a sense of scale and you can almost feel the cool dampness of the forest and the sound of the rushing water. Well done on the long exposure and keeping the details visible in the dark areas of the trees and rocks. This image really evokes an emotional response of wonder and demonstrates the beauty of nature very well." - Laurie Rubin

Runner Up

"I have seen many images taken of this tree, but none with the colors that this one has. It really caught my eye and I kept going back to it. Normally, the fact that the tree is bending to the right, I would have preferred to have the tree on the left so that there is more room to the right. But what makes this work is the colors that are lit on the mountains on the left, balance it nicely. This is a beautiful image and worthy of being a runner up amongst over 200,000 entries in this contest." - Laurie Rubin

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