"The finalists of The Art of Wildlife Photography contest are all compelling. It was difficult to select a winner from the many great images. While there were some fantastic shots of what I assume are domesticated and/or captive animals, I have a hard time awarding those photos in a “wildlife” photography contest." - guest judge Tom Mangelsen

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their stunning images of animals in nature in this photo contest made possible by our friends at CreativeLive. We love CreativeLive for running incredible online workshops featuring some of the world's most accomplished photographers.  A big thank you to Tom Mangelsen  who is also judging this contest. Legendary nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen has traveled throughout the natural world for nearly 40 years observing and photographing the Earth's last great wild places. His amazing photography has appeared in National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Life, Newsweek, Wildlife Art, and many other publications. Mangelsen was named Wildlife Photographer of the Year by BBC and one of the Most Influential Nature Photographers by Outdoor Photography.

Grand Jury Winner

"Everything comes together in this image: warm, directional, soft light; clean, interesting composition; perfect gesture; and cute subjects. Their intense focus makes the viewer wonder what was happening just out of the frame. This photo drew me in more than any of the others were able to." -Tom Mangelsen

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"The expression of the fox is what makes this image. The interesting action/behavior adds a lot as well. Perhaps a tad over-sharpened, but still a fine image." - Tom Mangelsen

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"This is a nice portrait of a rattlesnake with great composition, light, and timing. More depth-of-field and a solid background might have put this one over the top." - Tom Mangelsen

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"Another great portrait; it’s all about the eyes and those nice catch-lights. The soft light works great with the subject." - Tom Mangelsen

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"Another great “animal in their environment” image, only this one features a tiny animal framed in a corresponding tiny environment. Who knew a vole could be so cute? Getting down to the animal’s eye-level shows a less common perspective that adds interest. Compositionally, I just wish the entire reflection was included." - Tom Mangelsen

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