2011 National Wildlife Photo Contest Winners Gallery

The winning images from "National Wildlife" magazine's 41st annual photography competition

11-15-2011 // Edited by Thuy Senser

FOR 41 YEARS, National Wildlife has celebrated the wonders of our natural world through our annual photographic competition. Chosen from nearly 27,000 entries, some of this year’s winning photos allow us to be voyeurs of moments of discovery, when the speed of the camera exceeded the eye of the beholder to reveal behaviors, abilities and acrobatics of animals we otherwise would not see. Others display nature’s beauty at its best or convey magical morsels of much greater stories that tell what the photographers did to get these amazing images—a taste of which we share with you here. This year’s categories were Connecting People and Nature, Backyard Habitats, Landscapes and Plant Life, Birds, Mammals and Other Wildlife as well as a new category, Baby Animals. Photographers entered the Professional, Amateur or Youth level.

Read stories behind the winning images.



American oystercatcher chicks by Marina Scarr

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