Nature Category Winner: Aaron Feinberg

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*Nature Category Runner-Up **Title:* The Arrival #1 of 5This is the first in a series which shows a juvenile Great Horned Owl swooping in to land on a branch of a downed tree.

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*Nature Category Runner-Up **Title: *The Arrival #2 of 5This is second in a series of photos showing a juvenile Great Horned Owl landing on a branch. Note the fully extended wings and the fanned tail.

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*Nature Category Runner-Up**Title:* The Arrival #3 of 5This shows a juvenile Great Horned Owl in full offensive posture.

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*Nature Category Runner-Up **Title: *The Arrival #4 of 5 This is a juvenile Great Horned Owl leaning forward and its wings lowering.

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*Nature Category Runner-Up **Title:* The Arrival #5 of 5 The juvenile owl now folds its wings, leans forward and glares.

Ocean-Galaxies1

*Nature Category Runner-Up **Title:* Ocean Galaxies1This is an image of wave forms created by wind, currents, and a passing ship. Each is unique. The shapes bear a resemblance to what astronomers call “large structures” that are clusters of galaxies deep in space.

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*Nature Category Runner-Up**Title:* Ocean Galaxies 2 This is an image of wave forms created by wind, currents, and a passing ship. Each is unique. The shapes bear a resemblance to what astronomers call “large structures” that are clusters of galaxies deep in space.

Ocean-Galaxies-3

*Nature Category Runner-Up **Title: *Ocean Galaxies 3 This is an image of wave forms created by wind, currents, and a passing ship. Each is unique. The shapes bear a resemblance to what astronomers call “large structures” that are clusters of galaxies deep in space.

Ocean-Galaxies-4

*Nature Category Runner-Up **Title:* Ocean Galaxies 4This is an image of wave forms created by wind, currents, and a passing ship. Each is unique. The shapes bear a resemblance to what astronomers call “large structures” that are clusters of galaxies deep in space.

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*Nature Category Runner-Up **Title: *Street Elephant Ma Mieo, Age 35

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*Nature Category Runner-Up **Title: *Street Elephant Duang, Age 45

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*Nature Category Runner-Up **Title: *Street Elephant Pepsi, Age 22

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*Nature Category Runner-Up**Title:* Street Elephant Cola, Age 24

Street-Elephant-Mongkun-Age-2

*Nature Category Runner-Up **Title:* Street Elephant Mongkun, Age 2

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*Nature Category Runner-Up **Title: *Street Elephant Lek, Age 30

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*Nature Category Runner-Up **Title:* Street Elephant Boo, Age 40

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*Nature Category Runner-Up **Title:* Street Elephant Gamlai, Age 10

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*Nature Category Runner-Up **Title: *Street Elephant Youwi, Age 15

Night-People

*Nature Category Runner-Up **Title:* Night People20 million bats live in Bracken Cave located outside of San Antonio, Texas. Every night they leave their cave to forage for flying insects in the surrounding area.

Aggression

*Nature Category Runner-Up**Title:* AggressionThis salt-water crocodile opens its jaws in a display of aggression.

Kaboom!

*Nature Category Winner**Title:* Kaboom!Aaron Feinberg often uses Photoshop to enhance or refine the landscapes he photographs, but for this awe-inspiring shot, Mother Nature did all the work for him. Based on the island of Kauai, Feinberg had witnessed this type of wave on the Na Pali coast only a few times. “When the surf is big enough, the wave splashes against the back of a rock, collides with an incoming wave and shoots up,” he explains. Early one evening last year, Feinberg decided to stake out his shot, and after two hours on a rock with his Canon, he caught the translucent blue-green water at its most explosive moment. He named the shot, appropriately enough, Kaboom!