Thursday, September 30, 2010

Best Environmental Photos of 2010

National Geographic just posted their best environmental photos of 2010.

Check them all out. They're all amazing but here are three that caught my eye.

Thousands of Munk's devil rays crowd the Sea of Cortez off Mexico's Baja California Sur state. The aerial image won top honors and the "Underwater World" category in the 2010 Environmental Photographer of the Year awards.

German photographer Florian Schulz said the scope of the ray congregations was unknown until he and a pilot happened upon the gathering while searching for migrating whales.

Perhaps just as rare is the composition Schulz captured. "I was able to show how these rays are jumping out of the water," he said, "and at the same time I'm able to show—almost like an underwater photograph—how there're layers and layers and layers of rays."

Like a soothsayer with a crystal ball, a fly rubs a bead of water in the backyard of Bulgarian photographer Radoslav Radoslavov Valkov, winner of the "Under 21" category of the 2010 Young Environmental Photographer of the Year award.

A green pit viper eyes a hummingbird in Hungarian photographer Bence Mate's winning picture. 

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