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Our photographers enjoyed great success in the various photography competitions of 2020, in spite of some competitions being deferred and prizes being awarded at online ceremonies. Sergey Gorshkov won the main prize in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, where Ripan Biswas won the portfolio category. Markus Varesvuo gained the top award in the Glanzlichter competition. Ben Cranke was honoured with top prize in the Birds category of GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, while Pal Hermansen, Jo-Anne McArthur, Doug Gimesy, Nick Upton, Magnus Lundgren, Franco Banfi, Graham Eaton and David Pattyn were also category winners or runners-up in one of the main international competitions. Congratulations to all our photographers who were successful in the 2020 awards season. This gallery includes all the winners, runners-up and commended images.
Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) female  territorial marking by rubbing cheek against ancient Manchurian fir tree, Land of the Leopard National Park, Far East Russia, November. Taken with remo...  -  Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) female territorial marking by rubbing cheek against ancient Manchurian fir tree, Land of the Leopard National Park, Far East Russia, November. Taken with remo...
White-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) taking off with fish prey, Norway, August. Overall winner of Glanzlichter Photo Competition 2020.  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / White-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) taking off with fish prey, Norway, August. Overall winner of Glanzlichter Photo Competition 2020.
King Penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) approached by an Antarctic Fur Seal (Arctocephalus gazella). A few pecks from the penguins caused the seal to retreat. Southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina)...  -  Ben Cranke
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Ben Cranke / King Penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) approached by an Antarctic Fur Seal (Arctocephalus gazella). A few pecks from the penguins caused the seal to retreat. Southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina)...
Northern hawk owl (Surnia ulula) perched on top of tree in snow-covered forest. Golsfjell, Viken, Norway. January 2019. Judge's special prize, Montier Festival Competition 2020, runner-up in  Birds in...  -  Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Northern hawk owl (Surnia ulula) perched on top of tree in snow-covered forest. Golsfjell, Viken, Norway. January 2019. Judge's special prize, Montier Festival Competition 2020, runner-up in Birds in...
Diversity of insects accidentally caught  by a lamp during summer.  Akershus, Norway. Highly Commended in he Nature in Art category of Nature Photographer of the Year Competition 2020 and in  the Idee...  -  Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Diversity of insects accidentally caught by a lamp during summer. Akershus, Norway. Highly Commended in he Nature in Art category of Nature Photographer of the Year Competition 2020 and in the Idee...
Eurasian wolf (Canis lupus lupus) pack in snow, forest in  Bialowieza National Park. Poland. January 2019. Received Honour award at the Mont Photo 2020 Competition.  -  Mateusz Piesiak
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Mateusz Piesiak / Eurasian wolf (Canis lupus lupus) pack in snow, forest in Bialowieza National Park. Poland. January 2019. Received Honour award at the Mont Photo 2020 Competition.
Snow-covered taiga forest in Finland. Honoured in the MontPhoto awards 2020.  -  David Allemand
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David Allemand / Snow-covered taiga forest in Finland. Honoured in the MontPhoto awards 2020.
Melting ice sheet with  massive  waterfalls running off the Austfonna glacier, the third largest glacier in the world covering most  of Nordaustlandet island, eastern Svalbard, Norway. Winner of Truet...  -  Roy Mangersnes
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Roy Mangersnes / Melting ice sheet with massive waterfalls running off the Austfonna glacier, the third largest glacier in the world covering most of Nordaustlandet island, eastern Svalbard, Norway. Winner of Truet...
Saksun beach after a strong blizzard Streymoy, Faroe Islands. Highly commended in the Landscapes Category of the GDT competition 2020  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Saksun beach after a strong blizzard Streymoy, Faroe Islands. Highly commended in the Landscapes Category of the GDT competition 2020
Ptarmigans (Lagopus mutus) in white winter plumage, camouflaged against mountain scree with snow, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, April. Highly commended in the Animals in their Environment Category of...  -  Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Ptarmigans (Lagopus mutus) in white winter plumage, camouflaged against mountain scree with snow, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, April. Highly commended in the Animals in their Environment Category of...
Ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) in summer plumage on rocky outcrop, overlooking mouth of glacier on coast of Spitzbergen, Svalbard, August. Finalist in BioPhoto competition 2020.  -  Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) in summer plumage on rocky outcrop, overlooking mouth of glacier on coast of Spitzbergen, Svalbard, August. Finalist in BioPhoto competition 2020.
Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) with marsh frog (Rana ridibundus) that has just woken up from hibernation, Kiskunsag National Park, Hungary. Honoured in the Montier Photo Awards 2020.  -  Bence Mate
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Bence Mate / Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) with marsh frog (Rana ridibundus) that has just woken up from hibernation, Kiskunsag National Park, Hungary. Honoured in the Montier Photo Awards 2020.
A mother Eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) and her joey, surrounded by burnt trees. Survivors of a bushfire in Mallacoota, Australia, January 2020. Winner of Man and Nature category of Nature...  -  Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / A mother Eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) and her joey, surrounded by burnt trees. Survivors of a bushfire in Mallacoota, Australia, January 2020. Winner of Man and Nature category of Nature...
Brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) female was found dead on the side of the road. It had probably been hit by a car and someone had moved it off the road. It still had a live joey in its pouch w...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) female was found dead on the side of the road. It had probably been hit by a car and someone had moved it off the road. It still had a live joey in its pouch w...
Short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) female carrying dead calf, South Tenerife, Canary Islands, Atlantic Ocean. Runner-up in Underwater Worlds category of MontPhoto competition 2020.  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) female carrying dead calf, South Tenerife, Canary Islands, Atlantic Ocean. Runner-up in Underwater Worlds category of MontPhoto competition 2020.
Brown paper nautilus (Argonauta hians) surfing on a jellyfish, Balayan Bay, Luzon, Philippines. The nautilus uses its jellyfish host both as a food source, and as a defensive weapon. Photographed at n...  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Brown paper nautilus (Argonauta hians) surfing on a jellyfish, Balayan Bay, Luzon, Philippines. The nautilus uses its jellyfish host both as a food source, and as a defensive weapon. Photographed at n...
Mute swan (Cygnus olor) cygnets following parent swimming. London, UK. April. Highly commended in the birds category of GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition 2020.  -  Oscar Dewhurst
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Oscar Dewhurst / Mute swan (Cygnus olor) cygnets following parent swimming. London, UK. April. Highly commended in the birds category of GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition 2020.
Leopard (Panthera pardus) in city at night, Mumbai, India. December 2018. Highly commended in the Urban Wildlife category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY Competition) 2020  -  Nayan Khanolkar
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Nayan Khanolkar / Leopard (Panthera pardus) in city at night, Mumbai, India. December 2018. Highly commended in the Urban Wildlife category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY Competition) 2020
Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) at night, taken with remote camera in Land of the Leopard National Park, Far East Russia, November.Highly Commended in the Animal Portraits Category of the Wil...  -  Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) at night, taken with remote camera in Land of the Leopard National Park, Far East Russia, November.Highly Commended in the Animal Portraits Category of the Wil...
Ostrich (Struthio camelus) silhouetted in dust storm. Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa. Commended in the Bird Photographer of the Year...  -  Ann  & Steve Toon
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Ann & Steve Toon / Ostrich (Struthio camelus) silhouetted in dust storm. Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa. Commended in the Bird Photographer of the Year...
Red Fox (Vulpes Vulpes) a fox pauses from drinking distracted by a mosquito, North London, ~England, UK. Honour Award in MontPhoto competition 2020.  -  Matthew Maran
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Matthew Maran / Red Fox (Vulpes Vulpes) a fox pauses from drinking distracted by a mosquito, North London, ~England, UK. Honour Award in MontPhoto competition 2020.
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) cub defending its kill,a large Brown rat (Rattus norvegicus) from another cub, North London, UK. August. Highly commended in the Behaviour : Mammals Category of the Wildlife Ph...  -  Matthew Maran
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Matthew Maran / Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) cub defending its kill,a large Brown rat (Rattus norvegicus) from another cub, North London, UK. August. Highly commended in the Behaviour : Mammals Category of the Wildlife Ph...
African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) juveniles playing with the leg of an impala, trying to drag it in three different directions. Mkuze, South Africa. Commended in Glanzlichter photo competition 2020.  -  Bence Mate
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Bence Mate / African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) juveniles playing with the leg of an impala, trying to drag it in three different directions. Mkuze, South Africa. Commended in Glanzlichter photo competition 2020.
Gemsbok (Oryx gazella) in dunes of Namib Desert, Namibia. December. Finalist in BioPhoto competition 2020.  -  Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Gemsbok (Oryx gazella) in dunes of Namib Desert, Namibia. December. Finalist in BioPhoto competition 2020.
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) in flight carrying an acorn, photographed through red autumn foliage, October, Ithaca, New York, USA.Commended in the Inspirational Encounters category of the Bird Photo...  -  Marie Read
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Marie Read / Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) in flight carrying an acorn, photographed through red autumn foliage, October, Ithaca, New York, USA.Commended in the Inspirational Encounters category of the Bird Photo...
Wild dog (Lycaon pictus) two pups playing in dust, Mkuze, South Africa. August. Highly commended in the Mammals category of the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition 2020.  -  Bence Mate
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Bence Mate / Wild dog (Lycaon pictus) two pups playing in dust, Mkuze, South Africa. August. Highly commended in the Mammals category of the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition 2020.
Strinatii lungless salamander (Speleomantes strinatii) hiding under chestnut leaves into a deciduous wood in Northern Italy. San Bartolomeo di Savignone, Italy. October. Finalist in the Terrestrial Wi...  -  Emanuele Biggi
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Emanuele Biggi / Strinatii lungless salamander (Speleomantes strinatii) hiding under chestnut leaves into a deciduous wood in Northern Italy. San Bartolomeo di Savignone, Italy. October. Finalist in the Terrestrial Wi...
Common swift (Apus apus) flying to its nest site under roof tiles on an old cottage, Hilperton, Wiltshire, UK, July. Winner of Conservation Documentary Award in Bird Photographer of the Year competiti...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swift (Apus apus) flying to its nest site under roof tiles on an old cottage, Hilperton, Wiltshire, UK, July. Winner of Conservation Documentary Award in Bird Photographer of the Year competiti...
Screaming party of Common swifts (Apus apus) flying around a church bell tower at dusk, where a large colony breeds in nestboxes behind the window louvres, All Saints Church, Worlington, Suffolk, UK,...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Screaming party of Common swifts (Apus apus) flying around a church bell tower at dusk, where a large colony breeds in nestboxes behind the window louvres, All Saints Church, Worlington, Suffolk, UK,...
Common swift (Apus apus) flying from a nest box attached to the eaves of a cottageafter feeding its chicks, Hilperton, Wiltshire, UK, June. Winner of Conservation Documentary Award in Bird Photographe...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swift (Apus apus) flying from a nest box attached to the eaves of a cottageafter feeding its chicks, Hilperton, Wiltshire, UK, June. Winner of Conservation Documentary Award in Bird Photographe...
Judith Wakelam hand-feeding an orphaned Common swift chick (Apus apus) with insect food in her home, Worlington, Suffolk, UK, July. Model released. Winner of Conservation Documentary Award in Bird Pho...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Judith Wakelam hand-feeding an orphaned Common swift chick (Apus apus) with insect food in her home, Worlington, Suffolk, UK, July. Model released. Winner of Conservation Documentary Award in Bird Pho...
Judith Wakelam releasing an orphaned Common swift chick (Apus apus) she has fostered and fed with insects at her home until it was ready to fly, Worlington, Suffolk, UK, July. Model released. Winner o...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Judith Wakelam releasing an orphaned Common swift chick (Apus apus) she has fostered and fed with insects at her home until it was ready to fly, Worlington, Suffolk, UK, July. Model released. Winner o...
Simon Evans ringing a Common swift chick (Apus apus) removed briefly from a nest box in All Saints Church belfry with over 40 swift nestboxes, Worlington, Suffolk, UK, July. Model released. Winner of...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Simon Evans ringing a Common swift chick (Apus apus) removed briefly from a nest box in All Saints Church belfry with over 40 swift nestboxes, Worlington, Suffolk, UK, July. Model released. Winner of...
Black Grouse (Lyrurus tetrix) male with group of females, Suomussalmi Finland, January. Commended in Bird Photographer of the Year competition 2020.  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Black Grouse (Lyrurus tetrix) male with group of females, Suomussalmi Finland, January. Commended in Bird Photographer of the Year competition 2020.
Andean condor, (Vultur gryphus) in flight, Farellones, Chile. Highly commended in Bird Photographer of the Year competition 2020.  -  David Pike
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David Pike / Andean condor, (Vultur gryphus) in flight, Farellones, Chile. Highly commended in Bird Photographer of the Year competition 2020.
Eared grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) adult with chick riding on its back, Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge, Montana, USA. Commended in Bird Photographer of the Year competition 2020.  -  Marie  Read
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Marie Read / Eared grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) adult with chick riding on its back, Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge, Montana, USA. Commended in Bird Photographer of the Year competition 2020.
Jay (Garrulus glandarius), two fighting in mid-air with another observing. Norway. October.  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Jay (Garrulus glandarius), two fighting in mid-air with another observing. Norway. October.
Grey peacock-pheasant (Polyplectron bicalcaratum) Tongbiguan Nature Reserve, Dehong, Yunnan, China. Commended in Bird Photographer of the Year competition 2020.  -  Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China
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Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China / Grey peacock-pheasant (Polyplectron bicalcaratum) Tongbiguan Nature Reserve, Dehong, Yunnan, China. Commended in Bird Photographer of the Year competition 2020.
Common shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) with head under wing on nest, Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK. Highly commended in Bird Photographer of the Year competition 2020.  -  Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Common shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) with head under wing on nest, Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK. Highly commended in Bird Photographer of the Year competition 2020.
Ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) males camouflaged in snow, Utsjoki, Finland, January. Commended in Bird Photographer of the Year competition 2020.  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) males camouflaged in snow, Utsjoki, Finland, January. Commended in Bird Photographer of the Year competition 2020.
Three Long-eared owls (Asio otus) looking down from a tree in autumn, Wijchen, The Netherlands, December. Birds in their Habitat Category winner, Expos Photos Aves Emotion'Ailes Competition 2020.  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Three Long-eared owls (Asio otus) looking down from a tree in autumn, Wijchen, The Netherlands, December. Birds in their Habitat Category winner, Expos Photos Aves Emotion'Ailes Competition 2020.
Cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) in early morning mist,~Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen nature reserve, Netherlands, November. Runner-up in ^De Lage Lande^ (animals in landscape) category of Nature Phot...  -  David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) in early morning mist,~Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen nature reserve, Netherlands, November. Runner-up in ^De Lage Lande^ (animals in landscape) category of Nature Phot...
Sundew (Drosera intermedia) the Netherlands. Winner of the Landscapes, Waterscapes, and Flora category of the Big Picture Competition 2020  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Sundew (Drosera intermedia) the Netherlands. Winner of the Landscapes, Waterscapes, and Flora category of the Big Picture Competition 2020
Ermine moth (Yponomeutidae) larvae communal web in habitat. Ijmuiden, Netherlands. May. Highly commended in the Plants and Fungi Category of the GDT competition 2020  -  Theo  Bosboom
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Theo Bosboom / Ermine moth (Yponomeutidae) larvae communal web in habitat. Ijmuiden, Netherlands. May. Highly commended in the Plants and Fungi Category of the GDT competition 2020
Timothy grass (Phleum pratense) spreading clouds of pollen, a wind pollinated plant. Norway. July. Highly commended in Plants and Fungi section of Nature Photographer of the Year Competition 2020. Com...  -  Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Timothy grass (Phleum pratense) spreading clouds of pollen, a wind pollinated plant. Norway. July. Highly commended in Plants and Fungi section of Nature Photographer of the Year Competition 2020. Com...
Blue ice of iceberg in Wilhelmina Bay, Gerlache Strait, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica. March 2010. Commended in BioPhoto competition 2020.  -  Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Blue ice of iceberg in Wilhelmina Bay, Gerlache Strait, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica. March 2010. Commended in BioPhoto competition 2020.
Floating ice on Greenland Sea with snow covered mountains behind. Recherche fjord, Svalbard, Norway. April 2018. Commended in the BioPhotos Competition 2020.  -  Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Floating ice on Greenland Sea with snow covered mountains behind. Recherche fjord, Svalbard, Norway. April 2018. Commended in the BioPhotos Competition 2020.
Hoyle Bank Windfarm in fog, with a flock of migrating birds, viewed from near Holywell, Flintsire, Wales, December. Winner of  Changing Landscapes category of Landscape Photographer of the Year compet...  -  Graham Eaton
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Graham Eaton / Hoyle Bank Windfarm in fog, with a flock of migrating birds, viewed from near Holywell, Flintsire, Wales, December. Winner of Changing Landscapes category of Landscape Photographer of the Year compet...
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