The best nature photos of 2022 include ‘strangle’ fighting giraffes, neon green mushrooms and a baby elephant rescue

Anup Shah/Courtesy TNC Photo Contest 2022

  • The Nature Conservancy Photo Contest rewards stunning portraits of animals, landscapes and plants.

  • This year’s winners include sparring giraffes, black sand beach and neon mushrooms.

  • The photos showcase the colorful diversity of life and landscapes on Earth.

The Nature Conservancy announced the winners of its annual photo contest on September 29.

two jackals harass each other while a third watches

Baiju Patil/Courtesy TNC Photo Contest 2022

This year’s winning photos showcase the great diversity of life and landscapes on Earth.

elephant face in the dust

Panos Laskarakis/Courtesy TNC Photo Contest 2022

Photographer Li Ping won the Grand Prize, using a drone to capture this photo of a highway crossing tree-like ravines in Tibet.

tree-shaped gullies with a highway running through

Li Ping/Courtesy TNC Photo Contest 2022

Other photos capture animals in the wild, like this pair of lions rubbing their heads. The one on the right is clearly older than the lion on the left.

two lions walking rubbing their heads

Anup Shah/Courtesy TNC Photo Contest 2022

These giraffes look friendly or romantic, but shaking their heads or shaking their heads and necks against each other is actually their way of fighting.

giraffes clutch their necks fighting

Torie Hilley / Courtesy of TNC Photo Contest 2022

These eagles were also fighting – for a piece of salmon, according to the photographer.

eagles cross in the snow

Rick Dowling / Courtesy of TNC Photo Contest 2022

This elephant seal had to fight off a striated caracara that was trying to attack her calf.

an elephant roars at a bird that flies over a baby seal

Fabio Saltarelli/Courtesy of TNC Photo Contest 2022

Another photo shows workers at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya rushing to treat an injured elephant calf, while sedding its mother so they can do so safely.

woman running with a dart in front of an elephant kneeling on the ground

Marvin Mwarangu / Courtesy of TNC Photo Contest 2022

Animals aren’t the only ones who can be dramatic. Lightning hit this mountain at the right time.

lightning strikes the mountain

Hendy Wicaksono / Courtesy of TNC Photo Contest 2022

A blanket of fog has given a strange glow to this mangrove tree in Lamongan, East Java.

mangrove roots rise through the fog with a mangrove tree in the distance

Waluya Priya Atmaja / Courtesy of TNC Photo Contest 2022

The fog also made this scene peaceful, as the mist thinned over a glassy lake and distant snow-covered trees.

snowy white and green evergreen trees under fog on glassy lake

Effy Varley / Courtesy of TNC Photo Contest 2022

Snow-capped mountains contrast sharply with a black sand beach in Iceland.

black sand beach with orange grass snowy white mountain in the background

Ivan Pedretti / Courtesy of TNC Photo Contest 2022

The fireflies in Japan create contrast, standing out as bright yellow circles of light against the dark forest.

circles of yellow light in dark black woods

Masahiro Hiroike / Courtesy of TNC Photo Contest 2022

Another splash of bright color, in another forest, comes from the bioluminescent Omphalotus Nidiformis, nicknamed “ghost mushrooms”.

neon green mushrooms in the dark forest

Callie Chee / Courtesy of TNC Photo Contest 2022

Other photos capture the impact of man on nature, like this factory built on the edge of a beach in Greece.

two people wipe each other on the beach in front of a large factory

Janusz Jurek/Courtesy TNC Photo Contest 2022

Humans have also changed the landscape with sewage ponds like these.

purification basins

Jassen Todorov/Courtesy TNC Photo Contest 2022

A more colorful sign of human presence are these pink lagoons near a salt mine.

pink lagoons

Nick Leopold Sordo/Courtesy TNC Photo Contest 2022

A scorch scar, filled with charred trees, lies in the wake of the Dixie Fire – California’s largest blaze.

dixie fire burn scar charred trees

Jassen Todorov/Courtesy TNC Photo Contest 2022

Farther north along the Oregon Coast, fog pours into a natural hole in the rock known as the Pacific Gutter.

the fog pours into the mountain hole

Tom Fenske / Courtesy of TNC Photo Contest 2022

These dragon’s blood trees only grow in the highlands of the island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean.

dragon blood trees

Cristiano Xavier / Courtesy of TNC Photo Contest 2022

Editor’s note: This story was originally published on November 19, 2022.

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