Between July 25th and October 5th we received and published over 200 photographs of worldwide ecosystems that belong to two categories of participation (Wild Beauty and The Changing World) through the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems’ Facebook. Those who visited the facebook page during this time had the opportunity to vote for the photos of their choice, leading to a list of winners for the first round of competition.

A total of 40 photographs of each of the world regions (Africa, America, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, and Oceania) in each of the two categories (Wild Beauty and The Changing World) classified in this round:

Wild Beauty

1° place 2° place 3° place 4° place

“Still safe”, Milivoje Krvavac. East Tsavo National Park, Kenya

“Mokoros Full of Clouds“, Amanda Harwood. Okavango Delta, Botswana

“Female Cheetah With Her Cubs”, Sarthak Karki. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania


”La Muralla Negra de la Paila “, Adrian Brito. Caripe, Estado Monagas, Venezuela

“Laguna Natural “, Diana Liz Duque Sandoval. Reserva Forestal Caparo, Estado Barinas, Venezuela “Rising life”, Carlos Herney Cáceres Martínez. Paramo Tama. National Natural Park Tama, Norte de Santander, Colombia “Descubriendo la belleza de las zonas secas”, Vilisa Morón-Zambrano. Sector Las Minas , El Oído, Estado Táchira, Venezuela
Antarctica “El Rey de la Antártida”, Denis Ferreira. Isla Rey Jorge, Antártida “Ambiente sub-antártico”, Elie Poulin. Isla de la Posesión (Archipiélago Crozet) “Los bosques en miniatura de la Antártida”, Elie Poulin. Isla Rey Jorge (islas Shetland del Sur, Antártida)
Asia “Misty morning”, Milivoje Krvavac. Suriyakanda, Sri Lanka “The Source of Life”, Julia Leijola. Khuvsgul Province, Mongolia  3°a “Telun Berasap Waterfall”, Deedee Alfarishy. Danau Gunung Tujuh, Kerinci Seblat National Park, Jambi Province, Indonesia

3°b “Beauty of Danau Gunung Tujuh”, Deedee Alfarishy. Danau Gunung Tujuh, Kerinci Seblat National Park, Jambi Province, Indonesia


“Boreal Reflection”, Diego Michiels. Mountain area near Strömsund, North-Jämtland, Sweden.

“Laurel forest, a relic ecosystem of the Tertiary age”, Annelie Fincke. Garajonay National Park/ World Heritage Site, Island of La Gomera, Spain “Way to the sun”, Darío Palacios Muñoz. Torrevieja, Alicante, Spain

“Cloud flow”, Sara Larcombe. Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

“Horizontal Waterfalls”, Lucie Chovrelat. Dampier Peninsula, Kimberley, Western Australia “Australian Cliff”, Ingrid Zager Fernandez. Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


The Changing World

1° place 2° place 3° place 4° place 5° place

“Washing clothes in water holes of a dry riverbed in northern Cameroon”,  Annelie Fincke. Mayo Kaliao river, Cameroon

“Kings of the road”, Jimena Montané. Kruger National Park, South Africa

“The changing Homo sapiens”, Yntze van der Hoek. Entasekera, Loita Hills (between Masai Mara and Rift Valley), Kenya

America “Buchón de agua y sus efectos sobre la laguna del sonso”, Luisa Fernanda Garcia Sabogal. Margen oriental del río Cauca, Departamento del Valle del Cauca, Colombia “Intervención antrópica en los alrededores de zonas naturales de importancia”, Luisa Fernanda Garcia Sabogal. Filandia, Quindío, Colombia

“Vuelo sobre el peñero”, Adrian Brito. San Antonio del Golfo, Estado Sucre, Venezuela

“Timidez Originaria”, Gaba Reyes. Gran Sabana, Edo. Bolivar. Venezuela “Majestuosa Laguna de Mucubají”, Adrian Brito. Parque Nacional Sierra Nevada – Mérida, Venezuela

“Altocumulus Lenticulares”, Denis Ferreira. Isla Rey Jorge.

“Verano antártico”, Denis Ferreira. Bahía Maxwell “Cohabitación”, Elie Poulin. Isla Kerguelen

“The Lonely Tree”, Harunur Rashid.  Bara beel under Karimganj Upazila, Kishoreganj District, Bangladesh

“Tea plantations”, Milivoje Krvavac. Morningside reserve, Sri Lanka “Pure Gold”, Julia Leijola. Bayankhongor Province, Mongolia
Europe  “Hiking in Val Grande”, Paula Nieto Quintano. Pian Cavallone, Val Grande National Park, Italy  “Oak tree witness on the Island of Vilm”, Annelie Fincke. Island of Vilm, Germany “Lonesome tree, Torridon”, David Lintern.  Torridon, Northwest highlands, Scotland
Oceania  “Food security and climate change I”, Kelvin Passfield. Matavera Reef in Rarotonga, Cook Islands “Food security and climate change II”, Kelvin Passfield. Matavera Reef in Rarotonga, Cook Islands “Ocean Pool”, Ingrid Zager Fernandez. Bondi Beach, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Once these 40 photographs were selected, chosen participants moved on to the second round in which a qualified jury is currently selecting three (3) overall winners (first, second, and third place) for each of the two categories (Wild Beauty, The Changing World). Furthermore, all the photographs that classified in the first round will be exhibited in the “Nature-Based Solutions” pavilion at the IUCN World Parks Congress, held in Sydney, Australia, from november 12th to 19th 2014, where an additional (1) winner will be selected by the visitors’ votes.

The contest winners will be announced at the Pavilion “Nature-Based Solutions” on November 18th and also through the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems website, Facebook, and Twitter accounts.

Congratulations to all the first round winners of the Second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Photo Contest!

All participants, thank you for your support and participation!