October 30, 2013
From Nikon Small World 2013, one of 3 photomicrographs. 3rd Place winner of the 2013 Small World Photomicrography Competition, a 20x close-up of a marine worm by Dr. Alvaro Esteves Migotto, of the Universidade de Sao Paulo, Centro de Biologia Marinha, Brazil. (Dr. Alvaro Esteves Migotto)

From Nikon Small World 2013, one of 3 photomicrographs. 3rd Place winner of the 2013 Small World Photomicrography Competition, a 20x close-up of a marine worm by Dr. Alvaro Esteves Migotto, of the Universidade de Sao Paulo, Centro de Biologia Marinha, Brazil. (Dr. Alvaro Esteves Migotto)

October 18, 2013
From Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013, one of 10 photos. The spat: For several hours, the noisy sounds of courtship and mating were all Joe McDonald was treated to as he sat, sweltering in the hot sun, in a boat on the Three Brothers River in Brazil’s Pantanal. So when the female jaguar finally emerged from the undergrowth and walked down to the river to drink, he was grateful for the photo opportunity. But that was just a start. After slaking her thirst, the female flopped down on the sand. Then the male appeared. After drinking and scent-marking, he approached the female, who was lying in what appeared to be a pose of enticement. At least, that’s what both Joe and the male thought. She rose, growled and suddenly charged, slamming the male back as he reared up to avoid her outstretched claws. His own claws were sheathed. “I couldn’t believe the energy and intensity of those three seconds,” says Joe. The pair then disappeared into the undergrowth to resume their courtship, leaving Joe with a sense of awe and a rare, winning image. (Joe McDonald / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

From Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013, one of 10 photos. The spat: For several hours, the noisy sounds of courtship and mating were all Joe McDonald was treated to as he sat, sweltering in the hot sun, in a boat on the Three Brothers River in Brazil’s Pantanal. So when the female jaguar finally emerged from the undergrowth and walked down to the river to drink, he was grateful for the photo opportunity. But that was just a start. After slaking her thirst, the female flopped down on the sand. Then the male appeared. After drinking and scent-marking, he approached the female, who was lying in what appeared to be a pose of enticement. At least, that’s what both Joe and the male thought. She rose, growled and suddenly charged, slamming the male back as he reared up to avoid her outstretched claws. His own claws were sheathed. “I couldn’t believe the energy and intensity of those three seconds,” says Joe. The pair then disappeared into the undergrowth to resume their courtship, leaving Joe with a sense of awe and a rare, winning image. (Joe McDonald / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

August 29, 2013
From Winners of the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest 2013, one of 36 photos. Stuart Gibson’s photo of Sean Woolnough on a wave in Namotu Island, Fiji, was a finalist in the Spirit category. “Sean Woolnough and I were in Fiji for big swell and the wind went dead, so while we still had amazing conditions, we jumped in a Fijian long boat. This is more of a tow wave, as you can see —- paddling this wave doesn’t end well. The island jetski was out of action so we thought we’d give it a go. I dropped Sean at the top of the reef, and the ocean went flat, like someone had turned off the tap. It takes a big set to light this slab up, and as Sean sat patiently I saw a big lump coming. I started yelling, but he had no reference as to where he was on the reef so he waited and paddled for this first wave of the set. He just missed it, and when I looked back, this deep blue lump just started draining out, almost sucking him under the wave. He took one big duckdive and got under the breaking lip. On a normal wave this is fine but this thing didn’t have a back —- the reef drops to 200m out the back of this place so when it breaks it really folds. The wave had just too much power and sucked him back over the falls, it’s pretty much a surfer’s worst nightmare position, so many people claim this is photoshopped, but it certainly is not!” (© Stuart Gibson/Red Bull Illume)

From Winners of the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest 2013, one of 36 photos. Stuart Gibson’s photo of Sean Woolnough on a wave in Namotu Island, Fiji, was a finalist in the Spirit category. “Sean Woolnough and I were in Fiji for big swell and the wind went dead, so while we still had amazing conditions, we jumped in a Fijian long boat. This is more of a tow wave, as you can see —- paddling this wave doesn’t end well. The island jetski was out of action so we thought we’d give it a go. I dropped Sean at the top of the reef, and the ocean went flat, like someone had turned off the tap. It takes a big set to light this slab up, and as Sean sat patiently I saw a big lump coming. I started yelling, but he had no reference as to where he was on the reef so he waited and paddled for this first wave of the set. He just missed it, and when I looked back, this deep blue lump just started draining out, almost sucking him under the wave. He took one big duckdive and got under the breaking lip. On a normal wave this is fine but this thing didn’t have a back —- the reef drops to 200m out the back of this place so when it breaks it really folds. The wave had just too much power and sucked him back over the falls, it’s pretty much a surfer’s worst nightmare position, so many people claim this is photoshopped, but it certainly is not!” (© Stuart Gibson/Red Bull Illume)

August 6, 2013
From Red Bull Illume Photo Contest 2013, one of 38 photos. Photographer: Dimitrios Kontizas / Athletes: Hubert Schober, Kedley Oliveti / Location: Zakynthos, Greece (© Dimitrios Kontizas/Red Bull Illume)

From Red Bull Illume Photo Contest 2013, one of 38 photos. Photographer: Dimitrios Kontizas / Athletes: Hubert Schober, Kedley Oliveti / Location: Zakynthos, Greece (© Dimitrios Kontizas/Red Bull Illume)

May 31, 2013
From The 2013 National Spelling Bee, one of 26 photos. Arvind Mahankali of New York holds his trophy after winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Maryland, on May 30, 2013. Mahankali, a 13-year-old from Bayside Hills, New York, won the competition by correctly spelling “knaidel,” a kind of dumpling. Mahankali, a student at Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School, had finished third in the contest twice before. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

From The 2013 National Spelling Bee, one of 26 photos. Arvind Mahankali of New York holds his trophy after winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Maryland, on May 30, 2013. Mahankali, a 13-year-old from Bayside Hills, New York, won the competition by correctly spelling “knaidel,” a kind of dumpling. Mahankali, a student at Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School, had finished third in the contest twice before. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

March 4, 2013
From Smithsonian Magazine’s 2012 Photo Contest, one of 21 photos. An onlooker witnesses the annular solar eclipse as the sun sets in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on May 20, 2012. Photographed by Colleen Pinski of Peyton, Colorado, for the the Natural World category. (© Smithsonian.com)

From Smithsonian Magazine’s 2012 Photo Contest, one of 21 photos. An onlooker witnesses the annular solar eclipse as the sun sets in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on May 20, 2012. Photographed by Colleen Pinski of Peyton, Colorado, for the the Natural World category. (© Smithsonian.com)

October 23, 2012
From Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012, one of 10 photos. Photographer Richard Peters sat in his car and from a distance watched the fox hunting, just enjoying the performance. He was in Yellowstone National Park, in Wyoming, and there was snow on the ground. The fox was listening for rodents under the snow, then leaping high to pounce down on the unsuspecting prey. It was too far away to photograph, and so when it disappeared and suddenly reappeared, on a snow bank level with the car window, Richard was taken by surprise. “It was already in pounce position, and I barely had time to lift the camera before it leapt up into the air almost clean out of my field of view. I managed to get a sequence of the leap, but I love this quirky image best, which gives a real sense of just how high these wonderful animals can jump.” (Richard Peters/Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012)

From Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012, one of 10 photos. Photographer Richard Peters sat in his car and from a distance watched the fox hunting, just enjoying the performance. He was in Yellowstone National Park, in Wyoming, and there was snow on the ground. The fox was listening for rodents under the snow, then leaping high to pounce down on the unsuspecting prey. It was too far away to photograph, and so when it disappeared and suddenly reappeared, on a snow bank level with the car window, Richard was taken by surprise. “It was already in pounce position, and I barely had time to lift the camera before it leapt up into the air almost clean out of my field of view. I managed to get a sequence of the leap, but I love this quirky image best, which gives a real sense of just how high these wonderful animals can jump.” (Richard Peters/Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012)