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Krapp Strapp Will Help You Poo In Nature Hands-Free

There’s really nothing quite like a good crap in the woods… You’re not staring at your phone while playing a game, or reading the back of the shampoo bottle to pass the time. There’s just leaning against a tree and taking the sights, sounds, and smells of nature! Well, now you won’t have to lean against hard, rough tree to take that nature poo, as someone has invented this ingenious strap.

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It’s called the Crap Strap, or Krapp Strapp as so they’ve named it. It’s essentially a giant fanny pack, except the strap is about 10 times larger than usual and allows you to strap yourself to the tree to lean back and take a care-free poo or pee without messing up your trousers or your shoes. Continue reading »

Artist Painted Endangered Animals For Each Day Of 2019 To Raise People’s Awareness

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According to Ali Shimhaq, a digital artist based on Maldives: “I’ve dedicated 2019 to a cause that is very close to my heart and that is biodiversity conservation. The challenge was to draw an endangered animal each day for the whole year, raising awareness and using my art as a means of giving a voice to animals that WE have pushed toward extinction. For more on this challenge see here. Continue reading »

Beautiful Winning Images of the 2022 Nature Conservancy Photo Contest

Here are some of the top images in the global photography competition which attracted more than 100,000 entries from 196 different countries and territories. The competition is divided into six categories: people and nature, landscape, water, wildlife, climate, and plants and fungi.

Grand prize winner. Branching Out by Li Ping, China
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On either side of a highway in Tibet, gullies formed by rainwater erosion span out like a tree. Photograph: Li Ping/Courtesy TNC Photo Contest 2022 Continue reading »

Spectacular Winning Images of The Ocean Photographer of the Year 2022

The Ocean Photographer of the Year is a celebration of our beautiful blue planet, as well as a platform to highlight the many plights it is facing.

Ocean photographers of all disciplines and experience levels – amateurs and professionals alike – are invited to submit their most impactful imagery to be judged by a panel of some of the world’s leading ocean photographers, including International Photography Hall of Fame inductee Paul Nicklen, founder of the International League of Conservation Photographers, Cristina Mittermeier, and Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Shawn Heinrichs.

A total of nine categories will be judged, with the overall winner crowned the Ocean Photographer of the Year in September this year.

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Ocean Photographer of the Year 2022 – Second place – Katherine Lu. A blanket octopus shows off its beautiful patterns and colours, Philippines. (Photo by Katherine Lu/Ocean Photographer of the Year 2022) Continue reading »

Photographer Captures Beautiful Pictures Of Finland’s Breathtaking Nature

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According to Oscar Keserci (previously featured): “My name is Oscar Keserci and I’m a 33-year-old photographer living near Helsinki in Finland.

I was raised in Greece and moved to Finland in 2012. It was after moving to Finland that I found my passion for photography when I discovered the beautiful Finnish nature. I started to learn alone how to use my camera and every single day I saw an improvement. Quite fast I knew that I wanted to make photography my profession. Continue reading »

Budgett’s Frog Looks Like Someone Tried To Draw Normal Frog From Memory

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Budgett’s frog looks so weird that it has acquired a number of popular nicknames, including hippo frog and Freddy Krueger frog. They have a large head that makes up to 1/3 of the body, with notably extremely large mouth, and short, stubby limbs. Continue reading »

Wild Portraits and Magical Landscapes: Spectacular Winning Images of The Nature TTL Photographer of The Year 2022

The Nature TTL Photographer of the Year winner has been chosen from more than 8,000 images from all over the world. From a scarred lion getting its close-up to a fish with a mouthful, entrants competed to secure category wins in wild portraits, animal behaviour, camera traps, underwater, the night sky, small world, landscapes, urban wildlife and under-16, with the overall winner chosen from the category wins.

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A snow leopard scans for prey across the jagged peaks of the Ladakh mountain range in India. This image was captured during a three-year DSLR camera trap project in the Indian Himalayas. Photograph: Sascha Fonseca Continue reading »

Spectacular Winning Images Of The 2022 Picfair Urban Wildlife Photography Awards

An amateur photographer who works in digital advertising has won the inaugural Picfair Urban Wildlife Photography Awards for his image of two coyotes on a dimly lit suburban street in Ontario. All Picfair profits on print sales will go to global conservation non-profit Re:Wild.

Overall winner: Date Night
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‘I thought it was my car that had caught their attention as I rounded the corner, and maybe it had at first, but as I rolled down the window I heard it was another group of howling coyotes that had piqued their interest. I parked, turned the engine off, and frantically went to work with the camera … however, in the rush of that moment I was soon compelled to put my camera down and soak in the scene’. Photograph: Andrew Interisano/Picfair Continue reading »

Captivating Photographs From This Year’s WildArt Photographer Of The Year Contest

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“Nature and wildlife photography has the power to change lives for the better, not only by making the wonder of nature accessible to so many, but by improving awareness of conservation issues across the globe,” says Rob Read, the founder of WildArt Photographer of the Year contest. The contest has 4 categories (Wet, Light, Silhouettes, and Eyes) and is a great platform for talented photographers to get recognition for their work. Continue reading »

Spectacular Winning Photos Of The 2022 BigPicture Natural World Photography Contest

Grand Prize: Bee Balling By Karine Aigner
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Here are the amazing winning and finalists photos of the 2022 BigPicture natural world photography contest. As always, the California Academy of Sciences puts together the event to celebrate Earth’s biodiversity. This year’s big winner, Karine Aigner, took home the top prize for a rare look at the bizarre mating ritual of cactus bees. Continue reading »

Illustrator Documents The Things She Observed In England’s Countryside

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UK-based Illustrator Jo Brown documents the things she observed in England’s countryside. She documents the discoveries she makes during outdoor excursions in her colorful Nature Journals. Each notebook spread contains exquisite drawings and notes of plants and animals that she sees in the Devon countryside. Continue reading »

The Space Between: Stunning Acrylic Paintings of Micah Ofstedahl

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As with so many of us, еhe American artis Micah Ofstedahl’s early recollection of how art fit into his life began with a strong gravitational pull and natural enthusiasm for the creative process. Continue reading »

Photographer Captures Two Bees Sleeping in Flowers And It’s So Cute

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Bees play an important role in our lives. They are the world’s most important pollinator of food crops. It’s estimated that one-third of the food we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees. Continue reading »

Spectacular Winning Images of The World Nature Photography Awards 2021

Celebrating the world’s best nature photographers, as they highlight the wonders of our planet. When great science and great art combine, amazing things can be achieved. That’s the philosophy behind the World Nature Photography Awards, a global nature and wildlife photography contest for planet Earth.

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A scuba diver with a school of mackerel in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico, wins the silver prize in the people and nature category of the 2021 World Nature Photography awards. (Photo by Mike Eyett/World Nature Photography Awards) Continue reading »

Photographer Captures The Magical Beauty Of Winter In The Ukrainian Carpathians

According to Olha Balandiukh aka OLVIA, an Ukrainian model, singer, musician, photographer, artist and interior designer: “Have you ever wandered the snowy Ukrainian Carpathians? Have you ever taken a breath of nice, frosty air? Or maybe Coldness has tickled your eyes and your cheeks have been kissed by Winter? Continue reading »

Artist Makes a Unique Ceramic Sets with a Love of Nature

“Amanita-inspired teacups and saucers for a fairy tea party”

According to Miss Wondersmith: “I made all of these vessels and tea sets out of clay because I wanted to honor my love of nature in a way that was both beautiful and functional. Continue reading »

Photographer Visited Remoted Chinese Provinces And Took Aerial Pictures Of The Most Picturesque Landscapes

According to Florian Delalée: “With the complexity of traveling out of China during the pandemic, I kept traveling and meeting the diversity of the Chinese landscape as a break between industry and city to reconnect to nature. Continue reading »

Spectacular Winning Photos From The 2021 Nature Photographer Of The Year Awards

Birds: Overall Winner by Terje Kolaas

Here are the 2021 winners and runner-ups of the Nature Photographer of the Year Competition. An initiative of Nature Talks, the organization is behind an annual photo festival as well as organizes masterclasses and portfolio reviews. Continue reading »

“Nature Under Threat”: The winning Images of The Cop26 Photographic Competition 2021

The Earth Project, in collaboration with Nature Picture Library photography competition, aims to raise awareness of the huge challenges faced by nature, as well as the impacts of climate change on global ecosystems. Some of the world’s leading photographers came together to illustrate nature under threat, linking to one of the main goals of Cop26: to help protect and restore ecosystems in countries adversely affected by the climate crisis.

The overall winning images, by Rivoni Mkansi of a rhino being dehorned to deter poaching; by Doug Gimesy of little blue penguins silhouetted against Melbourne city, and by Jo-Anne McArthur of pigs in an industrial farm, were selected by an online vote for three galleries.


Little blue penguins standing on rocks at night, silhouetted against Melbourne city lights (St Kilda breakwater, Victoria, Australia) Photograph: Doug Gimesy/naturepl.com/LDY Agency Continue reading »

Campaign for National Parks Photography Competition 2021

This year’s competition focused on documenting the climate crisis, with stark images of extreme weather, wildlife in decline and pollution accompanied by images of hope and nature recovery.


Young photographer of the year. Species decline: Stonechat in New Forest national park by Fletcher Foot, aged 14. Continue reading »

“A Nature Unknown”: Couple Created a Series of Illustrations Inspired By the Outdoors

Kourtney and Richard Jossy met at Portland State University where they both received bachelors in fine arts. After graduating they began collaborating on illustration projects, married, and started a nature unknown – a personal illustration series inspired by their shared interests in the outdoors, the unexplained, and introversion. Continue reading »

Jim Naughten’s Digital Paintings: The Artist Creates Worlds that Seem Both Familiar and Fictional

Jim Naughten (previously featured) is an artist exploring historical and natural history subject matter using photography, stereoscopy and painting. He was awarded a painting scholarship to Lancing College and later studied photography at the Arts Institute of Bournemouth. Continue reading »

Spectacular Winning Images of The Nature Conservancy Photo Contest 2021

The Nature Conservancy is proud to announce the winners by category of our 2021 contest. Check out the images that amazed our judges the most—and the winner of this year’s People’s Choice Award, selected by you!


People’s choice award: Prathamesh Ghadekar, India. Just before monsoon, fireflies congregate in certain regions of India. Sometimes milllions of these insects can be found on a few special trees like this one. Thirty-two photographs of this tree were taken and later stacked in Adobe Photoshop, creating this image. (Photo by Prathamesh Ghadekar/TNC Photo Contest 2021) Continue reading »

Photographer Captures The Mystical Beauty of Czech Forests

Czech photographer Petr Sýkora takes beautiful shots of the local forests: morning, fog, silence and a mystical atmosphere. Continue reading »

Incredible Winning Images of The Nature Conservancy Australia 2021 Photo Contest

The Nature Conservancy is proud to announce the winners by category of our 2021 contest.


“Life Colour”. During the wet season the Gulf of Carpentaria in tropical north Queensland holds a myriad of winding rivers, estuaries, creeks and streams that create one of nature’s intricate vivid landscapes. Lush green mangroves line the mud flats accentuated by the tidal waters and months of rain filling the artesian basin. (Photo by Scott Portelli/Nature Conservancy Australia 2021 Photo Contest) Continue reading »