Be in­spired by six pages of stun­ning im­ages from fel­low Nikon users

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The lat­est in­spi­ra­tional im­ages from pho­tog­ra­phers around the world

Amaz­ing Rio Juan Car­los Ruiz San Mil­lán, Spain

When I trav­elled to Rio de Janeiro I wanted to take a unique shot rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the beauty of this amaz­ing Latin Amer­i­can city, where the moun­tains (called ‘mor­ros’) and the beaches come to­gether in such an in­cred­i­ble way. I shot this from the top of the Su­gar­loaf moun­tain with its amaz­ing view over the city, tak­ing the pic­ture at dusk to com­bine the last of the light in the sky with the lights of the city. I used a grad­u­ated ND fil­ter to tone down the high­lights in the sky.

FI­NAL­IST The Beauty of Plants

Com­mon This­tle Lotte Christina An­der­sen Ped­er­sen, Den­mark

The this­tle is prob­a­bly not the plant that first comes to mind when you have to con­nect a plant to the word ‘beauty’. But a plant’s beauty is to me much more than what you see at first glance. A plant can be beau­ti­ful be­cause it is part of the mem­o­ries and thoughts in a per­son’s mind. The this­tle takes me back to my child­hood, when we were play­ing in the fields and meadows, where we some­times brushed against this­tles and blew the wispy lit­tle para­chutes into heaven. The this­tle is a part of my child­hood land­scape.

FI­NAL­IST The Boun­ti­ful Earth

Cran­berry world Jacky Hobbs, UK

Cran­ber­ries can be grown in shal­low bogs (as here in Cape Cod, Mas­sachusetts), which are flooded to fa­cil­i­tate ease of har­vest. The gath­ered masses of heavy fruit ne­ces­si­tate air­lift­ing by he­li­copter to avoid dam­age to the resid­ual cran­berry plant. I man­aged to get a ride in one such work­ing he­li­copter. Scared of heights but un­able to re­sist the op­por­tu­nity to fly over the cran­berry bogs, I was in­spired to take the photo as much by adrenalin as aes­thet­ics. In a lurch­ing, rat­tling, noisy chop­per I man­aged to re­gain my wits and get my cam­era into ac­tion to try to cap­ture the stun­ning scenes rac­ing away be­low me.

FI­NAL­IST The Beauty of Plants

Dancing petals Mag­dalena Wa­siczek, Poland

I re­ally en­joy au­tumn in my gar­den, as I like the sub­dued colours. Twisted leaves and flower petals take on in­ter­est­ing forms, and the frost on them looks like ic­ing su­gar. You have to hurry to pho­to­graph this de­light­ful early morn­ing phe­nom­e­non; the mo­ment the sun’s rays lick the ic­ing su­gar the colours dis­ap­pear and ev­ery­thing be­comes brown­ish-grey.

SEC­OND PLACE Breath­ing Spa­ces

Morn­ing in Bushy Park Ka­sia Nowak, UK

I visit Bushy Park out out­skirts of Lon­don sev­eral times ev­ery month, usu­ally early in the morn­ing. Even when the weather is not very pho­to­genic I spend time look­ing for new view­points and try to come up with new ideas for what to pho­to­graph next time. It is a per­sonal project that started nearly three years ago. Be­fore each visit, my prepa­ra­tions in­clude check­ing a de­tailed weather fore­cast and the place where the sun will rise that day.

FI­NAL­IST Wild­flower Land­scapes

Wood­land de­light By Sarah-fiona Helme, UK

The blue­bell (Hy­acinthoides non-scripta) is one of Bri­tain’s most loved flow­ers. I wanted to find a new per­spec­tive from which to pho­to­graph it. In May and June, blue­bell­clothed woods form part of a steep brae­side leading to a river be­low. Storms and ero­sion had left the land­scape clut­tered with fallen branches and muddy slopes. Al­though there was no clean com­po­si­tion to be had in pho­tograph­ing the wider land­scape, I felt in­spired to find a way to cap­ture the essence of the blue­bell woods.

FI­NAL­IST Trees, Woods & Forests

Sor­bus Com­mixta ‘Em­b­ley’

Jacky Parker, UK

I am al­ways drawn to this spec­i­men tree in the Sav­ill Gar­den in Wind­sor Great Park: on this par­tic­u­lar day, the light was soft and hazy and the berries ap­peared to have a nat­u­ral vi­brant red sheen. I like to get un­der­neath the leaf canopy and shoot out­wards to­wards the light, and spent a while try­ing dif­fer­ent an­gles in be­tween wait­ing for the fo­liage to set­tle as it was a breezy day.

Nikon D700, Tam­ron AF 17- 35mm f/2.8- 4, 20 secs, f/ 13, ISO200

Nikon D200, Nikon 70- 300mm f/4.5- 5.6G IF- ED VR, 1/ 250 sec, f/ 5, ISO400

Nikon D300s, Nikon AF- S 105mm f/2.8G ED- IF VR Mi­cro, f/6.3, 1/ 320 sec, ISO800

Nikon D700, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro, 1/ 100 sec, f/ 3.8, ISO320

Nikon D800, Nikon AF- S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, 1/ 200 sec, f/ 11, ISO100

Nikon D3s, Nikon AF- S 105mm f/2.8G ED- IF VR Mi­cro, 1/ 250 sec, f/4, ISO250

Nikon D700, Nikon AF 50mm f/ 1.4, 1/ 500 sec, f/ 1.4, ISO100

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