The Nature Conservancy has announced the winners of its 2022 Photo Contest, which attracted more than 100,000 entries from 196 countries and territories across six categories.

On either side of a highway, gullies formed by rainwater erosion span out like a tree in Tibet, an autonomous region in southwest China. © Li Ping/TNC Photo Contest 2022.

The winning images were selected by a panel of judges that included renowned conservation photographer, Ami Vitale, and Coyote Peterson, host of YouTube’s Brave Wilderness. Many entries presented a stark reminder of the critical importance of conservation efforts that help all living things thrive together. The contest’s overall winning photo featured a drone’s eye view of a lonely highway in Tibet, bordered on each side by gullies extending outward in the shape of a tree. It was taken by photographer Li Ping in China, who slept in a roadside parking lot overnight to get the striking early morning shot.

Nicknamed ghost mushrooms due to their eerie green glow, the scientific names of these bioluminescent mushrooms are Omphalotus Nidiformis. © Callie Chee/TNC Photo Contest 2022.

Australia photographer, Callie Chee, won first prize in the Plants and Fungi category for her atmospheric shot of ghost mushrooms in NSW’s Southern Highlands, shown above. Another Australian photographer, Dasun N. Malaarachchi, received an honourable mention in the Water category for his picture of waves crashing under a bridge.

Blue water, golden sand, white foam mixed with bright sunlight paints gorgeous design under the Seacliff bridge in NSW, Australia. © Dasun Nirmala Malaarachchi/TNC Photo Contest

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