Australian photographers, Lincoln McGregor and Matthew Bagley, have won prizes in the annual Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Environmental Photographer of the Year 2021 contest.

© Lincoln MacGregor /PA2F Environmental Photography Award 2021.

Lincoln MacGregor’s image  “Enchanted Forest”  (shown above) won first place in the ‘Incredible Wildlife’ category. It shows a wombat wandering through a forest aglow with the light of bioluminescent mushrooms. Sadly, this photo was taken only a short drive away from land that has recently been opened up for urban development, posing a growing threat of encroachment on remaining unspoiled habitats like these.

© Matthew Bagley /PA2F Environmental Photography Award 2021.

“Lullaby” by Matthew Bagley won second place in the ‘Reasons for Hope’ category. Photographed at night in Phillip Island, Australia, in the alluring light of a dive torch, this was a moment of curiosity when a baby squid ventured into the light and sat in the palm of the photographer’s hand.

The annual Award had a prize fund of €10,500, and over 1,300 photographers globally responded to the call for entries. 5,600 images were submitted across three categories – Incredible Wildlife, Wildlife in Crisis and Reasons for Hope. Participants were able to capture the beauty of wildlife, the harmful impact of human activities on nature, and demonstrate that harmonious cohabitation is possible through their images. Click here to view a gallery of the winning images.