First place winner! "I looked over to my right and saw this vision of a Great Egret deep in the Cypress and Spanish Moss laden distance. I pointed and gasped. My colleague said "I'm not sure if we can get out there". I exclaimed that I didn't know if we could reach it either, but I was darn sure going to try!"
"The morning sun had just glanced over the top of the bushes, back lighting the 'Graine a voler' (local for American Lotus) and it's huge leaf while the blue leaves in the background were still in the cool shade."
"As my daughter steered our kayak through Lake Martin, we happened across this American Alligator at just about eye level. May I add that my little girl was not very happy and constantly asked if we were close enough yet! Thank goodness for telephoto lenses."
"An Anhinga (snake bird) dries its wings on a Cypress tree stump after swimming for breakfast at magical Lake Martin, Louisiana. I am intrigued by the 45 degree angle of most of the fallen tree stumps on this colorful fall morning."
"This is one of those rare mornings at Lake Martin in Louisiana when it was still incredibly foggy between 9 and 10 in the morning with a very strong sun coming through, lighting the scene just enough. On the good days the wildlife don't mind a few portraits, in this case a Great Egret."
The following images were selected by international judges to be displayed in a "Marshes of the World" exhibit in Switzerland this summer. Congratulations to Kerry!