California sea lion framed by kelp beds in Monterey Bay, California. Grand Prize Winner for 2019 TNC Global Photo Contest.
Burst California sea lion framed by kelp beds in Monterey Bay, California. Grand Prize Winner for 2019 TNC Global Photo Contest. © Tyler Schiffman/TNC Photo Contest 2019


The Nature Conservancy Announces 2019 Photo Contest Winners

Today, The Nature Conservancy unveiled the winner of its 2019 Photo Contest. Selected from more than 100,000 entries, an underwater photo of a California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) taken by photographer Tyler Schiffman of California, USA won the Grand Prize. “I had framed this shot waiting for a sea lion to swim by. After 5 minutes, one swam up and paused for a few seconds, I took 3 photos and as rare as it was, the moment left in a blink of an eye,” Schiffman wrote in the caption.

The People’s Choice award went to Diyanto Sarira of Indonesia for a photo of a waterfall in West Papua.

“The natural world inspires a sense of wonder in all of us,” said Richard Loomis, Chief Marketing Officer for The Nature Conservancy. “Indeed, at the very soul of conservation is a deep awe of nature. These photographs are a powerful reminder of the importance of sharing our vision of nature and of working together to save the lands and waters on which all life depends.” 

This year’s photo contest received a record number of entries: 121,774 photos from 152 countries. The grand prize winner will receive a digital camera package and a gift card from Delta Air Lines, while category winners will receive gift cards from Delta Air Lines.

Additional awards in the following categories were given to:

Cities and Nature

  • Jay Huang, United States  
  • Yevhen Samuchenko, Ukraine
  • Robert Potts, United States
  • Tsz Ho Tse, Hong Kong
  • Colin Ronald, Austria
  • Leigh Miller, Australia
  • Guilherme Gomes de Mesquita, Brazil
  • Florian LeDoux, France
  • José David Altamirano González, Costa Rica
  • Victor Grilo Lima, Brazil
  • Carlos Eduardo Goulart, Brazil


People and Nature

  • Le Van Vinh, Vietnam
  • Fabio Teixeira, Brazil
  • Apratim Pal, India
  • Anskar Lenzen, Germany
  • Giovani Cordioli, Brazil
  • Ted Somerville, United States



  • Alex Kydd, Australia  
  • Hao Jiang, United States
  • Alex Kydd, Australia
  • Michael Gallagher, United Kingdom
  • Barbara Rot, Slovenia 



  • Fernando O’Farrill, Mexico
  • Raymond Hennessy, United States
  • Yaron Schmid, United States
  • Giuseppe Bonali, Italy
  • Jose David Altamirano González, Costa Rica
  • Sebastian Di Domenico, Colombia


To view all the winning photos please visit


The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries and territories: 38 by direct conservation impact and 34 through partners, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.