1st PLACE PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY - VICTOR LIU
       
     
2ND PLACE PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY - BRENDAN NOGUE
       
     
3RD PLACE PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY - VICTOR LIU
       
     
1ST PLACE AMATEUR CATEGORY - JAMES ANDERSON
       
     
2ND PLACE AMATEUR CATEGORY - JONATHAN HUYER
       
     
3RD PLACE AMATEUR CATEGORY - JAMES ANDERSON
       
     
1st PLACE PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY - VICTOR LIU
       
     
1st PLACE PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY - VICTOR LIU

Title: A Winter Full Moon Night

A winter full moon night in Banff national park after a severe snow storm. There are still open water sections on Lake Minnewanka and the ice is thin. 

2ND PLACE PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY - BRENDAN NOGUE
       
     
2ND PLACE PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY - BRENDAN NOGUE

Title: Guardian of the Garden

This little guy sat still on top of this flowering bush just long enough for me to take a couple pictures after I spotted him in Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka.

3RD PLACE PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY - VICTOR LIU
       
     
3RD PLACE PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY - VICTOR LIU

Title: Underneath a Frozen Lake

There are thousands of lakes like this in Canada in winter, but very few of them are able to show the great "bubbles" like Abraham Lake does. I was fortunate to be at the right place at the right time. These bubbles are just amazing.

1ST PLACE AMATEUR CATEGORY - JAMES ANDERSON
       
     
1ST PLACE AMATEUR CATEGORY - JAMES ANDERSON

Title: Cliff Walker

During a hike to Devil's Thumb we stopped to take a break on a cliff that overlooked the Plain of Six Glaciers valley below. As I stood to admire the awe-inspiring views and grandeur of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, I was pleasantly surprised to see a mountain goat staring back at me! The goat looked like it was showing off to us clumsy hikers how effortlessly it could trek along the steep and rugged mountain cliffs. I quickly tried to frame the goat within it's glacial and mountainous landscape before it moved out of site, what a view we both had  that day! Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada 

2ND PLACE AMATEUR CATEGORY - JONATHAN HUYER
       
     
2ND PLACE AMATEUR CATEGORY - JONATHAN HUYER

Title: Tenderness

In the remote regions of Wapusk National Park, northern Manitoba, we stood on the frozen tundra with our telephoto lenses for days on end, enduring a brutal wind chill that created the coldest conditions I have ever experienced.  Our hope and dream was to witness one of nature's most magical moments, where a newborn polar bear cub emerges from a den with its mother for the very first time.  Local Inuit guides found the den site, and brought us there in specially modified tracked vehicles.  Our job was to stand outside and suffer, 100 metres from the den, not knowing when or if our dreams would be realized.  After several days of waiting, we were thrilled that the mother finally decided that it was time.  After checking carefully for predators, she allowed her cub to experience the world.  It took a few tentative steps, and then quickly began to play and revel in its winter wonderland.  We spent 3 glorious days with the pair, watching the cub gain confidence, and gleefully filling our memory cards with images.  On our last day a fierce storm blew in, whipping the snow around much like a desert sandstorm.  At times it was impossible to see the bears at all, but for brief moments the wind would settle down enough to allow for a photo.  I checked my viewfinder and saw the most tender, intimate scene I have ever witnessed, with the cub snuggling close to Mom in the midst of the tempest.  I never expected that in the most difficult conditions, I would be able to get my most cherished photo of all.  Shortly afterwards, the mother bade us farewell, taking her cub on the long march to Hudson Bay to begin the seal hunt.  Every time I look at this image, I am reminded about how well the mother cared for her cub, and it gives me every confidence that they are continuing to thrive.

3RD PLACE AMATEUR CATEGORY - JAMES ANDERSON
       
     
3RD PLACE AMATEUR CATEGORY - JAMES ANDERSON

Title: Rebel Rams

Every year Bighorn Rams gather together to begin the rut and fight it out to become the dominate Ram. I came across these 2 Rams rubbing horns, pushing and shoving each other around, this behavior is called the "huddle" and is used to compare horn size and body strength. The huddles usually end in peace since the rams are really good at determining horn size and body strength of the males in a group, the smaller ram will usually walk away from a bigger ram, but when 2 Rams are of equal size they will fight to determine the dominant ram in the group. These 2 Rams are matched pretty evenly and I was hoping for a good fight, but they were more content to push and shove each other around on this day, but their glaring stares, large horns and falling snow made for a very intimidating image. Kootenay National Park, British Columbia, Canada