Defenders of Wildlife’s 2017 Photo Contest Winners

The votes are in! We received hundreds of fantastic photos of wildlife and wild lands in this year’s photo contest, and had our supporters vote for their favorites. It was close competition, but here are the winners of Defenders of Wildlife’s 2017 photo contest.

These beautiful images are an amazing reminder of what all of us are fighting to protect. Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to everyone who entered the contest this year!

Grand Prize Winner: “Polar bear with cub” – Thomas Cooper

Polar bear, © Thomas Cooper



1st Place: Otter “so cute” – Don Henderson

Sea Otter, © Don Henderson


2nd Place: Bison with starlings “Resting” – Myer Bornstein

Bison, © Myer Bornstein


3rd Place: "Bee in the labyrinth of wild rose” – Jan Facinelli

Bee, © Jan Facinelli

Wild Places:

1st Place: Polar bear landscape – Donna Kramer

Polar bear landscape, © Donna Kramer


2nd Place: Bison landscape “Oh give me a home” – Debbie Tubridy

Bison Landscape, © Debbie Tubridy


3rd Place: “Fall in the Smokies” – Randy Traynor

Fall in the Smokies, © Randy Traynor