A MAGICAL shot of a sea lion and a fog-shrouded Golden Gate Bridge are among stunning winners of prestigious nature photo contest.

Judges for the Nature Conservancy’s 2019 Photo Contest, had to whittle down the best images from an astonishing 120,000 entries.

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The Grand Prize winner in The Nature Conservancy’s 2019 Photo Contest
Tyler Schiffman/TNC Photo Contest 2019

The Grand Prize was an incredible underwater shot of a California sea lion by photographer Tyler Schiffman, from California.

Mr Schiffman said: “I had framed this shot waiting for a sea lion to swim by. 

“After five minutes, one swam up and paused for a few seconds. 

“I took three photos and as rare as it was, the moment left in a blink of an eye.”

Photographers from 152 countries submitted images across five categories – wildlife, water, people in nature, landscape, and cities and nature.

Here we show the category winners and some of the jaw-dropping runners-up.

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First prize in the cities and nature category is this image of Golden Gate Bridge engulfed in a wall of fog
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José David Altamirano González from Costa Rica gets an honorable mention in the wildlife category for this thrilling image of baboons in Botswana
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A Grevy’s zebra staring at the camera in Lewa, Kenya
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First prize in the wildlife category is this image of a polar bear in Svalbard, Norway
Fernando O’Farrill/TNC Photo Contest 2019
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Three bridesmaid captured in Italy
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A White-Tipped Sicklebill stand completely still as hummingbirds lower their metabolism during night time to avoid starvation
Sebastian Di Domenico/TNC Photo Contest 2019
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Third place in the water category is this images showing rays in Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
Alex Kydd/TNC Photo Contest 2019
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Second place in the landscape category is a drone photo showing the amazing hues of a Pink Lake called Hutt Lagoon in Western Australia
Leigh Miller/TNC Photo Contest 2019
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First Place in the People in Nature category was taken in Le Van Vinh – Vietnam
Vinh Le van/TNC Photo Contest 2019

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The honorable mention in the cities and nature category was by Tsz Ho Tse from Hong Kong who took this image of his city’s world-famous Victoria Harbour under the clouds
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Honorable mention in the landscape category goes to Carlos Eduardo Goulart for this shot of Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile
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Honorable Mention, People in Nature category: a jump into the iconic lake Eibsee in southern Germany on a hot summer day
Anskar Lenzen/TNC Photo Contest 2019
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The photo was taken from a helicopter at lake Magadi in Kenya
Hao Jiang/TNC Photo Contest 2019
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Second place in the cities and nature category shows Mestia at night- a small city in Georgia
Yevhen Samuchenko/TNC Photo Contest 2019
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First place in the people’s choice award was shot in Wasior, West Papua
Diyanto Sarira/TNC Photo Contest 2019
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This won third place in the People in Nature category and was taken in West Bengal, India
APRATIM PAL/TNC Photo Contest 2019
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This knock-out snap was taken in Trolltunga, Norway
Guilherme Gomes de Mesquita/TNC Photo Contest 2019
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A Chestnut-sided Warbler sings out while silhouetted against the bright forest in the background
Raymond Hennessy/TNC Photo Contest 2019
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The majesty of a mountain in Slovenia
Colin Ronald/TNC Photo Contest 2019

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Honourable mention in the people in nature category shows a storm over Varadero in Cuba[/caption]

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A refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo
Fabio Teixeira/TNC Photo Contest 2019


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