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Vibrant coral reef scene with a symmetrical arrangement featuring various types and colors of coral, including pink, red, green, and yellow, surrounded by clear blue water. The mirrored effect creates a visually stunning, kaleidoscopic underwater landscape.

Hypnotic Underwater Photos Show Coral Reefs in Kaleidoscopic Beauty

When Georgette Apol Douwma hung up her diving gear in 2020 at 79 years old, she did so with a vast catalog of beautiful underwater photos, many focusing on coral reefs and their inhabitants. She dove all around the world and is now revisiting some of her images, processing them with a kaleidoscopic look that is thoroughly mesmerizing.

A split image showing a blue bird on the left standing on sandy ground and on the right standing on a rocky surface, highlighting its vibrant blue and brown plumage in different environments.

How an Enthusiastic New Photographer Made Birding History

41-year-old musician and school band director Michael Sanchez bought his first camera just a month ago. Last week, while trying to get nice sunrise landscape shots at Hug Point along the Oregon coast, Sanchez took photos of a small, dark-looking bird in the dim dawn light. While not initially realizing it, Sanchez had captured some of the only photos ever of a blue rock thrush (Monticola solitarius) in North American history.

A split image showing a solar eclipse. on the left, a silhouette of a bird flying in front of the eclipsed sun with a bright corona; on the right, multiple birds flying around the darkened sun with a glowing halo.

How a Photographer Captured His Spectacular Dream Eclipse Photo

Canadian nature photographer Liron Gertsman captured one of the best total solar eclipse photos PetaPixel has ever seen. Gertsman's remarkable wildlife photo, The Frigatebird and the Diamond Ring, was years in the making and the culmination of research, hard work, practice, scouting, and a pinch of luck. After all, while you can control a lot, you can't control the weather.

Photographing a Pacific Wren in the Redwood Forests of California

During a short visit to the beautiful redwood forests of northern California, I spent a morning photographing a Pacific Wren. My goal with this outing was to capture this tiny bird in its massive habitat and try my best with a few photos to show the scale of the huge forest.

World Nature Photography Awards 2024 winning photographs

Glorious Gannet Portrait Wins World Nature Photography Awards

The World Nature Photography Awards announced the winners of its 2024 contest, celebrating the best in nature and wildlife photography. British photographer Tracey Lund won the top prize for her stunning portrait of a pair of gannets swimming off the coast of the Shetland Islands.

Nikon is all-in on wildlife photography with the Nikkor Z system

Nikon Is All-In on Wildlife Photography, and I Love It

Nikon has long been a popular choice for amateur and professional wildlife photographers. Since the days of its film and digital SLR cameras, it has committed to engineering robust cameras with swift autofocus and making top-tier telephoto lenses. That same focus persists in the mirrorless age, perhaps even more.

Photographer Captures Leopard Eating Crocodile in Tree

Years of traveling the plains of the Mara have etched countless wildlife encounters into my memory. From the heart-stopping chase of a cheetah to the tender moments in prides of lions.

Diving Into Underwater Wildlife Photography with Kristi Odom

Diving Into Underwater Wildlife Photography with Kristi Odom

Nikon Ambassador and internationally acclaimed photographer and videographer Kristi Odom joined the PetaPixel Podcast this week to discuss underwater photography. Alongside joining us to talk shop, Odom also separately selected and explained her top three images of 2023, one of which is, perhaps not coincidentally, an underwater photo.

Tarantula Migration images by Devon Matthews and Kristi Odom

Photographers Celebrate One of Nature’s Most Misunderstood Creatures

Every fall, as the days get shorter and colder, a groundswell of tarantulas takes over the landscape of La Junta, Colorado, and the surrounding southeastern Colorado region. Conservation and wildlife photographers Devon Matthews and Kristi Odom were on site this year to document the incredible annual event.

Sandra Bartocha interview on nature photography

The Emotion of Nature: Sandra Bartocha’s Creative Photography

German photographer Sandra Bartocha has been making fantastic and ethereal nature photography for many years and is among the most creative landscape photographers working today. PetaPixel chatted with Bartocha about her interesting techniques, artistic vision, and the importance of authenticity in photography.