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Hornet Venom

Photo credit: Nikon via Peta Pixel

It’s that time again, time for the winners of this year’s Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition, which showcases “excellence in photography through the light microscope” and has been running for 44-years thus far. This incredible award-winning shot comes from Pierre Anquet of La Tour-du-Crieu, Ariege, France, who managed to capture a Vespa velutina (Asian hornet) with venom on its stinger. Continue reading for more.

Macro Butterfly Wings

Photo credit: Chris Perani via Peta Pixel

These aren’t computer generated images, just extreme close-ups of butterfly wings captured by photographer Chris Perani. They may look beautiful, but these images took a painstaking amount of work, as each one is composed of 2,100 separate exposures that were merged into a single ultra-high-resolution photo. They were captured using a 10x microscope objective attached to a 200mm camera lens. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

Seal Slaps Kayaker

Photo credit: Taiyo Masuda via Peta Pixel

Sydney-based filmmaker Taiyo Masuda recently went on a kayaking trip with his friend Kyle Mulinder when he unexpectedly captured a wildlife encounter unlike any other with a GoPro Hero 7 Black: a seal swam up to Mulinder and slapped him in the face with an octopus, or possibly providing him with a gift. “We were kayaking in the winter NZ Kaikoura, beautiful day, seals were swimming and enjoying the sun on the rocks. Right around lunchtime, several seals started to swim around. We just thought they were refreshing their body, yet apparently they were seeking more of food,” said Masuda to Peta Pixel. Continue reading to see more footage from Taiyo’s adventures.

Small World in Motion

Photo credit: Nikon

There’s plenty going on around us that we can’t see, and the annual Nikon Small World in Motion video contest aims to bring some of that unseen world to light. Starting off, the first place winner captured by Dr. Elizabeth M. Haynes & Jiaye “Henry” He, using Selective Plane Illumination Microscopy (SPIM) at 10x magnification, shows a zebrafish embryo growing its elaborate sensory nervous system (visualized over 16 hours of development). Continue reading for another video and more information.

Funniest Wildlife Photos

Photo credit: Jamie Bussey via Bored Panda

It’s that time again, time to announce The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards finalists. This year, the judges have already received 2000 entries, and picked out 41 finalists. Best of all, anyone can enter, as the split is currently 30% professional and 70% amateur entries. “Our strong belief here at Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards is that the smallest thing can help conservation. By following Born Free on social media you have made one positive step. By supporting them financially you make another big step. By sharing our posts, by buying the book, by keeping the conversation going…all these things help raise the issues of conservation,” said co-founder Tom Sullum. Continue reading for more pictures.

Lioness DSLR Camera

Photo credit: Barbara Jensen Vorster via Peta Pixel

Barbara Jensen Vorster, a professional wildlife photographer, was snapping a pride of lions in Botswana when a lioness unexpectedly snatched her Canon 7D and Canon 100-400mm lens. How did this happen? Well, she accidentally dropped the kit on the ground, and after hearing the noise, the lioness mother growled and then approached the group, which caused them to leave. “The camera fell with the lens looking up, she gently flipped the camera on its side and picked it up by the barrel of the lens. They dragged it through the dirt, chewed on the lens hood and then fortunately, like most kids, soon grew tired with their new toy,” said Vorster. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

Wrap Around Spider

The dolophones conifera, better known as the Wrap-around spider, is a species of spider in the family Araneidae indigenous to Australia. What makes it stand out is its ability to flatten and wrap its body around tree limbs as camouflage. During the evening, it stays in webs, while during the day take up their characteristic camouflaged form on tree branches and trunks. They also travel along the ground. Continue reading for more creepy natural phenomena that you might not have seen before.

Mother Duck 76 Ducklings

Photo credit: Brent Cizek

It may look Photoshopped at first, but wildlife photographer Brent Cizek was at Lake Bemidji when he just so happened to stumble upon a mother duck, nicknamed “Momma Merganser”, leading a brood of 76 ducklings. Apparently, a merganser could only have laid about 15 of the ducklings herself, making the rest orphans that she adopted. Continue reading for more photos and information.

Slow Motion Hummingbird

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Believe it or not, photographer and conservationist Phil Torres shot this amazing slow-motion hummingbird video in the Ecuadorian cloud forest using just his iPhone X and Moment’s lens attachments. “I soon realized that the wide angle lens gives the iPhone and incredibly close focus point, allowing me to capture hard-to-pull-off wide-angle macro photos and videos. I set my iPhone to 240fps on 1080p (which my Canon 1DX Mark II can’t even handle), put on the wide angle lens, set it next to a hummingbird feeder in the cloud forests of Sumaco, and pressed record,” Torres told PetaPixel. Continue reading for more fascinating images.