In celebration of April’s Earth Month 2018, and at this critical time for wildlife conservation, 21CF partnered with National Geographic to launch our third annual exclusive photography competition. Animals play a vital role in keeping our environment balanced and running smoothly and, to honor that, we invited our colleagues to share their best photos of creatures and critters from around the world—whether a shot from their travels or a selfie with a beloved pet.
Our grand prize winner, Cristin McKee of Blue Sky Studios, won a trip for two to a National Geographic “Symphony for our World” concert in a city of her choosing. Combining stunning Nat Geo natural history footage with an original symphony and theme, “Symphony for Our World” is a breathtaking musical journey through some of the world’s most incredible wildlife spectacles.
21CF also pledged to donate $1 USD per photo entry to National Geographic Society’s Photo Ark, in which world-renowned photographer Joel Sartore aims to document every species living in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries to inspire action through education and to support conservation.
Meet our #21CFInTheWild winners below, and check out other fantastic submissions here!
Grand Prize Winner: Cristin McKee; Blue Sky Studios, Greenwich, CT
Runner Up: Alexandra Semkina; Fox Networks Group; Moscow, Russia
Runner Up: Michael Horan; Fox TV Stations, Washington DC
Pictured at top: A federally threatened koala, Phascolarctos cinereus, with her babies at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital © Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark; natgeophotoark.org