A cold spell brings frigid temperatures to Dog Mountain in Washington as divinity rays illuminate the mighty Columbia River.  The Dog Mountain trail is one of the most scenic trails in the area. ©Mike Nakamura

Photo Slideshow: Wildlife and Wild Lands

Defenders 4th annual photo contest is heading into its final week, but you still have until Wednesday, March 13th at midnight to get your photos in for a chance to win a week-long photo tour with renowned wildlife photographer Jess Lee as he shows you the beauty of Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons in spring.

So far this year’s entries have been fantastic, with people submitting photos of the wildlife and wild lands they love so much. We get so many great photos each year that with each new contest, we like to sort through our honorable mention photos from the previous year and show them off for all to see.

Enjoy this slideshow of some of the fantastic wildlife and wild lands photos we received last year, then head to www.defenders.org/photocontest to submit your own!

 

Staredown with a hawk owl  ©Jim Cumming

He stared right through the lens at me...talk about being intimidated. ©Jim Cumming

Brown Hares Boxing ©Ron McCombe

Brown hares boxing (©Ron McCombe) I spotted some brown hares in a field near to Stichill in the Scottish Borders. I was on my way to a meeting and couldn't stop. I saw them running around and standing on their rear legs and getting ready to box. It was a really frosty night and the forecast was for a very sunny day the next day, so I decided to go back to get them boxing.I was up very early and got to site in the dark before the hares showed up. Just after the sun rose three hares appeared in the field. It was stinging cold again with the temperature at dawn being -6¬∞. I watched them for some time and after about three hours they finally decided to get up and run around, they ran towards me and at about thirty yards stopped and boxed each other allowing me to get these images

View to a Kill  ©Chris Hartzell

I was shark diving at the Guadalupe Islands when I had to lean outside of the cage to get this shot of a 15-foot 2,500-pound female great white shark. ©Chris Hartzell

Moment of Truce  ©Peter A. Dettling

A grizzly bear challenged a wolf family over a few remains of an elk carcass in Banff National Park - Canada. The battle lasted for 4 days! The photograph entered shows a moment of truce between the two main rivals of the battle; the breeding male wolf and the grizzly eye to eye, noses nearly touching. ©Peter A. Dettling

Surprise Morning  ©Peter A. Dettling

First snowfall at Bow Lake, Banff National Park - Canada ©Peter A. Dettling

Buffalo Frost  ©Michelle Steinmeyer

Buffalo at Old Faithful in Yellowstone ©Michelle Steinmeyer

Chipmunk  ©George J. Sanker

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. An autumn snowstorm caused this chipmunk to climb seed stalks to feed. ©George J. Sanker

Winter Divinity  ©Mike Nakamura

A cold spell brings frigid temperatures to Dog Mountain in Washington as divinity rays illuminate the mighty Columbia River. The Dog Mountain trail is one of the most scenic trails in the area. ©Mike Nakamura

The Wrestlers  ©David DesRochers

Two Coastal Brown Bear cubs wrestling in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska ©David DesRochers

Moonlight and Auroras  ©Mariann Rea

As the rising moon lit up the snowy mountain side the auroras danced in the sky above Norway. ©Mariann Rea

A Walk In The Snow  ©Karen Celella

©Karen Celella

Spillway Lake  ©Joe Desjardins

Spillway Lake in Kananaskis Country, Alberta. ©Joe Desjardins

You Ate It All  ©Jim Chagares

Fox Kits, Yellowstone National Park ©Jim Chagares

Bear Cubs Play  ©Robert Carter

Bear cubs at Yosemite National Park ©Robert Carter

Praying Mantis at Sunset  ©Vedwati Padwal

This mantis is looks like it is praying against the setting sun. ©Vedwati Padwal

Land of Fire and Ice  ©Sandy Sisti

A bull elk crosses the steaming Madison River in Yellowstone National Park. ©Sandy Sisti

Smokey Stream  ©Trisha Flaherty

A foggy creek within Smokey Mountains National Park. ©Trisha Flaherty

Waiting Out the Storm  ©Sean Pettersen

A red fox in Wheatridge, Colorado taking a rest during a snow storm. ©Sean Pettersen

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