07 March 2013 Photo Slideshow: Wildlife and Wild Lands Posted by: Defenders of Wildlife | Leave a comment | Share: 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! PausePlayPlayPrev|Next He stared right through the lens at me...talk about being intimidated. ©Jim Cumming 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 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 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 First snowfall at Bow Lake, Banff National Park - Canada ©Peter A. Dettling Buffalo at Old Faithful in Yellowstone ©Michelle Steinmeyer Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. An autumn snowstorm caused this chipmunk to climb seed stalks to feed. ©George J. Sanker 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 Two Coastal Brown Bear cubs wrestling in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska ©David DesRochers As the rising moon lit up the snowy mountain side the auroras danced in the sky above Norway. ©Mariann Rea ©Karen Celella Spillway Lake in Kananaskis Country, Alberta. ©Joe Desjardins Fox Kits, Yellowstone National Park ©Jim Chagares Bear cubs at Yosemite National Park ©Robert Carter This mantis is looks like it is praying against the setting sun. ©Vedwati Padwal A bull elk crosses the steaming Madison River in Yellowstone National Park. ©Sandy Sisti A foggy creek within Smokey Mountains National Park. ©Trisha Flaherty A red fox in Wheatridge, Colorado taking a rest during a snow storm. ©Sean Pettersen Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in It’s Time to Act for Right Whales Years after they agreed to expand critical habitat for endangered North Atlantic right whales, we’re still waiting on NMFS to follow through. So we took to the courts to get this much-needed protection in place. How Should We Honor Earth Day? America has many worldwide firsts in conservation: we were the first nation to establish a national park, the first to create a national wildlife refuge, the first to approve a law protecting endangered species and the first to create a national day dedicated to conservation, Earth Day. But today, we are experiencing another period of crisis in America’s commitment to conservation. When did conservation become a polarizing political issue, when it has been, for the past century, a defining characteristic of American values and the American spirit? Ecological Insults and Injuries Revealed Four Years after Deepwater Horizon Four years after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, we’re beginning to see the full scope of how this ecological disaster is impacting our wildlife on land, air and sea.