Natural beauty! Stunning images of raccoons, a hair and a crocodile caked in mud take the top prizes in a German wildlife photography competition

  • Winners of the German Society for Nature Photography contest are revealed 
  • A hare standing in a field at dusk came in first place, claiming the grand prize 
  • Mushrooms, raccoons and a crocodile also featured in the winning snaps 
A field of mushrooms, an inquisitive hare and a crocodile caked in mud are among the subjects of the stunning photos that have taken top prizes in a wildlife photography competition. 
The images were taken by people around the world and submitted to the German Society for Nature Photography Nature Photographer of the Year 2020 competition and the winner was decided via an online vote.   
The competition spanned seven categories: Mammals, Other Animals, Birds, Plants and Fungi, Landscapes, Nature's Studio, and one special category: Water.
The overall winner of the competition was Peter Lindel, who photographed a European hare in Dortmund. Scroll down to see the winners of each category. 
Overall Winner and Mammals WINNER: Peter Lindel for a hare in the north of Dortmund
Mammals RUNNER UP: Mohammad Murad caught this Arabian Red fox in Kuwait City
Other animals WINNER: A crocodile hiding in plain sight in a pool of mud by Jens Cullman
Other animals THIRD PLACE: A school of jacks was photographed by Henry Jager in Costa Rica
Birds WINNER: A group of geese captured mid-flight by Flurin Leugger in an unknown location
Birds THIRD PLACE: In California, Hermann Hirsh captured this mesmerising portrait of a bird
Birds FOURTH PLACE: This abstract picture of ducks was photographed by Christoph Kaula
Plants and fungi WINNER: Radomir Jakubowski photographed the dead forest of Bavaria
Plants and fungi FIFTH PLACE: Close-up of a mushroom by Florian Smit, of northern Germany
Landscape WINNER: Benjamin Waldmann came first with this picture of a three caught in the mist at the Albtrauf, the northwestern edge of the Swabian Alps
Landscape RUNNER-UP: In second place of the landscape category was Jose Fragozo's sap of the night sky in Kenya during the rain season
Landscape FIFTH PLACE: This beautiful aerial shot of the Tombstone Territorial Park in Canada won Axel Gomeringer
Nature's Studio WINNER: A bird watching fireworks came first in the Nature's Studio category. It was taken by Jan Piecha
Nature's Studio RUNNER-UP: An aerial shot shows the coastline of the Meltwater Lake in Greenland. It was taken by Stephan Fürnrohr
Water WINNER: In first place in the water category came Britta Strack, with this hypnotising snap taken in Hraunfossar, Iceland
Water RUNNER-UP: In second place, Sandra Bartocha caught the reflection of the coast onto the wave in the afternoon light
Water THIRD PLACE: Taken a more macro-approach, Birgit Potthoff came in third place with this picture of the geometrical shapes formed in water

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