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Nature's Best National Parks 2020 © Barrett Hedges / NBP Awards

U.S. National Parks are true gems where one can experience a variety of ecosystems and view natural wildlife behavior. Whether you prefer the beauty of sunrise, the bright afternoon light, or the subtle glow of twilight, there’s always a good time to photograph these protected lands.

WINNER | pro

Sunset at Cape Royal, Grand Canyon National Park Arizona, USA by Suzanne P. Mathia of Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

Canon 5D Mark III; 24-105mm ƒ/4L IS USM lens at 24mm; 1.3 secs at ƒ/11; ISO 100; Induro tripod; Really Right Stuff BH40 head.

WINNER | amATEUR

Wolf Pack, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA by Carol Grenier of Carson City, Nevada, USA

Canon 1D X Mark II; 600mm ƒ/4L IS II USM lens; 1.4X III converter at 840mm; 1/800 sec at ƒ/8; ISO 400; RRS tripod; Jobu head.

WINNER | youth

Mergansers on Jordan Lake, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA by Timothy Parks at age 17, of Tracy, California, USA

Nikon D3300; 55-200mm ƒ/4-5.6 lens at 200mm; 1/500 sec at ƒ/5.6; ISO 800; hand-held.

WINNER | video

Protected Waters: Exploring Yellowstone, Wyoming, USA by Jennifer Idol of Austin, Texas, USA and Alex Rose of Chicago, Illinois, USA

Nikon D5; various lenses; Nauticam UW housing; Canon Mark IV; 60mm ƒ/2.8 Macro USM Sony Venice lens; Aquatica UW housing; GoPro Hero; Manfrotto tripod and hand-held; Sola Video 2000 ƒ/6.3; Novoflex TrioPod Pro75; Novoflex Classicball 5II head.
TOP 40 FINALISTS

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