The winners of the Rainforest Alliance’s 2013 “Picture Sustainability” photo contest travelled to Thailand, Panama, Morocco and beyond to capture these stunning shots of wildlife, forests and water.
Grand Prize Winner: Iguana by Sandra Villarroel
“This gorgeous iguana was hanging out in a grassy area, just behind the hotel I was staying at, and she was nice and generous enough to let me photograph her.” —Sandra Villarroel
Photo taken in Florida, USA.
People & Culture Category Winner: Bequest Value by Morrison Mast
“The eldest son of the Campillo family holds a traditional reed flute to his infant son's lips and plays a note that melds with the din of surrounding birds and insects. Since all Kuna instruments are made entirely from natural materials, the Kuna People's culture is inextricably linked with the health of their ecosystems and is dependent on the wise management of local natural resources.” —Morrison Mast
Photo taken in Armila, Kuna Yala, Panama.
Forests Category Winner: Japanese Maple by Garret Suhrie
This beautiful photo was taken in Oregon, USA.
Water Category Winner: Tranquil Waters by Vijay Aitha
“One of the most amazing places of Thailand, the Phi Phi Islands are known for their clear waters and natural beauty. Visited by too many tourists, I hope the authorities here enforce stricter eco-sensitive rules.” —Vijay Aitha
Photo taken in the Phi Phi Islands, Thailand.
Wildlife Category Winner: The Tiger by Kyle Archerd
The Siberian tiger, also known as the Amur tiger, is the largest cat species in the world. It lives primarily in the vast birch forests of the Russian Far East.
Adventure Tourism Category Winner: Wandering Berber by Lindsey Hethcote
“A Berber desert guide wanders through the Sahara Desert as he waits for our group to pack up our campsite.” —Lindsey Hethcote
Photo taken in Morocco.
Iconic Destinations Category Winner: Golden Sunrise by Artem Kevorkov
“An amazing sunrise over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.”
Photo taken in San Francisco, California, USA.