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Impressive Wildlife Photos That Will Brighten Your Day: From BBC’s Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Competition

Impressive Wildlife Photos That Will Brighten Your Day: From BBC’s Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Competition

Capturing that magical wildlife photo takes decent equipment, an extreme amount of patience and a little bit of luck. Beyond composition and color, the best wildlife photographs give you a reason to pause. “The trick is to include one key ingredient — something that is common to almost all the winning shots: originality,” says DiscoverWildlife.com. Lining up all of these elements can be tricky. But it’s well worth it when you get results like those below. These are our favorite shots from the BBC and Natural History Museum’s 2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

What’s your favorite from this wildlife photo competition? Let us know in the comments below. You can also go to and vote online for the People’s Choice until September 5, 2014, at this link here.

1. Kings Into the Dark – Stanley Leroux

Kings into the dark

    Emptiness in a picture sometimes speaks louder than abundance. This photograph’s impact comes from the combination of a title that is as striking as the landscape’s negative space.

    2. What’s This? Peter Mather

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    What's this? Peter Mather

      Setting up this shot must have taken a great amount of planning and forethought. Even so, no one can choreograph animals to stage correctly for a photo. The crispness of the scene above and below the water line add it its appeal.

      3. Barracuda swirl – Alexander Mustard

      Barracuda swirl - Alexander Mustard

        Oscar Wilde once said, “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” In this photo, where the focus is on the form created by a school of barracudas (rather than highlighting just one) the truth inside this quote is undeniable.

        4. Great peacock moth caterpillar – Leela Channer.

        Great peacock moth caterpillar - Leela Channer.

          “When you’re out photographing wildlife, don’t just pay attention to what are called the charismatic megafauna — the big animals that get most of our attention,” says National Geographic wildlife photographer Robert Caputo. “Of course we all want good photos of the big guys, but there are many other forms of life around. Some of them are really beautiful, and all of them are interesting.” Lucky for us, Leela Channer didn’t overlook this caterpillar, which is as quirky as it is exquisite.

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          5. Startled by stargazer – Jennifer Jo Stock

          Startled by stargazer - Jennifer Jo Stock

            I may have a background in biology, but I’m still not sure what kind of fish I’m looking at here. In this picture, though, inexperience of the animal doesn’t lessen the enjoyment of the surprise. I’m just not sure who’s more taken aback: the stargazer or his audience. (Bonus points to anyone who can tell me the name of this animal in the comments below.)

            6. Australian sea lion pups – Michael Patrick O’Neill

            Australian sea lion pups - Michael Patrick O'Neill

              The movement and contrasting hues are mesmerizing in this remarkable black and white photograph.

              7. Yellow-necked mouse – Carsten Braun

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              Yellow-necked mouse - Carsten Braun

                I love stories where I can root for the little guy. Like this small mouse — bounding from rock to rock, skirting pools of water, all while hanging on to his precious cargo. I can almost hear the applause when he lands safely on terra firma once more.

                8. Pure magic – Raviprakash S S

                Pure magic - Raviprakash S S

                  At first glance, this shot of a series of busy streets doesn’t appear to fit it a group of wildlife photos.  Until you notice the spider perched above, and realize that this is actually a colorful web.

                  9. Baltic groyne – Jens Rosbach

                  Baltic groyne - Jens Rosbach

                    Not all of the photos in this competition feature animals. This shot — a row of groynes standing sentry in a foggy Baltic Sea — is hypnotic in a subtle, calming way.

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                    10. Facebook update – Marsel van Oosten

                    Facebook update - Marsel van Oosten

                      I don’t know what’s funnier — this shot of a Japanese snow monkey, or the descriptions we’ve come across for it. The photographer named the photo “Facebook update,” but just as humorous is the caption from Business Insider:  “He’s playing Candy Crush.”

                      Featured photo credit: Kings into the dark, Stanley Leroux via nhm.ac.uk

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                      Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                      Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                      1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                      Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                      2. Stress Relief

                      Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                      3. Improved Sleep

                      Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                      4. Appetite Control

                      Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                      5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

                      When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                      6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                      Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                      7. Mosquito Repellant

                      Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                      8. Pain Relief

                      While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                      9. The New Anti-Viral

                      Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

                      10. Improved Cognitive Function

                      Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                      With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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