Images of the Year

Images of the Year Award Winners 2011

by NSN | February 1, 2012

2011 Images of the Year Award WinnersEach week the moderators and staff of select one photo that particularly stands out in each of the image critique galleries. This photo becomes that gallery’s Image of the Week, and at year end one image is selected from these to be the gallery’s Image of the Year.

With so many wonderful images we have also included two images as Honorable Mentions in each gallery.

Prizes – The Total Value for 2011 is Over $5,000!

Images of the Year Winners:

  • A complimentary one-year membership to
  • $500.00 shopping spree at the online store.

Honorable Mentions:

  • A complimentary one-year membership to
  • $125.00 shopping spree at the online store.

This year’s awards were proudly sponsored by


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Birds Gallery

Puffin in Blizzard by Kjetil Schjøberg


Puffin in Blizzard
© Kjetil Schjølberg

This image was captured in Finnmark in arctic Norway at 71 degrees north. This area, surrounded by the the cold and nutritious waters of the Barents Sea, has a very large seabird population… Continue reading »

Honorable Mentions

Wildlife Gallery

Red Fox and Alps by Nicola Destefano


Red Fox and Alps
© Nicola Destefano

I met this female fox near one of the many alpine lakes inside the Gran Paradiso National Park. She was very confident, so I was able to use a wide angle lens to take her portrait. On the last morning… Continue reading »

Honorable Mentions

Landscapes Gallery

Frozen Tempest by Paul Marcellini


Frozen Tempest
© Paul Marcellini

As icebergs calve off Vatnajökull and flow out to sea, many are washed back onto the beach in Jokulsarlon, Iceland. This stormy morning provided a nice brooding backdrop to display the glow of this ancient ice… Continue reading »

Honorable Mentions

Flora & Macro Gallery

Christmas Mushroom by Claudio Pia


Christmas Mushroom
© Claudio Pia

In autumn, I like wandering in the woodlands looking for amazing subjects like mushrooms. When I find one of them I try to free my imagination, walking around my mushroom, thinking which is the best… Continue reading »

Honorable Mentions

Travel & Culture Gallery

Monello the Jester by Kah Kit Yoong


Monello the Jester
© Kah Kit Yoong

Like moths to a flame, people are drawn to Italy’s most grand and opulent square, the Piazza San Marco in Venice. By mid-morning, the crowd will appear so thick that from a distance, one wonders how it can… Continue reading »

Honorable Mentions

Photo & Digital Art Gallery

Circle of Life by Jackie Schuknecht


Circle of Life
© Jackie Schuknecht

I picked this milkweed pod and brought it indoors to see what would happen. To my amazement it opened up and was ready to spread the seeds as if it was left in the wild. I was careful not to touch any of… Continue reading »

Honorable Mentions

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