IN PHOTOS: Spectacular Israeli Wildlife and Wilderness

A few of the winning images in the Israel wildlife photography competition 'A Photo of Nature #3.'

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A pair of bee-eaters, Shoham, April-May 2104 (Curator’s selection in the Photographic Series category).
A pair of bee-eaters, Shoham, April-May 2104 (Curator’s selection in the Photographic Series category).Credit: Roi Avraham

Starlings kissing against the backdrop of Ein Gedi; a Negev doe with a young fawn in a dust storm in Nitzana; a marsh frog in the Gilboa; a hedgehog cub and a Griffon vulture at the Safari hospital – These are just a few of the winning images in the Israel wildlife photography competition “A Photo of Nature #3” that will be on display at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv in the upcoming months.

The spectacular photographs were selected out of 4,000 entries, and represent a wide range of animal life and ecological systems in our region.

A young golden jackal stalks a hoopoe, Hayarkon Park, August 2014 (First Prize in Birds Category).
A young golden jackal stalks a hoopoe, Hayarkon Park, August 2014 (First Prize in Birds Category).Credit: Irit Drob
Autumn sunrise in a pine forest, Tel Hadid, December 28, 2013 (First Prize in Landscape and Open Areas Category).
Autumn sunrise in a pine forest, Tel Hadid, December 28, 2013 (First Prize in Landscape and Open Areas Category).Credit: Uri Kolker
Tristram’s Starlings north of Ein Gedi, December 2015 (Picture of the Year).
Tristram’s Starlings north of Ein Gedi, December 2015 (Picture of the Year).Credit: Ilia Shalmayev
A jackal family, Nataf, Judean Hills, December 2015 (First Prize in a Photographic Series category).
A jackal family, Nataf, Judean Hills, December 2015 (First Prize in a Photographic Series category).Credit: Effi Cohen
Honeybee inside a poppy, Alexander River nature reserve, December 2014 (First Prize in Invertebrates category).
Honeybee inside a poppy, Alexander River nature reserve, December 2014 (First Prize in Invertebrates category).Credit: Keren Eisenberger
Negev doe with fawn during a dust storm, near Nitzana, September 2015 (First Prize in Mammals category).
Negev doe with fawn during a dust storm, near Nitzana, September 2015 (First Prize in Mammals category).Credit: Gal Bismuth, RTG
Long-eared hedgehog cub being fed at wild animal hospital run by the Nature and Parks Authority, July 2015 (Second Prize in the category of Wild Animals in Controlled Conditions).
Long-eared hedgehog cub being fed at wild animal hospital run by the Nature and Parks Authority, July 2015 (Second Prize in the category of Wild Animals in Controlled Conditions).Credit: Daniella Harel
The new border fence between Israel and Egypt, Eilat Mountains, May 2014 (First Prize in Conflict Between Man and Nature category).
The new border fence between Israel and Egypt, Eilat Mountains, May 2014 (First Prize in Conflict Between Man and Nature category).Credit: Tomer Ofri
Golden jackal, Hayarkon Park, Tel Aviv, July 2013 (First Prize in Urban Nature category).
Golden jackal, Hayarkon Park, Tel Aviv, July 2013 (First Prize in Urban Nature category).Credit: Eli Batzri
A Griffon vulture recuperates at the Wild Animal Hospital run by the Nature and Parks Authority, September 2014 (First Prize in Wild Animals in Controlled Conditions category).
A Griffon vulture recuperates at the Wild Animal Hospital run by the Nature and Parks Authority, September 2014 (First Prize in Wild Animals in Controlled Conditions category).Credit: Daniella Harel
Long-exposure of a white owl in flight after hunting a field mouse (First Prize in Young Photographers category).
Long-exposure of a white owl in flight after hunting a field mouse (First Prize in Young Photographers category).Credit: Omer Mohar
A lionfish at rest, Eilat, November 2013 (First Prize in Underwater category).
A lionfish at rest, Eilat, November 2013 (First Prize in Underwater category).Credit: Rafi Amar
Marsh frog in early morning, Gan Ner, Gilboa region, September 2014 (First Prize in Reptile and Amphibian category).
Marsh frog in early morning, Gan Ner, Gilboa region, September 2014 (First Prize in Reptile and Amphibian category).Credit: David Monsonego