IN PHOTOS: Spectacular Israeli Wildlife and Wilderness

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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).Credit: Irit Drob
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).Credit: Ilia Shalmayev
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).Credit: Keren Eisenberger
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).Credit: Daniella Harel
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).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).Credit: Daniella Harel
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).Credit: Rafi Amar
Marsh frog in early morning, Gan Ner, Gilboa region, September 2014 (First Prize in Reptile and Amphibian category).Credit: David Monsonego