Nature Photography Challenge (wild creatures, plants and places only)

A regular photography contest for Nature lovers who love to learn and teach.

ENDANGERED SPECIES - Coral

This challenge closed about 4 years ago.

The Challenge

Initially believed to be a plant, William Herschel used a microscope to establish in the 18th Century that Coral had the characteristic thin cell membranes of an animal. While a coral head appears to be a single organism, it is actually a group of many individual, yet genetically identical, polyps.

Corals are highly sensitive to environmental changes. Scientists have predicted that over 50% of the world’s coral reefs may be destroyed by 2030, as a result most nations protect them through environmental laws. Many governments now prohibit removal of coral from reefs and use education to inform their populations about reef protection and ecology. However, many other human activities damage reefs, including runoff, mooring, fishing, diving, mining and construction.

Courtesy of Wikipedia

For more information on the conservation of our Coral Reefs please click Seacology

Judging / Voting Criteria

Vote for your favourite.

Rewards & Prizes

1st place winners will have their photo used as the group Avatar for a period of time.

Then 1st, 2nd and 3rd will have their photo’s permanently posted on the groups Feature Board, but I will also pick another 9 entries of personal choice to be featured to cover our feature board. (Subject to the number of entries).

1st place member will be become a featured member

Additional Information

ENTRIES MUST BE ADDED TO THE GROUP FIRST OR BE DELETED FROM THE CHALLENGE

Cover Image: Gorgonian Fan Coral, Papua New Guinea by Erik Schlogl

Completed

The Top Ten

Gorgonian Fan Coral, Papua New Guinea by Erik Schlogl

Gorgonian Fan Coral, Papua New Guinea by Erik Schlogl was voted the most popular entry in this challenge with 8 votes.

  • Soft corals of Pulau Tioman (1) by Marcel Botman
  • white coral by stuart powell
  • Krusty and Persephone and Symbiosis by Charles Perniciaro
  • Amazing Coral - Ambergris Caye, Belize by Nina Brandin

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