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Photo competition

What an amazing response to our international amphibian photography competition!

We received many more photos than we had anticipated, with 950 entries being submitted, from fifty-two countries. The judges had an extremely difficult time selecting the winners, with so many outstanding images being considered.

We are very pleased to announce that the overall winner was Gonçalo M. Rosa, from Lisboa, Portugal, with a spectacular photo of a Boophis sp., taken in Betampona, Madagascar. Gonçalo says: “The photo was taking during a frog survey at Betampona reserve - possibly the largest relict of low-altitude rainforest block in the east coast region”. As well as being awarded the best photo in the competition, Gonçalo’s photo also was the winner in the category of In the Wild. Please click on any of the photos on this page to see larger versions of them.

Winner In the Wild category

Boophis sp. aff. boehmei
Gonçalo M. Rosa, Lisboa, Portugal

The winning photo in the In Captivity category was a magnificent Mimic Poison Dart Frog, taken by J.P. Lawrence, from Kalamazoo, USA, and Lena White (aged 14), from Atlanta, USA submitted the winning entry in the category of Youth, with her photo of a Fantasy Horned Frog.

Winner In Captivity category

Winner Youth category

Mimic Poison Dart Frog ( Ranitomeya imitator)
J.P. Lawrence, Kalamazoo, USA

Fantasy Horned Frog (Ceratophrys cranwelli x C. cornuta hybrid)
Lena White, Atlanta, USA

Nine other photos made up the twelve winning entries selected to be included in Amphibian Ark's 2012 calendar;

Ghost Glass Frog (Sachatamia ilex)
Gert Benaets, Alken, Belgium
Splendid Leaf Frog (Cruziohyla calcarifer)
Matt Wilson, Manchester, United Kingdom
Black-Bellied Salamander (Desmognathus quadramaculatus)
Todd Pierson, Athens, GA, USA
Pacific Robber Frog (Pristimantis appendiculatus)
Alejandro Arteaga, Quito, Ecuador
Snouted Treefrog (Scinax fuscovarius)
Fábio Maffei, Bauru, Brazil
Harlequin Frog (Atelopus laetissimus)
Victor Luna-Mora, Ibague, Colombia
Shovelhead Treefrog (Diaglena spatulata)
Jorge Armín Escalante Pasos, Mérida, Mexico
Splendid Leaf Frog (Cruziohyla calcarifer)
Dustin Smith, Homestead, Florida, USA
Spix's Snouted Treefrog (Scinax nebulosus)
Pedro Peloso, New York, USA

The judges also made special mention of two additional wonderful photos, which were highly commended:

Purple Frog (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis)
K.P. Dinesh, Bangalore, India
European Toad (Bufo bufo)
Gleb Elenev, Smolensk, Russia

Below are another eighty-six photographs, which along with the twelve winning entries, make up the top one hundred photos, as scored by our judges. We hope you enjoy viewing these photos as much as we do. Please click on any of the photos on this page to see larger versions of them.

Nymphargus grandisonae
Alejandro Arteaga, Quito, Ecuador
Duellmanohyla rufioculis
Dustin Smith, Homestead, Florida, USA
Green Frog (Lithobates clamitans)
Suzanne Niles, Westford, USA
Tiger Leg Monkey Tree Frogs (Phyllomedusa hypochondrialis)
Phil Ramos, Toronto, Canada
Hyalinobatrachium talamancae
Víctor Acosta Chaves, Heredia, Costa Rica
Hyalinobatrachium fleischmanni
Alejandro Arteaga, Quito, Ecuador
Cryptobatrachus fuhrmanni
Juan Pablo Hurtado
Hypsiboas calcaratus
Lucas Mateo Bustamante Enríquez, Quito, Ecuador
Hypsiboas cinerascens
Lucas Mateo Bustamante Enríquez, Quito, Ecuador
Duellmanohyla rufioculis
Víctor Acosta, Heredia, Costa Rica
Hylomantis lemur
Dustin Smith, Homestead, Florida, USA
Phyllomedusa perinesos
Lucas Mateo Bustamante Enríquez, Quito, Ecuador

Hypsiboas calcaratus
Alejandro Arteaga, Quito, Ecuador
Boophis bottae
Gonçalo M. Rosa, Lisboa, Portugal
White-lined monkey frog (Phyllomedusa vaillantii)
Sylvia Dudek, Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Telmatobius culeus
Arturo Munoz, Cochabamba, Bolivia
Rhinella magnussoni
Pedro Peloso, New York, USA
Unidentified tree frog
Kristiina Hurme, Storrs, USA
Teratohyla midas
Lucas Mateo Bustamante Enríquez, Quito, Ecuador
Eastern spadefoot toad (Pelobates syriacus)
Matt Wilson, Manchester, United Kingdom
Blue-sided Leaf-frog (Agalychnis annae)
Sylvia Dudek, Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Solomon Island Leaf Frog (Ceratobatrachus guentheri)
Janet Fikar, Shalimar, USA
Oophaga histrionica
Gert Benaets, Alken, Belgium
Boophis marojezensis
Gonçalo M. Rosa, Lisboa, Portugal

Dendropsophus triangulum
Pedro Peloso, New York, USA
Quasipaa fasciculispina
Kin Onn Chan, Alor Setar, Malaysia
Dendropsophus ebraccatus
Gert Benaets, Alken, Belgium
Toad Mountain Harlequin Frog (Atelopus certus)
Brian Gratwicke, Washington DC, USA
Unknown Dendrobates species
Sylvia Dudek, Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Atelopus laetissimus
Victor Luna-Mora, Ibague, Colombia
Unknown species
Bjorn Olesen, Singapore, Singapore
Hyalinobatrachium valerioi
Sylvia Dudek, Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Hypsiboas rosenbergi
Sylvia Dudek, Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Oophaga pumilio
Gert Benaets, Alken, Belgium
Pristimantis gladiator
Alejandro Arteaga, Quito, Ecuador
Plethodon cinereus
Daniel Hocking, Dover, USA

File-eared Tree Frog (Polypedates otilophus)
Bjorn Olesen, Singapore, Singapore
Scaphiopus couchii
Victor H. Luja, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Ensatina eschscholtzii platensis
Robert Hansen, Clovis, USA
Hyla andersonii
Dustin Smith, Homestead, Florida, USA
Hyperolius marmoratus
David Brabiner, Derbyshire, England
Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)
Suzanne Niles, Westford, USA
Cruziohyla calcarifer
Gert Benaets, Alken, Belgium
Pristimantis w-nigrum
Lucas Mateo Bustamante Enríquez, Quito, Ecuador
Leptopelis vermiculatus
Richard Butler, London, United Kingdom
Pristimantis appendiculatus
Tim Krynak, North Olmsted, USA
Hyperolius marmoratus
David Brabiner, Derbyshire, England
Pristimantis eugeniae
Alejandro Arteaga, Quito, Ecuador

Hypsiboas faber
Fábio Maffei, Bauru, Brazil
Hypsiboas pellucens
Lucas Mateo Bustamante Enríquez, Quito, Ecuador
Proceratophrys moratoi
Fábio Maffei, Bauru, Brazil
Itapotihyla langsdorffii
Cybele Lisboa, SÃO PAULO, Brazil
Pelophylax bergeri
Denis Palanque, Montcarra, France
Boophis luteus
Gonçalo M. Rosa, Lisboa, Portugal
Breviceps adspersus
Jelger Herder, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Desmognathus fuscus
Daniel Hocking, Dover, USA
Hyla gratiosa
Dustin Smith, Homestead, Florida, USA
Ranitomeya ventrimaculata
Tiffany Kosch, Greenville, USA
Ranitomeya sp. nov. "Supatá"
Giovanni Chaves Portilla, Bogotá, Colombia
Malayan Flying Frog (Rhacophorus prominanus)
Evan Seng Huat Quah, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

Dendrobates auratus
David Brabiner, Derbyshire, England
Eurycea guttolineata
Todd Pierson, Athens, GA, USA
Malayan Horned Frog(Megophrys nasuta)
Bjorn Olesen, Singapore, Singapore
Bushveld Rain Frog (Breviceps adspertus)
Werner Conradie, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Leaf Green Tree Frog - Litoria nudidigitus
Michael Williams, Melbourne, Australia
Osteocephalus planiceps
Sylvia Dudek, Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Dendrobates auratus
David Brabiner, Derbyshire, England
Hypsiboas pellucens
Alejandro Arteaga, Quito, Ecuador
Nymphargus grandisonae
Tim Krynak, north olmsted, USA
Rhinella mirandaribeiroi
Fábio Maffei, Bauru, Brazil
Centrolenidae sp.
Phil Ramos, Toronto, Canada
Bolitoglossa odonnelli
Todd Pierson, Athens, GA, USA

Dyscophus antongilii
Gonçalo M. Rosa, Lisboa, Portugal
Harlequin Treefrog (Dendropsophus ebraccatus)
George Cevera, Frenchtown, USA
Turkeit Hill Frog (Allophryne ruthveni)
Jelger Herder, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Hiloscirtus palmeri
Gert Benaets, Alken, Belgium
Rhacophorus nigropalmatus
Benjamin Tapley, canterbury, United Kingdom
Trachycephalus typhonius
Jorge Armín Escalante Pasos, Mérida, Mexico
Alytes obstetricans
Denis Palanque, Montcarra, France
Puerto Rican Crested Toad (Peltophryne lemur)
Jan P. Zegarra, Boqueron, Puerto Rico
British Common Toad (Bufo bufo)
Katy Upton, Canterbury, United Kingdom
Hypsiboas crepitans
Jennifer del Rio, Bogotá, Colombia
Telmatobius culeus
Arturo Munoz, Cochabamba, Bolivia
Incilius holdridgei
Víctor Acosta Chaves, Heredia, Costa Rica

Hypsiboas punctata
Tiffany Kosch, Greenville, USA
Atelopus nahumae
Diego Gómez, Caicedonia, Colombia