Winners of European Amateur Photo Competition: Praying Mantis Sunset and More

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praying mantis sunset photo
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Can animals enjoy the sunset? It seems so with the November winners and finalists from Wild Wonders of Europe's amateur photo competition -- but there's nothing amateur about these shots.

Here you'll find stunning silhouettes of both a praying mantis and a butterfly caught against the sun, an owl reflecting on an orange horizon, a dolphin leaping in the soft light of the last minutes of day, and more.

Have some amateur shots of your own? Find out how to submit them here.

Praying Mantis, France (Young Crew)

Young Crew photographer Constant Couteille took top honors in the under-17 category with this shot of a praying mantis in front of a setting sun in Bourgogne, France.

These territorial insects are a natural pesticide in your garden: They'll eat aphids, beetles, flies, mosquitoes, and other pests.

Photo: Constant Couteille