Photography

The best of the birds in the 2020 Audubon Photography Awards

The best of the birds in the 2...
Honorable Mention - Amateur. Anna’s Hummingbird. Ardenwood Historic Farm, California, USA
Honorable Mention - Amateur. Anna’s Hummingbird. Ardenwood Historic Farm, California, USA
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Honorable Mention - Youth. Greater Roadrunner. San Joaquin River Parkway, California, USA
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Honorable Mention - Youth. Greater Roadrunner. San Joaquin River Parkway, California, USA
Winner - Youth. Northern Jacana. New River, Orange Walk District, Belize
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Winner - Youth. Northern Jacana. New River, Orange Walk District, Belize
Winner - Amateur. Bare-throated Tiger-Heron. Tárcoles River, Costa Rica
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Winner - Amateur. Bare-throated Tiger-Heron. Tárcoles River, Costa Rica
Honorable Mention - Amateur. Anna’s Hummingbird. Ardenwood Historic Farm, California, USA
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Honorable Mention - Amateur. Anna’s Hummingbird. Ardenwood Historic Farm, California, USA
Winner - Plants For Birds. American Goldfinch on a cup plant. Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
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Winner - Plants For Birds. American Goldfinch on a cup plant. Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Winner - Fisher Prize. American Dipper. Yosemite National Park, California, USA
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Winner - Fisher Prize. American Dipper. Yosemite National Park, California, USA
Honorable Mention - Plants For Birds. Tennessee Warbler on an eastern prickly gooseberry. Point Pelee National Park, Ontario, Canada
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Honorable Mention - Plants For Birds. Tennessee Warbler on an eastern prickly gooseberry. Point Pelee National Park, Ontario, Canada
Honorable Mention - Professional. Greater Sage-Grouse. Jackson County, Colorado, USA
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Honorable Mention - Professional. Greater Sage-Grouse. Jackson County, Colorado, USA
Grand Prize Winner. Double-crested Cormorant. Los Islotes, Mexico
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Grand Prize Winner. Double-crested Cormorant. Los Islotes, Mexico
Winner - Professional. Magnificent Frigatebird. Genovesa Island, Ecuador
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Winner - Professional. Magnificent Frigatebird. Genovesa Island, Ecuador
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From over 6,000 submissions the National Audubon Society awarded its annual prize for best bird photography to an incredible shot from skilled underwater photographer Joanna Lentini. The image shows a cormorant diving into a school of sardines in the hopes of snatching a snack.

The National Audubon Society was founded over a century ago with the goal of protecting birds and their habitats. Named after John James Audubon, an influential 19th century American ornithologist, the society has grown to encompass hundreds of local chapters across the North America.

Grand Prize Winner. Double-crested Cormorant. Los Islotes, Mexico
Grand Prize Winner. Double-crested Cormorant. Los Islotes, Mexico

Its annual photography contest is now in its 11th year, with entries coming from all 50 US states and seven Canadian provinces. The contest is relatively simple with the only requirement being all entries must depict “birdlife”. Three categories span Professional, Amateur and Youth photographers, with a fourth category named Plants For Birds requiring images to contain an identifiable plant.

Winner - Fisher Prize. American Dipper. Yosemite National Park, California, USA
Winner - Fisher Prize. American Dipper. Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Alongside Joanna Lentini’s Grand Prize winning shot, a number of other images have been celebrated by the judging panel. The Fisher Prize, awarded to the most creative blend of artistry and technical expertise, went to amateur photographer Marlee Fuller-Morris for a wonderful snap of an American Dipper living up to its name in a stream in Yosemite.

Other highlights include a well-composed shot of a Greater Roadrunner bringing its partner a meal of a freshly caught lizard, a mind-bending image of a hummingbird spearing a droplet of water, and a humorously framed shot of a Bare-throated Tiger-Heron.

Honorable Mention - Youth. Greater Roadrunner. San Joaquin River Parkway, California, USA
Honorable Mention - Youth. Greater Roadrunner. San Joaquin River Parkway, California, USA

The National Audubon Society also supports conservation research and its latest climate science report suggests 389 North American bird species are at risk of extinction due to climate change disrupting their natural habitats.

Take a look at all the winners and honorable mentions in our gallery.

Source: Audubon

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2 comments
guzmanchinky
The American Dipper is incredible. Makes me want to go buy a giant camera with a giant lens!
ljaques
That was by far the best collection of photos I have ever seen in a competition. Usually, there are a few good ones, but almost this whole set was fantastic. Kudos to all.