The National Audubon Society has announced the nine winners of its 7th annual photo contest, representing the best photos of birds. More than 1,700 people entered more than 7,000 images for judging.
Entrants came from all 50 states, from DC, and from 6 Canadian provinces. Judges included professional photographer Melissa Groo and bird guide author Kenn Kaufman.
Criteria included technical quality, originality, and artistic merit.
These nine winners’ photographs are all beautiful and majestic, and offer an insider’s view into the world of birds.
This striking image by Bonnie Block was chosen as the grand prize winner. It shows a swooping bald eagle and great blue herons feasting on fish in Seabeck, Washington.
This image by Blake Shaw was recognized as honorable mention for fine art. It shows turkey vultures on cardon cactus in Baja California.
This powerful image of an osprey in flight was named best photo by a professional. It was taken by Dick Dickinson in Sarasota, Florida. The bird was taking of from a perch, returning to its nest.
Steve Torna won the amateur category for this image of migrating eared grebes in Yellowstone Lake. "I was drawn to their bright-red eyes, their golden 'ears,' and the way the flock created a colorful natural pattern," writes Torna.
Colleen Gara was recognized for honorable mention, amateur, for this image of common ravens preening each other in Alberta. Ravens are thought to often mate for life.
Barbara Driscoll won for fine art with this photo of a green violetear hummingbird in Costa Rica. The bird was trying to dry out after rain.
Artur Stankiewicz won amateur honorable mention for this reflective image of a black-winged stilt catching an insect on a salt pan in Lesbos, Greece. The island is a premiere birding spot thanks to all the migrating birds that pass through.
Carolina Anne Fraser won the youth category for this dramatic image of great frigatebirds in the Galápagos. "The rocking boat, as well as the heat and brilliant Galápagos sun were a challenge, but I braced myself, checked my settings, and focused on the birds’ behavior," she writes.
Martin V. Sneary won honorable mention, amateur, for this photo of piping plovers on a Massachussetts beach.
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