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Fantastical Images of Birds From the 2020 Audubon Photography Award

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web 001 Grand Prize Double crested Cormorant Joanna Lentini 1460
Grand Prize Winner: Double-crested Cormorant by Joanna Lentini, Location: Los Islotes, Mexico /Hometown: Warwick, New York, USA (all images courtesy Audobon Society)

The National Audubon Society annually rewards excellence in nature photography; the 2020 winners offer a stunning array of aviary photographs that continue to amaze with their vivid colors and curious behaviors.

Joanna Lentini’s Grand Prize-winning image of a double-crested cormorant is a stunner, revealing the beautiful synchronicity of nature underwater. She explained to the Audubon society how she was able to capture the moment with her Canon EOS 7D Mark II:

I’ve spent many hours underwater at this California sea lion rookery in the Bay of La Paz, but I had never before encountered diving cormorants there. Shifting my focus from the playful sea lions, I watched in awe as the cormorants plunged beak-first into the sea to snap at the sardines swimming by. Although I spent a long time admiring these birds, I didn’t see a single one catch a fish. Adding insult to injury, curious sea lion pups would zip by the hunting birds and nip at them from behind.

Enjoy images by other winners from this year’s contest.

web 002 Fisher American Dipper Marlee Fuller Morris dipper splash amateur 1460
Fisher Prize Winner: American Dipper, photo by Marlee Fuller-Morris, Location: Yosemite National Park, California, USA / Hometown: Portsmouth, Virginia, USA
web 003 Amateur 01 Bare throated Tiger Heron Gail Bisson Bare throatedTigerHeron 1460
Amateur Winner: Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, photo by Gail Bisson, Location: Tárcoles River, Costa Rica / Hometown: Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
web 004 Amateur 02 Anna s Hummingbird Bibek Ghosh annashummingbird 1460
Amateur Honorable Mention: Anna’s Hummingbird, photo by Bibek Ghosh, Location: Ardenwood Historic Farm, California, USA / Hometown: Fremont, California, USA
web 005 PfB 01 American Goldfinch Travis Bonovsky AmericanGoldfinch PlantsForBirds 1460
Plants For Birds Winner: American Goldfinch on a cup plant. photo by Travis Bonovsky, Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA / Hometown: Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, USA
web 006 PfB 02 Tennessee Warbler  Natalie Robertson tennesseewarbler plantsforbirds 1460
Plants For Birds Honorable Mention: Tennessee Warbler on an eastern prickly gooseberry, photo by Natalie Robertson, Location: Point Pelee National Park, Ontario, Canada / Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
web 007 Pro 01 Magnificent Frigatebird  Sue Dougherty professional 1460
Professional Winner: Magnificent Frigatebird, photo by Sue Dougherty, Location: Genovesa Island, Ecuador / Hometown: Bend, Oregon, USA
web 008 Pro 02 Greater Sage Grouse Gene Putney Greater Sage Grouse Professional 1460
Professional Honorable Mention: Greater Sage-Grouse, photo by Gene Putney, Location: Jackson County, Colorado, USA / Hometown: Longmont, Colorado, USA
web 009 Youth 01 Northern Jacana  Vayun Tiwari jacana youth 1460
Youth Winner: Northern Jacana, photo by Vayun Tiwari, Location: New River, Orange Walk District, Belize / Hometown: Sunnyvale, California, USA
web 010 Youth 02 Greater Roadrunner Christopher Smith RoadrunnerEatsLizard Original 1460
Youth Honorable Mention: Greater Roadrunner, photo by Christopher Smith, Location: San Joaquin River Parkway, California, USA / Hometown: Fresno, California, USA

 


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