2019 Bird Portrait Contest finalists

In the last few months of 2019, BirdWatching received more than 1,000 submissions to our Bird Portrait Contest from hundreds of photographers. The contest drew an exceptional selection of photos, making the judges’ job quite difficult, and now we’re happy to present the 12 finalist images in this slideshow.

  

Western Screech-Owl

Western Screech-Owl
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Photographer: Anita Rama

Location and date: Reno, Nevada, March 20, 2016

Description: I heard about an owl residing in a tree along a walking trail in my neighborhood. I was delighted to find the owl one morning nestled and sleeping in an oak tree cavity. The trouble for me was that the owl continued to sleep for felt like an eternity. My patience was rewarded when the bird finally woke up briefly and looked at me. Not only did it open its eyes, but it also moved its leg when I quickly fired the shutter. To me, it felt like the owl was saying hello.

Gear and settings: Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 100-400mm lens, at f/5, 1/400 sec.


UPDATE: View the first-place, second-place, and third-place winners!


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Matt Mendenhall is the editor of BirdWatching magazine and BirdWatchingDaily.com. He joined the staff of BirdWatching (formerly Birder’s World) in 2000 and has worn many hats over the years: reporter, story wrangler, photo editor, managing editor, and now editor. Originally from Omaha, he lives with his wife and two daughters in Milwaukee and holds a Bachelor’s in journalism from Marquette University. You can reach Matt at (617) 706-9098 and [email protected].

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