In addition to the three winning photos from the 2019 BirdWatching Photography Awards, we’re thrilled to present this gallery of 22 finalists:
Photographer: Christian Sanchez
Location and date: Boca Tapada, San Carlos, Costa Rica.
Description: Tucán Pico Iris, the Spanish name for the Keel-billed Toucan, is one of the most beautiful toucans in Costa Rica, and this Pico is like a rainbow, under the rain.
Gear and settings: Nikon D4, 600mm lens, f 7.1, ISO 800.
Thanks to our judges: Matt Mendenhall, editor of BirdWatching; Wes Pitts, editor of Outdoor Photographer; Marie Read, an award-winning nature photographer based near Ithaca, New York; and Brian E. Small, a professional nature photographer based in Los Angeles whose photos illustrate our “ID Tips” column.