In addition to the three winning photos from the 2019 BirdWatching Photography Awards, we’re thrilled to present this gallery of 22 finalists:
Photographer: Dave Tipton
Location and date: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico, November 18, 2017.
Description: While I was waiting for the lift off of Snow Geese, a couple of Sandhill Cranes caught my eye. They had been cackling and dancing, so I spun around, made a quick change of camera settings and managed to capture a nice series of them.
Gear and settings: Canon 1Dx Mark II, f/4.5, 1/2000, ISO 1000, 600mm.
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.