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2020 Bird Portrait contest finalists

In late 2020, BirdWatching received more than 700 photos entered into our Bird Portrait contest from hundreds of photographers. Thanks to everyone who entered! The selection of images was stellar, as all of our previous contests have been. The judges had a challenging task! Today we are proud to present the 12 finalist photos, featured in the following slideshow. 

We’ll announce the three winning images here on our website tomorrow, and they’ll be featured in our May/June issue.

Double-crested Cormorant by Lorri Freedman

Double-crested Cormorant by Lorri Freedman

"Watching and photographing birds is one of my favorite pastimes," says Lorri Freedman of Naples, Florida. "This day, I was out in the Florida Everglades watching a variety of birds. This particular cormorant caught my eye as it landed on a nearby branch. It began busily grooming as I started to walk closer. I took a shot with my camera, and then took a step closer. I got closer and closer, slowly. I was mesmerized by his beautiful blue eyes. He was so busy grooming he didn’t even notice me. After I took at least two dozen images, I walked away, leaving this cormorant still grooming."

Equipment and settings: Nikon D3s, Nikkor 28-300mm lens. f/5.6, 1/1600, 1600 ISO.

Many thanks to our panel of guest judges: our Founding Editor and “Amazing Birds” columnist Eldon Greij; author, radio host, and Contributing Editor Laura Erickson; and Outdoor Photographer Editor Wes Pitts. 

View the 12 honorable mentions from our 2020 Bird Portrait contest

View the finalists from our 2019 Bird Portrait contest

UPDATE, MARCH 12: We have announced the winners!

First place: Cedar Waxwing

Second place: Elegant Trogon

Third place: Wood Duck

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