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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.

Elegant Trogon by Steve Wolfe

Elegant Trogon by Steve Wolfe

"While I was volunteering at our visitor center in Cave Creek Canyon on December 17, 2017, a visitor came by and said he had seen a male Elegant Trogon up the canyonʼs South Fork," says Steve Wolfe of Portal, Arizona. "This would have been a late bird as most trogons had headed back south by late October, so the next day I went up the canyon carrying my camera and 500mm lens. After a bit of searching, I saw it out in the open in full sunlight in a background of late-autumn colors. You can see why its former name was Coppery-tailed Trogon."

Equipment and settings: Canon EOS 7D MK II, Canon EF-S 500mm f/4 IS L, Canon 1.4x teleconverter. ISO 200, f/8 @ 1/500 second. Focal length of 700mm, handheld, no tripod.

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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