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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.

Wood Duck by Vaugh Larsen

Wood Duck by Vaugh Larsen

"Sunrise light on the fall foliage reflects back onto the water of this small pond where the Wood Ducks are swimming," says Vaugh Larsen of Littleton, Colorado. "I was lying on the ground as this male Wood Duck swam directly head on toward me through the yellow and gold reflection."

Equipment and settings: Nikon Z6, 500mm f4 with 1.4 teleconverter. 1/800 sec, ISO 3200, f7.1

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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