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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.

Western Meadowlark by Jennifer Coombes

Western Meadowlark by Jennifer Coombes
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"I drove out to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal on this cold March morning to shoot sunrise," says Jennifer Coombes. "Shortly after the sun came up, I started to hear the meadowlarks and was so lucky to get this close to one as it sang its morning song. I loved how the clouds almost looked like the breathe of the meadowlark because it was freezing out!"

Equipment and settings: Sony a6000, Sigma 150-600mm lens. 1/500 sec., f/5.6, ISO 250.


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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