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.
"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.
UPDATE, MARCH 12: We have announced the winners!