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2020 Bird Portrait contest honorable mentions

Our 2020 Bird Portrait contest attracted hundreds of fantastic images. We’re happy to present this slideshow of 12 honorable mention photos, featuring Bald Eagle, Snowy, Great, and Reddish Egrets, and Northern Hawk Owl. Enjoy! 

Bald Eagle by Stan Bysshe

Bald Eagle by Stan Bysshe
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"The Bald Eagles of Kachemak Bay, Alaska have a long, rough winter," says Stan Bysshe. "While photographing the birds on a sand spit, a sudden winter snow squall forced several birds to perch on piles of driftwood as they waited out the storm. The wet snow coated the birds, and they were in no mood to fly off, allowing for portrait shots. For me this headshot captured the resolute nature of these incredible birds."

Equipment and settings: Sony a7RIV, Sony 600mm f4 lens, Gitzo tripod, Wimberley gimbal head. 1/320, f/8.0, ISO 1250.


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 finalists 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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