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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! 

Great Egret by Robert Katz

Great Egret by Robert Katz

"In Inwood Hill Park, at the very northern tip of Manhattan in New York City, I spotted this Great Egret preening itself in an eye-level tree," writes Robert Katz. "The egret was very accommodating as I managed to grab several up-close shots, bringing out the detail in the bird's beautiful plumes and sharp bill. Photographing urban birds is extremely rewarding, as many species that are usually skittish, like this egret, are more accustomed to foot-traffic and provide great photographic opportunities."

Equipment and settings: Canon EOS Rebel T5, Tamron SP 150-600mm lens. f/5-6.3. ISO 200; 600mm; f/6.3; shutter speed 1/250.

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 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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