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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! 

Brown Pelican by Mansoor Assadi

Brown Pelican by Mansoor Assadi
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Mansoor Assadi took this photo of a Brown Pelican before sunrise in late December 2019.

Equipment and settings: Sony A7rIV mirrorless camera, Sony 600 mm f.4 lens with a 1.4x extension. Image shot at 840mm. 1/250 of a second, at f5.6 focal point.


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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