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2020 Color of Birds contest finalists

Earlier this year, we held a photo contest celebrating the Color of Birds. We received more than 725 entries — images of hummingbirds, macaws, warblers, flamingos, and other beautiful birds. Now, we’re happy to announce the finalists. Enjoy this slideshow featuring a baker’s dozen of stunning photos. We’ll announce the three winning photos from this collection on Wednesday, December 30. 

Berylline Hummingbird by Ric Chamblee

Berylline Hummingbird by Ric Chamblee

"While at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, I found this Berylline Hummingbird," writes Ric Chamblee. "It was so busy defending its territory and feeding flower to flower, it hardly noticed me. As I watched it, I noticed that it kept returning to the same spot on a limb when it would take a break. I slowly, quietly set up my tripod and camera and was able to get lots of photos of it. My lens is a 600mm zoom, so I was at a reasonable distance to avoid harassing it or making it feel unsafe. It was a beautiful thing to watch and photograph."

Equipment and settings: Nikon D5, 150-600mm G2 Tamron lens, Enduro tripod. 1/100 sec at f/7.1, ISO 200.

View the Color of Birds honorable mention images

Third place: White-necked Jacobin

Second place: Scarlet Macaw

First place: Orange-breasted Bunting

Many thanks to our panel of guest judges: bird photographer Mia McPherson, photo editor and photographer Ernie Mastroianni, and Outdoor Photographer Editor Wes Pitts. 

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