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2021 Bird Portrait Contest finalists

Last fall, we sent out a call for entries to our 2021 Bird Portrait Contest, here on our website. And, wow, did bird photographers deliver! We received the most entries ever — 979 — since we started hosting contests a few years ago!

Entries included images of owls, hummingbirds, ducks, eagles, pelicans, warblers, toucans, and more — from hundreds of photographers. Thanks to everyone who entered! The selection of images was outstanding, as all of our previous contests have been. The judges had a challenging task! Today we are proud to present the finalist photos, featured in the following slideshow. We’ll announce the winners on Friday, February 25. 

Each caption tells the story behind the photo, from the photographers themselves, and it lists the camera gear they used and their settings. Enjoy! 

Allen's Hummingbird by Larry Gridley

Allen's Hummingbird by Larry Gridley

While visiting a floral garden in southern California, I observed this Allen’s Hummingbird protecting his flowers. Many hummingbirds frequent this garden area, and I was fortunate enough to observe this one.

Gear and settings: Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon 500mm f/4L lens, 1.4 TC. Exposure data: 700mm, 1/800 shutter speed, ISO 640, F/5.6.

Can’t get enough? Here are the 10 honorable mention images from the 2021 Bird Portrait Contest! 

Enter our current contest, the 2022 BirdWatching Photography Awards

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