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2021 Bird Portrait Contest honorable mentions

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! Thanks to the hundreds of photographers who entered the contest! 

You can view a slideshow of our 12 finalists here. To see even more great bird photos from the contest, enjoy the slideshow below of our 10 honorable mention images. We’ll announce the winners on Friday, February 25. 

Snowy Owl by Joe Gliozzo

Snowy Owl by Joe Gliozzo

Early one winter morning, I drove to a nearby New Jersey beach in hopes of finding a Snowy Owl during a coastal storm. On the way there, all I could think about and hope for was seeing a pair of yellow eyes in near white-out conditions. Kind of like a pair of lemons, I jokingly said to a friend who was along for the ride. I couldn't have been happier when I found this beautiful owl sitting on the snow-covered beach with the ocean as a background. Photographed December 30, 2017, at Island Beach State Park, New Jersey.

Enter our current contest, the 2022 BirdWatching Photography Awards

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