This past spring, we conducted our latest photo contest, the 2021 BirdWatching Photography Awards, here on our website. We received more than 770 entries — images of owls, eagles, hummingbirds, cranes, and passerines, among others — from hundreds of photographers. Thanks to everyone who entered! The selection of images was stellar, 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.
Each caption tells the story behind the photo, from the photographers themselves, and it lists the camera gear they used.
We’ll announce the three winning images here on our website on Tuesday, August 10, and they’ll be featured in our September/October 2021 issue. Enjoy!
Image was captured at the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary in Gibbon, Nebraska. Sandhill Cranes roost at night on the Platte River in Nebraska. During the day, they feed in the surrounding cornfields. They are resting and feeding on their way to norther Canada and Alaska. Volunteers at the Audubon Center are wonderful!
Gear: Nikon D850.
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; Outdoor Photographer Editor Wes Pitts; and Imaging Resource Editor William Brawley.