North American birds featured in international photo competition

Bird Photographer of the Year, an annual international photo competition based in the U.K., is accepting entries for its 2020 competition through November 30. BirdWatching contributor Brian Small and I are two of the judges, and while we wait for the judging process to begin in December, I thought it would be fun to share photos of North American birds that have been honored in past years of the contest. The images in the following slideshow have been submitted over the last four years of the contest. Enjoy!

Bad Neighborhood

Bad Neighborhood
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Anton Sorokin shot this image of Barred Owl in Washington. The photo was Commended in the Birds in the Environment category.

"This challenging image shows a Barred Owl sitting amidst a contaminated wetland where, among other things, tires have been dumped," Sorokin explains. "Chemicals from the tires are most likely leaching into the water and pervading the entire ecosystem. It’s always sad to see animals living in environments like this one, but it’s becoming an increasingly common sight. To raise awareness of the problems of pollution, it is not something we as photographers should shy away from."

Equipment and settings: Nikon D810 with Nikkor 70–300mm f/4.5–5.6 lens. Focal length 250mm; 1/400 second; f/5.6; ISO 1,250.


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Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall is the editor of BirdWatching magazine and BirdWatchingDaily.com. He joined the staff of BirdWatching (formerly Birder’s World) in 2000 and has worn many hats over the years: reporter, story wrangler, photo editor, managing editor, and now editor. Originally from Omaha, he lives with his wife and two daughters in Milwaukee and holds a Bachelor’s in journalism from Marquette University. You can reach Matt at (617) 706-9098 and [email protected].

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