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!
John Sherman made this stunning photo of California Condors in Arizona. It received an Honorable Mention in the Birds in the Environment category.
"Numbering 74, the Arizona/Utah Condor population is the largest of the wild populations of California Condors," Sherman says. "Condors are very social birds; over ten percent of the population is seen here convening atop Vermilion Cliffs in Arizona."
Equipment and settings: Nikon D810 with 24-120mm f/4 lens. 65mm focal length; 1/1,250 second; f/9; ISO 1,000.