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Second place: 2022 Birds in Flight Contest

Osprey, second place
© Ed Hughes/2022 Birds in Flight Contest

Ed Hughes of Keystone Heights, Florida, wins second place in our 2022 Birds in Flight Contest with this remarkable image of an Osprey flying with not one but two fish in its claws. Ed took the photo at a lake in Rhode Island in May 2022. “I’ve been photographing Osprey for years,” he says, “and I can count on one hand the times I’ve seen this.”

The relative rarity of the sighting and the dramatic action — the bird’s stare and the water spraying around it — earned lots of attention from the judges.

Ed used a Nikon D850 camera body and a 600mm f/4 lens. Exposure data: 1/2500 @ f/4.0, ISO 900.

Many thanks to our panel of guest judges: Contributing Editors Laura Erickson, Pete Dunne, and Brian E. Small; professional photographer Marie Read; Outdoor Photographer editors Dan Havlik and Kristan Ashworth; and Imaging Resource Managing Editor William Brawley.

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