The 2020 Audubon Photography Awards has announced its winning photographs, comprising of incredible bird photos. For the 11th edition of the annual awards, there were over 6,000 submissions. However, only 10 winners and honorable mentions were picked out of the pool of amazing photo collection. The wildlife photographs were submitted from all 50 states and seven Canadian provinces.
The contest is comparatively simple with the only prerequisite being all entries comprising the beauty of winged creatures. Three categories of the contest spread over Professional, Amateur and Youth photographers, along with a fourth category called Plants For Birds, which require photographs to contain an identifiable plant.
The National Audubon Society was established about a century ago with an aim to protect birds and their habitats. The society was named after John James Audubon, an influential 19th American ornithologist.
Skilled underwater photographer Joanna Lentini won the grand prize of $5,000 for her mesmerizing capture of a double-crested cormorant mid-dive. Alongside Joanna’s winning shot, the judging panel applauded a number of other images.
The Fisher Prize, awarded to the most creative blend of artistry and technical expertise, went to amateur photographer Marlee Fuller-Morris for an amazing shot of an American Dipper in a stream in Yosemite.
So here we have the applauded photographs from the 2020 Audubon Photography Awards. Enjoy!
“Just going to go for a dive!” This beautiful shot by Joanna Lentini won the grand prize.
Double-crested Cormorant, Category: Professional | Image: Joanna Lentini
This stunningly beautiful shot taken at sunset won Sue the prize in the Professional category.
Magnificent Frigatebird, Category: Professional | Image: Sue Dougherty
American Dipper living on the edge. This well-timed capture won the Fisher Prize.
American Dipper, Category: Amateur | Image: Marlee Fuller-Morris
“Is there a storm coming? Let me see.” Bare-throated Tiger-Heron walking along the river.
Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, Category: Amateur | Image: Gail Bisson
“Oooh! These petals look so beautiful.” A stunning bird stopping by for a moment to peer into a water lily.
Northern Jacana, Category: Youth | Image: Vayun Tiwari
“Move along. I am just sipping some water over here.” American Goldfinch drinking rainwater stored in a cup plant.
American Goldfinch, Category: Plants For Birds | Image: Travis Bonovsky
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“Hey, mate! Look, what I’ve got here for you?” Greater Roadrunner holding a really big fence lizard for its partner.
Greater Roadrunner., Category: Youth | Image: Christopher Smith
“It’s past the spectacular springtime courtship dances, nevertheless, I’ll look for a partner.” The Greater Sage-Grouse performs its courtship ritual by dancing in pairs.
Greater Sage-Grouse., Category: Professional | Image: Gene Putney
“Finally. Gooseberries.” The Tennessee Warbler pranced from branch to branch foraging on a native gooseberry.
Tennessee Warbler, Category: Plants for Birds | Image: Natalie Robertson
Catching water. This little bird is playing around with water droplets after quenching its thirst.
Anna’s Hummingbird, Category: Amateur | Image: Bibek Ghosh