10 award-winning wildlife photos give a rare look at birds around the world

Christopher Smith/Audubon Photography AwardsA greater roadrunner feasts in this photo by Christopher Smith.
  • The National Audubon Society recognises the best photos of birds in the wild in its annual Audubon Photography Awards.
  • Photos were divided into four categories: Professional, Amateur, Youth, and Plants for Birds.
  • This year’s winning image shows a double-crested cormorant diving gracefully underwater.
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Bird-watching can be a blink-and-you-miss-it endeavour. The agile creatures can be difficult to spot in the wild, much less photograph clearly. But every year, the National Audubon Society awards the talented photographers who successfully capture birds in their natural habitats around the world.

The Audubon Photography Awards recognise photos in four different categories: Professional, Amateur, Youth, and Plants for Birds. There’s also a Fisher Prize Winner named for Audubon’s former creative director Kevin Fisher, as well as a Grand Prize Winner.

In addition to celebrating evocative photos of birds, the competition hopes to raise awareness of how climate change puts two-thirds of North American birds at risk of extinction.

From over 6,000 submissions, here are the 10 winning images from the 2020 contest.

This photo of an Anna’s hummingbird taken by Bibek Ghosh earned him an Amateur Honorable Mention.

Bibek Ghosh/Audubon Photography AwardsThe Amateur Honorable Mention.

Ghosh encountered the Anna’s hummingbird at Ardenwood Historic Farm in California.

The Amateur Winner was Gail Bisson with a snapshot capturing the full length of a bare-throated tiger heron’s neck.

Gail Bisson/Audubon Photography AwardsThe Amateur Winner.

Bisson photographed the bird in the Tárcoles River in Costa Rica.

Natalie Robertson won an Honorable Mention in the Plants for Birds category with a picture of a Tennessee warbler eating a gooseberry.

Natalie Robertson/Audubon Photography AwardsThe Plants for Birds Honorable Mention.

Robertson spotted the warbler in Point Pelee National Park in Ontario, Canada.

Travis Bonovsky earned the Plants for Birds category award with his photo of an American goldfinch.

Travis Bonovsky/Audubon Photography AwardsThe Plants for Birds Winner.

Bonovsky took the award-winning photo in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This photo of a greater sage-grouse won Gene Putney the Professional Honorable Mention.

Gene Putney/Audubon Photography AwardsThe Professional Honorable Mention.

Putney took the photo in Jackson County, Colorado.

The Professional Winner was Sue Dougherty with a dramatically lit photo of a magnificent frigatebird.

Sue Dougherty/Audubon Photography AwardsThe Professional Winner.

Dougherty took the picture on Genovesa Island in Ecuador.

The Youth Honorable Mention was won by Christopher Smith, who captured a feasting greater roadrunner.

Christopher Smith/Audubon Photography AwardsThe Youth Honorable Mention.

Smith took the photo in Fresno, California.

Vayun Tiwari was the Youth Winner with a picture of a northern jacana.

Vayun Tiwari/Audubon Photography AwardsThe Youth Winner.

The northern jacana was located in Sunnyvale, California.

The Fisher Prize Winner was Marlee Fuller-Morris with a photo of an American dipper mid-splash.

Marlee Fuller-Morris/Audubon Photography AwardsThe Fisher Prize Winner.

Fuller-Morris photographed the bird in California’s Yosemite National Park.

Joanna Lentini won the Grand Prize with her photo of a double-crested cormorant.

Joanna Lentini/Audubon Photography AwardsThe Grand Prize Winner.

Lentini took the photo in Los Islotes, Mexico.

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