2020 Audubon Photography Awards – winning bird photographs

It is evident that magical things happen when photography is combined with birding. Photography can uplift our perception permitting us to see the world more openly. Every year the National Audubon Society asks photographers from across the United States and seven Canadian territories to present their best bird photographs. With more than 6,000 entries, the 2020 Audubon Photography Awards was hotly challenged. Eventually American photographer Joanna Lentini dominated the competition for her supernatural photo of a twofold peaked cormorant plunging into the waters off Mexico.

See below more incredible winning bird photographs

  1. Grand Prize Winner Joanna Lentini (USA) for Double-crested Cormorant; Los Islotes, Mexico

2. Amateur Honorable MentionBibek Ghosh (USA) for Anna’s Hummingbird; Ardenwood Historic Farm, California, USA.

3. Youth Winner Vayun Tiwari (USA) for Northern Jacana; New River, Orange Walk District, Belize.

3. Amateur Winner- Gail Bisson (Canada) for Bare-throated Tiger-Heron; Tárcoles River, Costa Rica

4. Plants for Birds Winner- Travis Bonovsky (USA) for American Goldfinch on a Cup Plant; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

5. Fisher Prize WinnerMarlee Fuller-Morris (USA) for American Dipper; Yosemite National Park, California, USA.

5. Professional Winner- Sue Dougherty (USA) for Magnificent Frigatebird; Genovesa Island, Ecuador.

6. Plants for Birds Honorable MentionNatalie Robertson (Canada)for Tennessee Warbler on an Eastern Prickly Gooseberry; Point Pelee National Park, Ontario, Canada.

7. Professional Honorable Mention Gene Putney (USA) for Greater Sage-Grouse; Jackson County, Colorado, USA.

8. Youth Honorable Mention- Christopher Smith (USA) for Greater Roadrunner; San Joaquin River Parkway, California, USA.

These champs will have the chance, to impart their work to a much bigger crowd as their photographs will be highlighted in Audubon and Nature’s Best Photography magazines.