The Audubon Photography Awards draw people’s attention to endangered species by showcasing the beauty of birds. The National Adobe Association is a non-profit environmental organization founded in 1905. The organization works with other partners, such as natural centers, to protect birds and their habitats through various programs. The Adobe Photography Competition, one of the leading bird photography competitions in North America, had eight awards in five categories, and for the first time awarded the winners the Female Bird Award and the Film Award. The group says female birds have been introduced to attract the attention of female birds, which are often overlooked in bird photography and conservation. A new category of films has been introduced to illuminate the unique and attractive ways in which birds behave and interact with their environment.
- Photographer: ف Carolina Fraser
Carolina Fraser received the grand prize for a photo she took of a large runner cutlet on a farm in Los Novos, South Texas. The winning image was taken on a hot summer day just before sunset. The photographer managed to capture the bird in the golden light of the sun while it was playing. This bird is adapted to living in dry areas and can run a considerable distance at a speed of 20 miles per hour. If water is not available, the runner cutlet will get the moisture it needs from lizards, rodents and other prey.
Winner of a professional award
- Photographer: Steve Jessmore
On a cold winter day in rural Michigan, I was looking for snow eagles and owls. While walking along the side roads, I noticed a tall sarong sitting on a pine tree. As soon as I reached the camera, the bird flew and only its tail fell in the photo. It was then that I saw a male northern cardinal flying from plant to plant feeding on seeds. Its red feathers were reflected in the shining white snow and ice crystals. I took the first photo when he flew. In the second frame, this dazzling singing bird was far away.
Amateur Award winner
- Photographer: Robin O’Leary
For three years I watched a pair of sand dunes nesting near my house, watching them from my kayak and taking pictures of them. On a rainy spring day this year, I picked up my camera and paddled to check on the dornas. Finally, two dernas hatched. The wind made my photography process challenging. There was no solid ground to anchor, and I jumped up and down, sometimes missing out on some interesting bird scenes. I increased the shutter speed and ISO to compensate. Recording this scene in those circumstances is a moment that happens once in a lifetime.
Winner of the Youth Award
- Photographer: Araw Carigtam
On a cold February day, I walked along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean looking for spotted ducks, black ducks, and other ducks. Suddenly a bunch of purple tulips landed right next to me. The birds ate, talked, screamed, chased each other, and occasionally fluttered their wings as the waves swept across the shore. As the weather worsened, the crickets came forward and settled among the rocks. I lay flat near the water’s edge. I set my camera on a rock and focused on an Arctic visitor whose purple feathers were highlighted by the morning sun.
Winner of Plant Awards for Birds
- Photographer: Shirley Donald
Early in the morning of July, I removed the camouflage tarpaulin from my boat, which was hidden in the swamp meadows along the edge of a small lake, and entered the boat. As I paddled among the water lilies, I saw male black-eyed hens plucking dragonflies out of the air to feed their chicks. The females took a different approach. They jumped from one lily to another and pulled insects out of the yellow and white flowers. I fixed my camera by placing it on my luggage bag on the floor and took a photo.
Female Bird Award
- Photographer: Elizabeth Yicheng Shen
I waited for Chilean flamingo Fernando to wake up from his afternoon nap. Since 2010, people have reported about this flamingo only in the park; So I went out to photograph him.
A large blue heron hunting and a few seagulls resting caught my eye. A northern heron had come out to hunt. I quickly set up my camera so I could take a picture of her owl-like face. These kinds of unexpected encounters make me always carry my camera with me in nature.
Award Fish eater
- Photographer: Patrick Cofflin
Taking pictures of hummingbirds is an almost perfect combination of challenge and reward. In the spring, hummingbirds drink the nectar of the purple flowers of the sanctuary. When I looked at the photos I took on a spring day, I immediately noticed a picture of a female Anna’s. Although most of the bird’s limbs are covered with flowers, I was able to see eye contact through the petals.
Honorable professional photo
- Photographer: Steve Jessmore
On a snowy, dark winter afternoon, I was walking with a camera and a new lens combination when a friend saw a female red-tailed hawk. He flew away from sight; But we saw him again nearby, jumping on the leaves and trying to find his prey beneath. When an eastern squirrel escaped from the rubble a few minutes later, the hawk quickly grabbed it and led it to a tree. Seeing this connection between the hunter and the prey was incredible; A connection I don’t usually get the chance to share in a wildlife photo.
Celebrating amateur photos
- Photographer: Tom Ingram
I had heard that a pair of sea urchins nested near a rocky footpath in La Jolla; So one spring day I set out to photograph them. As I walked, I heard the birds of prey screaming in the sky. I stopped along the way and saw a bird that had been abducted by an oak woodpecker commonly found in the surrounding palm trees. The hunter landed on a ledge full of feathers from past massacres and began plucking woodpecker feathers. While the hawk was preparing its food, the plucked feathers of the woodpecker fluttered at the edge of the cliff.
Celebrating young bird photo
- Photographer: Josiah Lanstein
I was photographing a green hawk when a very local Canadian goose got into a fight with another goose that was about to land in the area. I put myself on the edge of the water and looked for signs of his next attack. I was glad that a number of other green owls also entered my photography scene; Because the calmness of the newcomers was in stark contrast to the dramatic behavior of the angry goose. I guess the goose was determined to keep a corner of the lagoon to itself.
Plants for honorable birds
- Photographer: Karen Boyer
Anna’s hummingbirds live in western Washington all year round. In the spring the females collect the nesting material. One of my favorite subjects is Anna, because they collect the hairs of the catnip. From there I have a little difficulty moving, I do photography near home. Getting the right light is always difficult. The timing of the hummingbird’s visit to my patio went according to conjecture. I noticed that this hummingbird pulled the grain fibers out of the cat’s tail with a certain delicacy.
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