Wildlife photography competition showcases incredible bird photos

Wildlife photography competition showcases incredible bird photos
(Image credit: Joanna Lentini/Audubon Photography Awards/2020 Grand Prize Winner)

The 2020 Audubon Photography Awards has recently announced the winning wildlife photography finalists – and there are some incredible bird photos in the mix. There were over 6,000 submissions for the 11th annual awards, but this huge pool of incredible photos had to be whittled down to just 10 winners and honorable mentions. With wildlife photography submitted from all 50 states and 7 Canadian provinces, the competition may have been stiff, but the winning shots are clearly deserving.

Winner of the grand prize of $5,000 was Joanna Lentini for her incredible image of a double-crested cormorant mid-dive. Joanna said, "I've spent many hours underwater at this California sea lion rookery in the Bay of La Paz, but I had never before encountered diving cormorants there. Shifting my focus from the playful sea lions, I watched in awe as the cormorants plunged beak-first into the sea to snap at the sardines swimming by.

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