The 2020 Garden for Wildlife™ Photo Contest showcased the impact that habitat gardens can have on wildlife and people alike. Take a look at the top overall submissions, individual category winners, and category runner-up winners from this year's contest. For even more inspiring photographs, don't miss this year's collection of honorable mentions.
Hoverfly on Spiderwort
"This photo was taken in my yard, which has been converted almost entirely to native plants in the last 5 years. As a result, I have enjoyed photographing and cataloging all the diverse life we are now supporting."
Cameron Park, California
Annas Hummingbird Drinking from a Fountain
"The Annas Hummingbirds in my backyard love to dive in and out of the solar water fountain in my backyard to get a drink, especially on hot summer days."
YOUNG HABITAT PHOTOGRAPHERS
Giant Swallowtail 2
"I started a butterfly garden at my school in 2018 (NWF certified). This butterfly is one of 30+ species (including two imperiled) that we have attracted to the garden. The garden won Broward County's Emerald Award in 2019 for best practices in gardening. I am now the Youth Liaison for the Broward County Butterfly Chapter, aiming to foster a love of butterflies amongst schoolchildren."
WILDLIFE OBSERVED WHERE PEOPLE LIVE, WORK, PLAY, LEARN AND WORSHIP
Santa Ynez, California
Bunnies and Quail at the Fountain
"The quail come first and then the bunnies join in for their evening hydration."
CERTIFIED WILDLIFE HABITAT LANDSCAPES
Certified Wildlife Habitat Sign with Monarch Butterflies
"This summer was the best we've had in our wildlife habitat! The native flowers we planted last year grew in even fuller and more vibrant than we'd hoped. I spent many hours watching the butterflies and birds fly delicately among the colorful blooms. I was delighted by how often I would see the same beautiful Monarch float in to visit the liatris near my Certified Wildlife Habitat. But soon, I realized I wasn't seeing the same butterfly over and over, he brought many friends with him!"
CLOSE-UP NATIVE PLANTS AND THEIR WILDLIFE VISITORS
Eastern Bluebird Eating Staghorn Sumac
"Staghorn sumac is a real bird magnet after a snow storm."
PEOPLE IN THE WILDLIFE GARDEN
Milford, New York
Daughter and Frog
"My daughter observing a frog."
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