Breathtaking Birds

04-25-2014 // NWF Staff

Entries are pouring in for one of our most popular annual events--the National Wildlife Photo Contest. Now in its 44th year, our contest attracts entries from all over the world in seven categories and a separate Youth Division for kids ages 13 to 17.

A perennial favorite is the Birds category, which focuses on showing portraits and behavior of birds. The diversity and breadth of the photos in the birds category never fails to astonish us. We’ve seen every sort of bird imaginable, from owls, cranes and ducks to cardinals, bitterns and pelicans—click here to take a look for yourself at some of the most amazing bird entries from past years.

Male Booted Racket-tail Hummingbirds, 2013 Honorable Mention
Photo by Mark Thomas

Male Booted Racket-tail Hummingbirds 


Curious Sandhill Crane, 2012 Honorable Mention
Photo by Nathaniel Smalley

Curious Sandhill Crane 


Tri-color Heron, 2011 Amateur Grand Prize
Photo by Judy Malloch

Tri-color Heron 


Northern Cardinals, 2013 Honorable Mention
Photo by Sven Halling

Northern Cardinals 


Violet Breasted Roller, 2013 Honorable Mention
Photo by Douglas Croft

Violet Breasted Roller 


Cormorant Wing, 2012 First Place
Photo by Jack Nevitt

Cormorant Wing 


Crab Plover, 2012 Honorable Mention
Photo by Martin van Lokven

Crab Plover 


Harris Hawks, 2012 Grand Prize
Photo by David Cardinal

Harris Hawks 


Taiwan Barbet, 2012 Second Place
Photo by Hal and Kristen Snyder

Taiwan Barbet 


Want More Bird Photos?

This year’s crop of entries are turning out to be just as wonderful! Check them out and vote for your favorites.

All of these photos were entered into the National Wildlife Photo Contest. The 44th annual Photo Contest is open! Enter your own photos now! >>

And speaking of birds, we have a special Early Bird Bonus--enter the Photo Contest by April 30th and you’ll get an additional 10 extra photo entries absolutely FREE!

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