Photos and videos of our amazing 2D residents

Photo competition & awards

Since I often follow photography oriented sites, sometimes both nice or even astonishing images are shown of animals by the people who participate in photo contests. Lately, I saved a few which i liked, or felt, they stood out among the crowd.

The Raven image when seen in high resolution (but not shown here) was amazing, due to the many nuanced details within black feathers; which gave the birds an almost a three dimensional look, in which you eyes could get lost into.

I will in the future keep my eyes on more of these images (in order to show you them, here at the forum) - because though the years, I have seen some really amazing ones - and they usually get published at


Amateur Honorable Mention
Ankur Khurana/Audubon Photography Awards/2022 Amateur Honorable

Bird: Common Raven
Location: Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Image description: Two black Common Ravens stand on white snow. Standing slightly to the side, the bird on the left appears to groom the second, its beak on the second bird’s head. The bird on the right stands sideways in a slightly crouched position, its glossy feathers fluffed out.


Amateur Winner
Peter Shen/Audubon Photography Awards/2022 Amateur Winner

Bird: Western Grebe
Location: Calero Reservoir, San Jose, California, USA
Hometown: Castro Valley, California, USA

Image description: A Western Grebe’s red eye stares into the camera, its body facing forward on nearly still water. Two chicks ride on its back, with their head cocked around the adult grebe’s neck to either side. Each holds either end of a silver fish in its beak.


Fisher Prize Winner
Steve Jessmore/Audubon Photography Awards/2022 Fisher Prize Winner

Bird: Northern Shoveler
Location: Muskegon County Wastewater Management System, Muskegon County, Michigan, USA
Hometown: Alto, Michigan, USA

Image description: The frame is full of emerald-green heads and brown and white feathers—a sea of Northern Shovelers. The image centers around one male that rises above the rest with its wings outstretched, exposing the blue on the upper part of its wing.
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