April 2024

Wildlife Photo Contest Winners

Theme: "Birds-in-Flight"

Below are the winners and runners-up of our monthly wildlife photo contest. Thanks to all who entered and congratulations to our winners.
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Advanced Category Winner

“Blur and Freeze in One Frame” by: Gady Shmila

Advanced Category Runners-up

“Wing Tip Touch” by: Robert Jensen
“Bosque Blast Off” by: Cheryl Kuhl

Intermediate Category Winner

“Roseate Spoonbill” by: Ruben Rodz

Intermediate Category Runners-up

“Out of the Darkness” by: Barb Meining
“Stealth Hunter” by: Todd Papi

Beginner Category Winner

“Short-Eared Owl Approaching” by: Jim Ruzicka

Beginner Category Runners-up

“Egrets Dancing” by: Beth Walker
“On My Way” by: Narendra Nath Dutta

Meet The Judges

Gail Bisson

Gail is a retired family physician from Nova Scotia. She started photographing birds in 2009 and has been obsessed with improving her skills and learning everything about her subjects.

Over the years, she has had several images in Audubon’s Top 100 and several Highly Commended in Bird Photographer of the Year. In 2020, she won the Audubon Contest (amateur) and the Special Encounters Category of Bird Photographer of the Year. She also won the inaugural contest of Kingbirder 2020.

In 2021 she became a judge for WildArt Photographer of the Year, Kingbirder and a judge for Birdlife Australia Contest. She has also judged for many local provincial contests. She was a moderator for BirdPhotographers.net in 2020 and 2021.

You can find her on Facebook at Gail Bisson and at www.gailbissonphotography.zenfolio.com.

Ann M. Pacheco

Ann M. Pacheco has been a nature and wildlife photographer for the last twelve years, with a preference for bird photography. She travels throughout the United States as well as abroad to immerse herself in habitats where she can feed her passion and photograph the bounty of nature’s gifts.

Ann continues to work on the Great Gull Island Project, which is home to the largest colony of nesting Common Terns and the endangered Roseate Tern. As a Master Gardener, Ann pursues her conservation interests in both restoration and habitat renewal, focusing on native gardenscaping for birds. Her own backyard has become an oasis of birdlife, with returning species that nest and thrive, providing shelter and resources beneficial to all wildlife. The fruits of her labor provide daily company of birds and photography opportunities from her standing blind.

Ann’s work has been recognized throughout the years by local, state, and national Audubon organizations, NANPA, and Nature’s Best International Photography, where a variety of her images have been Highly Honored. She has also won their Amateur Nature’s Best Backyard Contest.

Brian Sump

Brian is a retired professional football player, entrepreneur and passionate wildlife photographer. His photography journey began as a backyard photographer and it quickly developed into an insatiable desire to harness the beauty of creation in its purest form. Brian is a moderator on Birdphotographers.net and his work has been recognized on various local and international platforms.

You can find me on Facebook @ BrianSumpPhotography