May 2024

Wildlife Photo Contest Winners

Theme: "Behavior"

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

The Hunter and the Hunted by Amos Nachoum

Advanced Category Runners-up

A Mother’s Kiss by Thomas Nicholson
Lean on Me by Amos Nachoum

Intermediate Category Winner

Deer Run by Earl Hirtz

Intermediate Category Runners-up

Bear Hugs by Cheryl Maro
Spirit Bear with Salmon by Barry Roberts

Beginner Category Winner

Toss and Chase by Janeen Sullivan

Beginner Category Runners-up

Male Brandt Cormorant by Anar Daswani
Nankeen Kestrel by Donald Chin

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 in 2020 and 2021.

You can find her on Facebook at Gail Bisson and at

Chris Ciccone

Chris Ciccone has enjoyed a lifelong interest in all aspects of photography, which led to an early career in professional photo labs. There, he processed film and printed everything from wallet photos to 5’x12′ murals for photographers of all levels and genres, from local portrait studios to internationally renowned photographers for magazines like National Geographic, Rolling Stone, and Architectural Digest.

During his time in the labs, Chris worked closely with many fantastic photographers, selecting images for their portfolios and gaining invaluable insights into their thought processes and results. Although it has been many years since he stepped out from behind the curtain of the darkroom, Chris has spent much more time behind the camera, developing his own style and portfolio. He cherishes the lessons learned from the amazing photographers who let him into their world during a time when capturing the perfect image often came with only one fleeting chance, and results were not immediately known.

To this day, Chris looks at every image with the same enthusiasm and excitement as he did reviewing transparencies and negatives on a lightbox almost 40 years ago. His goal with his photography is to share portraits, interesting behaviors, and moments often too fleeting for the casual observer to catch, fostering awareness, interest, and care for preserving the wildlife and wild places of our planet.

Nikunj Patel

Nikunj Patel is an accomplished nature and wildlife photographer hailing from Laurel, Maryland, USA.

Nikunj has embarked on photographic journeys across the United States, meticulously documenting nature’s rhythms, migratory patterns, and the ever-changing seasons. His passion for the environment is evident in every frame, as he skillfully captures the essence of diverse landscapes.

Through his lens, he brings to life the intricate details of the flora and fauna, allowing viewers to connect with the wonders of the wilderness.

Nikunj’s work has been recognized and honored by prestigious institutions, including the Bird Photographer of the Year, acknowledging the excellence and impact of his bird-centric photography. Additionally, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has applauded Nikunj’s contributions to the portrayal of Maryland’s rich natural heritage through his captivating images.

Instagram – @nikunjpatel_photography