December 12

2022 NANPA Best in Class Award (Birds)

December 12, 2021

NANPA Showcase, photography award, royal tern, wildlife photography

Royal Tern Preening Its Tail Feathers” Image by Baton Rouge, Louisiana Photographer Among Top 24 Nature Photographs in North America

Alma, IL—The North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) revealed 24 prize-winning images this week in its 2022 Showcase competition. The images include Jeremy Burnham’s “Royal Tern Preening Its Tail Feathers”, which was chosen as “Best in Class” for the “Birds” category. This is the second consecutive year that Jeremy Burnham has had one of his photographs chosen among the top 24 Nature Photographs. The NANPA showcase receives over 4000 submission each year, and highlights stunning work in wildlife, landscape, macro, underwater, fine art, and conservation photography created by both professional photographers and experienced hobbyists living or working in North America. 

Best in Show images in the six categories for 2022 include a royal tern preening its tail feathers on the beach by Jeremy Burnham of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; a long-tailed weasel playing peekaboo in a field of flowers by Tom Ingram of Campbell, California; a fireworm seen under blue light by Barry B. Brown of Sante Fe, New Mexico; balsamroot at sunrise in the Columbia River Gorge by Greg Vaughn of Eugene, Oregon; an altered reality view of the Badlands of Death Valley National Park by Wendy Kaveney of Buckeye, Arizona; and a tule elk pacing the fence line at Point Reyes National Seashore by Edgar Molina of Oakley, California.

Panels of industry professionals selected the winning images from more than 3,370 submissions. All six judges are experienced prize-winning nature photographers themselves with expertise as fine artists, authors, equipment representatives, naturalists, conservation specialists, and documentary filmmakers.

“The judges raved about these Top 24 images, using words like impact, mystical, tack sharp, unexpected and mesmerizing,” said Wendy Shattil, coordinator of the Showcase competition since its inception in 2004. “You’ll be able to listen to the judges’ comments when NANPA publishes its digital journal Expressions in early 2022.”

About the NANPA Showcase competition

NANPA’s annual Showcase competition began in 2005. In 16 years, the competition has recognized more than 800 of North America’s most accomplished nature photographers. Nearly 2,500 photographers have entered the competition during that time. Winners receive a combination of cash prizes and publicity opportunities.

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