After a grueling day of sorting through 366 photos, our judges arrived at the Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention winners in each of our two categories.
Purely Raptors division
GOLD: Nick Dunlop, Gyrfalcon Family Portrait
SILVER: Ralph Buij, Gyr staring
BRONZE: Andrew Elgin, Northern Saw-whet Owl at Home
Marian Herz, Crested Hawk Eagle
William Kleinfelder, Skimming Kite
John Sherman, Condor courtship atop Vermilion Cliffs
Raptors Plus division
GOLD: Arnaldo Paulo Che, Ural Owl 1
SILVER: Ralph Buij, Bearded Vulture in flight
BRONZE: Dany Chan, Snowy Owl On Target
Elke Hesse, Curious
Arnaldo Paulo Che, Attack 2
Roy Killen, Struggling eagle
Our staff will gather in the coming weeks to review the best of the best and choose the Raptors at Risk Prize — the cover for our 2020 Birds of Prey Calendar. We'll publish that photo, along with a gallery and catalog of all 104 photos formally accepted by our judges for the Raptors at Risk Exhibition. Check back here, follow us on Facebook, or subscribe to our e-newsletter Notes from the Field to be notified!
Raptors at Risk is the only international, juried photography exhibition focused exclusively on birds of prey. Accepted entries can be recognized by the Photographic Society of America, and are eligible for Gold, Silver, Bronze, and three Honorable Mention prizes in each category — with cash prizes from $50 to $500.
One outstanding photo will be chosen for the cover of our 2020 Birds of Prey Calendar, and that photographer will take home a Razor HD 60x85 Spotting Scope from Vortex Optics!
Vortex generously provided binoculars for our weekly winners in May as well… we thank them for their long-standing partnership in making Raptors at Risk possible!
Thinking about next year? Please approach your subjects responsibly; consult Audubon's ethical photography guidelines. We discourage flash photography of nocturnal species, and the use of bait for any wildlife.
About the categories:
Raptors Plus is our "anything-goes" division: any subject matter can be included as long as a raptor is in the picture, and editing is unlimited. View the slideshow of images accepted in 2018.
Purely Raptors is for photos without human elements — power lines, people, falconry gear, etc. — and only minimal retouching is allowed. View the slideshow of images accepted in 2018.
Kate Davis began life with a love of animals and was caring for mammals and raptors with the Cincinnati Zoo Junior Zoologists Club starting in 1973. Her father had a great interest in photography, tutoring Kate with a darkroom in the basement all of her childhood. She received a degree in Zoology from the University of Montana in 1982 and founded the non-profit educational organization Raptors of the Rockies in 1988. Kate keeps over a dozen non-releasable and falconry birds at the facility at her home in Western Montana. Program appearances with these raptors number 1730 for more than 133,000 people, young and old alike. They are the subjects and source of inspiration for her drawings, paintings, etchings, welded steel sculptures, photography, and writing. She has authored and illustrated 5 books on raptors, and Raptors of the West won the National Outdoor Book Award and Montana Book Award Grand Prize. Her 6th title is Birds Are People, Too, a blend of humor and photography, and she is currently working on New and Revised Falcons of North America from 2008.
Calen Offield is a wildlife photographer who manages Blue Maple Real Estate and serves as a director of the Offield Family Foundation. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Photography from Brooks Institute of Photography in 2005 and specializes in black and white film processing, digital processing, medium and large format, and professional lighting. Calen's photography assignments have taken him to Australia (SWOT, Conservation International), Northern Greenland (High Arctic Institute), Indonesia/Komodo Islands (CRES SD Zoo), Panama/Mexico/Galapagos (Offield Center for Billfish Studies), and Arizona (Bat Conservation).
Munir Virani, PhD (Boise, Idaho) has made significant contributions to raptor conservation for more than 25 years as a researcher, educator, and project manager. While based in Kenya, he worked more than 15 years in the Masai Mara and southern Rift Valley coordinating with government, local communities, and conservation partners to study and conserve birds of prey. In 2000, he set up teams in India, Nepal, and Pakistan that discovered the pharmaceutical cause of the catastrophic decline of vulture species throughout Asia. In 2002, he was awarded the Aga Khan Foundation award for excellence in the field of Science and Technology. In 2007 he was named Wildlife Photographer of the Year by Twende Travel Magazine. In addition to publishing more than 150 scientific and popular articles, he has generated more than a million views with his TED talk, Why I Love Vultures. In 2018, Munir was awarded the "Green Oscar," the Whitley Award for conservation, by Her Royal Highness Princess Ann for his work on vulture conservation. He is an award-winning filmmaker, avid athlete, and wildlife photographer, in addition to serving as The Peregrine Fund's Vice President and Global Director for Conservation Strategy and External Affairs.
Conservationists need photographers… read this blog post to understand why.
366 images submitted | 104 accepted
70+ species | over $1,900 raised for conservation
77 entrants from around the world
We thank our sponsor, Vortex, as well as volunteers from the non-profit Boise Camera Club.