These are the best bird photographs of 2018

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The increasing popularity of this genre of photography has made organizations like Audubon more important. Photographers entering the contest needed to adhere to Audubon’s Guide to Ethical Bird Photography. Groo, who helped write the Guide, says it’s not unusual for some wildlife photographers to attempt to cut corners to get a shot: encroaching on a bird’s comfort zone, cutting branches away from around a nest and baiting owls with pet store mice will get you disqualified. “Nature photography should seek to leave as little a footprint as possible and to respect the welfare of birds above all else,” she says. “Birds are under threat as never before, losing habitat all the time, and facing many other human-caused challenges.”

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Blue Mountain Resort Will Transform Into An ‘Open Zoo’ With Free-Flying Birds And Reptiles

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Prepare yourselves for a wild adventure — Ontario’s Blue Mountain Resort is hosting an animal show of epic proportions, and you’re all invited.

Wild Wonders at Blue is an annual event dedicated to the love of animals and nature. The village will transform into an ‘animal kingdom’ of sorts, with free-flying birds, reptiles and other wildlife taking over the resort.

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Unveiling the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards Winners

Today, the National Audubon Society declared four talented photographers winners in the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards, the ninth year of the annual contest.

The winning photographers and their stunning photographs were selected from more than 8,000 entries submitted by photographers from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and 10 Canadian provinces.

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ANNOUNCES 2018 TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

A photograph of a humpback whale calf’s tail has earned Reiko Takahashi of Japan the prestigious grand-prize in the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest. Takahashi will receive a $10,000 USD prize. Takahashi’s incredible photo was selected by a panel of National Geographic judges from more than 13,000 entries.

Takahashi took her grand prize-winning photo, titled “Mermaid,” off the coast of Japan’s Kumejima Island. The long-time photographer left her office job to pursue her passion for underwater photography and traveled to Kumejima Island on a mission to photograph humpback whales with their young calves.

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View more Photos of all winners at The Atlantic

21 images that capture the raw beauty of nature

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From sprawling landscapes to a tiny gnat on a mushroom, these images from The Nature Conservancy’s annual photography competition capture the awe-inspiring wonder of nature. The competition offers an array of categories including wildlife, people & nature and water.

The Nature Conservancy is a “global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together.”

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