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2012 Free Bird Photo Contest
To celebrate National Bird Day and in collaboration with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and the DVD/Blu-ray release of its comedy about birding, "The Big Year," in January 2012 we hatched a Free Bird Photo Contest! The four-week competition was open to all and attracted some 200 entries.
The winning photo of a Carolina Wren was taken by Kanokwalee Pusitanun of Cedar Park, TX. Kanokwalee will receive a pair of powerful binoculars, a bird feeder or house from the Born Free USA online store and a copy of "The Big Year."
Here's what Kanokwalee had to say about her winning photograph:
"I took that photo in my backyard in the late afternoon using my Nikon D5100 and a 500mm Sigma lens that I borrowed from my sister. I had been in Llana, Texas, watching and taking pictures of the Llano bald eagles that morning. My sister offered to lend me her lens for the trip but I was already on my way. So, I picked it up on my way back. I was very excited about trying it out. That was the first time I used that lens. I have not given it back to her. It's going to be hard parting with it.
"I love that picture. It was a bit dark when I took it. When I looked at it at first, I couldn't tell what he had picked up. I thought it was a small berry or something. I was a little sad when I saw the next day that it was a ladybug. I had just saved a ladybug that landed inside my car a few days earlier (after I took a few pictures of him first). But, that's the way things go."
The Runners-Up (in alphabetical order of the photographers):