Art of Birding Challenges: April's Best

We’re not quite sure where April went – it was a mix of never-ending dragging Groundhog Days but, somehow, the weeks flew by. March seems like a lifetime ago. Many participants in the 2020 Art of Birding Wildlife & Nature Photography Challenges found solace through these strange times in photography which gave some structure and purpose to their days.


By Gayle Freeman


April’s challenges began on a bright and happy note with the colour “Yellow” being used for a creative spark. The butter deliciousness of Gayle Freeman’s (Auckland New Zealand) dahlia had us hankering for toast, and the fresh spring forsythia from Lori Palmer (Ohio, USA) brightened our monitors.


By Lori Palmer


Judi had no idea when she designed the challenges late last year just how appropriate the “Close to home” challenge would be – who would have thought so many people in the world would be in lock-down, not able to leave their homes except for essential purposes (wildlife photography not being on the list!). Lee Waddell (Auckland, New Zealand) found beauty in the texture of a leaf, calling the result “Nature’s Rumble Strip”.