Eastern Screech Owl (Megascops asio). 2013 National Geographic Traveler Contest Merit Winner. All images © Graham McGeorge.
Of the dozens of avian entries in this year’s National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, perhaps the most striking to date is this portrait of an Eastern Screech Owl in glorious camouflage by Graham McGeorge, a self-described “plumber with a passion for photography” from Jacksonville, Fla.
In the off-hours, McGeorge has had some rather stunning editorial success, with his photographs appearing in the New York Times Magazine, Esquire, the Washington Post, BBC Wildlife Magazine and other outlets.
And his advice for the novice photographer: “Ignore the rules. Think outside the box and develop your own style.”
McGeorge sent us some of his favorite avian photos shown below. His wildlife photographic repertoire is quite extensive: Visit his website for more great shots.
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