Photographers in Focus: Graham McGeorge

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.

McGeorge’s favorite spots to photograph wildlife are Alaska, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado; his go-to cameras are the Canon EOS-1D Mark III and Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II.

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.

Eastern Screech Owlets

Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)



Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

Limpkin (Aramus guarauna)

Oriental Darter (Anhinga melanogaster)

Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis)


If you would like to be considered as a featured wildlife photographer for International Bird Rescue, or would like to recommend a photographer for this regular feature, please e-mail us.

And check out some of our previous featured photographers, including Kim Taylor of Washington, D.C., Yeray Seminario of Spain, Jackie Wollner of Los Angeles and Christopher Taylor of Venice, Calif.

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