Tampa Audubon Society is pleased to share the top images selected by our judges for the 2022 Photography Contest.
General Nature and Wildlife
Birds, Bolts and Siesta Key. A fantastic nightscape of shorebirds and a thunderstorm in the early morning hours at Siesta Key. ©Ronald Kotinsky
Central Florida’s beautiful landscape with saw palmetto and pine trees set against a backdrop of Florida's clouds. Photo taken at Duette Preserve, Manatee County.
Bobcat at Green Cay Wetlands.
Florida native, Pale Meadowbeauty, Rhexia mariana, showing the array of male anthers above a single female stigma. Rhexia species are buzz pollinated. No pollen is visible because it is stored in the anthers and a bee has to grasp the anthers and vibrate the wings to get the flower to release the pollen through a tiny pore in the anther tip.
The flower of the Common Buttonbush, Cephalanthus occidentalis. If you look closely, you’ll see a bee on the top left side of the flower. Buttonbush occurs in swamps, ponds and stream banks in Florida. Buttonbush is a honey plant, and ducks and other water birds and shorebirds consume the seeds.
Jagged Ambush Bug on top of a flower from a Spanish Needles, Bidens alba, plant.
These are the last 3 great horned owlets (Bubo virginianus) from Philippe Park in Pinellas County. The owl family (including both parents) were decimated due to secondary poisoning from rat poison.
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) resting on a branch, photographed in Valrico.
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) photographed in Lakeland.
People’s Choice Award (the overall favorite photo as selected by a vote of TAS members)
Love is in the Air. The photographer, Anita Davis-Crumbley, says she was on a trail at Circle B Bar Reserve taking a picture of a female Barred owl when all the sudden its mate flew in and landed next to her on the branch and greeted her with a kiss on the cheek.