2019 Best Backyards

Celebrate nature close to home! This gallery showcases the 2019 Nature’s Best® Backyards photo contest winners.

Grey Heron

Bois de Boulogne, Paris, France

By Nicolas Davy

Canon 5D Mark III; 400mm ƒ/2.8L IS USM lens; 1/512 sec at ƒ/2.8; ISO 200; hand-held.

burrowing owls

Ontario, California, USA

By Andrew J. Lee, PhD

Nikon D810; 500mm ƒ/4G ED lens; 1/2000 sec at ƒ/5.6; ISO 360; hand-held.

Morning Glory Buds

Wheeling, Illinois, USA

By Donald Bolak

Nikon D800E; 200mm ƒ/4D IF-ED Micro lens; 1.6 sec at ƒ/25; ISO 800; Gitzo tripod; Induro ball head.

Squash Vine Tendril

Glenview, Illinois, USA

By Donald Bolak

Nikon D800E; 200mm ƒ/4D IF-ED Micro lens; ProMaster 36mm extension tube; 0.8 sec at ƒ/40; ISO 640; Gitzo tripod; Induro ball head.

Broad-tailed Hummingbirds

Estes Park, Colorado, USA

By Don Van Horn

Nikon D850; 200-400mm ƒ/4G ED VR II lens at 350mm; 1/320 sec at ƒ/9; ISO 5000; RRS tripod and pano gimbal head.

great tits

Juan Carlos I Park, Madrid, Spain

By Javier Herranz Casellas

Nikon D800; 200-400mm ƒ/4G IF-ED II lens at 340mm; 1/250 sec at ƒ/5.6; ISO 400; Benro tripod and head.


Orange, California, USA

By Jeanne Shirley

Nikon D500; 70-200mm ƒ/2.8 lens at 200mm; 1/500 sec at ƒ/4.5; ISO 800; hand-held.

robber fly

Silver Spring, Maryland, USA

By Jim Turner

Nikon D500; 105mm ƒ/2.8G IF-ED Micro lens; 1/250 sec at ƒ/11; ISO 200; Yongnuo 568EX off-camera flash; hand-held.

rose close-up

South Riding, Virginia, USA

By Kathleen Furey

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II; M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm ƒ/2.8 Macro lens; 1/125 sec at ƒ/2.8; ISO 200; hand-held.

tree swallow

Warwick, New York, USA

By Leesa Beckmann

Nikon D7200; Tamron 150-600mm ƒ/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 lens at 500mm; 1/2000 sec at ƒ/6.3; ISO 1000; hand-held.

Flowered Boots

Palo Alto, California, USA

By Livia Juniper, at age 16

Canon Rebel XSi; 18-55mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 IS lens at 50mm; 1/256 sec at ƒ/14; ISO 200; hand-held.

canada geese

Apalachin, New York, USA

By Melissa C. Rowell

Nikon D850; 600mm ƒ/4E FL ED VR lens; 1/500 sec at ƒ/8; ISO 800; bean bag.


Apalachin, New York, USA

By Melissa C. Rowell

Nikon D850; 600mm ƒ/4E FL ED VR lens; 1/1000 sec at ƒ/4.5; ISO 800; Induro tripod; Wimberley gimbal head.

Malabar Giant Squirrel

Mudumalai, Tamil Nadu, India

By Sameer Jain (Kittu)

Canon 1D Mark III; 500mm ƒ/4L IS USM lens; 1/320 sec at ƒ/5; ISO 800; hand-held.

house finch

Warren, Pennsylvania, USA

By Sandra Rothenberg, PhD

Canon 1D X Mark II; 200-400mm ƒ/4L IS USM lens at 400mm; 1/400 sec at ƒ/7.1; ISO 800; Gitzo tripod; Wimberley II head.

wood storks

Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Florida, USA

By Sandy Richards-Brown

Nikon D850; 300mm ƒ/2.8G IF-ED lens; 1/3200 sec at ƒ/13; ISO 1600; hand-held.


Apurbapur, West Bengal, India

By Saptarshi Gayen, at age 16

Nikon D7100; 200-500mm ƒ/5.6E ED VR lens at 420mm; 1/1000 sec at ƒ/6.3; ISO 800; hand-held.

Wood Duck

The George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, British Columbia, Canada

By Thomas Dethlefsen

Canon 1D X; 500mm ƒ/4L IS II USM lens with 1.4x III Extender at 700mm; 1/320 sec at ƒ/6.3; ISO 640; Jobu Design Algonquin tripod; Jobu Design head.

jewel bug

King Rama IX Park, Bangkok, Thailand

By Wei Fu

Canon 5DS R; 100mm ƒ/2.8L IS USM Macro lens; 1/197 sec at ƒ/8; ISO 400; hand-held.
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