See the Winner of the 2022 Birds & Blooms Photo Contest

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023

We reveal the 2022 Birds & Blooms photo contest grand prize winner. Learn the story behind the elegant, awe-inspiring flower photo.

Every year, we invite Birds & Blooms readers to send us their best bird, butterfly and bloom photos for our annual Photo Contest.

For our 2022 contest we received thousands of extraordinary entries. Our editorial team narrowed it down to 12 finalists. From there, we turned it over to you to vote for your favorites. We are happy to announce that our readers voted for Christopher Baker’s gorgeous photo of a water lily as the grand prize winner.

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Water Lily, backyard photo contest winner 2022Courtesy Christopher Baker
The gorgeous grand prize winning photo

In his original contest submission, Christopher said, “This a is low-angle view of a water lily taken in springtime at the aquatic garden at Huntsville Botanical Gardens. I love the bright colors in the water lilies and how they appear to glow from the center. My camera is a Nikon Z6II with a 200mm f/4 macro lens. I was also patient, and I waited for some calm winds to get a clear, mirror-like reflection.”

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Thanks for the thousands of Birds & Blooms readers who submitted entries and voted for their favorite pictures in the 2022 Photo Contest. Here’s some more exciting news! We have even more contests planned: the 2023 Photo Contest, plus a Critters on Camera Video Contest and a Spring Birds Video Contest!

Check our contest page in spring and summer for more details on these upcoming contests and to read the official rules.

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