The Winner of the 2020 Backyard Photo Contest!

Updated: Nov. 15, 2023

Check out Birds & Blooms' 2020 Backyard Photo Contest winner and learn the amazing story behind the stunning winter photo.

Every year, we invite Birds & Blooms readers to send us their best bird, butterfly and bloom photos for our annual Backyard Photo Contest. For our 2020 contest, we received thousands of extraordinary entries and our editorial team narrowed it down to 12 finalists. From there, we turned it over to you to vote for your favorites.

So, without further ado, the grand-prize winner of the 2020 Birds & Blooms Backyard Photo Contest is….

A mountain bluebird perches on a tree during a winter snowstorm.Courtesy Laurie Normandeau

Laurie Normandeau of Longmont, Colorado, for her wonderful photo of a mountain bluebird.

In her original submission, Laurie said: “I noticed this mountain bluebird while I was on a morning walk around the neighborhood with my Nikon D700 camera, looking for photos while the snow was still falling. The bluebird was exhausted, alone and seemed unaffected by my presence. This photo was taken during the start of the COVID-19 lockdown, when everyone was staying at home, feeling confused and isolated. I could relate to this bird; disoriented, alone and waiting for the storm to pass.”

Thanks for the thousands of readers who submitted and voted for their favorite photo in the 2020 Backyard Photo Contest! Keep your eyes peeled in summer when we’ll announce our 2021 Backyard Photo Contest dates and open for photo submissions.