What makes a wildlife photo a standout? The warmth of early-morning or late-day natural light. A dramatic shortening of the normal distance between viewer and subject. A happy convergence of experience, timing, perspective and good fortune.
See some extraordinary images photographers have captured on national wildlife refuges.
April Allyson Abel loved photographing shorebirds at sunrise and sunset. This Flickr album features photos by April Abel, Quincey Banks, MiaMcPerson and Marvin De Jong: Photos
Quincey Banks likes the refuge’s varied habitats and species, from wading birds to bobcats. Photos
Mia McPherson is thrilled by nesting shorebirds in summer and thousands of tundra swans in winter. Photos
Marvin De Jong loves seeing cranes fly against “some of the best sunrises and sunsets I’ve ever seen.” Photos
Refuge manager Keith Ramos uses his camera to document wildlife at the refuge near the Canadian border. Photos
Project leader Tom Koerner takes dramatic photos of wildlife in the high-desert Photossteppe.
Wildlife biologist Jessica Bolser records the seasonal movements of birds and other animals. Photos
Alaska refuges communications coordinator Lisa Hupp photographs iconic wildlife in dramatic landscapes. Photos
Former refuge manager Roy W. Lowe photographs birds and wildlife along the rocky coast. Photos