With thousands of images to consider, the 2010 contest, run in association with Nature's Best Photography, came down to the wire.
Jess Findlay's photography is inspired by the birdlife near his home close to Vancouver. He often carries his camera gear with him because, he says, "you never know when you're going to get a good shot." Take this killdeer photo, which he took on a family trip to a British Columbia lake. While his family was checking into its hotel, says the recent high school graduate, "I just went down to the beach and got lucky."
Bird Lore: This plover gets its name not from any threat to deer but from its shrill cries of kil-deeer, kil-deeer, often given in flight.