Galveston FeatherFest & PhotoFest Contest Winners, Events Details

FeatherFest is an annual birding and nature photography festival held during spring migration in Galveston.

Annually, the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council preludes Galveston FeatherFest with the Birding & Nature Photo Contest (AKA FeatherFest PhotoFest) which offers serious and casual nature photographers the opportunity to appreciate the spring migration.

pictured: 2023 Grand Prize Winning Photo by Andrew McCullough

2024 FeatherFest PhotoFest Winners

Below, we will be updating the weekly winners as well as the grand prize winner.

Week 1 Winners
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1st Place

"Look Behind You," by Dan Lotan

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2nd Place

"Coopers Hawk Staring at Me," by Joseph Smith

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3rd Place

"Watching Patiently," by Karl Hoeffner

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Honorable Mention

"Great Horned Owl on Nest," by Andrew McCullough

Week 2 Winners
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1st Place

"Feeding Time" by Karl Hoeffner

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2nd Place

"Migrating Yellow Warbler," by Anthony Louviere

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3rd Place

"Cape May Warbler," by Mike Zarella

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Honorable Mention

"Harrier Hunting," by Roy Freese

Week 3 Winners
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1st Place

"Rough Water," by Steve Schuenke

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2nd Place

"Mmmm Crab Cakes!," by Karl Hoeffner

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3rd Place

"Party Time!," by Karl Hoeffner

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Honorable Mention

"Can You See Me Now," by Jim Stough

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Honorable Mention

"In the Surf," by Greg Lavaty

Week 4 Winners
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1st Place

"Migrating Baltimore Oriole," by Anthony Louviere

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2nd Place

"Mockingbird on a Fence Post," by Julie Chapa

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3rd Place

"Marbled Godwit Photobomb," by Emily Neale

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Honorable Mention

"Spring Time Bay Breasted," by Anthony Louviere

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Honorable Mention

"Sunset Songs," by Mike Pantaleo

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Honorable Mention

"Rising Ruby," by Dan Lotan

About FeatherFest

Galveston is one of the top locations in the country for birding because it hosts a wide variety of habitats in a small geographical area where some 300 species make their permanent or temporary home throughout the year.

Annual Events

Mark your calendar for April 18-21, 2024 to attend Galveston FeatherFest: the largest birding festival on the Upper Texas Coast, and the only one with a dedicated nature photography track!

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