I watched this Great Blue heron steal a fresh pine branch from another heron's nest and fly back to his own nest. He leaned down as if presenting it to his mate, then flew down and passed the branch off to her and watched as she placed it in the nest. A Stolen Gift for His Mate
is a series of images submitted to The 2015 International Photography Awards (IPA). The 2015 IPA received nearly 15,000 submissions from 103 countries across the globe and is pleased to declare that Nancy Graupner
was awarded Honorable Mention in Nature - Wildlife
category for the winning series "A Stolen Gift for His Mate"
About the International Photography Awards
The International Photography Awards conducts an annual competition for professional, non-professional, and student photographers on a global scale, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today. Each year, the International Photography Awards (IPA) invites passionate photographers, to compete for the title of Photographer of the Year, Discovery of the Year and Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year. A board of esteemed professionals in the field juries the competition: curators, photo editors, gallery owners, art directors, and other luminaries from the international photography community. The awards includes a Lucie Statue and cash prizes totaling over $20,000, exhibition and publication opportunities. www.photoawards.com