This week's winner is a heron staring down the photographer.
Photographer: Homer Aalfs Photo taken: Sept. 10, 2018 at Carkeek Park Photographer’s description: “A great blue heron looks inquisitively at me along the shore of Puget Sound. Needless to say, the heron won the staring contest. It was a lovely, quiet morning. I had the entire beach to [myself], except for one other person who was doing yoga! Taken with a Canon 80D, 400mm f/5.6L.” Critique: “This is a great take on a photo of a bird that usually is photographed in mid air flapping its wings or awkwardly landing. The long lens really helps clean up a the background, drawing all the attention to the subject in the center. The bird’s intense looks forward lets us feel like we are in the photographer’s shoes staring down the heron.”