TIFA 2021 Nature / Wildlife


  • Prize
    Silver in Nature/Wildlife
  • Photographer
    Frank Fenqiang Liu
  • Technical Info
    1/4000 Sec, F/9.0, Iso 500, Nikon D850.
  • Photo Date
    February 12, 2020

During the breeding season in Florida, great egrets grow long, wavy plumes on their backs. A male great egret chooses a nesting site and builds a nest with sticks and twigs. The great egret in this photo was eager to start his courtship displays before completing his nest. He worked hard to find a mate by raising his lovely plumes, curving his neck into an S shape and moving his body up and down. Sometimes he ducked his head low and then suddenly stretched his neck, pointing his bill to the sky. Photographing his moves felt like witnessing an amazing show in nature.

During college, Fenqiang took an interest in photography. After finishing his BA degree in Chinese literature, he obtained his MFA in Cinema and Photography at Southern Illinois University. After graduation, Fenqiang worked as a computer animator and motion graphic designer. In recent years, Fenqiang has devoted his time to nature and wildlife photography and won multiple international photo awards. Fenqiang’s cultural influence from both the East and the West, his artistic background, and his photography mastery allow him to express his thoughts and emotions in a unique style.