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.

Frank came to the US from China to study Cinema and Photography for a Master of Fine Arts degree. After graduation, he worked as a computer animator and motion graphic designer. He also helped his wife with her business that provides behavior analysis services for children with autism. Recently, he has devoted himself to wildlife and nature photography. Frank’s educational and cultural influence from both the East and the West, his artistic background, and mastery of photography allow him to express his thoughts and emotions in a unique style.