12/30/2014 07:57 EST | Updated 12/30/2014 07:59 EST

Henrik Nilsson's Owl Photo Recognized By National Geographic Photo Contest

A North Vancouver photographer has been recognized by the National Geographic Photo Contest 2014 for his striking image of a wild short-eared owl in flight.

Henrik Nilsson captured the photo in Boundary Bay, B.C. and submitted it to the contest's nature category, where it has received an honourable mention — only one of six to do so (aside from the winner). Nilsson's photo is the only one taken in North America.

"A wild short-eared owl completes a shoulder check in case something was missed," he wrote in the photo's caption. "Northern harriers were also hunting in the field and these raptors will often steal a kill from the owls."

Nilsson specializes in wildlife — especially carnivores — and landscape images. His work captures something raw and primal.

"For me photography is a way to stop time," he writes on his website.

"It's a way to capture a memory, a moment or perhaps even a feeling. Some photographs convey a little, some convey a lot. But when a photograph is done right, when it is done JUST right, it speaks volumes. And that means everything."

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