For over 100 years, the National Audubon Society has strived to raise awareness of the plight of birds in the United States, working to protect their habitats for the benefit of humanity. The contest highlights some of the best works in bird photography, and pays tribute to the delicate winged creatures that grace the skies.
More than 1,700 photographers entered the seventh annual Audubon Photography Awards competition, submitting images in several categories, including Amateur, Professional, Fine Art, and Youth. Nearly 7,000 images depicting birdlife from 50 US states, the District of Columbia and six Canadian provinces. Winning photographs will be published in Audubon magazine.
Grand Prize Winner. Bald eagle and Great blue herons in Seabeck, Wash. (Photo by Bonnie Block/Audubon Photography Awards)
Professional winner. Osprey at Siesta Key in Sarasota, Fla. (Photo by Dick Dickinson/Audubon Photography Awards)
Amateur winner. Eared grebe at Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. (Photo by Steve Torna/Audubon Photography Awards)
Youth winner. Great frigatebirds near Española, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador. (Photo by Carolina Anne Fraser/Audubon Photography Awards)
Fine art winner. Green violetear at the Savegre Hotel in San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica. (Photo by Barbara Driscoll/Audubon Photography Awards)
Amateur honorable mention. Black-winged Stilt on salt pans near Skala Kallonis, Lesbos Island, Greece. (Photo by Artur Stankiewicz/Audubon Photography Awards)
Amateur honorable mention. Common raven at Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Colleen Gara/Audubon Photography Awards)
Fine art honorable mention. Turkey vultures near San Felipe in Baja California, Mexico. (Photo by Blake Shaw/Audubon Photography Awards)