2015 Photo Awards

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2015 Audubon Photography Awards

In association with Nature's Best Photography

Great Egret. Photo: Melissa Groo/Audubon Photography Awards

Here are this year’s winners, some wonderful near misses, and the contest’s Top 100. Thanks to our sponsors, and to all who entered.

Details

Participants: More than 2,300

Images entered: Nearly 9,000

Categories: Amateur, Professional, Fine Art, Youth

Entrants from: 50 states, 7 provinces, District of Columbia

Judging Criteria: Technical quality, originality, artistic merit

Judges

Kenn Kaufman: Bird-guide author, Audubon field editor

Joel Sartore: National Geographic and Audubon Photographer

Steve Freligh: Co-publisher of Nature's Best Photography

Kevin Fisher: Audubon creative director

Sabine Meyer: Audubon photography director

And, of course, congratulations to the winners. View the winning photos!

Time Lapse

Over the past century, wildlife photography has become a bridge between art and science, thanks to a few ingenious inventions.

Red-and-green Macaw. Photo: Andrew Zuckerman

Candid Camera

Birds do some spectacular things when they think no one is watching. Check out the craziest bird behaviors submitted. 

Royal Tern. Photo: Steve Ando/Audubon Photography Awards

High Altitude Exposure

An artist goes airborne to reveal the beautiful scars we’ve left on the earth.

Brown Pelican rookery. Photo: J. Henry Fair

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Double-crested Cormorant/Amateur Category. Photo: Ben Knoot/Audubon Photography Awards
Chestnut-breasted Coronet/Amateur Category. Photo: Amy Marques/Audubon Photography Awards
Elegant Tern/Amateur Category. Photo: Aidan Briggs/Audubon Photography Awards
Horned Puffin/Professional Category. Photo: Aaron Baggenstos/Audubon Photography Awards
Booted Racket-tail/Amateur Category. Photo: Amy Marques/Audubon Photography Awards, Professional Category
Greater Roadrunner/Professional Category. Photo: Hector Astorga/Audubon Photography Awards
Great Blue Heron/Amateur Category. Photo: Andrea Poland/Audubon Photography Awards
Booted Racket-tail/Amateur Category. Photo: Amy Marques/Audubon Photography Awards
Wandering Albatross/Amateur Category. Photo: Bill Klipp/Audubon Photography Awards
Allen's Hummingbird/Amateur Category. Photo: Barry Schirm/Audubon Photography Awards
Scarlet-chested Sunbird/Amateur Category. Photo: Anthony Goldman/Audubon Photography Awards
Cape Petrel/Amateur Category. Photo: Bill Klipp/Audubon Photography Awards
Domestic Goose/Amateur Category. Photo: Bradley Lewis/Audubon Photography Awards
Rufous Hummingbird/Amateur Category. Photo: Breanna Wilson/Audubon Photography Awards
Barred Owl/Amateur Category. Photo: Brenda Stevens/Audubon Photography Awards
Bald Eagle/Amateur Category. Photo: Brian Kushner/Audubon Photography Awards
Tricolored Heron and White Ibis/Amateur Category. Photo: Brian Rivera Jr/Audubon Photography Awards
Atlantic Puffin/Amateur Category. Photo: Bruno Struck/Audubon Photography Awards
Merlin/Amateur Category. Photo: Carl Woo/Audubon Photography Awards
Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird/Amateur Category. Photo: Carmen Elia/Audubon Photography Awards
European Bee-eater/Amateur Category. Photo: Mike Anderson/Audubon Photography Awards
Peregrine Falcon/Amateur Category. Photo: Carl Woo/Audubon Photography Awards
Snowy Egret/Amateur Category. Photo: Charles Waitwait/Audubon Photography Awards
Barred Owl/Amateur Category. Photo: Chokchai Leangsuksun/Audubon Photography Awards
American Flamingo/Amateur Category. Photo: Chris Heisey/Audubon Photography Awards
Black-legged Kittiwake/Amateur Category. Photo: Claudio Bacinello/Audubon Photography Awards
Great Egret/Amateur Category. Photo: Bruno Struck/Audubon Photography Awards
Northern Gannet/Amateur Category. Photo: Claudio Bacinello/Audubon Photography Awards
Red-winged Blackbird and Northern Mockingbird/Amateur Category. Photo: Darrell Crisp/Audubon Photography Awards
Great Black-backed Gull/Amateur Category. Photo: David Policansky/Audubon Photography Awards
Common Loon/Amateur Category. Photo: Darren Smith/Audubon Photography Awards
Elegant Tern/Amateur Category. Photo: David Salem/Audubon Photography Awards
Northern Harrier and American Coot/Amateur Category. Photo: David Salem/Audubon Photography Awards
American Kestrel/Amateur Category. Photo: David Salem/Audubon Photography Awards
Purple Gallinule/Amateur Category. Photo: Dennis Derby/Audubon Photography Awards
Forster's Tern/Amateur Category. Photo: Diana Rebman/Audubon Photography Awards
Scott's Oriole/Amateur Category. Photo: Donald Wuori/Audubon Photography Awards
Roseate Spoonbill/Amateur Category. Photo: Gail Bisson/Audubon Photography Awards
Golden Eagle/Professional Category. Photo: Don Jackson/Audubon Photography Awards
Double-crested Cormorant/Professional Category. Photo: Don Jackson/Audubon Photography Awards
Golden-fronted Woodpecker/Amateur Category. Photo: Doug Kliewera/Audubon Photography Awards
Least Tern/Amateur Category. Photo: Doug German/Audubon Photography Awards
Wreathed Hornbill/Fine Art Category. Photo: Eugene Campbell/Audubon Photography Awards
King Eider/Amateur Category. Photo: Gail Bisson/Audubon Photography Awards
Macaroni Penguin/Amateur Category. Photo: Evan Siegel/Audubon Photography Awards
Snowy Owl/Professional Category. Photo: Francois Portmann//Audubon Photography Awards
Elegant Tern/Amateur Category. Photo: Gail West/Audubon Photography Awards
Anhinga/Amateur Category. Photo: Gary Baird/Audubon Photography Awards
Gyrfalcon and Rock Pigeon/Amateur Category. Photo: Harry Colquhoun/Audubon Photography Awards
Elegant Tern/Amateur Category. Photo: Geralyn Souza/Audubon Photography Awards
Green Heron and Red-winged Blackbird/Amateur Category. Photo: Jeffrey Holmes/Audubon Photography Awards
Northern Cardinal/Professional Category. Photo: Hector Astorga/Audubon Photography Awards
Brandt's Cormorant/Amateur Category. Photo: Jack Sassard/Audubon Photography Awards
Sharp-tailed Grouse/Amateur Category. Photo: J. Arthur Anderson/Audubon Photography Awards
Barn Owl/Fine Art Category. Photo: Jennifer Maharry/Audubon Photography Awards
Black Vulture/Amateur Category. Photo: Jim Akers/Audubon Photography Awards
Shoebill/Amateur Category. Photo: John Rollins/Audubon Photography Awards
Herring Gull/Amateur Category. Photo: Jon D'alessio/Audubon Photography Awards
Common Tern/Amateur Category. Photo: Joseph Samela/Audubon Photography Awards
Pyrrhuloxia/Amateur Category. Photo: Joseph Messina/Audubon Photography Awards
American Coot/Amateur Category. Photo: Joyce Stefancic/Audubon Photography Awards
Pigeon Guillemot/Professional Category. Photo: Ken Archer/Audubon Photography Awards
White-breasted Nuthatch/Amateur Category. Photo: Kenneth Heiar/Audubon Photography Awards
Crimson-fronted Parakeet/Amateur Category. Photo: Kevin Malo/Audubon Photography Awards
Wood Stork/Professional Category. Photo: Judd Patterson/Audubon Photography Awards
Magnificent Frigatebird/Professional Category. Photo: Keith Ellenbogen/Audubon Photography Awards
Pileated Woodpecker/Amateur Category. Photo: Linda Cullivan/Audubon Photography Awards
Pelagic Cormorant/Youth Category. Photo: Liron Gertsman/Audubon Photography Awards
Surf Scoter/Youth Category. Photo: Liron Gertsman/Audubon Photography Awards
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird/Amateur Category. Photo: Lynn Lucas/Audubon Photography Awards
Snowy Owl/Amateur Category. Photo: Loi Nguyen/Audubon Photography Awards
American Avocet/Professional Category. Photo: Melissa Groo/Audubon Photography Awards
Great Gray Owl/Professional Category. Photo: Melissa Groo/Audubon Photography Awards
Northern Mockingbird/Youth Category. Photo: Miles Goldenberg/Audubon Photography Awards
Wood Duck/Amateur Category. Photo: M. Verdon Tomajko/Audubon Photography Awards
Atlantic Puffin/Amateur Category. Photo: Michael Schmitt/Audubon Photography Awards
Red-and-green Macaw/Amateur Category. Photo: Nancy Gaudino/Audubon Photography Awards
Long-tailed Sylph/Amateur Category. Photo: Nancy Leigh/Audubon Photography Awards
American White Pelican/Fine Art Category. Photo: Norman Dulak/Audubon Photography Awards
Tree Swallow/Youth Category. Photo: Patrick Carney/Audubon Photography Awards
Green Heron/Amateur Category. Photo: Peggy Coleman/Audubon Photography Awards
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck/Youth Category. Photo: Patrick Carney/Audubon Photography Awards
Red-crowned Crane/Amateur Category. Photo: Peter Cavanagh/Audubon Photography Awards
American Flamingo/Amateur Category. Photo: Richard White/Audubon Photography Awards
Osprey and Red-winged Blackbird/Amateur Category. Photo: Peter Hartlove/Audubon Photography Awards
Little Blue Heron/Fine Art Category. Photo: Robert Black/Audubon Photography Awards
Wood Duck/Amateur Category. Photo: Peter Brannon/Audubon Photography Awards
Rufous Hummingbird/Amateur Category. Photo: Roger Vangelder/Audubon Photography Awards
Sandhill Crane/Amateur Category. Photo: Roger Williams/Audubon Photography Awards
Broad-billed Hummingbird/Amateur Category. Photo: Sandra Rothenberg/Audubon Photography Awards
Red-breasted Sapsucker/Amateur Category. Photo: Scott Carpenter/Audubon Photography Awards
Northern Cardinal/Amateur Category. Photo: Scott Stoner/Audubon Photography Awards
Bald Eagle/Amateur Category. Photo: Spencer Craig/Audubon Photography Awards
Snowy Egret/Amateur Category. Photo: Steve Barnum/Audubon Photography Awards
Roseate Spoonbill/Fine Art Category. Photo: Steven Blandin/Audubon Photography Awards
Royal Tern/Amateur Category. Photo: Steven Blandin/Audubon Photography Awards
Ring-necked Pheasant/Amateur Category. Photo: Steven Earley/Audubon Photography Awards
Northern Cardinal/Amateur Category. Photo: Tara Tanaka/Audubon Photography Awards
Great Horned Owl/Professional Category. Photo: Wink Gaines/Audubon Photography Awards
Great Egret, Snowy Egret, American Coots and Hooded Mergansers/Amateur Category. Photo: Sandrine Biziaux Scherson/Audubon Photography Awards

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