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.

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

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