2015 Photo Awards

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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
Photography

2015 Audubon Photography Awards Top 100

Of the 9,000+ photos submitted, these were our judges' favorites.

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

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

Judging criteria: Technical quality, originality, artistic merit

View the Winners here.

Editor’s Note: We recently learned that one of the photos in the original Top 100 violated the Photo Awards rules against excessive manipulation. We’ve removed the image and replaced it with an additional entry.