1 of 100

Long-billed Thrasher/Professional Category. Photo: Hector Astorga/Audubon Photography Awards
Snowy Egret/Amateur Category. Photo: Peter Brannon/Audubon Photography Awards
American Flamingo/Amateur Category. Photo: Ken Mirman/Audubon Photography Awards
Mute Swans/Amateur Category. Photo: Madeline Poster/Audubon Photography Awards
Northern Cardinal/Amateur Category. Photo: Richard Green/Audubon Photography Awards
Anna's Hummingbird/Professional Category. Photo: Sarah Blodgett/Audubon Photography Awards
Sandhill Cranes, Northern Pintails and Mallards/Amateur Category. Photo: Dale Erickson/Audubon Photography Awards
King Penguin/Amateur Category. Photo: Debra Herst//Audubon Photography Awards
Bald Eagle/Amateur Category. Photo: Howard Arndt/Audubon Photography Awards
Speckled Mousebird/Amateur Category. Photo: Nancy Gaudino/Audubon Photography Awards
Juvenile Great Black-backed Gulls and Herring Gull/Amateur Category. Photo: Jonathan Kresge/Audubon Photography Awards
Wandering Albatross/Amateur Category. Photo: Debra Herst/Audubon Photography Awards
American Goldfinch/Amateur Category. Photo: Deborah O'Sullivan/Audubon Photography Awards
Booted Racket-tail and Andean Emerald/Amateur Category. Photo: Donald Dolga/Audubon Photography Awards
Penduline Tit/Amateur Category. Photo: Artur Stankiewicz/Audubon Photography Awards
Least Terns/Fine Art Category. Photo: Jim Verhagen/Audubon Photography Awards
Snowy Egret/Amateur Category. Photo: Pasi Kaunisto/Audubon Photography Awards
Grey Heron/Amateur Category. Photo: Artur Stankiewicz/Audubon Photography Awards
Canada Goose/Amateur Category. Photo: Barb D'Arpino/Audubon Photography Awards
American Avocets/Professional Category. Photo: Mark Buckler/Audubon Photography Awards
Brown-hooded Parrot/Amateur Category. Photo: Judylynn Malloch/Audubon Photography Awards
Wood Ducklings/Amateur Category. Photo: Christopher Schlaf/Audubon Photography Awards
Great Egrets/Amateur Category. Photo: Susan Perry/Audubon Photography Awards
Stripe-throated Hermits/Professional Category. Photo: Aaron Baggenstos/Audubon Photography Awards
Wilson's Plover/Amateur Category. Photo: Gail Bisson//Audubon Photography Awards
Crested Caracara and Scissor-tailed Flycatcher/Fine Art Category. Photo: Jerry Black/Audubon Photography Awards
Sandhill Cranes/Amateur Category. Photo: Chokchai Leangsuksun/Audubon Photography Awards
Acorn Woodpecker/Amateur Category. Photo: Lee Marcus/Audubon Photography Awards
Green Heron/Amateur Category. Photo: Mark Zimmerman/Audubon Photography Awards
Red-legged Cormorants/Amateur Category. Photo: Peter Cavanagh/Audubon Photography Awards
Northern Cardinal/Amateur Category. Photo: Brian Kushner/Audubon Photography Awards
Pileated Woodpecker/Professional Category. Photo: Pamela Underhill Karaz/Audubon Photography Awards
Great Blue Heron/Amateur Category. Photo: Christopher Schlaf/Audubon Photography Awards
Purple Finch/Amateur Category. Photo: Gail Bisson/Audubon Photography Awards
Roseate Spoonbils/Amateur Category. Photo: Jean Hall/Audubon Photography Awards
Green Violetears/Amateur Category. Photo: Michael Cohen/Audubon Photography Awards
Red-winged Blackbird/Amateur Category. Photo: Colleen Gara/Audubon Photography Awards
Black Skimmer/Amateur Category. Photo: Amy Marques/Audubon Photography Awards
White-necked Jacobin/Professional Category. Photo: Ken Archer/Audubon Photography Awards
Great Horned Owls and Black-chinned Hummingbird/Professional Category. Photo: Ed Mackerrow/Audubon Photography Awards
Wood Stork/Amateur Category. Photo: Richard Johnson/Audubon Photography Awards
Black Skimmer/Professional Category. Photo: Mark Buckler/Audubon Photography Awards
American White Pelican/Amateur Category. Photo: Judy Lindo/Audubon Photography Awards
Great Egret/Fine Art Category. Photo: Veronique Viardin/Audubon Photography Awards
Yellow-billed Oxpecker/Professional Category. Photo: Aaron Baggenstos/Audubon Photography Awards
Green Hermit/Amateur Category. Photo: Cathy Desrochers/Audubon Photography Awards
Cape May Warbler/Amateur Category. Photo: L.E. Swanson/Audubon Photography Awards
Eastern Screech-Owl/Amateur Category. Photo: William Kleinfelder/Audubon Photography Awards
Osprey/Amateur Category. Photo: Thomas Chadwick/Audubon Photography Awards
King Penguins/Amateur Category. Photo: Sean Crane/Audubon Photography Awards
Least Tern/Amateur Category. Photo: Eric Swanzey/Audubon Photography Awards
Redhead Ducklings/Amateur Category. Photo: Terry Godbey/Audubon Photography Awards
Red-winged Blackbird/Amateur Category. Photo: Mirko Bonet/Audubon Photography Awards
Taveta Golden Weaver/Professional Category. Photo: Tom Warren/Audubon Photography Awards
Reddish Egret and Laughing Gull/Amateur Category. Photo: Thomas Chadwick/Audubon Photography Awards
Ospreys/Amateur Category. Photo: Lorraine Minns/Audubon Photography Awards
Canada Geese/Amateur Category. Photo: Michael Cohen/Audubon Photography Awards
Arctic Tern/Amateur Category. Photo: Catherine Dobbins Dalessio/Audubon Photography Awards
American Goldfinch/Professional Category. Photo: Tom Warren/Audubon Photography Awards
Turkey Poults/Amateur Category. Photo: Richard Green/Audubon Photography Awards
California Condor/Amateur Category. Photo: Madison Roberts/Audubon Photography Awards
Atlantic Puffin/Amateur Category. Photo: Catherine Dobbins Dalessio/Audubon Photography Awards
Snowy Plover/Amateur Category. Photo: Benjamin Clock/Audubon Photography Awards
Black Skimmer/Amateur Category. Photo: Lorraine Minns/Audubon Photography Awards
Western Gull/Professional Category. Photo: Matthew Meier/Audubon Photography Awards
Crested Caracara/Amateur Category. Photo: Brenda Stevens/Audubon Photography Awards
Black Skimmers/Amateur Category. Photo: David Policansky/Audubon Photography Awards
Great Grey Owl/Youth Category. Photo: Marlise Launstein/Audubon Photography Awards
Brown Pelican/Amateur Category. Photo: Steve Torna/Audubon Photography Awards
Venezuelan Troupial/Amateur Category. Photo: Ben Knoot/Audubon Photography Awards
Barred Owl/Professional Category. Photo: Judd Patterson/Audubon Photography Awards
Little Blue Heron/Amateur Category. Photo: Lynn Miller/Audubon Photography Awards
American Kestrels/Amateur Category. Photo: Christopher Ciccone/Audubon Photography Awards
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird/Amateur Category. Photo: Arnaud Lacroix/Audubon Photography Awards
Magellanic Penguin/Amateur Category. Photo: Cris Hamilton/Audubon Photography Awards
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron/Professional Category. Photo: Nate Chappell/Audubon Photography Awards
Mandarin Duck/Amateur Category. Photo: Chokchai Leangsuksun/Audubon Photography Awards
Willets/Amateur Category. Photo: Peter Brannon/Audubon Photography Awards
Northern Cardinal/Amateur Category. Photo: Jim West/Audubon Photography Awards
Least Terns/Fine Art Category. Photo: Jim Verhagen/Audubon Photography Awards
White Ibis/Amateur Category. Photo: Ken Lassman/Audubon Photography Awards
Great Gray Owlet/Youth Category. Photo: Ashleigh Scully/Audubon Photography Awards
American Avocet/Amateur Category. Photo: Melyssa St. Michael/Audubon Photography Awards
Barn Owls/Fine Art Category. Photo: Andrew Garn/Audubon Photography Awards
Mute Swan/Youth Category. Photo: Vincent Mastino/Audubon Photography Awards
Red-crowned Cranes/Professional Category. Photo: Denise Ippolito/Audubon Photography Awards
Anna's Hummingbird/Professional Category. Photo: Aaron Baggenstos/Audubon Photography Awards
Ostrich family/Professional Category. Photo: Aaron Baggenstos/Audubon Photography Awards
Peregrine Falcon/Fine Art Category. Photo: Jim Verhagen/Audubon Photography Awards
Northern Cardinal and Pyrrhuloxia/Professional Category. Photo: Nate Chappell/Audubon Photography Awards
American Robin/Professional Category. Photo: Tom Warren/Audubon Photography Awards
Eastern Meadowlark/Professional Category. Photo: Judd Patterson/Audubon Photography Awards
Roseate Spoonbills/Amateur Category. Photo: Judylynn Malloch/Audubon Photography Awards
Greater Sage-Grouse/Professional Category. Photo: Ken Archer/Audubon Photography Awards
Atlantic Puffins/Professional Category. Photo: Bonnie Block/Audubon Photography Awards
Drake Mallard/Professional Category. Photo: Allen Hoffacker/Audubon Photography Awards
Hermit Thrush/Youth Category. Photo: Davey Walters/Audubon Photography Awards
Harris's Hawk/Youth Category. Photo: Elizabeth Thornwal/Youth Category.
American Goldfinch/Amateur Category. Photo: Kevin Rutherford/Audubon Photography Awards
Prairie Falcons/Professional Category. Photo: David Salem/Audubon Photography Awards
Photography

The 2016 Audubon Photography Awards: Top 100

For the first time ever, there’s a sage-grouse.

Every year we field thousands of entries for the Audubon Photography Awards, and every year we have to make the terrible choice of picking just a handful of winners. Lucky for us, our readers are always hungry for more amazing bird pics. So we'd like to share a hundred of our favorites (in no particular order) in the gallery above—enjoy!

Quick Stats:

Participants: More than 1,700

Images entered: Nearly 7,000

Categories: Amateur, Professional, Fine Art, Youth

Entrants from: 50 states, 6 provinces, District of Columbia

Judges

Kenn Kaufman: Bird-guide author, Audubon field editor

Melissa Groo: Professional photographer and 2015 Grand Prize winner

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

See the 2016 winners here.