A Couple Thoughts on Audubon Magazine's Photo Awards

Bald eagles, by Rob Palmer

As the photo editor for Audubon magazine, I see great bird photos every day. When we decided to hold a bird photography contest, I wasn't sure what type of images we'd receive. I have to say that I was thrilled by the quality of the work that flooded in (16,000+ images!).

I can't tell you how many compliments we've received on Rob Palmer's Grand Prize-winning image of two bald eagles fighting in flight (above), featured on the cover of our current issue. A photo editor friend just emailed to say it's one of the best pictures he's ever seen. I think he's right. It's such a dynamic, vibrant image with absolutely perfect composition--the eagles could not have been posed any better if Rob had tried. The fact that they're about to crash into the ground just adds to the drama. It's really a dramatic moment, and that's not always easy to get with wildlife. Nice, nice job!

Brown pelican, by Adam Felde.

I'd also like to take a moment to say something about the Amateur division winner. Adam Felde's photo of a pelican diving into the water literally drove me from my desk to alert the other editors after I first saw it on my screen. I knew this picture was special. In all of my years at Audubon (10), I've never seen a more beautiful, artistic shot of a bird hitting the water. The light on the wings and the arc of the splash are things a photographer can only dream of catching. I love the fact that there's so much action captured in such a still photo. What a great image!

These are just two of many awesome photos. Please check out Audubonmagazine.org, and the current print issue of the magazine, to see more of our favorites.

“The views expressed in user comments do not reflect the views of Audubon. Audubon does not participate in political campaigns, nor do we support or oppose candidates.”