Audubon Photography Awards

Bald Eagle and Great Blue Herons. Photo: Bonnie Block/2016 Grand Prize Winner

You’re crazy about birds and photography. Now combine your twin passions by entering your best bird photos in the 2017 Audubon Photography Awards. You could win a cash prize or, if you’re our Youth winner, a special trip that will help you become an even better bird photographer. Winning photos will be published in a future issue of Audubon and in Nature’s Best Photography magazine, and displayed within the 2017 Nature’s Best Photography Exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Entry Period 

January 6, 2017–February 20, 2017. (The entry period is now closed. Winners will be notified in April.) 

Judges include:

  • Kevin Fisher, creative director, National Audubon Society
  • Steve Freligh, publisher, Nature’s Best Photography 
  • Melissa Groo, wildlife photographer and winner of the 2015 contest’s Grand Prize
  • Kenn Kaufman, bird expert and Audubon field editor
  • Sabine Meyer, photography director, National Audubon Society

Win: Cash prizes up to $5,000

Special Youth prize: Five days next June in Maine at the Hog Island Audubon Camp’s Photography session for the winner and a parent/guardian (transportation included)


No purchase necessary. Contest begins 1/6/17 and ends 2/20/17. Must be at least 13 years of age and a legal resident of the U.S. or Canada (excluding Quebec) to enter. Entrants under the age of majority must get permission from their parent or legal guardian to enter. Subject to Official Rules, which will be posted 1/6/17. Void where prohibited.