2015 Photo Awards
Great Egret. Melissa Groo/Audubon Photography Awards

2015 Audubon Photography Awards

In association with Nature's Best Photography

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.


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


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!

Update, November 17, 2015 — The winners of the 2015 Audubon Photography Awards are currently featured in the Nature’s Best Photography exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. They will be displayed as part of the collection for the next year. 


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. Andrew Zuckerman

Candid Camera

Birds do some spectacular things when they think no one is watching. Check out the craziest bird behaviors submitted.

Royal Tern. 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. J. Henry Fair
Audubon View

Common Ground

Birds are what bind together Audubon’s powerful network.

The Story Behind That Hilarious #WorstBirdPic Meme

Join the revolution by sharing those blurry, dark, headless bird shots you keep hidden on your hard drive.
Illustrated Aviary

American White Pelican

Illustrator Calef Brown drew inspiration from a childhood encounter with the bird.

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