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!
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
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.