Photography

A Tree Swallow in flight holds a pine needle in its bill. Slightly off the ground, the bird’s wings are pointing down, its tail slightly slanted. The bottom of the image is a blurred green, the grass coming into focus closer to the bird.

The 2022 Audubon Photography Awards: The Top 100

— Moments of delight and awe abound in this collection of standout bird photography. Scroll through and learn the story behind each shot.
Shey Smith (left) and Tatyana Soto (right)

How Bird Photographers Shey Smith and Tatyana Soto Developed Their Passion

— Smith and Soto talked with us about all things bird photography, including how they took the leap to chase after their passion.
A photographer sits on a sandy beach, her lens balanced on one knee, photographing birds in the distance.

How to Sandproof Your Gear for Beachfront Photography

— The beach can be a photographer’s dream—or worst nightmare. Tame unruly sand and salt spray with these pro tips and key tools.

The 2022 Audubon Photography Awards: Winners and Honorable Mentions

— A fledgling raptor learning to hunt. Grouse aiming to impress. Two grebes vying for a meal. This year’s winners caught amazing moments.
A bright yellow Prothonotary Warbler emerges from a cavity in a mossy cypress knee, a woody structure that grows near the base of a cypress tree.

To Protect Her Subjects, a Photographer Chooses Patience Over Playback

— Kelley Luikey wants birders and shutterbugs to recognize that playing recorded songs can stress vulnerable birds.
A Common Merganser parent stands on a rock with six small youngsters, looking at the photographer out of its periphery. The female’s cinnamon head and feather crest, and the pale ruddy heads of the still-downy chicks, pop in the glow of the morning light.

Make Some Time for These Adorable and Awkward Baby Bird Photos

— Here are 15 of our favorite shots featuring chicks from the 2021 Audubon Photography Awards.

Why Photographers Should Reconsider Using Playback in the Field

— Playing audio clips of songs and calls is a common tool for getting better shots, but it can also be detrimental to birds and their chicks.

Our Favorite Female Bird Shots From the 2021 Audubon Photography Awards

— This stunning collection celebrates the beauty and ingenuity of 15 birds that do not often get the spotlight.

These Scrappy Photos Capture the Action-Packed World Beneath a Bird Feeder

— A photographer pursues common yard wildlife from a different perspective.

Take a Virtual Gallery Tour of the 2021 Audubon Photography Awards Winners

— Instead of our annual traveling exhibit, this year we're going digital.