NEW YORK – Today, the 2022 Audubon Photography Awards officially open for entries from January 12, 2022 until March 9, 2022 at 12 p.m. (noon) Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Judges will award eight prizes to photographers and videographers: the Grand Prize, Professional Prize, Amateur Prize, Youth Prize, Plants for Birds Prize, Fisher Prize, Female Bird Prize, and Video Prize.

For the second year, Audubon will award the Female Bird Prize and the Video Prize. The Female Bird Prize continues to showcase the beauty of female birds, which are often underappreciated and under-researched in both birding and science. The Video Prize once again will be awarded to the top video of birds demonstrating unique behaviors or highlighting bird life in its habitat.   

Winning photos and videos will be featured in a future issue of Audubon magazine. Top photos and honorable mentions will also be showcased in a virtual Audubon Photography Awards exhibit hosted by Audubon. For inspiration, check out the 2021 Audubon Photography Awards winners!

Prizes include:

  • Grand Prize: $5,000 USD
  • Professional Prize:  $2,500 USD
  • Amateur Prize:  $2,500 USD
  • Plants for Birds Prize: $2,500 USD
  • Video Prize: $2,500 USD
  • Female Bird Prize: $1,000 USD
  • Fisher Prize: $1,000 USD
  • Youth Prize: Six days at Audubon's Hog Island Audubon Camp for Teens during the 2023 season

The judging panel for the 2022 contest includes:

  • Mike Fernandez, video producer, National Audubon Society
  • Sean Graesser, biologist, conservation photographer, and videographer
  • Melissa Hafting, conservation photographer and youth nature educator
  • Sabine Meyer, photography director, National Audubon Society
  • Allen Murabayashi, chairman and co-founder, PhotoShelter
  • John Rowden, senior director for bird-friendly communities, National Audubon Society
  • Tara Tanaka, wildlife photographer and videographer
  • Founders of the Galbatross Project:
    • Brooke Bateman, director of climate science, National Audubon Society
    • Stephanie Beilke, senior manager of conservation science, Audubon Great Lakes
    • Martha Harbison, senior network content editor, National Audubon Society
    • Purbita Saha, member, Bergen County Audubon Society, and former Audubon magazine editor
    • Joanna Wu, ornithologist and PhD student at UCLA

Additional Details & Rules:

The contest is open to all legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are 13 years of age or older as of the date of the submission. Audubon encourages ethical bird photography and videography. Photos that do not adhere to Audubon’s Guide to Ethical Bird Photography and Videography will be disqualified.

Entry fees are $15 per image or video. No payment is required for submissions to the Youth Division or to the Plants for Birds or Video Divisions for entrants who are 13 to 17 years of age.

Review the official contest rules and eligible photographs and videos here.

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Media Contact: Chandler Lennon, chandler.lennon@audubon.org, 212.979.3063

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