2023 Audubon Photography Awards Open for Entries

The North American photography and video contest is accepting entries until March 1, 2023.

NEW YORK – Audubon invites photographers and videographers to submit to the 2023 Audubon Photography Awards, open for entries from January 11, 2023, until March 1, 2023, at 12 p.m. (noon) ET. 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 third 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 demonstrating unique bird behaviors or highlighting birdlife 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 traveling exhibition hosted by Audubon centers and chapters across the country. For inspiration, check out the 2022 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 2024 season

The judging panel for the 2023 contest includes:

  • Sabine Meyer, photography director, National Audubon Society
  • Preeti Desai, senior director of social media & storytelling, National Audubon Society
  • Melissa Hafting, conservation photographer and youth nature educator
  • Morgan Heim, conservation photographer, filmmaker and adventurer
  • Noppadol Paothong, nature/conservation photographer
  • Marlene Pantin, partnerships manager, Plants for Birds, National Audubon Society
  • Mike Fernandez, video producer, National Audubon Society
  • Rina Miele, wildlife photographer and videographer
  • Mick Thompson, wildlife photographer and videographer
  • Karine Aigner, conservation photographer
  • Founders of the Galbatross Project: Brooke Bateman, Stephanie Beilke, Martha Harbison, Purbita Saha, Joanna Wu

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.

Visit the website for official contest rules and frequently asked questions


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Media Contact: Megan Moriarty, megan.moriarty@audubon.org