Audubon Photography Awards

White-tailed Kites. Photo: Jack Zhi/Audubon Photography Awards/2022 Grand Prize Winner

You’re wild about birds and your camera. Now combine your passions by entering the 2022 Audubon Photography Awards. Once again we’ll feature two categories that debuted to great enthusiasm last year: a video category and a female bird category. You could win a cash prize or, if you’re our Youth winner, a special trip that will help you become an even better birder or bird photographer. Winning photos will be published in future issues of Audubon magazine. 

Entry Period (The awards are now closed for entry.) 

January 12, 2022–March 9, 2022 at 12 p.m. (noon) Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) 


Amateur, Professional, Youth, Plants for Birds, Grand, and Fisher Prizes:

  • Sabine Meyer, photography director, National Audubon Society
  • Melissa Hafting, conservation photographer and youth nature educator
  • Allen Murabayashi, chairman and co-founder, PhotoShelter
  • John Rowden, senior director for bird-friendly communities, National Audubon Society
  • Tara Tanaka, wildlife photographer and videographer

Video Prize:

  • Mike Fernandez, video producer, National Audubon Society
  • Sean Graesser, biologist and conservation photographer and videographer
  • Tara Tanaka, wildlife photographer and videographer

Female Bird Prize:

Founders of the Galbatross Project: Brooke Bateman, Stephanie Beilke, Martha Harbison, Purbita Saha, Joanna Wu


  • Cash prizes up to $5,000!
  • Special Youth prize: Six days at winner’s choice of one (1) Hog Island Audubon Camp for Teens during the 2023 season. If winner will be age 18 at the time of the camp, they may choose the Costa Rica Teen Camp or another Hog Island Audubon Camp session for which they are eligible.

No purchase necessary. Contest begins 1/12/22 and ends 3/9/22. Must be at least 13 years of age and a legal resident of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, or Canada (excluding Quebec) to enter. Entrants under the age of majority must get permission from their parent or legal guardian to enter. Subject to Official Rules, which will be posted 1/12/22. Void where prohibited.

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