Audubon Photography Awards

Wood Duck. Photo: Scott Suriano/Audubon Photography Awards

You’re crazy about birds and photography. Now combine your twin passions by entering your best bird photos in the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards. You could win a cash prize or, if you’re our Youth winner, a special trip that will help you become an even better bird photographer. Winning photos will be published in future issues of Audubon and Nature’s Best Photography magazines and will travel across the country in a special Audubon Photography Awards exhibit.

The 2019 Audubon Photography Awards are sponsored by Canon. As part of that partnership, Audubon and Canon are working together to introduce people to the wonder and beauty of birds through photography. Canon is committed to a wide range of environmental initiatives in the United States and around the world. Canon’s Bird Branch Project is aimed at conserving biodiversity, including birds and other living beings at their sites globally.

Entry Period: 

January 7, 2019–April 8, 2019 

This year's contest is now closed. The winning photographers will be announced on July 11, 2019. 

Judges include:

  • Steve Freligh, publisher, Nature’s Best Photography 
  • Melissa Groo, wildlife photographer and winner of the 2015 contest’s Grand Prize
  • Kenn Kaufman, bird expert and Audubon field editor
  • Sabine Meyer, photography director, National Audubon Society
  • Allen Murabayashi, chairman and co-founder, PhotoShelter
  • John Rowden, director of community conservation, National Audubon Society 

Win: Cash prizes up to $5,000

Special Youth prize: Six days next July in Maine at the Hog Island Audubon Camp’s Photography session for the winner and a parent/guardian (transportation included)

No purchase necessary. Contest begins 1/7/19 and ends 4/8/19. 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 1/7/19. Void where prohibited.