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 2018 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 a future issue of Audubon and in Nature’s Best Photography magazine, and displayed within the 2018 Nature’s Best Photography Exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Entry Period 

January 8, 2018–April 9, 2018. (Winners will be announced on July 2nd, 2018.) 

Judges include:

  • Kevin Fisher, creative director, National Audubon Society
  • 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

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 1/8/18 and ends 4/9/18. 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 1/8/18. Void where prohibited.