Audubon Photography Awards

You’re wild about birds and your camera. Now combine your passions by entering the 2021 Audubon Photography Awards, featuring two new categories this 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

January 27, 2021–April 7, 2021 at 12 p.m. (noon) Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) - (The entry period is now closed.)


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

  • Sabine Meyer, photography director, National Audubon Society
  • Kathy Moran, deputy director of photography, National Geographic Partners
  • Allen Murabayashi, chairman and co-founder, PhotoShelter
  • John Rowden, senior director for bird-friendly communities, National Audubon Society
  • Tara Tanaka, wildlife photographer and videographer

Update: After learning about serious allegations against Jason Ward, the National Audubon Society has severed its ties with him and rescinded its invitation to have him judge the 2021 Audubon Photography Awards. 

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 the Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine during the 2022 season (transportation included) 


No purchase necessary. Contest begins 1/13/21 and ends 4/7/21. 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 1/13/21. Void where prohibited.

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