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Winners of the 10th Annual Audubon Photography Awards Revealed


The National Audubon Society has revealed the winners of its 10th annual Audubon Photography Awards: a competition that showcases the most incredible bird photography from across North America. The 2019 winners were selected from over 2,253 entrants who submitted from all 50 states, Washington D.C., and 10 Canadian provinces and territories.

In addition to awarding a grand prize, professional prize, amateur prize, and youth prize, the judges of the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards introduced two new categories: the Plants for Birds Prize and the Fisher Prize.

The Plants for Birds Prize was given to the best photograph that showed birds interacting with plants native to the area the photo was taken, while the The Fisher Prize was awarded to the photograph depicting the most creative approach to bird photography across all five of the other categories.

Check out the award winners amnd honorable mentions for yourself below. Honestly, the professional and amateur honorable mention winners are probably our favorites:

Grand Prize Winner – Kathrin Swoboda

Red-winged Blackbird. Photo: Kathrin Swoboda/Audubon Photography Awards

Professional Winner – Elizabeth Boehm

Greater Sage-Grouses. Photo: Elizabeth Boehm/Audubon Photography Awards

Amateur Winner – Mariam Kamal

White-necked Jacobin. Photo: Mariam Kamal/Audubon Photography Awards

Youth Winner – Sebastian Velasquez

Horned Puffin (captive). Photo: Sebastian Velasquez/Audubon Photography Awards

Plants for Birds Winner – Michael Schulte

Hooded Oriole on a California fan palm. Photo: Michael Schulte/Audubon Photography Awards

Fisher Prize Winner – Ly Dang

Black-browed Albatross. Photo: Ly Dang/Audubon Photography Awards

Professional Honorable Mention – Kevin Ebi

Bald Eagle and red fox. Photo: Kevin Ebi/Audubon Photography Awards

Amateur Honorable Mention – Melissa Rowell

Great Blue Herons. Photo: Melissa Rowell/Audubon Photography Awards

Youth Honorable Mention – Garrett Sheets

Bobolink. Photo: Garrett Sheets/Audubon Photography Awards

In addition to including the winning images in the Summer 2019 issue of Audubon magazine, they’ll also be featured at the biennial Audubon Convention this month, and in a special traveling Audubon Photography Awards exhibit that will be stopping by various Audubon chapters and centers across the US.

To learn more about the National Audubon Society or the winners above, head over to the Audubon website. And if you want to see how these gorgeous bird photos compare to last year’s winners, check out our coverage of the 2018 awards and how they were judged here.

Credits: All photos credited individually and shared courtesy of the National Audubon Society