2019 Audubon Photography Awards Marks 10th Year of Exquisite Bird Photography


The National Audubon Society named six photographers as winners in the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards, across four divisions and six prizes. In the 10th year of the contest, winning photos and honorable mentions were selected from 2,253 entrants from all 50 states, Washington D.C. and 10 Canadian provinces and territories to appreciate the wonder of birds and the places they inhabit.

Many of the distinguished photographs portray striking bird species protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), one of Audubon’s founding conservation victories and one of the most important bird conservation laws, that has protected countless birds since 1918. This pivotal wildlife protection law is under attack by the current administration through a new legal interpretation that ends the ability to hold industries accountable for bird deaths.

Now, introducing the winning photographs:

Grand Prize Winner

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

Professional Winner

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

Amateur Winner

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

Youth Winner

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

Plants for Birds Winner

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

Fisher Prize Winner

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

Professional Honorable Mention

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

Amateur Honorable Mention

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

Youth Honorable Mention

Bobolink. Photo: Garrett Sheets/Audubon Photography Awards

Plants for Birds Honorable Mention

Purple Gallinule on a fire flag. Photo: Joseph Przybyla/Audubon Photography Awards

The 2019 Audubon Photography Awards are sponsored by Canon. As part of the partnership, Audubon and Canon are working together to introduce people to the wonder and beauty of birds through photography with the “Birds in Focus” event series traveling across the nation.

More information on the contest below.


–> Grand Prize: $5,000
–> Professional Prize: $2,500
–> Amateur Prize: $2,500
–> Plants for Birds Prize: $2,500
–> Fisher Prize: $1,000
–> Youth Prize: A week honing bird-photography skills with the Hog Island Audubon Camp (accommodations and travel included)


–> 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

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