The National Audubon Society has announced the winners of its thirteenth annual Audubon Photography Awards. Featured photos show the beauty of birds and the joy of capturing them in their environment through photos and videos.
This year, judges awarded eight prizes in five divisions from a field of 2,416 entrants from all 50 states, Washington DC and seven Canadian provinces and territories. The organization said it decided to continue awarding the female bird award and the video award, which were successfully introduced last year.
The Female Bird Prize shines a light on female birds, which are often overlooked and undervalued in bird photography and conservation. The video award recognizes the dynamic movement and behavior of birds and how we see and commemorate them.
All photos and videos are judged by the 2022 jury for their technical quality, originality and artistic value. All photographs must also follow Audubon’s Guide to Ethical Bird Photography and Videography.
The grand prize winner receives $5,000, and winners in the remaining categories receive between $1,000 and $2,500, except for the Youth Division, whose winner receives six days at Audubon’s Hog Island Audubon Camp during the 2023 season. .
Additionally, all winners and honorable mentions will be featured in the Summer 2022 issue of Audubon Magazine and will also travel the country in an Audubon Photography Awards exhibition, where they will be displayed at 28 locations in 19 states – including many Centers Audubon nature — between October 2022 and June 2023.
Grand Prize Photo
The grand prize photo, above, went to photographer Jack Shi from Costa Mesa, California, for his shot of a large, mostly white, white-tailed kite as it soars through the air with its wings and tail feathers widely spread. He faces the camera directly with his underside exposed and clutches a vole in his yellow talons. Another raptor flies above the forward-facing kite, its profile visible against a cloudless blue sky.
Below are all the other winners for each remaining category.
Professional Award Winner
Amateur Prize Winner
Youth Award Winner
Bird Plants Award Winner
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Professional Honorable Mention
Amateur Honorable Mention
Youth Honorable Mention
Bird Plants Honorable Mention
Video award winners and all other winners and honorable mentions can be seen on the National Audubon Society contest website, which also reveals more details about how each photo was taken.
Picture credits: All photos are individually credited and provided courtesy of the Audubon Photography Awards.