This year’s top shots delight with dazzling colors and fresh perspectives.

Every spring, the judges of the Audubon Photography Awards gather at Audubon’s headquarters in Manhattan to review their favorite images and select the finalists. But as with much of life in 2020, this year’s awards had to be handled differently due to pandemic-related travel, work, and social-distancing restrictions. So, for our 11th annual awards, which saw more than 6,000 submissions, the judges assembled in an epic day-long Zoom meeting to winnow down the remaining pool to just the 10 winners and honorable mentions shown here.

Amateur Honorable Mention: Bibek Ghosh
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Grand Prize Winner: Joanna Lentini
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Youth Honorable Mention: Christopher Smith
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Fisher Prize Winner: Marlee Fuller-Morris
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Plants for Birds Winner: Travis Bonovsky
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The 2020 Audubon Photography Awards Winners
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2019 Audubon Photography Awards Marks 10th Year of Exquisite Bird Photography

Birds make fascinating subjects, as the winners and honorable mentions of this year’s contest, our 10th, make clear. They’re at once beautiful and resilient, complex and comical. Thank you to the 2,253 entrants from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and 10 Canadian provinces and territories for your dedication to appreciating, celebrating, and sharing the wonder of birds and the landscapes they inhabit.

Presented in association with Nature’s Best Photography, winning photos and honorable mentions will be featured at the biennial Audubon Convention in July 2019, in future issues of Audubon magazine and Nature’s Best Photography magazine, and in a special traveling Audubon Photography Awards exhibit hosted by Audubon chapters and centers across the country.

Grand Prize Winner
Red-winged Blackbird. Photo: Kathrin Swoboda/Audubon Photography Awards
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Professional Winner
Greater Sage-Grouse. Photo: Elizabeth Boehm/Audubon Photography Awards
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Youth Winner
Horned Puffin (captive). Photo: Sebastian Velasquez/Audubon Photography Awards
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Plants for Birds Winner
Hooded Oriole on a California fan palm. Photo: Michael Schulte/Audubon Photography Awards
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Amateur Honorable Mention
Great Blue Herons. Photo: Melissa Rowell/Audubon Photography Awards
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About Audubon
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Astonishing Shots of Birds Getting Their Grub On

Birds need to eat a lot to survive—a lot. All that flying around, foraging, and attracting a mate requires loads of energy, after all. For many birds, staying fueled up can mean eating anywhere from 5 percent to 35 percent of their body weight in food on a daily basis. Hummingbirds can eat a staggering 100 percent of their own bodyweight in nectar alone. …

Great Egret. Photo: Peter Brannon/Audubon Photography Awards
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Greater Roadrunner. Photo: Barbara Baird/Audubon Photography Awards
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Hooded Merganser. Photo: Dorian Anderson/Audubon Photography Awards
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Least Bittern. Photo: Peter Brannon/Audubon Photography Awards
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Reddish Egret. Photo: Tim Timmis/Audubon Photography Awards
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more in “Nom Nom: 22 Astonishing Shots of Birds Getting Their Grub On”
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Birding

Each spring, millions of birds from around the globe flock to Alaska’s wild lands and waters to raise their young.
Alaska’s wide range of habitats, from temperate coastal rainforest to Arctic tundra, host more globally significant Important Bird Areas than any other state in the U.S. There are also many species, such as Emperor Goose, Whiskered Auklet, and Red-faced Cormorant you won’t see anywhere else in the country.

Snowy Owl. Photo: Marlin Greene, Audubon Photography Awards
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Stilt Sandpiper Photo: Dave Shaw
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Tufted Puffin. Photo: Gerald Sanger, Audubon Photography Awards
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American Golden-Plover Photo: David Shaw
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Birding in Alaska
From the icy, bountiful waters of the Arctic Ocean to the misty, salmon-rich rainforests of the Tongass National Forest, Audubon Alaska works to conserve Alaska’s spectacular birds and wildlife—and their habitats— to ensure their place for future generations. We employ science and state-of-the-art mapping technology to drive our conservation priorities, with an emphasis on public lands and waters. Millions of birds flock to Alaska each spring from around the globe, making this a crucial place for birds worldwide.
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Celebrating the Centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act with Striking Bird Photography

Unveiling the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards Winners
The winning photographers and their stunning photographs were selected from more than 8,000 entries submitted by photographers from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and 10 Canadian provinces.

Grand Prize Winner Steve Mattheis
Great Gray Owl
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Professional Winner Gary R. Zahm
Black-necked Stilts
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Amateur Winner Diana Rebman
Long-tailed Tit
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Youth Winner Liron Gertsman
Cobalt-winged Parakeets
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Professional Honorable Mention Donald Quintana
Red-winged Blackbird
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Amateur Honorable Mention Scott Suriano
Wood Duck
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Celebrating the Centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act with Striking Bird Photography
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