Each year, Audubon magazine hosts the annual Audubon Photography Awards. The contest highlights some of the best works in bird photography, and pays tribute to the delicate winged creatures that grace the skies.
For the 2016 Audubon Photography Awards, a panel of five judges—including last year’s Grand Prize winner, wildlife photographer Melissa Groo—evaluated nearly 7000 submissions from more than 1700 competitors. Today, the magazine announced its five top winners.
The selected photographs will run in Audubon magazine and Nature’s Best Photography magazine, and will also be displayed within the 2016 Nature’s Best Photography Exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. In the meantime, check out the winning shots along with some honorable mentions below. For more information, visit Audubon’s website for full anecdotes from each photographer about their photo.
GRAND PRIZE WINNER: BONNIE BLOCK
Bald Eagle, Great Blue Heron. Bonnie Block/Audubon Photography Awards
PROFESSIONAL WINNER: DICK DICKINSON
Osprey. Dick Dickinson/Audubon Photography Awards
AMATEUR WINNER: STEVE TORNA
Eared Grebe. Steve Torna/Audubon Photography Awards
YOUTH WINNER: CAROLINA ANNE FRASER
Great Frigatebird. Carolina Anne Fraser/Audubon Photography Awards
FINE ART WINNER: BARBARA DRISCOLL
Green Violetear. Barbara Driscoll/Audubon Photography Awards
AMATEUR HONORABLE MENTION: ARTUR STANKIEWICZ
Black-winged Stilt. Artur Stankiewicz/Audubon Photography Awards
AMATEUR HONORABLE MENTION: COLLEEN GARA
Common Raven. Colleen Gara/Audubon Photography Awards
HONORABLE MENTION, FINE ART: BLAKE SHAW
Turkey Vulture. Blake Shaw/Audubon Photography Awards
AMATEUR HONORABLE MENTION: MARTIN V. SNEARY
Piping Plover. Martin V.Sneary/Audubon Photography Awards