Audubon Photography Awards 2019

Win: Cash prizes up to $5,000


You’re crazy about birds and photography. Now combine your twin passions by entering your best bird photos in the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards. You could win a cash prize or, if you’re our Youth winner, a special trip that will help you become an even better bird photographer. Winning photos will be published in future issues of Audubon and Nature’s Best Photography magazines and will travel across the country in a special Audubon Photography Awards exhibit.

Judges include:

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


There are six Prizes available to be won: one Grand Prize, one prize in each of the four Divisions, and one Fisher Prize. (Grand, Professional, Amateur, Youth, Plants for Birds, and Fisher Prizes each referred to as a “Prize” or collectively as “Prizes”). To see criteria for which Prizes are awarded please refer to the contest rules. Prizes will be awarded only to the person whose name is on the winning entry at the time of Submission.

1. Grand Prize: $5,000 USD
2. Professional Prize: $2,5000 USD
3. Amateur Prize: $2,500 USD
4. Plants for Birds Prize: $2,500 USD
5. Fisher Prize: $1,000 USD
6. Youth Prize: Six days at Audubon's Hog Island Audubon Camp (Art and Birding/Photography Track) on July 7-12, 2019, for the winner and one parent/legal guardian. ​

Youth Prize includes:

Round-trip airfare from within the United States or Canada to Portland, Maine, for the winner and one parent/legal guardian;
Ground transportation from the airport in Maine to and from Hog Island;
5-night hotel accommodations (standard room, double occupancy) for winner and his/her parent/guardian;
Three meals a day;
All Hog Island Photography Camp programs for winner and his/her travel companion;

Total ARV of Youth Prize is $3,500 USD. Travel companion of Youth Prize winner must be the parent/legal guardian of Youth Prize winner and must accompany winner during all Youth Prize trip components.

The total ARV of all Prizes available to be won: $17,000 USD.


Audubon’s 2019 Photography Awards Contest is open to all legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 13 years of age or older as of January 7, 2019. Employees of the National Audubon Society, Inc., its officers, directors of its national, state and center boards, and their immediate families (parents, children, siblings and spouses, regardless of where they reside) or those living in the same household (whether or not related), and employees of Nature’s Best Photography, its officers, directors, parents, affiliates, and advertising agencies associated with this Contest, and their immediate families (parents, children, siblings and spouses, regardless of where they reside) or those living in the same household (whether or not related), are not eligible to participate.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

You represent and warrant that: a) You are the sole and exclusive author and owner of the Photograph and all rights therein; b) The Photograph has not won any previous awards, prizes or competitions; c) You have the full and exclusive right, power, and authority to submit the Photograph and to grant Audubon and Nature’s Best Photography the rights granted herein, including a worldwide copyright license, upon the terms and conditions set herein; d) No rights in the Photograph have been previously granted to any person, firm, corporation or other entity, or otherwise encumbered such that the prior grant would limit or interfere with the rights granted to the Sponsors herein; e) No part of the Photograph has been published by Audubon or Nature’s Best Photography magazine, including in Audubon Magazine, on any portion of Audubon’s website ( or in Nature’s Best Photography magazine; and, f) No part of your Photograph defames or invades the privacy or publicity rights of any person, living or decreased, or otherwise infringes upon any third party’s copyright, trademark or other personal or property rights.