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Audubon Announces 2024 Audubon Photography Awards Winners

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NEW YORK (June 20, 2024) – Today the National Audubon Society announced the winners of the 2024 Audubon Photography Awards. Now in its fifteenth year, the contest features stunning work from professionals, amateurs, and young people that highlights the beauty of birds and the joy of capturing that through photographs and videos. Judges awarded nine prizes, including the new Birds in Landscapes Prize for the top image depicting the relationship between birds and their surroundings. Winning entries and honorable mentions were chosen from more than 2,300 entrants from all 50 states, Washington D.C., and 9 Canadian provinces and 1 territory.  

For the first time, the competition awarded the Birds in Landscapes Prize, which was introduced to draw attention to how birds connect with their broader surroundings. Whether the setting is wild, urban, or suburban, or the relationship is symbiotic or reflects a specific challenge birds face, the prize encourages photographers to take a step back and look at the whole environment, then let the photograph tell the story. Previously featured prizes, such as the Plants for Birds Prize, Fisher Prize, Female Bird Prize, and Video Prize, were also awarded in this year’s contest.

Audubon’s climate science report Survival by Degrees reveals that two-thirds of North American birds are threatened by extinction from climate change, including species featured in this year’s Audubon Photography Awards like the Blackburnian Warbler, California Quail, and Sedge Wren. Learn more about how climate change will impact birds in your communities by entering your zip code into Audubon’s Birds and Climate Visualizer.  Award winners and honorable mentions will be featured in the Summer 2024 issue of Audubon magazine, and select photos and videos will also be featured in digital galleries promoted on Audubon’s website and social channels throughout the year.

Grand Prize Winner

Professional Winner

Amateur Winner

Plants For Birds Winner

Youth Winner

Video Winner

Female Bird Prize Winner

Birds in Landscapes Prize Winner

Fisher Prize Winner

Professional Honorable Mention

Amateur Honorable Mention

Video Honorable Mention

Plants For Birds Honorable Mention

Youth Honorable Mention

2024 Contest PrizesGrand Prize: $5,000 USD Professional Prize: $2,500 USD Amateur Prize: $2,500 USD Plants for Birds Prize: $2,500 USD Video Prize: $2,500 USD Female Bird Prize: $1,000 USD Birds in Landscapes Prize: $1,000 USD Fisher Prize: $1,000 USD Youth Prize: Six days at Audubon’s Hog Island Audubon Camp for Teens during the 2025 season The 2024 panel of judges:

Sabine Meyer, photography director, National Audubon Society
Lucas Bustamante, environmental photojournalist and biologist
Preeti Desai, senior director of social media & storytelling, National Audubon Society
Daniel Dietrich, wildlife photographer, filmmaker, and cinematographer
Morgan Heim, conservation photographer, filmmaker and adventurer
Noppadol Paothong, nature/conservation photographer
John Rowden, conservation consultant and native plants expert
Mike Fernandez, video producer, National Audubon Society
Rina Miele, wildlife photographer and videographer
Mick Thompson, wildlife photographer and videographer
Alyssa Bueno, wildlife photographer, Feminist Bird Club
Founders of the Galbatross Project:  
Brooke Bateman, director of climate science, National Audubon Society  
Stephanie Beilke, conservation manager, conservation science, National Audubon Society  
Martha Harbison, communications director, community building, National Audubon Society  
Joanna Wu, PhD student at the University of California, Los Angeles 

 All photos and videos are judged based on technical quality, originality, and artistic merit and must adhere to Audubon’s Guide to Ethical Bird Photography and Videography. For more information, please visit the official contest rules.   To learn more about Audubon’s Plants for Birds program and Native Plants Database, please visit audubon.org/native-plants.    

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About Audubon The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas towards a future where birds thrive because Audubon is a powerful, diverse, and ever-growing force for conservation. Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the hemisphere and more than 1.5 million active supporters. North America has lost three billion birds since 1970, and more than 500 bird species are at risk of extinction across Latin America and the Caribbean. Birds act as early warning systems about the health of our environment, and they tell us that birds – and our planet – are in crisis. Together as one Audubon, we are working to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss. We do this by implementing on-the-ground conservation, partnering with local communities, influencing public and corporate policy, and building community. Learn more at www.audubon.org and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @audubonsociety.

Media Contact: Megan Moriarty, [email protected] 

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