The grand prize winner of the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards captures a Red-winged Blackbird in a scene that would be at home on the wall of an art museum.
The most dramatic winning photo shows a Bald Eagle and a Red Fox fighting over a fish in a mid-air struggle.
For birders, the photos from the annual contest, held in conjunction with Nature’s Best Photography, is a tour of the beauty and power of birds in action. Some are so artful it takes a moment to decipher what you’re seeing. Others are magnificent angles of birds in flight. Two of the winning photos are closeups that give an entirely different perspective of their subjects.
When the Audubon Society asked if we’d be interested in publishing these photos, we were delighted to share work that will appeal to photographers of every caliber and birders of every level. For those of us who spend hours upon hours following birds, it’s a pleasure to see what the very best photos can achieve.
Here’s a link to the announcement of this year’s winners. About 2,200 photographers, including professionals, amateurs and youngsters, submitted photos from all 50 states and Canada. If you’re interested in submitting photos for the contest in the future, here’s link to the application as well as a library of links on bird photography.
Here’s a link to last year’s winners. For those who want to immerse themselves in terrific bird photography, here’s the background of the 100 top entries from last year, with short descriptions of how the photographers got the shot.
Here are this year’s winning photos and an honorable mention:
Grand Prize Winner -- Species: Red-winged Blackbird Photographer: Kathrin Swoboda Hometown: Vienna, Virginia Location: Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria, Virginia
Amateur winner -- Species: White-necked Jacobin Photographer: Mariam Kamal Hometown: New York, New York Location: Dave and Dave’s Nature Park, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
Professional winner -- Species: Greater Sage-Grouse Photographer: Elizabeth Boehm Hometown: Pinedale, Wyoming Location: Pinedale, Wyoming
Youth Winner -- Species: Horned Puffin Photographer: Sebastian Velasquez Hometown: Menlo Park, California Location: Alaska SeaLife Center, Seward, Alaska
Fisher Prize winner -- Species: Black-browed Albatross Photographer: Ly Dang Hometown: Poway, California Location: Saunders Island, Falkland Islands
Professional honorable mention -- Species: Bald Eagle Photographer: Kevin Ebi Hometown: Lynnwood, Washington Location: San Juan Island National Historical Park, Friday Harbor, Washington