2024 Audubon Photography Awards Winners

2024 Audubon Photography Awards Winners


New York, NY—The National Audubon Society revealed the 2024 Audubon Photography Awards winners. Now in its fifteenth year, the contest features stunning work from professionals, amateurs as well as young people that highlights the beauty of birds and the joy of capturing that through photographs and videos. Moreover, judges awarded nine prizes. This included the new Birds in Landscapes Prize for the top image depicting the relationship between birds and their surroundings.

Blackburnian Warblers. Photo: Mathew Malwitz/Audubon Photography Awards

Furthermore, winning entries and honorable mentions were chosen from more than 2,300 entrants from all 50 states, Washington DC, and 9 Canadian provinces.

2024 Audubon Photography Awards Winners

For the first time, the competition awarded the Birds in Landscapes Prize. It 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. The organization also awarded previously featured prizes, such as the Plants for Birds Prize, Fisher Prize, Female Bird Prize, as well as a Video Prize.

Additionally, Audubon’s climate science report, Survival by Degrees, reveals that two-thirds of North American birds are threatened by extinction from climate change. They include species featured in this year’s Audubon Photography Awards: 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.

Black-capped Chickadee and broad-leaf cattail. Photo: Linda Scher

Furthermore, the Audubon will feature award winners and honorable mentions in the summer 2024 issue of Audubon magazine. Select photos and videos will also be featured in digital galleries promoted on Audubon’s website and social channels throughout the year.

The 2024 contest prizes included:

Grand Prize, $5,000: Blackburnian Warblers. Photo: Mathew Malwitz/
Professional Prize, $2,500: Willow Ptarmigans. Photo: Liron Gertsman
Amateur Prize, $2,500: Great-tailed Grackles. Photo: Tristan Vratil
Plants for Birds Prize, $2,500: Black-capped Chickadee and broad-leaf cattail. Photo: Linda Scher
Video Prize, $2,500: Purple Gallinules. Video: Steven Chu
Female Bird Prize, $1,000: Wild Turkey. Photo: Travis Potter
Birds in Landscapes Prize, $1,000: California Quail. Photo: Kevin Lohman
Fisher Prize, $1,000: Common Gallinule. Photo: Douglas DeFelice
Youth Prize, Six days at Audubon’s Hog Island Audubon Camp for Teens during the 2025 season: American Kestrels. Photo: Parham Pourahmad

American Kestrels. Photo: Parham Pourahmad

All photos and videos are judged based on technical quality, originality as well as artistic merit. They must also adhere to Audubon’s Guide to Ethical Bird Photography and Videography.