Some winners of the 2017 Audubon Photography Contest

The Atlantic has published some absolutely stunning photos that are the winners of the 2017 Audubon Magazine photography contest:

The winners of the the eighth annual Audubon Photography Awards competition have just been announced.  Photographers entered images in three categories: professional, amateur, and youth. More than 5,500 images depicting birdlife from 49 states and eight Canadian provinces, were judged. The National Audubon Society was once more kind enough to share some of this year’s winners and runners-up with us below. To view even more great bird photography, you can also see the top 100 entries at  the Audubon website.

The Atlantic reproduces 21 photos (all of birds of course); I’ll put up my favorite seven, but be sure to go look at them all, as well as the top 100 entries, some of which are as good as the winners. It was really hard to choose these seven out of 21!

Atlantic Puffin. Photo: Ann Pacheco / Audubon Photography Awards:

This is my favorite:

Ring-necked Duck. Photo: Chris Hartzell / Audubon Photography Awards:

Piping Plover. Photo: William Page Pully / Audubon Photography Awards:

Peregrine Falcons. Photo: Glenn Conlan / Audubon Photography Awards [JAC: note how the male holds his talons so as not to injure his mate during copulation]:

American Oystercatchers. Photo: Warren Hatch Andrew Lee / Audubon Photography Awards:

Great Gray Owl. Photo: Steve Mattheis / Audubon Photography Awards / 2017 Professional Winner:

Bronzed Cowbird. Photo: Carole Wiley / Audubon Photography Awards:

h/t: Diane G


  1. Randy schenck
    Posted July 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Amazing camera work…

    • Mark R.
      Posted July 16, 2017 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

      I think the majority of jaw-dropping photography has more to do with right place at the right time (diligent patience waiting for luck) over amazing camera work. Not to say that each of these photos don’t exhibit amazing camera work.

  2. Graham Head
    Posted July 16, 2017 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Today i learnt, courtesy of the BBCs Countryfile, that the record for a Puffin on the Isle of May is holding 61 sand eels in its beak at the same time. Don’t ask me how they found out.

    • Mark R.
      Posted July 16, 2017 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

      61? I find that hard to believe. How would they count indeed? Knock the bird out and remove the eels? Did it find a mini-eel nest consisting of 100’s of tiny offspring. Hmpf.

      • Posted July 17, 2017 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

        The photo above might hold the answer, as in if you could get a high quality photo and simply count them. Deposit say a 100 in a pond and watch, count how many are left. Sometimes things are not as they seem and this not an answer just a suggestion.

  3. rickflick
    Posted July 16, 2017 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    I love these kinds of shots where some interesting behavior is depicted.

    • Mark R.
      Posted July 16, 2017 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

      I think the cowbird is ready to lay on wings. Moooo.

      • rickflick
        Posted July 16, 2017 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

        The geometry of that image is very impressive. Millions of years in the making.

  4. gouparchery
    Posted July 16, 2017 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    good post

  5. David Coxill
    Posted July 17, 2017 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    Love the look on the Owl’s face .

  6. Douglas Siple
    Posted July 17, 2017 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never gotten a good explanation of how Puffins end up with a dozen small fish in their beaks at once! Are they scooping the fish up all at once from a very dense school?

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