The National Audubon Society, a non-profit environmental organization committed to animal conservation, hosts an annual bird photography competition called the Audubon Photography Awards. The competition celebrated its tenth anniversary this year, and a team of six judges just selected six winning images and four honorable mentions from over 8,000 submissions from 2,253 contestants.
Professional, Amateur, Youth, and Plants for Birds are the four categories the photographers compete in and the Grand and Fisher Prizes. The competition is open to residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec).
The Audubon Photography Awards organizers advise all photographers to conduct ethical and responsible bird photography, including refraining from harassing birds, using bait to entice them, photographing their nests with macro lenses, and utilizing drones. Any of these regulations that are broken will result in automatic disqualification.
More info: Audubon
#1 Youth Honorable Mention: Garrett Sheets
#2 Plants for Birds Honorable Mention: Joseph Przybyla
#3 Professional Honorable Mention: Kevin Ebi
#4 Amateur Honorable Mention: Melissa Rowell
#5 Fisher Prize Winner: Ly Dang
#6 Plants for Birds Winner: Michael Schulte
#7 Professional Winner: Elizabeth Boehm
#8 Youth Winner: Sebastian Velasquez