The Successful Photographs from the Audubon Images Awards 2022

Barbara Merkley
Photo by Jack Zhi

The Nationwide Audubon Modern society has disclosed the winners of its thirteenth yearly Audubon Images Awards. The highlighted images show the magnificence of birds and the pleasure of capturing them in their environments by way of pics and films.

This yr, judges awarded eight prizes throughout five divisions from a pool of 2,416 entrants from all 50 states, Washington D.C., and 7 Canadian provinces and territories. The firm says it made the decision to continue to award the Woman Chook Prize and Movie Prize, which had been successfully launched previous year.

The Woman Bird Prize highlights female birds, which are normally ignored and underappreciated in chicken images and conservation. The Movie Prize recognizes the dynamic motion and conduct of birds and the means we watch and memorialize them.

All photographs and films are judged by the 2022 panel for complex top quality, originality, and artistic advantage. All pictures ought to also observe Audubon’s Information to Ethical Chicken Pictures and Videography.

The grand prize winner receives $5,000 and the remaining category winners obtain anywhere involving $1,000 and $2,500 except for the Youth division, whose winner receives six days at the Audubon’s Hog Island Audubon Camp for the duration of the 2023 year.

In addition, all award winners and honorable mentions will be highlighted in the Summer months 2022 concern of Audubon magazine and will also vacation the nation as aspect of an Audubon Pictures Awards show, in which they will be on exhibit at 28 venues in 19 states — including numerous Audubon character facilities — between October 2022 and June 2023.

Grand Prize Photograph

The grand prize image, above, was awarded to photographer Jack Shi from Costa Mesa, California for his picture of a huge, largely white White-tailed Kite as it hovers mid-air with its wings and tail feather unfold extensive. It immediately faces the digicam with its underside uncovered and clutches a vole in its yellow talons. Another raptor flies over the forward-experiencing kite, its profile obvious in entrance of a cloudless blue sky.

Beneath are all of the other winners for each and every remaining group.

Professional Award Winner

A White-tailed Ptarmigan sits atop a rock overlooking mountains and a valley. The bird’s again faces the digital camera, and its head is turned to the side, showing the viewer its profile. The bird’s brown and white feathers search identical to the pattern of the eco-friendly lichen masking the rock. | Image by Liron Gertsman

Amateur Award Winner

A Western Grebe’s crimson eye stares into the digicam, its human body dealing with forward on approximately still h2o. Two chicks trip on its again, with their head cocked all over the grownup grebe’s neck to either aspect. Each holds either end of a silver fish in its beak. | Image by Peter Shen

Youth Award Winner

A Black-bellied Whistling-Duck with a very long brown physique and pink legs perches on the edge of a gaping hole in the trunk of a palm tree. Its head, which also sports a brilliant pink monthly bill, peers into the hollow of the trunk that is yellow with early early morning mild. At the rear of the tree is dense greenery. | Image by Jayden Preussner

Plants for Birds Award Winner

A tiny Nashville Warbler, yellow with a gray head, clings to the stalk of a scarlet bee balm plant. Its profile faces a pink seedhead wherever a handful of shiny pink flower segments continue being and stand out from a inexperienced background. In the bird’s beak is a small snail. | Picture by Shirley Donald

Female Fowl Prize

A female Better Sage-Grouse stands in profile surrounded by sagebrush. Put in seedheads stretch slightly larger than the bird. White snow addresses the floor to the bird’s tummy and clings to the bordering crops. The chook has a heat brown eye, a limited but stout black beak, and finely patterned gray, white, brown, and black feathers. The chook is entrance-lit by vivid early morning solar coming from the ideal of the body. | Photo by Alan Krakauer

Fisher Prize

Experienced Honorable Mention

With their wings open up, two male Sharp-tailed Grouse engage in a tussle, suspended in the air just higher than and in front of beige grasses. The fowl on the left looks up at the hen on the suitable, showing to snap at it. The chicken on the appropriate seems down on its aggressor, its feet splayed in front of it. | Photograph by Liron Gersman

Amateur Honorable Point out

Two black Frequent Ravens stand on white snow. Standing somewhat to the side, the hen on the left appears to groom the 2nd, its beak on the next bird’s head. The chicken on the right stands sideways in a a little bit crouched position, its shiny feathers fluffed out. | Photograph by Ankur Khurana

Youth Honorable Point out

The head of a Bigger-Prairie Rooster in profile is in sharp emphasis, the grassland history blurred behind it. The bird’s mouth is opened a bit, and the orange air sacs on its neck are deflated and have a bumpy texture. The horn-like feathers on its head are erect, and over the bird’s alert eyes protrude textured golden eyebrows. Its entire body is covered in brownand white-striped feathers. | Photo by Amiel Hopkins

Plants for Birds Honorable Mention

A Hawai‘i ‘Amakihi drinks nectar upside down from the pink, clustered flowers of the sandalwood tree. Down below the blooms, a black and orange bee techniques, its beating wings blurred. The bird’s small inexperienced human body is in gentle sunlight as its somewhat curved black beak disappears into a flower. | Photograph by Warren Johnson

The movie awards winners and all other winners and honorable mentions can be seen on the Countrywide Audubon Culture competitiveness internet site, which also reveals extra aspects about how just about every picture was taken.


Picture credits: All pics are independently credited and furnished courtesy of the Audubon Pictures Awards.

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