Gentoo Penguins. Photo: Deborah Albert/Audubon Photography Awards

Gentoo Penguins Photo: Deborah Albert/Audubon Photography Awards


Audubon Photography Awards Traveling Exhibit

Coming to Burlington and Montpelier

Selected from more than 5,500 entries, the winning photos were published in the Summer 2017 issue of Audubon Magazine and show birdlife at its most vivid, vulnerable, formidable, and elegant. Photographers from 49 states and eight Canadian provinces submitted images in three categories: professional, amateur, and youth. A panel of five judges had the daunting task of sifting through the stunning images and grading them based on technical quality, originality, and artistic merit.

Burlington Exhibit

One Main Lobby @ Main Street Landing's Union Station
1 Main Street
Burlington, VT

Reception: Friday, February 2, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Gallery Exhibit: Saturday, January 20 - Tuesday, February 6
The Exhibition Space is open to the public every day from 10 am – 6 pm

Montpelier Pop-Up Exhibit

T.W. Wood Gallery
46 Barre Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

One-Night Pop-Up Reception: Thursday, January 18, 5:30 - 8 pm

Mute Swans
Mute Swans Photo: Christopher Schlaf

The contest judges were:

  • Kenn Kaufman: Bird-guide author, Audubon field editor
  • Melissa Groo: Professional photographer and 2015 Grand Prize winner
  • Steve Freligh: Co-publisher of Nature's Best Photography
  • Kevin Fisher: Audubon creative director
  • Sabine Meyer: Audubon photography director

Read more about the 2017 Audubon Photography Awards here.

Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl Photo: Steve Matteis

But wait, there’s more…

  • The judges for the Audubon Photography Awards put together their Top 100 Birds Photos from the 5,500 images submitted. Get lost among some of the world’s greatest bird photography.
  • When one receives 5,500 photos of birds, odds are good that some interesting examples of bird behavior will be captured. Birds are lovers and fighters, singers and dancers, hunters and players. We're lucky that our contestants were able to get them on camera. Get a glimpse into a variety of avian behaviors.
  • Feeling inspired to pick up your camera? Here are tips and how-to’s from pros on how to get started (or up your game) with nature photography and capture truly stunning bird shots.
  • Remember though: While photography is generally a fun and rewarding way to appreciate birds and other wildlife, there are rules that must be followed. Overly ambitious birders can push the limits of what’s considered safe for their feathered subjects. Lesson one: The well-being of the birds comes first. Learn about bird photography ethics.
  • Okay, now that you’ve been inspired by the best and educated on how to operate safely, find out what gear is required to make your bird photo shoot a complete success.

Thank-you to our Sponsors and Partners for making this event possible:

  • Main Street Landing – Host Sponsor for Burlington exhibit
  • The Skinny Pancake – Food Sponsor for the Burlington Reception and the Montpelier Pop-Up Exhibit
Audubon Photography Awards Traveling Exhibit

Special Thanks to:

  • Arts Alive and SEABA for partnering with us on the Burlington Exhibit
  • Vermont Conservation Voters and T.W. Wood Gallery for partnering with us for our Montpelier Event 
T.W. Wood Gallery

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