These Are The Winners Of The Eighth Annual Audubon Photography Awards

Submitted by: fancylad 1 year ago in Misc Science


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.

To view even more great bird photography, you can also see the top 100 entries at  the Audubon website.
There are 13 comments:
Male 896
Anyone wanna talk about the bird of prey bias in this photo archive? Power to the Anatidae!
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Male 329
More of this please. The politically charged everything-else is exhausting.
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Male 5,637
that one eagle was a muslim, and owls are cool and creepy
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Male 415
Outstanding.  I would never have the patience to get such a beautiful photo.
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Female 1,632
Well shit, I should have entered!!

Cant seem to get it to just post the image soooooooo heres the link!

http://i.imgur.com/rPhyW4U.jpg
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Male 9,187
Naz14 That's quite the plumage!
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Male 11,546
some nice ones there
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Female 107
I've always found it funny that people win awards for accidental photos.
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Male 1,407
@_suzuka You don't.  I can tell you from hard experience, that award winning photography isn't just point and click.  None of these shots was taken with a smartphone.

Photography at this level is an art, backed up with technology for sure, but the skill of the photographer still shines through.  It takes a lot of hard work coupled with a practiced eye to achieve these images.

Also, its not free to enter the Audubon contest (or at least it hasn't been free in the past), you have to pay to enter.
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Female 107
punko I'm aware of this. I'm a photographer myself and have been for years. What i mean is that they're not planned, so despite how fine the photographer's artistic technique, i still marvel at the fact that what makes these photos so great is how lucky the photographers are that they were there at the right time, and did the right thing. It;s the element of "accident" i was thinking of, cuz you don't plan this shit. Thanks for the lesson though. I needed to be schooled, i guess.
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Male 1,407
@_suzuka Getting set up to shoot the eagle pair takes the skill, the luck does come from shooting at that particular instant, but your preparation and knowledge of the landscape, the birds, behaviour, etc. makes the benefit of luck possible.

The photographer probably had 50 or more frames of the pair locked together, and was able to select the best one.   He/She probably spent hours in that spot with them.
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