2024 Audubon Photography Awards: Incredible Winning Shots of Birds in Action

These breathtaking entries were chosen from over 8,500 anonymous submissions.
2024 Audubon Photography Awards Incredible Winning Shots of Birds in Action
The 2024 Audubon Photography Awards jury has revealed the winners of this year’s competition. These breathtaking entries were chosen from over 8,500 anonymous submissions. Take a glance at the prize-winning images across seven categories: Amateur, Professional, Youth, Grand, Plants for Birds, Fisher, and Birds in Landscapes.
Grand Prize Winner
Blackburnian Warblers  Mathew MalwitzAudubon Photography Awards
Blackburnian Warblers. | Mathew Malwitz/Audubon Photography Awards
The backstory: While out for a walk, photographer Mathew Malwitz had been following the song of a Magnolia Warbler along a trail when two quarrelling Blackburnian Warblers dropped from the trees above. They landed a few feet in front of me, prompting me to carefully step back. They remained motionless, and he worried that the fall had injured them, but a moment later they began battling again. Once Malwitz realised the pair were too busy to notice him, he slowly dropped to the ground at their level to get a better look into their world. He adjusted his settings for action and snapped as they fought. The scene lasted a few minutes before they let each other go and returned to the canopy.
What the Judge (Daniel Dietrich) said: "This photo incorporates so much of what we all hope for in a spectacular image. The photographer had the knowledge to get very low to create a foreground and background that perfectly highlights the subject. The intense action is captured perfectly as the two animals grasp at each other’s beaks. The symmetry of the wing position and color of the birds are brilliant."
Professional Award
Willow Ptarmigans  Liron GertsmanAudubon Photography Awards
Willow Ptarmigans. | Liron Gertsman/Audubon Photography Awards
Amateur Award
Great-tailed Grackles  Tristan VratilAudubon Photography Awards
Great-tailed Grackles. | Tristan Vratil/Audubon Photography Awards
Plants for Birds
Black-capped Chickadee and broad-leaf cattail  Linda ScherAudubon Photography Awards
Black-capped Chickadee and broad-leaf cattail. | Linda Scher/Audubon Photography Awards
Youth Award
American Kestrels  Parham PourahmadAudubon Photography Awards
American Kestrels. | Parham Pourahmad/Audubon Photography Awards
Female Bird Prize
Wild Turkey  Travis PotterAudubon Photography Awards
Wild Turkey. | Travis Potter/Audubon Photography Awards
Birds in Landscapes
California Quail  Kevin LohmanAudubon Photography Awards
California Quail. | Kevin Lohman/Audubon Photography Awards
Fisher Prize
Common Gallinule  Douglas DeFeliceAudubon Photography Awards
Common Gallinule. | Douglas DeFelice/Audubon Photography Awards
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