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Audubon Photography Awards


Great Egret was photographed by Melissa Groo, the Audubon Photography Awards 2015 Grand Prize Winner.

If you're crazy about birds and photography, combine your twin passions by entering your best bird photos in the 2016 Audubon Photography Awards. You could win a cash prize of up to $5,000 or as a youth winner, a special trip that will help you become an even better bird photographer.
The youth trip includes five days next July in Maine at the Hog Island Audubon Camp's Photography session for the winner and a parent or guardian. Transportation is included.
Winning photos will be published in the May-June 2016 "Audubon" and in "Nature's Best Photo-graphy" magazine, and displayed within the 2016 Nature's Best Photography Exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Categories include:
• Professional - In-dividuals currently earning more than $5,000 per year selling photography
• Amateur - Individuals currently earning less than $5,000 per year selling photography
• Fine Art - More conceptual, artistic images; entrants must be 18 or older at contest launch date
• Youth - Individuals aged 13 to 17 years who are making less than $5,000 a year selling photography. Children 12 years old or younger are not eligible.
Fees are Jan. 6 through Feb. 12, $15 per image; and Feb. 13 through Feb. 19, $20 per image. There is no fee for Youth category and no limit to the number of images submitted. The deadline to enter is February 19, 2016
Judges include Kevin Fisher, creative director, National Audubon Society; Steve Freligh, publisher, "Nature's Best Photography"; Melissa Groo, wildlife photographer and winner of the 2015 contest's Grand Prize; Kenn Kaufman, bird expert and Audubon field editor; and Sabine Meyer, photography director, National Audubon Society.
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