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Award-Winning Nature Photographs on Display at Walker Nature Center

  • Walker Nature Center 11450 Glade Drive Reston, VA, 20191 United States (map)

Roadshow of 2016’s Best Avian Photography Coming to Reston


Visit the Walker Nature Center betweenJanuary 28 and February 14, 2017 to walk among the winning bird photographs from the 2016 Audubon Photography Awards and learn more about your local birdlife.

Selected from over 7,000 entries—submitted from all 50 states, DC, and Canada—the winning photos were published in the May-June 2016 issue of Audubon magazine. 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.

Meet the winning birds:

  • Grand Prize Winner, Bonnie Bloc - Bald Eagle and Great Blue Herons. Photo: Bonnie Block/Audubon Photography Awards
  • Professional Winner, Dick Dickinson - Osprey. Photo: Dick Dickinson/Audubon Photography Awards
  • Amateur Winner, Steve Torna - Eared Grebes. Photo: Steve Torna/Audubon Photography Awards
  • Youth Winner, Carolina Anne Fraser - Great Frigatebirds. Photo: Carolina Anne Fraser/Audubon Photography Awards
  • Fine Art Winner, Barbara Driscoll - Green Violetear. Photo: Barbara Driscoll/Audubon Photography Awards
  • Amateur Honorable Mention, Artur Stankiewicz - Black-winged Stilt. Photo: Artur Stankiewicz/Audubon Photography Awards
  • Amateur Honorable Mention, Colleen Gara - Common Ravens. Photo: Colleen Gara/Audubon Photography Awards
  • Fine Art Honorable Mention, Blake Shaw - Turkey Vultures. Photo: Blake Shaw/Audubon Photography Awards
  • Amateur Honorable Mention, Martin V. Sneary - Piping Plovers. Photo: Martin V. Sneary/Audubon Photography Awards

The contest judges were:

  • Kenn Kaufmann: 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 2016 Audubon Photography Awards here.

On a somber note, half of the species in the winning and honored photos are birds identified as threatened or endangered by climate change in Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report (, which shows that 314 bird species in North America face an uncertain future due to shifting climatic suitability. The situation is indeed dire but there are reasons for hope.

For high-resolution image files and more information on the Audubon Photography Awards please contact Nicolas Gonzalez,, 212-979-3068.

But wait, there’s more…

The judges for the Audubon Photography Awards put together their Top 100 Birds Photos from the 7,000 images submitted. Get lost among some of the world’s greatest bird photography.

When one receives 7,000 photos of birds, odds are good that some interesting examples of bird behavior will be captured. From songbirds wreaking havoc on much larger raptors, to couples dancing in the throes of courtship, the spectrum of performances is near infinite. We're lucky that our contestants were able to get them on camera.

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.

To stay updated on all things birds, visit and follow @audubonsociety on Twitter.

Questions, suggestions, comments? Email or call 212-979-3000.

The National Audubon Society saves birds and their habitats throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state programs, nature centers, chapters and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubon’s vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization. Learn more at and @audubonsociety.