Amazing Winning Photos of the 2017 Audubon Photography Awards

Wildlife photographers from 48 U.S. states and 8 Canadian provinces entered the competition with the hopes to not only win a cash prize and trip, but the possibility to exhibit their work at the 2017 Nature’s Best Photography Exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Compared with other wildlife photograph, it is not that easy to take the perfect photos of birds – not only because they are quite shy but they keep moving as well. Hence, photographer really needs a lot of patience and the ability to quickly act when the perfect timing comes. Take a look at our favorite collection below and if you want to see more of those bird photography, you can explore Audubon’s top 100 photos from this year’s contest.

Gentoo Penguin by Deborah Albert. Grand prize winner. Location: Brown Bluff, Antarctica.
Amazing Winning Photos of the 2017 Audubon Photography Awards

Great Gray Owl by Steve Mattheis. Professional winner. Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
Amazing Winning Photos of the 2017 Audubon Photography Awards

Southern Carmine Bee-eater by Zachary Webster. Youth winner. Location: Luangwa River, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.
Amazing Winning Photos of the 2017 Audubon Photography Awards

Mute Swan by Chistopher Schlaf. Amateur honorable mention. Location: Washington, Michigan.
Amazing Winning Photos of the 2017 Audubon Photography Awards

Bald Eagle by Aaron Baggenstos. Location: Skagit Valley, WA
Amazing Winning Photos of the 2017 Audubon Photography Awards

Von Der Decken’s Hornbill by Mark Hendricks. Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Amazing Winning Photos of the 2017 Audubon Photography Awards

Roseate Spoonbill by Dawn Wilson. Location: Smith’s Oak Rookery, High Island, TX.
Amazing Winning Photos of the 2017 Audubon Photography Awards

Ring-necked Duck by Chris Hartzell. Location: Dead Horse State Park, Cottonwood, AZ.
Amazing Winning Photos of the 2017 Audubon Photography Awards

Western Grebe by Andrew Lee. Loction: Lake Hodges, Escondido, CA
Amazing Winning Photos of the 2017 Audubon Photography Awards

Brown Pelican by Frank Abbott. Location: Sanibel Island, FL
Amazing Winning Photos of the 2017 Audubon Photography Awards

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