The 2013 Audubon Magazine Photography Awards

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The 2013 Audubon Magazine Photography Awards

This year's winners show us birds' beauty and give us even more reason to protect them.

By Kenn Kaufman
Published: January-February 2014

Almost 900 photographers entered Audubon’s fifth annual photo awards, which we present in association with Nature’s Best Photography. We chose four winners, but in truth, everyone who entered was a winner, because of both their great photographs and their passion for birds.

Every year I admire the Audubon Photo Awards finalists. But this was my first stint as one of the judges, and it gave me a different perspective. After days spent poring over thousands of entries in the early rounds, I was in awe of the quality of the bird photography being done by the entrants. The winners displayed here, and the gallery of the Top 100 compiled for the website, represent only the tip of a very impressive iceberg.

Taking a really fine bird photo is an art, requiring major skill and knowledge. In the past it often required a lot of money. The best cameras and telephoto lenses are still expensive, but today even some simple point-and-shoot cameras have good superzoom lenses, and surprisingly good pictures are being taken with cell phones. The high cost of film and processing is only a memory. Bird photography still offers tremendous challenges, but expense is no longer the barrier it once was, and practically anyone can try it.

That’s a very good thing, because photography serves more and more as a window for discovery. Whether through published images or through our own cameras, photography forces us to notice that birds are priceless in their beauty and diversity, and worth saving for future generations.

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It has so much capability and

It has so much capability and it is questioning the most serious, indispensable things about our subsistence - our values as human beings. Where are we going, where are we rushing? Maybe we need to close and look at the grace around us?

i like the first picture,

i like the first picture, first time i think its a tower..lol

Still can't see them...

Still can't see them...

I'm still not seeing the top

I'm still not seeing the top 10 photos

Feb 3rd is that the release

Feb 3rd is that the release date to see the top 100 photos? I'm still not seeing them.

http://www.audubonmagazine.or

this is about the 10th time

this is about the 10th time i've visited this website for the top 100, still nothing? come on guys.

I have been waiting and

I have been waiting and waiting and waiting
No response from Audubon
Downright Disgusting PR!
Guess you will be waiting and waiting and waiting for any future contributions.

Guys! You are creating a PR

Guys! You are creating a PR nightmare for yourselves by not responding in any apparent way to the comments to date or by fixing the problem of not showing the Top 100 photos from the contest. I'm sure many (most?) of your subscribers are like me and look forward to these photos each year. For every comment here there must be at least 100 more ticked off subscribers. Time to step up! Thanks!

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