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These Award-Winning Bird Photos Are Just So Powerful

 The National Audubon Society is an American non-profit organization that is dedicated to the protection of birds and to environmental conservation. Every year, it hosts the Audubon Photography Awards that allows photographers from across the United States and seven Canadian provinces to present their best bird photographs. In its 11th year now, this contest gives us an opportunity to marvel at the winged wonders of the world that inhabit our planet.

Recently, the winners of the 2021 Audubon Photography Awards were announced. Caroline Fraser, with her stunning shot of a greater roadrunner captured in Texas, was awarded the Grand Prize winner. Here, we have featured all the amazing winning images from this year’s contest along with a few honorable mentions.  

Related: See the Winners of the 2020 Audubon Photography Awards

Amateur Award Winner: Robin Ulery

2021 Audubon Photography Awards Winners, Sandhill Crane
A Sandhill Crane resting in Johns Lake, Winter Garden, Florida, with its colt. These large birds are found predominately in North America.

Professional Award Winner: Steve Jessmore

2021 Audubon Photography Awards Winners, Northern Cardinal
A  Northern Cardinal takes flight on a  bitterly cold winter day at Rural Muskegon County, Michigan. It is the official state bird of seven US states. 

Grand Prize: Carolina Fraser

2021 Audubon Photography Awards Winners, Greater Roadrunner
The Greater Roadrunner, an icon of the southwest, is seen in its full glory at Los Novios Ranch, Cotulla, Texas.

Amateur Honorable Mention: Tom Ingram

2021 Audubon Photography Awards Winners, Peregrine Falcon
The Peregrine Falcon, known for its incredible diving speed - which can reach more than 300 km (186 miles) per hour - at  La Jolla Cove, California.

Plants For Birds Honorable Mention: Karen Boyer Guyton

2021 Audubon Photography Awards Winners, Anna’s Hummingbirds
Anna’s Hummingbirds make incredible nests that are strong but flexible. Here, one is seen working on a nest at Quilcene, Washington.

Professional Honorable Mention: Steve Jessmore

2021 Audubon Photography Awards Winners, Red-tailed Hawk
A Red-tailed Hawk looks on at its prey - an eastern chipmunk it has just caught - on a snowy, dark winter afternoon at Kensington Metropark, Milford Township, Michigan.

Plants For Birds Award Winner: Shirley Donald

2021 Audubon Photography Awards Winners, Red-winged Blackbird
This Red-winged Blackbird is trying to pluck out insects from flowers to feed its nestlings. Location: Blue Sea, Quebec, Canada.

Female Bird Prize: Elizabeth Yicheng Shen

2021 Audubon Photography Awards Winners, Northern Harrier
The Northern Harrier is a wily raptor that hunts by gliding low over open marshes and fields and always keeps an eye out for prey. This one was spotted in Coyote Hills Regional Park, Fremont, California and almost appears to have an owl-like face. 

Youth Award Winner: Arav Karighattam

2021 Audubon Photography Awards Winners,
Purple Sandpipers are really tough birds and can thrive in the harshest conditions - from the icy Arctic to places where freezing ocean waves crash wildly upon coastal rocks. This lone bird was resting on a rock in Rockport, Massachusetts.

Fisher Prize: Patrick Coughlin

2021 Audubon Photography Awards Winners, Anna’s Hummingbird
A beautiful shot of a juvenile Anna’s Hummingbird feeding on a flower. Location: Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve, Berkeley, California

Youth Honorable Mention: Josiah Launstein

2021 Audubon Photography Awards Winners, Canada Geese
Canada Geese are very aggressive and extremely territorial. Here, one male is seen charging at another goose that attempted to land in the area. Location: Burnaby Lake, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
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