MONTPELIER – Audubon Vermont will host the 2022 Audubon Photography Awards Traveling Exhibition at the T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier, between Thursday, Jan. 5, and Wednesday, January 18. There will be an opening reception on Friday, Jan. 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Visitors can view a display of the winning images and learn more about local bird life in Vermont. Reproductions of the winning photos will be available for sale through the photographers.
In the thirteenth year of the contest, winning photos, videos and honorable mentions were selected from 2,416 entrants from all 50 states, Washington D.C. and seven Canadian provinces and territories.
The competition continued to award the Female Bird Prize and Video Prize, which were successfully introduced last year. The Female Bird Prize highlights female birds, which are often overlooked and underappreciated in bird photography and conservation. The Video Prize recognizes the dynamic movement and behavior of birds and the ways we view and memorialize them.
Registration is not required for the opening reception or for general viewing, but please check the T.W. Wood Gallery’s website for directions and hours of operation. All images of the winners and honorable mentions can be found there.
This year’s contest prizes include Grand Prize: $5,000, Professional Prize: $2,500, Amateur Prize: $2,500, Plants for Birds Prize: $2,500, Video Prize: $2,500, Female Bird Prize: $1,000, Fisher Prize: $1,000, Youth Prize: Six days at Audubon’s Hog Island Audubon Camp during the 2023 season.
The 2022 panel of judges were Melissa Hafting, conservation photographer and youth nature educator; Tara Tanaka, bird photographer, videographer, and Swarovski’s Digiscoper of the Year (2011 and 2012); Allen Murabayashi, co-founder, PhotoShelter; John Rowden, former senior director of bird-friendly communities, National Audubon Society; Sabine Meyer, photography director, National Audubon Society; Mike Fernandez, video producer, National Audubon Society; Sean Graesser, biologist and conservation photographer and videographer; Founders of the Galbatross Project: Brooke Bateman, director of climate science, National Audubon Society, Stephanie Beilke, conservation manager, conservation science, Martha Harbison, senior network content editor, National Audubon Society, Purbita Saha, member, Bergen County Audubon Society, and former Audubon magazine editor , and Joanna Wu, PhD student at the University of California, Los Angeles.
All photos and videos are judged on the following criteria: technical quality, originality, artistic merit, all photographers must follow “Audubon’s Guide to Ethical Bird Photography and Videography.
To learn more about Audubon’s Plants for Birds program and Native Plants Database, visit audubon.org/native-plants.
The T.W. Wood Gallery is located at 46 Barre Street. For gallery hours, call (802) 262-6035.