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The Seattle Times – Seattle Audubon Photo Contest


In honor of our Centennial, Seattle Audubon teamed up with The Seattle Times to put on a bird-themed photo contest. Washington's most enthusiatic amateur photographers submitted over 1,700 bird photos in response! The winning photos were announced and showcased on The Seattle Times’ website on December 6, 2016. Their stunning photos are featured below. Thank you to all the entrants and our incredible team of sponsors.

GRAND PRIZE, DUKE COONRADUnCruise Adventures Baja package for 2




















FIRST PRIZE, MIRWAIS AZAMIEvergreen Escapes San Juan Islands tour for 2





















SECOND PRIZE, YOSHIKI NAKAMURA: Year of unlimited Seattle Audubon classes 
























Many thanks to UnCruise Adventures and Evergreen Escapes for donating these stellar prizes!





Contest FAQ’s

  • Who can submit photos?
    • Any resident of the state of Washington, unless you are a professional photographer
  • Can the photos be from anywhere in the world?
    • No, they must be taken in the Pacific Northwest.
  • How do I enter photos?
    • Submit photos through seattletimes.com/submit-photos. This is The Seattle Times’ Reader’s Lens portal.
  • I don’t see Seattle Audubon anywhere on the Reader’s Lens site, am I in the right place?
    • Yes you are! Seattle Audubon’s participation is outlined in the ‘Terms and Conditions’ along with all of our prizes and judges. Please see number 8.
  • How much does it cost to enter?
    • It is free, you just need to fill out the form on seattletimes.com/submit-photos.
  • When will I be notified if I win?
    • Winners will be notified on or around the week of November 21, 2016.
  • What defines “professional”?
    • A person whose occupation is photography and/or who earns a majority of his/her income as a photographer.
  • What is the age limit for the youth category?
    • Photographers must be 15 or younger to qualify as youth.
  • Do they HAVE to be taken within the past 30 days?
    • Photos must be recent, and preference will be given to those that are within the past 30 days.
  • Do they HAVE to be taken in the Greater Seattle area or Western Washington?
    • No, any photo taken in Washington State qualifies.
  • Who do I contact if I have questions?
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