2022 Photo Contest
Birds of a feather...Bringing nature lovers, birders, & photographers together for the second annual Houston Audubon photo contest.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Flock Together Photo Contest!
The Ibis with the secrets
“I consider this achievement a step towards sharing birds with the world. Encouraging conservation through my bird photography has been my number one goal since I first started doing this. I hope that this picture can encourage others to get out there and learn not only about birds but also the importance of conserving our green spaces for all wildlife!”
Luis Revilla Mata
Birds, Camera, Action!
Brown Pelican with Nesting Material
“I appreciate the recognition for something I just love to do. I hope the Flock Together Photo Contest will encourage others to experience the joys of nature and provide opportunities to capture some memories that can be shared with others.”
Not Just A...
"Thank you so much for the honor! Spending the day watching this female Cardinal prance around in the water was a wonderful experience. She had such personality and I wanted to do my best to capture that in my camera!"
Black-necked Stilt Exploring
“I have acquired thousands of bird images and am still looking for that "one great shot". I have also seen hundreds of fantastic images online, including many taken by outstanding photographers who live here in the Houston area. I was quite surprised and extremely pleased that my image was chosen as the "Small in Frame" category winner. Thanks very much for the recognition of my photo.”
Birds of All Feathers
Here are Owl My Feathers
“I am honored to accept this award for the Birds of All Feathers category and would like to dedicate it to my mother as she has just arrived home from the hospital after back surgery and who (no pun) has encouraged and supported me in all my photographic endeavors. Special thanks to my subject for making such a grand display of owl his feathers in our backyard and to my daughter, Eliza, for suggesting that we refer to this owl as Owlexander the Great (Horned Owl).”
People's Choice Award
Snowy Egret in the bay
"I am extremely honored to have my Snowy Egret chosen for the People's Choice award. I have had an interest in photography off and on for years, but, when my friend invited me to High Island earlier this year, I discovered a passion for birding and bird photography. This snowy egret caught my eye early one morning in the Baytown Nature Center and I was captivated!"
Meet the Judges
Cinematographer, Deep in the Heart and PBS: Nature-Big Bend
Skip is an Emmy Award winning wildlife cinematographer based in Austin, Texas whose recent films include Deep in the Heart, a feature documentary about the wildlife of Texas narrated by Matthew McConaughey and PBS: Nature - Big Bend. Skip grew up in Texas flipping rocks and climbing trees, ever in pursuit of creepy crawlies and little critters. After receiving his BS in Radio/TV/Film from the University of Texas, he turned his passion for wildlife into a career that has taken him all over the world for National Geographic, the BBC, Cornell Lab of Ornithology & PBS. Skip’s passion for wildlife and conservation are only equaled by his passion for technology. His quick grasp of how to use the latest and greatest camera tech in aid of storytelling, quickly advanced his career as a young cinematographer. In 2012, Skip earned an Emmy award as part of the camera team for National Geographic’s series Untamed Americas.
Artist, Illustrator, and Founder of Ink Dwell
Jane is a visual artist, science illustrator, and the founder of Ink Dwell. Her art career started when she was a little girl obsessively painting flowers and bears on the walls of her bedroom. She received more formal training with a BFA in Printmaking from RISD and then attended California State University Monterey Bay, where she received a master’s certificate in science illustration. She has created large-scale public art across the country, including the Wall of Birds at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and produced works for the National Aquarium, the de Young Museum, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, and more. She is the creator of the Migrating Mural campaign, a series of public installations that highlight wildlife along migration corridors it shares with people and of Confluence on Buffalo Bayou in Houston. She still enjoys painting flowers and bears, though nowadays she doesn’t get in trouble for painting on the walls.
Project Engineer at Weatherford
Cameron Kirkpatrick, P.E.
Cameron Kirkpatrick is representing Houston Audubon Society's Young Professionals Advisory Council in the inaugural Flock Together Photo Contest. Cameron graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2012 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. A 2017 trip to bird-rich Everglades National Park reawakened a passion for birding originally fostered by his grandad, and he hasn’t looked back since.
An accomplished fine artist in his younger years, Cameron has shifted his artistic focus to bird and nature photography. He has been birding since he was a child and has a deep affinity for being out in the field, adding to his life list. With his combination of artistic, photography, and birding skills, he is well positioned and looks forward to serving as a judge for this year's contest. You can follow his birding adventures on Instagram @thetexasbirder.
Associate Conservation Scientist at National Wildlife Federation
Corina Newsome is the Associate Conservation Scientist at the National Wildlife Federation and a recent graduate from Georgia Southern University with a Master of Science in Biology. Corina, who began in the field of wildlife science as an animal care professional, specializes in avian conservation and passionately connects people with the natural world through birds. Having experienced the hurdles faced by marginalized communities in wildlife conservation, Corina’s mission is to center the perspectives and leadership of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in wildlife conservation, environmental education, and exploration of the natural world.