Flock Together Photo Contest
Birds of a feather...Bringing nature lovers, birders, & photographers together for the second annual Houston Audubon photo contest.
The Flock Together Photo Contest is back, and we have your new categories for 2022! The submission period is now through August 26!
August 26: Submission deadline
September 19: Winners announced
September 17-22: People's Choice Award Voting
September 23: PCA winner announced
September 24: Awards Celebration at Land Sea and Sky from 5:30-7 pm.
Judging will be based on content, creativity, uniqueness, and overall impression within its submitted category. All entries are eligible for the People’s Choice Award.
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.
Houston Audubon seeks photos that best illustrate the following categories. Each participant may enter into the contest no more than two (2) photographs total and no more than one photograph per category.
In 2020, Audubon Texas and Texas Parks and Wildlife certified Houston as a Bird City. So Houston Audubon is asking participants for their best photographic take on the Bird City moniker. Send in photos that best capture the spirit of Houston and the upper Gulf Coast.
Birds, Camera, Action!
For those looking for a challenge, any artistically-composed photograph of a bird in action is eligible (examples include flying, hunting, eating — but not simply sitting still). The photo must convey movement.
Not Just a...
If someone’s ever told you, “Oh, that’s just a blue jay” or “That’s just a cardinal” or “That’s just a grackle; they’re everywhere”, Houston Audubon is challenging the community to make the common beautiful — and asking participants to find the beauty in every bird, especially those often taken for granted. The following birds are eligible in this category: grackles, blue jays, mockingbirds, doves, robins, cardinals, house finches, carolina chickadees, carolina wrens, crows, and ruby-throated hummingbirds.
Small in Frame
This category challenges participants to capture the diverse landscapes and vital habitats upon which birds rely to survive, as part of Houston Audubon’s Bird-Friendly Communities initiative. Creativity and storytelling are emphasized by showcasing the bird(s) in their larger environment. Bird(s) must only occupy approximately 10% or less of the frame. ** Percentage will be at discretion of the judges in the spirit of the category. **
Birds of All Feathers
This category is for those who don’t need a label! All wild and free birds found in Texas are welcome (refer to rules).
People’s Choice Award
The People’s Choice Award is a separate award for submissions in any category that is selected by popular vote online! The window for voting on the PCA will take place during Houston Bird Week.