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Houston Bird Week

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


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. 

Bird City

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.