Celebrate Nature through Art

The National Audubon Society is named after John James Audubon who was a great artist as well as a naturalist who documented many birds in the 1800s. We realize many folks who love nature are also artists, often in different mediums.

Prairie Hills Audubon Society thus has an objective to “celebrate nature through art” and below we let you know of some contests related to nature & art and about an opportunity to share photos for science..

Here is a hyperlink to his “Birds of America” plates – that show many of his paintings. These posted images are a little faded in color relative to the originals:



Audubon’s Annual Photo Contest Entry Period (recycles every year)

 This event  recycles every year, in a similar time frame & mode.  – you will be able to submit  photos/videos between January 11, 2023-March 1, 2023

2023 Audubon Photography Awards Open for Entries – Audubon invites photographers and videographers to submit to the 2023 Audubon Photography Awards, open for entries from January 11, 2023, until March 1, 2023, at 12 p.m. (noon) ET. Judges will award eight prizes to photographers and videographers: the Grand Prize, Professional Prize, Amateur Prize, Youth Prize, Plants for Birds Prize, Fisher Prize, Female Bird Prize, and Video Prize.  

Prizes include:
Grand Prize: $5,000 USD
Professional Prize: $2,500 USD
Amateur Prize: $2,500 USD
Plants for Birds Prize: $2,500 USD
Video Prize: $2,500 USD
Female Bird Prize: $1,000 USD
Fisher Prize: $1,000 USD
Youth Prize: Six days at Audubon’s Hog Island Audubon Camp for Teens during the 2024 season

For info:



Previous Years winners

There are some very nice photos to look at. When we get the hyperlink for 2021 winners we will post it. The winning photos were already sent out in Audubon’s magazine


2022 winners


2021 winners


2020 winners

2019-2017 winners





Snapshot South Dakota

Snapshot South Dakota is a department sponsored contest that is focused on capturing the beauty of our outdoor resources in South Dakota.

Submit Photos

2022 Categories

  • Wildlife
  • Landscapes
  • Outdoor Families

Judging will consist of one “Best in Category” for each category and one overall “People’s Choice,” resulting in four winners.


Photographers are eligible to enter up to 3 photos.

Photos deemed inappropriate will not be eligible for People’s Choice voting.

Deadline to submit photos for the summer period will be July 25. Voting for People’s Choice will begin in early August.

People’s Choice

All eligible submitted photos will be added into a photo album on the official GFP Facebook page.  Photographers are encouraged to direct their friends, family and fans to the album to “Like” their photo(s).  The photo with the most “Likes” will be award “People’s Choice.” The “People’s Choice” photo and photographer will be removed from the remaining categories moving forward.

Winning Photos

Winning photographers and photos will be showcased with appropriate credits in the South Dakota Conservation Digest, GFP social media platforms and other GFP publications. Winning photos may also be selected for the cover of the South Dakota Hunting Handbook, Fishing Handbook, Boating Handbook and Park Times.



Black Hills Photography Club periodically has photo contests at their monthly meetings on themes related to nature & also periodically sponsors field trips to photograph together outside. The next competition is on trees with entries due on October 8th, 2021. Check out URL links below.





iNaturalist is a joint initiative of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society. On this web site folks can share their photos of species with others. Every observation can contribute to biodiversity science, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed. The sponsors share your findings with scientific data repositories like the Global Biodiversity Information Facility to help scientists find and use your data.

All you have to do is observe & submit.- visit – https://www.inaturalist.org/


Endangered Species Coalition normally has some art related events each year related to Endangered Species Day. . Endangered Species Day in the third Friday in May (every year) and Prairie Hills Audubon Society and other western SD groups will host a face-to-face celebration or Zoom meeting. We give you data on the Coalitions art events from  2022, but if you have kids, watch for EACH years events.

2022 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest
The Endangered Species Coalition (ESC) announcements of their 2022 Art events/contests,


Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest