Celebrate Nature through Art

John James Audubon

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)

We give you this years 2022 dates for this event that recycles every year, in a similar time frame & mode. Take your photos to submit each year – you will be able to submit on dates between January 2022-March 2022 & then again in 2023!  


Audubon’s Annual Photo Contest Entry Period – 1/12/22-3/9/22


Cash prizes up to $5,000

The rules:

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


2021 winners


2020 winners

2019-2017 winners





SD Game Fish and Parks has a photo contest to celebrate 3 seasons: winter, spring & summer.

The last deadline was August 2, 2021. We assume this will continue next year, with 3 deadlines for Winter, Spring & Summer 2022 contests..so watch their web site for details or sign up for e-mails at:


Snap Shot SD




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 2021, because 2022 is not yet posted, but if you have kids, watch for next years events in 2022.

2021 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest
The Endangered Species Coalition (ESC) announcements of their 2021 Art events/contests,