The National Audubon Society announced the winners of its 2016 Photography Awards on April 21, 2016. The categories were "Grand Prize," "Professional," "Amateur," "Fine Art," and "Youth" (ages 13-17). The winning photographs are published in "Audubon" magazine, "Nature's Best Photography" magazine, and will be displayed in the 2016 Nature's Best Photography Exhibition at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. The Grand Prize winner receives $5,000, while the Professional, Amateur, and Fine Art winners each receive $2,500. The Youth recipient receives five days, all expenses paid, at Maine's Hog Island Audubon Camp in July. The student winner will be treated to photography sessions, accompanied by their parent or guardian at the camp.
Here is Bonnie Block's Grand Prize-winning shot of this bald eagle and great blue heron encounter in Seabeck, Washington.
"Seabeck is a small town on the edge of the Hood Canal, in western Washington. In early summer Great Blue Herons and Bald Eagles converge here to feast on fish that get trapped in the exposed oysterbeds at low tide," Block said in a release. "While both species catch their own fish, the eagles are especially fond of harassing the herons for their catch. They charge at the herons, which at times release their prey with a loud squawk, dropping the fish back into the water. Though they're not always successful, the eagles seem to take pleasure in trying to steal a meal."