In celebration of the natural connection between birding and photography, Bucks Audubon will host the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards Traveling Exhibition at its center from Jan. 8-29. Visitors of all ages will enjoy a display of the winning photos. Viewing hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., while the center is open. Occasional weekend hours will be posted online and on Facebook.
In the 10th year of the contest, winning photos and honorable mentions were selected form 2,253 entrants from all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and 10 Canadian provinces and territories to appreciate the wonder of birds and the places they inhabit.
This year, judges introduced the Plants for Birds Prize and the Fisher Prize. The Plants for Birds Prize was awarded to the highest scoring photograph submitted in the Plants for Birds Division, featuring birds and plants native to the area the photo was taken. The Fisher Prize was awarded to the photograph depicting the most creative approach to bird photography across all divisions: Professional, Amateur, Youth and Plants for Birds.
The new Plants for Birds division highlights the importance of native plants that provide natural green spaces for birds and the insects they feed on. Audubon’s Plants for Birds program, supported by Coleman and Susan Burke, helps participants find bird-friendly plants native to their area that will attract and protect birds as well as make outdoor spaces better for the environment in the face of a warming climate.
To celebrate the exhibit, Bucks Audubon will host a Climate Change & Birds Panel Discussion to mark the opening reception on Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Registration for the event is required. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members and can be found at BCAS.org.
Not only will visitors get to view the work on display, but they’ll also get to learn more about how climate change is impacting the birds in our local area and globally, along with learning how they can make an impact on local bird species’ health. Browse art, drink wine and participate in the discussion.
Bucks Audubon is located at 2877 Creamery Road, New Hope.