Nature Photography at Mass Audubon

Snowy Egrets at Parker River NWR © Myer Bornstein
Snowy Egrets © Myer Bornstein

From stunning fall foliage to solemn winter snowscapes, the spectacular beauty of natural places in Massachusetts is the stuff of a photographer’s dream.

Many of Mass Audubon's wildlife sanctuaries offer seasonal or year-round photography workshops and classes. There are even national and international trips that are led by experts and specifically focused on photography.

So whether you're picking up a camera for the first time, a pro at taking Instagram-ready shots with your phone, or an experienced photographer who wants to expand your skill set, we've got something to help you enjoy the beauty of nature in a whole new light!

Sanctuary Photography Guidelines

Mass Audubon welcomes visitors to capture the beauty and wonder of our statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries through photography. If you would like to use a wildlife sanctuary for commercial photography purposes, please review the complete guidelines and learn how to schedule a time. 

Photography Resources

Annual Photo Contest

Each year, Mass Audubon hosts the Picture This: Your Great Outdoors Photo Contest. From June 1 to September 30, photographers of all skill levels are invited to submit up to 10 photos that highlight people in nature or the beauty and diversity of Massachusetts wildlife, plant life, and landscapes. Learn more about the contest >

How to Take a Winning Photo

Bob Speare was one of Mass Audubon's photography instructors, a judge for our annual Photo Contest, and served as the regional director for all our wildlife sanctuaries South of Boston, the Cape, and the Islands. To help you take a winning photograph, he shared some tricks of the trade. Read Bob's photography tips & tricks >

Fall Photography at Mass Audubon

We've gathered a few exquisite fall photographs taken by some of the talented photographers that lead our photography programs, along with their best advice for lighting, composition, and technique to capture the highlights of fall in all its splendor. Here's what they had to say >

Browse Upcoming Programs & Trips

Click the Search All Programs link in the top-right of either box to search for more results! You can also narrow your search by sanctuary, region, date range, and/or participant age.