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 led by local, national, and international experts.

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 >


Digiscoping is a great way to capture a fleeting nature moment without a fancy camera or a lens the size of your arm. With a little practice, you can achieve some awesome photos with just a smartphone camera and binoculars. Find out how to get started >

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 >

Share Your Photos

From wildlife sightings in your neighborhood to snapshots taken on the trail, we love seeing how you connect with the nature of Massachusetts! You can share your nature moments with Mass Audubon and your fellow outdoor enthusiasts via social media.

  • Facebook: Post your image(s) on the main Mass Audubon page and/or one of our wildlife sanctuaries' pages. Find us on Facebook >
  • Instagram: When posting photos on Instagram, be sure to tag @MassAudubon and the sanctuary you visited. Find our Instagram feeds >
  • Twitter: Share your images with us on Twitter by tagging @MassAudubon.

Take a Program or Workshop

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.