Great Egret. Photo: Bruno Struck/Audubon Photography Awards

Speakers & Special Guests

Speakers & Special Guests

Photo: Camilla Cerea/Audubon

David Yarnold

Audubon President and CEO

David Yarnold

David Yarnold became Audubon’s 10th president in September 2010, charged with leading a turnaround that would expand Audubon’s effectiveness while building on the organization’s strong conservation legacy.  Under his leadership, Audubon’s distributed network is becoming a coordinated, collaborative force for hemispheric conservation. With 463 local Chapters, 22 state offices and 44 Audubon Centers across the country, Audubon connects nearly four million people using science, advocacy and education. “We are all Audubon,” Yarnold says. “No other organization has our wingspan when it comes to being able to drive conservation action, whether in individual backyards or in Congress.

Dr. Drew Lanham

Professor of Wildlife Ecology, Author, Zoologist, and Activist

Dr. Drew Lanham

J. Drew Lanham, Ph.D., is a native of Edgefield and Aiken, South Carolina. In his twenty years as Clemson University faculty he’s worked to understand how forest management impacts wildlife and how human beings think about nature. Dr. Lanham holds an endowed chair as an Alumni Distinguished Professor and was named an Alumni Master Teacher in 2012. In his teaching, research, and outreach roles, Drew seeks to translate conservation science to make it relevant to others in ways that are evocative and understandable. As a Black American he’s intrigued with how culture and ethnic prisms can bend perceptions of nature and its care. His “connecting the conservation dots” and “coloring the conservation conversation” messages have been delivered internationally.

Photo: Camilla Cerea/Audubon

Kenn Kaufman

Author, Naturalist, Artist, and Conservationist

Kenn Kaufman

Kenn Kaufman was captivated by birds at the age of six, and this interest soon developed into a lifelong passion. Kenn burst onto the national birding scene as a teenager in the 1970s, hitch-hiking around North America in pursuit of birds, an adventure later chronicled in his cult-classic book Kingbird Highway. After working as a leader of nature tours to all seven continents, he switched to a career as a freelance writer, artist, and naturalist. Most of his energy currently goes into book projects and into painting bird portraits. He has written a dozen books, including his own Kaufman Field Guides series. Kenn has been involved with Audubon ever since joining at the age of nine. From 1984 to 1998 he was associate editor of Audubon’s American Birds journal, since 1998 he has been a field editor for Audubon magazine, and now he also writes regularly for the Audubon website. 

Richard Prum

Ornithologist and Evolutionary Biologist

Richard Prum

Richard O. Prum is the William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology at Yale University, and the Curator of Ornithology at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. A life-long birder, Prum has studied a variety of topics in avian evolutionary biology including the development and origin of feathers, the physics and chemistry of plumage coloration, the evolution of courtship display, and the phylogeny of birds. Prum is a recipient of the MacArthur, Guggenheim, and Fulbright Fellowships, and he is the author of the book The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World– and Us, published by Doubleday.