Photo contests for bird photographers

8/30/2013 | 0

Ruddy Turnstone ©2013 David Hoffman

The winner of our May-June Photo of the Week contest: Ruddy Turnstone ©2013 David Hoffman

Bird photographers, listen up: Are you looking for ways for your best work to be recognized? Below are eight photo contests you can enter right now, but don’t delay: A few of the deadlines are approaching fast.

Photo of the Week

For starters, I hope you enter pictures in our Photo of the Week contest. We post a new photo every Monday, and every two months, a professional photographer whose work has appeared in BirdWatching selects a winner. We then publish the winning photo in the next issue of the magazine, and the photographer receives a one-year subscription. David Hoffman’s Ruddy Turnstone image above won our contest for May and June. We’ll announce the July-August winner next week. Contest rules. Deadline: ongoing.

Wilderness Forever Photo Contest

This contest commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. All photos submitted must have been taken in or of legislatively designed wilderness areas. Categories include scenic landscape, wildlife, and people in wilderness. Category winners and a selection of highly honored photos will be displayed in a 2014 print exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and all winning images will be published in a special publication produced to commemorate the act’s golden anniversary. Guidelines and entry form. Deadline: September 3, 2013.

Audubon Magazine Photography Awards

All pictures entered in Audubon’s fifth annual photo contest must depict birds. The contest is held in association with Nature’s Best Photography magazine; winning images will be featured in the January-February 2014 issues of each publication. Kenn Kaufman is one of the judges. Details and entry info. Deadline: September 4, 2013.

The Nature Conservancy 2013 Digital Photo Contest

Our friends at The Nature Conservancy are seeking portraits of wildlife in natural habitat, animal behavior, the relationship between people and nature, plant life, weather, and seasons. A panel of judges will select about 50 images as finalists and for honorable mention, and the selection of the grand-prize winner will be put to a public vote. The grand-prize winning photo will appear on the cover of the 2015 Nature Conservancy calendar, and other winning images will be published inside the calendar. Rules and entry info. Deadline: September 9, 2013.

Best Backyards Competition

The editors of Nature’s Best Photography invite photographers to show off their best images made close to home: in their backyards, public or private gardens, or nearby parks or preserves. Winning images will be published in the spring/summer edition of the magazine and may also be selected for online galleries. Entry form. Deadline: September 26, 2013.

Digiscoper of the Year Contest

The annual Digiscoper of the Year Contest, sponsored by Swarovski, honors top-notch photographs and video that have been produced using a digital camera and a spotting scope. Categories include behavior and action, portrait, mammals, and video. Prizes include a Swarovski ATX or STX spotting scope and EL 32 binoculars. Details. Deadline: September 30, 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest

Photos can be entered in five categories: the American Experience, the Natural World, People, Travel and Altered Images, and this year, the judges are looking to highlight images taken with cell phones and tablet readers. A total of $6,000 in cash prizes will be awarded, including a grand prize of $2,500. Details. Deadline: November 29, 2013.

Birds as Art 2nd International Bird Photography Contest

Master bird photographer Arthur Morris organizes this contest, which allows entries in eight categories, including bird portraits, flight, and digital creations. Photo-equipment retailer B&H Photo sponsors the contest and offers several of the prizes. The grand-prize winner will be named Bird Photographer of the Year, will receive $500 in cash and a $500 B&H gift card, and will be invited to be a judge in next year’s contest. Organizer’s message and entry details. Deadline: December 31, 2013.

I hope you find contests here that you enter and win! If you know of other contests we should highlight in the future, please leave a comment or email me. — Matt Mendenhall, Managing Editor