Five ways you can get your photos published with BirdWatching

2/17/2014 | 0

Great Gray Owl by mayhaga.

Great Gray Owl by mayhaga.

We love looking at photographs of birds, and we want to see yours! There are five ways you can share your pictures with us:

1. In our online photo galleries

We have six to choose from. Each is filled with beautiful, interesting photos taken by birdwatchers just like you. Participants post, view, and comment every day, and we comb through the galleries regularly, looking for superb images to showcase on our blog, in our biweekly e-newsletter, and in the magazine, even on the cover.

BW0414_Cover_171x223Here are our six galleries:

U.S. and Canada Gallery Photographs of beautiful birds found in the United States and Canada. We used several photos from this gallery in our April 2014 issue. Two showed Snowy Owls; you can see them here and here. Another, used in “Fieldcraft,” showed a Gray Jay. And a third, well, we liked it so much we put it on the cover (right).

World Gallery Images of beautiful birds taken in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and South America as well as at sea and near the poles.

Rarities Gallery Photographs of rarely seen migrants, vagrants, and Rare Bird Alert sightings by birdwatchers around the world.

Backyard Gallery Pictures of your feathered friends at a bird feeder, bird house, or bird bath anywhere in the world. We used a photo from this gallery in “Birding Briefs” in our April 2014 issue.

Atypical Birds Gallery Photos of birds with albinism, melanism, leucism, erythrism, schizochroism, or other plumage abnormalities, as well as birds with structural malformations, such as beak deformities.

People and Places Gallery Photographs of places where you go birding and the birdwatchers you see there. This one shows Kenn Kaufman and Kim Kaufman.

No matter which gallery you choose, uploading your photos is simple and fast. Registration is required, but that’s simple and fast, too: Just fill out this online form or click on on the blue “REGISTER” box at the top of each gallery.

Important tips on naming and describing your photos.

2. In our Photo of the Week contest

A photo entered in this contest could win you a free one-year subscription! To enter, either email a photo to Managing Editor Matt Mendenhall (put “Photo of the Week submission” in the subject line) or upload a photo into an online gallery. Every week, we’ll select one picture to be Photo of the Week. Then, every other month, we’ll ask a professional photographer to choose the best Photo of the Week over the previous two months. The winner receives a free subscription, and we publish the winning photo in the magazine.

See past Photos of the Week.

Read how to submit pictures to Photo of the Week.

3. In “Your View”

This is a popular four- to six-page section that we include in every issue of the magazine. Readers love it — and with good reason, since it’s where we showcase their photos and print their stories about encounters with birds. In recent issues, we’ve published snapshots of birds in backyards and birding hotspots all across North America, as well as several from more exotic locations. Contributors don’t receive payment but do get a complimentary copy of the issue in which their story or photo appears. Submitting is easy: Just send email to [email protected].

4. In the BirdWatching group on Flickr

Bird photographers around the world have shared tens of thousands of photos in our Flickr group to date. Since we’re always looking for talented nature photographers and excellent photographs to use on our website, on our blog, maybe even in our magazine, we’re delighted to see them. We featured a photo from the group in “Fieldcraft” in our February 2014 issue.

Go to the BirdWatching group on Flickr.

5. By request

Well in advance of publication, we contact individual photographers and/or distribute a list of desired images (our want-list) to photographers who possess large, active stock files. From the photos they provide, we select the images that ultimately illustrate our features and columns and on the cover. You can learn more about how we solicit these photos in our submission guidelines.

I look forward to seeing your photos! — Chuck Hagner, Editor