There’s still time to celebrate young birders and win a Leica Trinovid binocular!

6/16/2014 | 1

Attention, young birders and adults who encourage young birders! You still have time to win a Leica Trinovid 42 binocular! Our essay contest doesn’t end until the end of the month, June 30.

Don’t miss your chance to enter! Entering is easy. All you have to do is write a short essay:

If you’re an adult birder, describe a memorable birding experience that you had mentoring one or more young birders. If you’re a young birder, tell us about a memorable birding experience you had with an adult mentor.

Here’s what you could win

Leica Trinovid 42 binocular.

Leica Trinovid 42 binocular.

• The adult winner will be awarded a new Leica Trinovid 42 binocular (suggested retail price: $1449 US).

• The winning young birder will receive a Leica Trinovid, too, but it won’t be just any Leica Trinovid. It will be lucky Leica Trinovid 42 Binocular No. 2002069 — the famous Traveling Trinovid!

That’s the same Trinovid used throughout 2013 by Kenn Kaufman, Pete Dunne, Victor Emanuel, Don and Lillian Stokes, and other expert birders. It was on site for both the second U.S. record of Amazon Kingfisher and the first record of Eurasian Sparrowhawk, and it’s the binocular that Neil Hayward used in December to break the ABA Big Year record.

Read about the Leica Trinovid 42 binocular.

In nine months’ time last year, some of the most talented birders in North America tallied 613 bird species with the Traveling Trinovid! Find out who they were and what birds they saw.

You can read the complete rules on this page; here are the nuts-and-bolts:

Leica-sport-optics-300Your essay must be no more than 300 words long. It must include your name, address, age, telephone number, and email address. Paper submissions will not be accepted. To be considered, your essay must be submitted electronically, either in the body of an email or as an attachment to an email.

A superstar panel of Leica Birding Team members and BirdWatching editors will select the winners. We’ll announce the winners on and in the October 2014 issue of BirdWatching magazine. We hope you are one of them!

Read the complete rules and get more information.

Don’t delay! We want to hear from you!