2019 BirdWatching Photography Awards

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BirdWatching is proud to present...

The 2019 BirdWatching Photography Awards

For more than three decades, BirdWatching has published extraordinary photos taken by the world’s best bird photographers. Now, we’re happy to announce a new photo contest, the 2019 BirdWatching Photography Awards. Submit your best photos of birds for a chance to win!

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Entry Deadline

June 14, 2019

Entry Packages

1 entry for $25

2 entries for $35

See FAQ & Official Rules
for more information

1st
prize

$1,000 cash prize

One (1) Zeiss Conquest HD 8×42 Binoculars

One (1) LOWA Locarno GTX Lo Hiking Shoes

One (1) X-Go Plus Tripod

One (1) one-year print and digital subscription to BirdWatching magazine

One (1) Hardcover, high-quality Bay Photo photo book featuring winners and all finalists

One (1) copy of Mastering Bird Photography: The Art, Craft, and Technique of Photographing Birds and Their Behavior by Marie Read

Choice of two ABA State Bird ID guides by Brian Small

Placement as BirdWatching Facebook Cover Photo

Publication in a special multi-spread feature in an issue of BirdWatching

Publication in the BirdWatching online Winners’ gallery

2nd
prize

$500 cash prize

One (1) Zeiss TERRA 8×42 Binoculars

One (1) one-year print and digital subscription to BirdWatching magazine

One (1) Hardcover, high-quality Bay Photo photo book featuring winners and all finalists

Choice of two ABA State Bird ID guides by Brian Small

Publication in a special multi-spread feature in an issue of BirdWatching

Publication in the BirdWatching online Winners’ gallery

1st
prize

$1,000 cash prize

One (1) Zeiss Conquest HD 8×42 Binoculars

One (1) LOWA Locarno GTX Lo Hiking Shoes

One (1) X-Go Plus Tripod

One (1) one-year print and digital subscription to BirdWatching magazine

One (1) Hardcover, high-quality Bay Photo photo book featuring winners and all finalists

One (1) copy of Mastering Bird Photography: The Art, Craft, and Technique of Photographing Birds and Their Behavior by Marie Read

Choice of two ABA State Bird ID guides by Brian Small

Placement as BirdWatching Facebook Cover Photo

Publication in a special multi-spread feature in an issue of BirdWatching

Publication in the BirdWatching online Winners’ gallery

3rd
prize

$250 cash prize

One (1) one-year print and digital subscription to BirdWatching magazine

One (1) Hardcover, high-quality Bay Photo photo book featuring winners and all finalists

Choice of two ABA State Bird ID guides by Brian Small

Publication in a special multi-spread feature in an issue of BirdWatching

Publication in the BirdWatching online Winners’ gallery

Judged by birding experts and photographers alike!

George Lepp

Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall joined the editorial staff of BirdWatching in 2000 and has been the editor since 2017. One of the most enjoyable parts of his job is reviewing photos from professional bird photographers as well as readers. He oversaw BirdWatching’s past Photo of the Week contest and was a judge for the UK-based Bird Photographer of the Year 2019 competition.
Wes Pitts

Wes Pitts

Guest Judge
As the editor of Outdoor Photographer, a publication dedicated to the art of nature photography, Wes Pitts collaborates with many of the world’s most notable bird and wildlife photographers. Visit OutdoorPhotographer.com to be inspired and learn the techniques professional bird photographers use.
Marie Read

Marie Read

Guest Judge
Marie Read is a highly acclaimed and award-winning nature photographer based near Ithaca, New York. Concentrating mostly on birds, she has travelled to Australia, Panama, Costa Rica and Iceland as well as throughout North America in search of subjects. Read’s photos have appeared in BirdWatching, Living Bird, Nature’s Best, and other magazines, and she has authored or co-authored several books about birds and their lives. Her latest book, Mastering Bird Photography: the Art, Craft and Technique of Photographing Birds and Their Behavior, was published by Rocky Nook in March 2019.
Brian Small

Brian E. Small

Guest Judge
Brian E. Small is a professional nature photographer based in Los Angeles. His photos illustrate BirdWatching’s “ID Tips” column, written by Kenn Kaufman. His work has been featured in hundreds of books, magazines, calendars, websites, newspapers, and smartphone apps. Currently, Small and the book publisher Scott & Nix Inc. are working on a series of individual state bird identification guides for the American Birding Association. They have published over a dozen state guides already, and more are on the way in the next few years.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who may enter?

A:

Contest is open to individuals over the age of 18 and residents of the U.S.

Q: How do I enter?

A:

Click “Submit Your Images.” You’ll need to be logged in to your BirdWatching account to enter. If you don’t have an account, click here to register for your free account.

Q: In what format should I submit my photos?

A:

Each photograph must be submitted in .JPG format and cannot exceed 4 MB in size.

Q: How many photos may I enter?

A:

You may enter as many photos as you like. Pricing is one (1) photo for a $25 entry fee, or two (2) photos for a discounted fee of $35.

Pricing For Submissions
Regular Entry Period
1 Photo: $25
2 Photos: $35

There is no limit to the number of photos you may submit. Each additional submission after your second photo is $25.

Simply visit the entry page at https://www.birdwatchingdaily.com/photo-awards/ and the system will determine your order status.

Q: Is my credit card information secure?

A:

Absolutely! The payment form is hosted on our secure payment processor’s site and your credit card information (including your physical address) is submitted directly to the applicable credit card company through 256-bit encrypted pages. The header graphic is the only non-secure item on the payment page and only your email and the success/failure message of the transaction are submitted back to our site.

Q: Can I pass the word on this competition to my friends, classmates, Facebook/Twitter followers, etc.?

A:

Yes, please! The link to the contest portal is https://www.birdwatchingdaily.com/photo-awards/

Q: Do I have to print or mail in my photos?

A:

No. Please upload entries using the online entry form. Mailed submissions will not be accepted.

Q: Can I process my photos using Photoshop or another image-processing program?

A:

Yes, but keep digital processing to a minimum. Acceptable adjustments include color balance, contrast, dust spotting, and sharpening. Do not digitally retouch your images to alter reality. Do not remove distracting elements such as foreground branches or clean up cluttered backgrounds. Do not add to the foreground or background. We are assuming that your digital image reflects what your camera recorded at the moment you made the picture.

Q: When will the winners be notified?

A:

August 2019

Q: When will the winners be announced?

A:

The winners’ photos will be published in a special multi-spread feature in a future issue of BirdWatching magazine. Exact issue month and year will be communicated to the winners. All winners will be announced online sometime in August 2019.

Q: What are the prizes?

A:

See the contest landing page or the official rules for a complete list of contest prizes.

Q: When I try to enter online, I get an error message. What's going on?

A:

If your attempts at entering online aren’t successful, our system might be struggling. Try waiting a few minutes, then clear your browser’s cache and cookies—you might even try restarting your computer—and go to the online entry page again.

Additionally, title your photos with alphanumeric characters only. Please don’t use apostrophes, ampersands or any other character symbol, as doing so may cause errors during uploading.

Q: I've tried clearing my cache and cookies, and I even bought a new computer. The online entry form just isn't working for me.

A:

Double-check that the size of your images meets our requirements. If all else fails, send us an email at [email protected]. In your email, please indicate:

  1. The name of the contest (2019 BirdWatching Photography Awards)
  2. Your username
  3. The image ID # (if applicable)
  4. The exact nature of your problem

Official Rules

BirdWatching 2019 BirdWatching Photography Awards Official Rules

ELIGIBILITY:
The 2019 BirdWatching Photography Awards Photo Contest (“Contest”) is open only to individuals who are over 18 years of age and who are residents of the U.S. Employees of Madavor Media, LLC, (“Sponsors”), and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child and sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and/or those living in same household of each, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate or win. Sponsors reserve the right to verify all eligibility requirements. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

CONTEST PERIOD:
The Contest will begin on April 17th, 2019, and end on June 14th, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. PT (the “Contest Period”). Please Note: A non-refundable one-time entry fee of $25 per single (1) entry, $35 for two (2) entries is required to submit an entry in this Contest (“Entry Fee”).

HOW TO ENTER:
Click the submit your images button above to pay the non-refundable Entry Fee of $25 per single (1) entry, $35 for two (2) entries, (iii) and complete and submit the online entry form. All entries must be received by June 14th, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. PT to be eligible. Each photograph must be submitted in .JPG and cannot exceed 4 MB in size.
Please note: Entries submitted online will be eligible for (i) the Grand Place Prize (as described below), (ii) Second Place Prize (as described below), (iii) Third Place Prize (as described below), and (iv) Finalist Prize (as described below).
Entry must be the original work of the entrant and entrant must be the sole owner of the copyright of such entry. Entry must be in keeping with the Sponsors’ image and may not be inappropriate or offensive, as determined by the Sponsors in their sole discretion, nor can it defame or invade publicity rights or privacy of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon any person’s personal or property rights or any other third-party rights. The Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify any entry they deem to be offensive, inappropriate, that is not in keeping with Sponsors’ image or that is otherwise not in compliance with the terms of these Official Rules. Entrant must have obtained express written consent to submit any entry that contains persons other than entrant or third-party elements not owned by entrant and, if requested to do so, produce such written consent from appropriate parties in a form and manner acceptable to the Sponsors.
By submitting an Entry, entrant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsors may obtain many Entries in connection with this Contest and/or other contests staged and/or promoted by the Sponsors, and that such Entries may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format or other respects to other Entries submitted in connection with this Contest and/or other contests sponsored by the Sponsors or submitted for other reasons or other materials developed by the Sponsors. Entrant waives any and all claims entrant may have had, may have, and/or may have in the future, that any Entry and/or other works accepted, reviewed and/or used by the entrant may be similar to his/her Entry, or that any compensation is due to entrant in connection with such Entry or other works used by Sponsors.

GRAND PLACE PRIZE JUDGING:
One (1) potential Grand Place Prize winner, one (1) potential Second Place winner, one (1) potential Third Place winner, and up to twenty-five (25) potential Finalists will be determined from among all eligible entries received by a panel of qualified judges, based equally on the following criteria: Adherence to Theme, Composition and Creativity/Originality (“Judging Criteria”). The entrants who submitted the entry receiving the highest scores, as determined by the Sponsors in their sole discretion, will be the potential winners and finalists respectively.
In the event of a tie for any prize, an additional “tie-breaking” judge will determine the applicable winner or finalists from among those tied using the Criteria. The Sponsors reserve the right to not award any prize if, in their sole discretion, an insufficient number of eligible and qualified entries are received. Decisions of the Sponsors and judges are final and binding.

WINNER NOTIFICATION:
Potential winners will be notified by telephone, mail and/or e-mail between July 30th, 2019 and August 31st, 2019, and will be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability and, unless prohibited, a Publicity Release, a W-9 Form and any additional documents that may be required by prize provider within fourteen (14) days of date of issuance. If any potential winner is an eligible minor in his or her jurisdiction of residence, prize may, at the Sponsors’ discretion, be awarded in the name of the parent or legal guardian, and such parent or legal guardian will be required to fulfill all requirements imposed on winners set forth herein. Noncompliance with this time period or with these Official Rules, or the return of any prize notification as undeliverable, may result in disqualification and, at the Sponsors’ discretion, the prize will be awarded to an applicable runner-up.

PRIZES:

Grand Place Prize: $1,000 (U$D) cash prize;

One (1) Zeiss Conquest HD 8×42 Binoculars (ARV $999.99); One (1) LOWA Locarno GTX Lo Hiking Shoes (ARV $195); One (1) one-year print and digital subscription to BirdWatching magazine (ARV $59.95); One (1) Hardcover, high-quality Bay Photo photo book featuring winners and all finalists; Placement as BirdWatching Facebook Cover Photo (ARV priceless); publication in a special multi-spread feature in an issue of BirdWatching (ARV priceless); Publication in the BirdWatching online Winners’ gallery.
Total First Place ARV: Approximately $1,254.94

Second Place Prize: $500 (U$D) cash prize; One (1) Zeiss TERRA 8×42 Binoculars (ARV $449.99); One (1) one-year print and digital subscription to BirdWatching magazine ($59.95); One (1) Hardcover, high-quality Bay Photo photo book featuring winners and all finalists; Publication in a special multi-spread feature in an issue of BirdWatching (ARV priceless); Publication in the BirdWatching online Winners’ gallery.
Total Second Place ARV: approximately $509.94

Third Place Prize: $250 (U$D) cash prize; One (1) one-year print and digital subscription to BirdWatching magazine ($59.95); One (1) Hardcover, high-quality Bay Photo photo book featuring winners and all finalists; publication in a special multi-spread feature in an issue of BirdWatching (ARV priceless); Publication in the BirdWatching online Winners’ gallery (ARV priceless).
Total Third Place ARV: Approximately $309.95

Current total ARV of all prizes: approximately $2,074.83

If, for any reason, the Sponsors do not feature any of the winning entries in BirdWatching Magazine or Birdwatchingdaily.com, no compensation or substitution will be provided; however, remainder of prize package will be awarded and the Sponsors will have no further obligation to winners. All prize details are at the sole discretion of the Sponsors. No substitution, cash equivalent or transfer of prizes permitted by winners. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) of comparable or greater value, in their sole discretion. All federal, state and local taxes as well as any costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being awarded are sole responsibility of each winner. Prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by the Sponsors. Limit one (1) prize per household.

USE OF ENTRY:
By submitting an entry, entrant grants the Sponsors and their designees an irrevocable, royalty-free, nonexclusive, worldwide perpetual license to use the entry and his/her name, city and state of residence for credit purposes in Sponsors’ online galleries, without further compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. In addition, each winner grants to the Sponsors and their designees an irrevocable, royalty-free, nonexclusive, worldwide perpetual license to use and distribute the entry (as submitted, or as cropped by the Sponsors), and his/her name, city and state of residence for credit purposes, in any and all media now or hereafter known, including without limitation in BirdWatching, and any Madavor Media magazines for purposes of promotion of this Contest except as otherwise stated herein, without further compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law.

USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION:
Your personal information collected in connection with this Contest will be used in accordance with Madavor Media’s Privacy Policy (available at https://www.birdwatchingdaily.com/privacy/) including, without limitation, for marketing and promotional purposes.

MISCELLANEOUS: Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for late, lost, garbled, damaged, incomplete, delayed, undelivered, or misdirected entries or photographs or for computer, technical, printing, typographical, human or other errors relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, inability to access any website associated with the Contest, errors which may occur in the administration of the Contest, the processing or judging of entries, the announcement of the prizes or in any Contest-related materials. If for any reason the Contest (or any portion thereof) is not capable of running as planned, including infection by tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsors reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and, if terminated, at its discretion, determine winners from among all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to time of such action using judging procedure described above. By participating, entrant agrees (i) to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsors and judges, which are final and binding in all respects, and (ii) to hold the Sponsors and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, prize suppliers and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective directors, officers, employees and agents of the foregoing (collectively, the “Released Parties”), harmless against any and all claims and liability arising, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, out of or in connection with participation in this Contest, acceptance and use of any prize or Released Parties’ use of any of the rights granted herein. Sponsors may disqualify (and void all associated entries) anyone from participating in the Contest or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that such person is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, deception or other unfair practices, or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrant or Sponsors’ representatives or who is otherwise not in compliance with the terms of these rules. ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSORS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

WINNERS’ LIST: For the list of winners (available after August 31, 2019), send a separate, stamped, self-addressed envelope to: BWM 2019 BirdWatching Photography Awards Contest Winners’ List, Attn: Marketing Department, 25 Braintree Hill Office Park, Suite 404, Braintree, MA 02184, to be received by September 30, 2019.

SPONSORS:
Madavor Media, 25 Braintree Hill Office Park, Suite 404, Braintree, MA 02184
Zeiss, 12121 Scripps Summit Drive #400, San Diego, CA 92131
LOWA, 86 Viaduct Rd., Stamford, CT 06907

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