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BirdNote is turning 19! In honor of this special birthday, we're celebrating with our annual photo contest that showcases photos of birds from our global community of listeners. And – this year, we're excited to announce a new category in honor of BirdNote's "From Love to Action" campaign to inspire one million people to take action to help birds.
Read on to learn how to submit your photo for consideration in the contest.
BirdNote’s 19th Birthday Photo Contest will run from Friday, February 9, 2024 at 9am PST/12pm EST through Friday, March 22, 2024 at 5pm PST/8pm EST. The deadline for submitting photos is Sunday, March 3, 2024 at 5pm PST/8pm EST.
Photo submissions will be accepted from Friday, February 9, 2024 at 9am PST/12pm EST thru Sunday, March 3, 2024 at 5pm PST/8pm EST. After all photos are submitted, BirdNote staff and guest judges will review all photo submissions and choose the top 10 photos for final voting via online voting form.
Public voting to choose the winners will open on Monday, March 11, 2024 at 9am PST/12pm EST and end on Friday, March 22, 2024 at 5pm PST/8pm EST.
Winners will be announced on March 27, 2024 at 12pm PST/3pm EST at BirdNote’s Photography Virtual Event*, as well as on BirdNote’s social media and weekly email newsletter on Friday, March 29, 2024.
This year, there will be two categories – a General Bird Photography category, and, to celebrate the launch of BirdNote's "From Love to Action" campaign to inspire one million people to take action to help birds, we've added a special Conservation Actions category.
General Bird Photography
Photos in this category will depict birds in any natural setting. All levels of photography are welcome, including amateur and professional. Photographs must depict at least one bird and may not depict any human. There are no requirements for style, date taken, location or action. No panoramas or watermarks on the photograph will be accepted. Participants must practice responsible bird photography and ensure no birds are harmed, stressed or harassed by the photographer.
Photos in this category will depict ways in which participants are helping birds. These could include but are not limited to:
- Photos of bird-friendly spaces, such as bird feeders, bird baths, or nesting boxes, or individuals creating these spaces
- People engaging in native plant gardening
- People participating in or hosting bird walks or cleanups
- People using eBird or contributing to citizen science
- Participation in any action on BirdNote's "From Love to Action" survey
In this category, each photo must be accompanied by a story, which will be considered heavily in the judging process. We're looking for photos that tell a story of people actively making the world a better place for birds.
Photographs must be submitted by the sole author and owner of the photograph. For photos that include faces of humans, all depicted individuals must grant permission for the photo to be submitted into this contest.
Judging will be conducted by BirdNote staff and a panel of professional guest photographers. Photos will be judged on quality, originality/creativity, composition, the story behind the photo and how well it speaks to BirdNote's mission of telling stories about the joy and wonder of birds. Photos in the Conservation Actions category will be judged heavily on the story behind the photo.
Who may enter
Photos submitted under the General Bird Photography category must be taken and submitted by individuals 18 years and older. Photos submitted under the Conservation Actions category can be taken and submitted by individuals 13 years of age or older, but participants ages 13-17 years old must have the permission of their parent/guardian to enter the Contest. Participants in any physical location are encouraged to participate, although international shipping costs will be covered at BirdNote's sole discretion.
How to enter
It is free to participate in BirdNote’s 19th Birthday Photo Contest. You can submit your photo using this submission form. You will receive a confirmation email once your submission is received.
Only one submission is allowed per category per person. If more than one photograph in a single category is submitted per person, BirdNote staff will choose the best photo from that person to include in final voting.
Acceptable file types
Participants may submit a jpg, jpeg, or png file. The maximum file size is 16mb.
How to vote
Voting will open on Monday, March 11, 2024 at 9am PST/12pm EST and end on Friday, March 22, 2024 at 5pm PST/8pm EST. Anyone will be able to vote for their favorite photo through the voting link.
How your photograph will be used
By submitting your photo, participants grant BirdNote a non-exclusive worldwide royalty-free license and agree to allow BirdNote to use their photo(s) in perpetuity in BirdNote correspondences and promotional materials, including but not limited to: BirdNote website, email communications, social media, annual report, printed or digital calendars, physical mailings and other materials. For photos that include faces of humans, all individuals photographed agree to allow BirdNote to use their photo and likeness of all individuals depicted in the photo in all BirdNote materials and communications on a royalty-free basis and in perpetuity.
The winners will be announced live on March 27, 2024 at 12pm PST/3pm EST at BirdNote’s Photography Virtual Event and on BirdNote’s social media and weekly email newsletter on Friday, March 29, 2024. The winners will be contacted via email to coordinate delivery of their prize.
*Stay tuned for more information and registration details for BirdNote's Photography Virtual Event. More information will be shared on BirdNote's website, social media and via email in the coming weeks.
As a bonus, all participants will receive a code to redeem Bird Academy's "Be a Better Birder 1: Size and Shape" course, free of cost, courtesy of our friends at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Participants will be presented with the code after submitting their photos.
Thank you to our generous sponsors!
Whooping Cranes in Flight © Heather Roskelley (2023 First Place Winner)