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Wild Bird Photo Contests 2019


photo contest winners


Backyard Bird Eateries:
Birds Partaking in the Sustenance of Life

2019 Photo Contest Winners!

1st Prize
Squirrel Buster Plus

Snow day for the Birds

by Deanna Mayhew
Crocker, Missouri

PHOTO#2-21DM




2nd Prize
Squirrel Buster Peanut

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird

by Timothy Miller
Woodburn, I
ndiana

PHOTO#2-18TM




3rd Prize
Squirrel Solution 150

Having A Snack

by Jaime Janik
Downers Grove, Illinois

PHOTO#2-45JJ




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Red-bellied Woodpecker

by Peggy Yaeger
Corbin, Kentucky

PHOTO#2-49PY



Great Backyard Bird Stories:

"Tails" of Avian Visitors

2019 Story Contest Winners!

1 Prize

1 Prize

$50.00 Amazon Gift Card



Dad And His Hummingbirds
By Sheila Chapman
STORY#1-2SC





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Sandhill Crane At The Backyard Buffet
By Clark LaGrange
STORY#1-3CL




Our first story contest turned out to be a very difficult choice!

As a result "For the Love of Feeding Birds" entered by Kathy Berent, will be awarded the e-book "The Joy Of Bird Baths"!

For the Love of Feeding Birds
By Kathy Berent
STORY#1-1KB



Thank You To Everyone Who Entered The Contests!

Your Contribution Is Appreciated!



Thank You To Our Wonderful Sponsors For Their Generous Prizes!

Brome Bird Care

Bird Watcher's Digest




Thank You To Our Respected Judges For Lending Their Expertise To The Contests!

The contests are over for another year but bird watching will always inspire great photos and the telling of exciting "tails"!

See you all next year!


2019 Best Ever Bird Watchers Prizes!

Backyard Bird Eateries Photo Contest Prizes

Our 2019 Photo Contest
1st, 2nd & 3rd Prize Sponsor
Brome Bird Care


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Photo Contest Prize
Sponsor
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1 Prize

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Great Backyard Bird Stories Contest Prize

1 Prize

$50.00 Amazon Gift Card


Visitors Vote
Story Contest Prize
Sponsor
Bird Watcher's Digest

1 Prize

watching backyard birdsOne Year Subscription to
"Watching Backyard Birds"


Announcing Two 2019 Contests!

Yes, 2!


A Photo Contest & A Story Contest

Backyard Bird Eateries:
Birds Partaking in the Sustenance of Life

&

Great Backyard Bird Stories:
"Tails" of Avian Visitors

You might be asking...

Why 2 contests? And why a story contest?

It just seems unfair that only those who have a tip-top camera and the skill to take good, moving target photos, be the only ones who have an opportunity to enter a contest.

So, now those who have a way of crafting a good story from an event they have witnessed, have an opportunity to show their stuff.



Each person may enter:

1 - 3 photos in the Backyard Bird Eateries contest and

1 story in the Great Backyard Bird Stories contest, with up to 4 supporting photos.


Both contests are now closed!

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But before you run off to get started,

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Backyard Bird Eateries:
Birds Partaking in the Sustenance of Life

How It Works

>  You may enter up to 3 photos of birds eating or drinking in an outdoor space, in any season, that a bird watcher has setup with bird feeders and/or a bird bath.

>  Voting will be open to everyone after contest closes for seven days. Separate prize for the photo with the most votes.

>  When the contest closes, our respected judges will have 2 weeks to make their Top 3 choices from all entries.

Then the Top 3 photos will be awarded the Best Ever Bird Watchers Prizes!


Rules for Entering Photo Contest

  • Photos submitted must show a wild bird partaking of food or water in a backyard space or equivalent such as a balcony. (Please be sensitive to the fact that photos of birds of prey which has taken a songbird from your outdoor space will not be entered. Thank you for your understanding.)
  • Images must be in .jpg format, 400 - 800 pixels wide by maximum 600 pixels high.
  • Photo contest begins Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 12:01am and ends on March 15, 2019 at 11:59pm.
  • Photo entry must be taken by you.
  • Entrants can submit up to 3 photos during the contest time frame. (Professional photographers are asked not to enter, to give others a chance. But if you wish to have your photos showcased with a watermark on the site, please contact us here. )
  • Contest entries must be accompanied with some details. Your name, phone number, and email are very important (phone number and email will be kept private) . If we do not have your contact information, then we will not know how to notify you if you win!, location of photo (City, State/Province, Country), type of bird, what the bird is eating, circumstance and any other information a contestant might wish to include is welcome.
  • You must give permission for your photo to be used on the website www.wildbirdscoop.com and social media, in perpetuity to enter the contest. Your name can be watermarked on your photo, if you wish.
  • After the contest closing date, voting will be opened to everyone who wishes to cast a vote between Saturday, March 16 and Friday, March 22, 2019. The photos with the most public votes will be awarded a prize.
  • Judges will be asked to select their top three choices from all entries. Judges are asked to have their decisions in by Friday, March 29th.
  • Winners from the public vote and the Judges vote will be contacted by email and/or phone number and announced on the website the first week of April.
  • The 3 prizes will be awarded to the photos that get the most votes from the judges.
  • Winners will be announced on the website the first week of April after a response back has been received by the winner via email.

IMPORTANT: Please include your name, phone number, and email (phone number and email will be kept private)!

No Email & Phone Number = No Win = No Prize



Entry Form for Backyard Bird Eateries Photo Contest

Now Closed!

Good Luck to Everyone!



Great Backyard Bird Stories:
"Tails" of Avian Visitors

>  One story may be entered per person.

Your story must have actually happened, no fiction please!

>  Voting will be open to everyone after contest closes for seven days. Separate prize for the photo with the most votes.

>  When the contest closes, our respected Judges will have 2 weeks to make their Top choice from roster of story entries.

>  Then the Top story will be awarded the Best Ever Bird Watchers Prize!

Rules for Entering

  • All "Great Backyard Bird Stories" must be 500 words minimum.
  • The story line must be about something you witnessed in your backyard, for example, how a pair of Goldfinches raised their clutch. Here is my Goldfinch Story. Your story does not have to be that long. ;-) Or the adventures of  feeding Crows in the far corner of your yard, like my Crow story here. But my Crow story is 217 words, your story must be 500 words.
  • Optionally, you may submit up to 4 photos that must support your story. The quality of the photos will not be judged, but will only be considered as they help in telling your story.
  • "Great Backyard Bird Stories"  contest begins Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 12:01am and ends on March 15, 2019 at 11:59pm. (Same time frame as the photo contest.)
  • The story must be original and not available on the internet anywhere else.
  • All story contest entries must be accompanied with some details. Your name, phone number, and email are very important, (if we do not have your contact information then we will not know how to notify you if you win!), location of story (City, State/Province, Country), type of bird, what the bird is doing, circumstance and any other information a contestant might wish to include if not evident in the story telling.
  • You must give, exclusive, permission for your story to be used on the website, www.wildbirdscoop.com and social media, in perpetuity, to enter the contest. Your name can be published with the story, if you wish.
  • After the contest closing date, voting will be opened to everyone who wishes to cast a vote between Saturday, March 16 and Friday, March 22, 2019. The story with the most public votes will be awarded the prize.
  • Judges will be asked to select their choice from the roster of story entries. Judges are asked to have their decisions in by Friday, March 29th.
  • Winners from the public vote and the Judges vote will be contacted by email and/or phone number and announced on the website the first week of April.
  • The prize will be awarded to the photo that gets the most votes from the judges.
  • Winners will be announced on the website the first week of April after a response back has been received by the winner via email.

IMPORTANT: Please include your name, phone number, and email (phone number and email will be kept private)!

No Email & Phone Number = No Win = No Prize


Entry Form for Great Backyard Bird Stories

Now Closed!

Good Luck to Everyone!

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Our Respected Judges for
Backyard Bird Eateries
Photo Contest

Gregor Beck

gregor beck

Gregor is a wildlife biologist and conservation professional with over 25 years’ experience in the environmental field. He has worked on wildlife research, environmental education, conservation, species at risk, and outreach programs across Canada and has a special love for birds, reptiles and natural spaces. A keen field naturalist, he has led conservation programs for a number of conservation organizations and is author of numerous publications on ecology and wildlife. He currently serves as Senior Advisor, Development and Citizen Science, with Bird Studies Canada in Port Rowan, Ontario, on the shores of Lake Erie.




Mike Bergin

10000 birds

Mike is a leading authority in the field of standardized test preparation, but is better known in nature circles as the founder of 10,000 Birds, the world's favorite birding blog. Besides starting 10,000 Birds in 2004, Mike has also created a number of other entertaining but now extirpated nature blog resources, particularly the Nature Blog Network and I and the Bird.

Also A Story Contest Judge



Sandra Rust

Founder: Joliet Commercial Photography

Sandra Rust grew up in Lockport, Illinois. Sandra studied graphic design, fine art and photography at Columbia College in Chicago. Sandra attended graduate school with her major in digital imaging at Governors State University in University Park, Illinois. She presently works as a photographer & web/graphic designer. Joliet Commercial Photography was founded by Sandra Rust in 2015. Joliet Commercial Photography specializes in commercial, food, portrait, product, nature & wildlife photography. Sandra has a passion for nature and loves to photograph the wings of the world.

Featured in: Voyage Chicago, Outdoor Photographer, WWF & Natural Habitat Adventures
Professional Memberships: Nikon Professional Services, Outdoor Photographer VIP
3rd place in Student Conservation Association photo contest and was featured in The Student Conservation Association.

Also A Story Contest Judge



Marcus White

marcus white

Marcus White is an award-winning journalist based in Northeastern Minnesota. Marcus has reported on topics including climate change impacts on public policy, resource management and many personal feature stories on local residents in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Idaho. He holds awards in writing, production and feature photography from the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association, the North Dakota Newspaper Association, and an investigative journalism award from the National Newspaper Association. When not running around the towns and woods of Northern Minnesota for work, Marcus enjoys a relaxing evening with his girlfriend along with his puppy and three cats, and (when it’s warm) hiking and sitting along the shores of Lake Superior.

Also A Story Contest Judge



Juri Wornowitski

Picture courtesy of Shanna Calero

With a degree in Computer Sciences, Juri has a great passion for landscape and nature photography. He has been taking pictures for over 20 years. He still works with film and takes his panoramic camera along every time he leaves home. His travels brought him so far to many wild and exotic places from Greenland to Antarctica. Though landscapes remain his major focus, he is also keen on photographing wildlife whenever the opportunity arises. His work is presented on his website, plainlight.com.




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