Wild Bird Photo Contest
&
Story Contest

wild bird photo contest


Announcing Two 2020 Contests!

Yes, 2!

The Photo Contest

Show Off


Your Best Photos Of A

Backyard Bird Feeding Station


&

The Story Contest

Great Backyard Bird Stories:
"Tails" Of Backyard Avian Visitors


Contests Open

Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 12:01am

Contests Close

Saturday,  March 21, 2020 at 11:59pm



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:

Up to 3 photos in the Backyard Bird Feeding Station
 contest

&

1 story in the Great Backyard Bird Stories contest,

with up to 4 supporting photos.




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Quick Links for Wild Bird Scoop 2020 Contests:

  • Gallery of Photo Entries (When contest opens.)
  • Story Roster (When contest opens.)

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2020 Best Ever
Bird Watchers Prizes!


Your Best Photos Of A
Backyard Bird Feeding Station

Our 2020 Photo Contest
1st, 2nd & 3rd Prize Sponsor

Brome Bird Care

1st Prize

Squirrel Buster Plus



2nd Prize

Squirrel Buster Suet



3rd Prize

Squirrel Solution 200



But before you enter,

please read the rules carefully!




Your Best Photos Of A
Backyard Bird Feeding Station

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 that would be considered a Bird Feeding Station.

  • 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 1 week 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(s) enjoying a  backyard bird feeding station. (Please be sensitive to the fact that photos of birds of prey which have taken a songbird from your outdoor space will not be entered. Thank you for your understanding.)
  • Images must be in .jpg format, with a maximum file size of  5mb. (Large photos take more time to upload, please be patient.)
  • Photo contest begins Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 12:01am and ends on Saturday,  March 21, 2020 at 11:59pm.
  • Each photo entry must be taken by you the one who enters the contest.
  • Entrants can submit up to 3 photos during the contest time frame. (Everyone is invited to enter! )
  • Contest entries must be accompanied with some details. Your name, complete address, phone number, and email are very important (phone number and email will be kept private) . If we do not have your contact information, especially email, then we will not know how to notify you if you win!
  • Also, 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 exclusively on our website www.wildbirdscoop.com, related social media or digital and print material, possibly for sale, 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 Sunday, March 22, 2020 and Saturday, March 28, 2020. The photos with the most public votes will be awarded a prize.
  • Judges will receive the photos and stories to be judged on Sunday, March 22, 2020 and are asked to select their top three choices from all entries of the photo contest and one choice from the stories. Judges are asked to have their decisions in by Saturday, March 28th.
  • Winners from the public vote and the Judges vote will be contacted by email and/or phone number and announced on the website when all winners have responded.
  • The 3 prizes for the photo contest will be awarded to the photographer that gets the most votes from the judges.
  • Winners will be announced on the website the second week of April after a response back has been received by the winners via email.

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

No Email & Phone Number = No Win = No Prize


Entry Form Link

Backyard Bird Feeding Station Photo Contest

Opens Saturday, February 1st 2020 at 12:01am!

Good Luck to Everyone!

(Please be patient as large photos may take more time to upload.)



Great Backyard Bird Stories:
"Tails" of Avian Visitors

How It Works!

  • One story may be entered per person with 4 supporting photos. (Photos are not the element being judges in the Story Contest, they should help tell the story.)
  • 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 1 week to make their Top Choice from the roster of story entries.

  • Then the Top Story will be awarded the Best Ever Bird Watchers Prize!

Rules for Entering Story Contest

  • 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 1, 2020 at 12:01am and ends on Saturday, March 21, 2020 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, complete address, 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!)
  • Also, 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 connected 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 Sunday, March 22, 2020 and Saturday, March 28, 2020. 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 Sunday, April 5th.
  • Winners from the public vote and the Judges vote will be contacted by email and/or phone number and announced on the website the second 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 winners via email.

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

No Email & Phone Number = No Win = No Prize!


Entry Form Link

Great Backyard Bird Stories

Opens Saturday, February 1st 2020!

Good Luck to Everyone!

Meet Our Respected Judges
2020
Photo Contest
&
Story 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 Conservation Advisor, with Birds 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



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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 Wild Birds Scoop Photo & Story Contests

  • Meet Our Respected Judges We are very grateful for our Judges who are freely giving their time and expertise. (To Be Announced)
  • All the Prizes! (To Be Announced)


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