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Awards and Competitions


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The Birdwatch ID photo guide

We run mystery bird quizzes to accompany our comprehensive ID photo guides. Click here to find the identity of the mystery bird and the winner's name for recently closed ID quizes.

Golden plover ID quiz

Remarkable Birds by Mark AveryClosing Date: 07 Jul 2017

SCANNING a flock of winter plovers on the edge of a lagoon, you notice one that stands out from its companions. It is clearly a golden plover, having black underparts, spangled upperparts and a white border to the face and chest.

Taking care to note the size and proportions of its bill and legs, the placement of its primaries, tertials and tail feathers, and the amounts of black, white and gold and their comparative shape and extent, you gradually come to a conclusion on its identity. Should you be phoning into as a rarity or just enjoying it as a day tick?


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Win tickets to BBC Countryfile Live!

Closing Date: 26 Jul 2017

Taking place in the stunning grounds of Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, in August, BBC Countryfile Live 2017 will showcase a variety of outdoor events, animal shows, food, drink and clothing stalls and much more. There will be a range of talks, debates and interviews on the future of the countryside.

The Wildlife Zone will surely be of particular interest. This ‘pop-up nature reserve’ will be packed with hints, tips and help for anyone interested in learning more about the wildlife on their doorstep.

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Swarovski BTX eyepiece and 85 mm objective lens

Swarovski BTX eyepiece and 85 mm objective lens worth £3,000.Closing Date: 20 Aug 2017

Birdwatch has teamed up with Swarovski Optik to offer our readers the opportunity to win the fantastic new BTX binocular eyepiece and 85 mm objective lens worth £3,300.

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Birders’ Choice Awards

Birders choice logoTHESE annual awards are your chance to recognise the best – and worst – in birding and conservation. Thousands of readers and Facebook and Twitter fans from around the world take part, casting their votes to celebrate their Conservation Hero of the Year, Environmental Campaign of the Year, Local Hero of the Year, Rarity Event of the Year and much more.

In 2015 you voted for Chris Packham as your Conservation Hero for the second year running, while your Local Hero was the RSPB’s Roy Taylor, who raised funds for and awareness of disabled access to nature reserves.

This year’s awards will be launched in the November 2016 issue of Birdwatch (on sale 27 October), and again there will be a prize draw for all those taking part.

Birdwatch Artist of the Year Award

THIS prestigious award, held in association with the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) and Swarovski Optik, is given to the artist whose work at the SWLA’s annual exhibition The Natural Eye is considered to be the most outstanding. Submissions must be made in accordance with the criteria outlined by the SWLA. The award judges are Dominic Mitchell (Managing Editor, Birdwatch), Bruce Pearson (SWLA), Chris Rose (SWLA), Andrew Stock (SWLA) and Peter Antoniou (Managing Director, Swarovski Optik UK). The winner is announced at the preview of The Natural Eye, which currently takes place in late October, and coverage appears in Birdwatch in the following issue (usually the December edition, published November). The prize is Swarovski optical equipment of the winner’s choice (terms and conditions apply) and a three-year subscription to Birdwatch magazine.

2015 winner

Fishing Frenzy by Jane Smith

Fishing Frenzy

By Jane Smith

This piece was chosen by the panel as exemplifying the many facets that can be found in the best bird art. While not intended as a life-like representation of fishing Northern Gannets, Jane has captured the jizz of the species perfectly as the four adult birds dive into the waves, while summoning a visually pleasing, simplified graphic representation of the dynamic scene, full of action and speed.

Fishing Frenzy was inspired by intimate views of diving gannets seen from a small rowing boat in the Sound of Jura, as both artist and birds fished for mackerel in the sheltered waters there. Jane is a former wildlife filmmaker, now settled on the west coast of Scotland, where she spends as much time painting wildlife as possible.