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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.

Chiffchaffs and Willow Warbler ID quiz

The Birdwatcher's Yearbook 2017Closing Date: 08 Apr 2017

WORKING your patch in early spring, you notice a movement in the dead herbage. Raising your bins, you discover its source to be a small greenish Phylloscopus warbler.

However, this plainness is part of the problem – how are you going to ID this silent bird? Is it a Common Chiffchaff, dispersing north? Could it be a Willow Warbler fresh from Africa? Or could it even be the very rare Iberian Chiffchaff, overshooting from its Mediterranean home? Fortunately, armed with our photo ID guide (available in our April 2017 issue), you are able to note each tiny detail and come to a conclusion on its identity.

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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.