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.
Gull ID quiz
SCANNING a local gull roost can be a thankless, cold and tiring task, and it is picking out the most unusual species that make it all worthwhile.
You are panning back and forth with your scope when the prominent band on the bill of one bird in the gathering dusk makes you stop immediately, and the adrenaline kicks in.
Is this striking bird a Herring Gull, or its slightly less frequent congener Common Gull? Or is it that North American straggler, Ring-billed Gull, lured in by the communal frenzy that is a gull gathering, and waiting for you to put the news out of its presence?
Use our tips in the December issue ID Photo Guide to work out the species and age of this notable individual, and find out if you really have hit paydirt.
Birders’ Choice Awards
THESE 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.
By Jane Smith