Awards and Competitions
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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 and a three-year subscription to Birdwatch magazine.
Birdwatch Bird Book of the Year
This annual award recognises excellence in ornithological publishing by nominating as its winner the most original, important or popular book on birds published during the year. Shortlisted titles chosen by the Birdwatch editorial team range from field guides and monographs to atlases and photographic works; from this shortlist Managing Editor Dominic Mitchell selects the winning title. Details of the winner and any highly commended entries are featured in Birdwatch each year in the February edition (published January).