Bird Photo Contest Encourages Aspiring Bird Photographers to Capture Images While They #StayatHome
Published: May 18, 2020
By: Lori Chandler Pruitt
While global communities are practicing physical distancing, birds are actively socializing outside our windows, in our trees, birdbaths, and feeders. Depending on where you live, birds of all species are migrating, singing, preening, mating, feeding, flying, and building nests.
KingBirder, the first online contest to combine the skills of birding with photography, wants you to capture photos of the birds you see safely from your homes or yard in its free bird photography competition entitled “Shelter and Snap!”
From May 1-31, photographers of all ages can submit photos to KingBirder for a chance to win prizes such as gift cards, a Cotton Carrier photographic harness, and KingBirder licensed merchandise. Contributors’ photos will also be featured on the KingBirder website. But most importantly, the contest is an opportunity to have some fun during a difficult time.
KingBirder offers free photo contest in May to help lift spirits during physical distancing
Traditional KingBirder contests involve submitting photos for a fee and competing for cash prizes, with more opportunities to win large awards per year than any other bird photography contest. KingBirder’s first global contest, “Everybody Duck!” closed March 31, and winners will be announced in April.
“Shelter and Snap!” is a different sort of contest. There is no cost to submit entries and the purpose is to serve as a distraction and provide some entertainment to everyone stuck at home. Contestants will be tasked with finding great shots of birds from their home or surrounding property, from a window, balcony, rooftop, garden, or yard. Entries are judged on their artistic, technical, and creative qualities. There are two divisions – one for adults and a junior division for kids under the age of 18.
“Millions of people are worried and bored as they shelter in their homes, so we searched for a way to make a small contribution to the global community during this terrible pandemic,” says Tom Younkin, KingBirder founder. “We are funding this photo contest with the goal to provide some entertainment and a distraction from this gloomy situation by inviting people to capture photos of local birds and compete for some prizes. Better yet, everyone is encouraged to look up information about the birds they photograph to learn more about their entries!”