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Wild Birds Unlimited and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology are excited to present the all-new BirdSpotter Photo Contest!


How the Contest Works:

Simply fill out your information on the form below, and upload your photo (photo may have been taken at any time, but must be submitted by the deadline below).

Entries can be submitted no later than February 5, 2023. Please review the official contest rules before submitting.

10 "finalist" photos will be chosen by Cornell Lab and Wild Birds Unlimited staff and posted on the BirdSpotter Voting page, where bird lovers can vote for their favorite entries. Online voting begins February 13 and ends March 12, 2023. Winners will be announced shortly thereafter and will be contacted individually by the email provided below.


Wild Birds Unlimited and The Cornell Lab will award the following prizes, based on the voting results:

  • $300 Wild Birds Unlimited gift certificate (1st in votes received)

  • $200 Wild Birds Unlimited gift certificate (2nd in votes received)

  • $100 Wild Birds Unlimited gift certificate (3rd in votes received)

  • Each of the ten selected photographers will be invited to choose one free Bird Academy online course

**This contest is open only to natural persons who are legal residents of the United States of America and the Canadian Provinces and who are least eighteen (18) years of age at the time of entry. Person under eighteen (18) may participate with a guardian’s permission.

Photos must be at least 2400 pixels (width) x 1000 pixels (height). Accepted file types are:
.JPEG, .JPG, .PNG, or .TIF
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