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"WINGS OF THE WORLD" PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

DEADLINE: 1/30/24

Are you passionate about birds? Do you want to bring further awareness to their conservation while also showcasing your photography skills? Then Fledglink's "Wings of the World" Photography Competition is the perfect opportunity for you! Our contest not only allows you to channel your love for our avian friends into capturing their beauty, but also gives you the chance to win cash prizes.

Keep scrolling to learn more about this opportunity...

Penguins

THE THEME

The theme for our first contest is Wings of the World”! By sharing photographs of the native birds in your local areas, we aim to not only showcase the talent of birders across the world, but also the diversity of our feathered friends. Together, we can inspire a global community to care deeply about the conservation of such remarkable creatures. We invite you to join us in this mission, where every photograph tells a unique story and captures the beauty of each bird–whether it’s a common sparrow or an exotic parrot!

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?

1) Follow @fledg.link on Instagram

2) Share a favorite bird photograph that you’ve taken

3) Tag @fledg.link on your post and use the hashtag #wingsoftheworldcontest

4) In the caption, share the bird species, location of the photo, and the story behind how you got that perfect shot!

**Please only include 1 photo per post, but upload as many individual posts as you'd like!**

Hornbill
Image by AARN GIRI

Fledglink aims to provide a welcoming, warm community for young birders around the world to grow their confidence and showcase their talent. As such, this competition is ONLY open to individuals who are 20 years of age or younger! If you are outside of this age range, please respect this specification.

WHO CAN ENTER?

PRIZES!!

Thanks to the incredibly generous donations of the Playa Lakes Joint Venture and the American Littoral Society, our total cash prizes add up to $600!!

First Place → $240

Second Place → $130

Third Place → $120

BONUS CATEGORY → $110

... and shoutouts/features on our Instagram page, website, and blog for all winners and our honorable mentions!

Sharp Shinned Hawk
Dry Branch

BONUS CATEGORY

In collaboration with the Playa Lakes Joint Venture, we’re thrilled to add a bonus prize category dedicated to grassland birds in the PLJV region!

To qualify, simply...

 

1) Follow our original contest rules above

 

2) Photograph any of the eligible 61 grassland birds below

 

3) Use the hashtags #pljv and #wotwgrassland (along with #wingsoftheworldcontest)

 

Doing the steps above makes you eligible for a chance to win not only our top prizes, but also an additional $110 prize!

Winter

ELIGIBLE GRASSLAND BIRDS 

  • American Kestrel

  • Baird's Sandpiper

  • Baird's Sparrow

  • Bobolink

  • Brewer's Blackbird

  • Brown-headed Cowbird

  • Buff-breasted Sandpiper

  • Burrowing Owl

  • Cassin's Kingbird

  • Cassin's Sparrow

  • Chestnut-collared Longspur

  • Chihuahuan Meadowlark

  • Chihuahuan Raven

  • Common Nighthawk

  • Common Poorwill

  • Dickcissel

  • Eastern Kingbird

  • Eastern Meadowlark

  • Ferruginous Hawk

  • Grasshopper Sparrow

  • Greater Prairie-Chicken

  • Henslow's Sparrow

  • Horned Lark

  • Killdeer

  • Lapland Longspur

  • Lark Bunting

  • Lark Sparrow

  • LeConte's Sparrow

  • Lesser Prairie-Chicken

  • Loggerhead Shrike

  • Long-billed Curlew

  • Mountain Plover

  • Mourning Dove

  • Northern Bobwhite

  • Northern Harrier

  • Peregrine Falcon

  • Prairie Falcon

  • Red-tailed Hawk

  • Red-winged Blackbird

  • Ring-necked Pheasant

  • Rough-legged Hawk

  • Rufous-crowned Sparrow

  • Savannah Sparrow

  • Say's PhoebeSay's Phoebe

  • Scaled Quail

  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

  • Sedge Wren

  • Sharp-tailed Grouse

  • Short-eared Owl

  • Smith's Longspur

  • Snow Bunting

  • Sprague's Pipit

  • Swainson's Hawk

  • Thick-billed Longspur

  • Upland Sandpiper

  • Vermilion Flycatcher

  • Vesper Sparrow

  • Western Bluebird

  • Western Kingbird

  • Western Meadowlark

  • White-winged Dove

Image by Kevin Mueller
  • Avoid using bait

  • Don’t use bird calls for playback

  • Respect nesting areas and boundaries

  • Avoid disturbing birds (esp. chicks!)

  • Avoid drones and flash

  • Avoid forcing birds to fly

  • Follow location-specific rules/laws

AND FINALLY, SOME REMINDERS ON ETHICAL BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY...

DEADLINE: 1/30/24

If you're interested in submitting, please make sure you post by 1/30/24. Have fun exploring the avian world—we can't wait to see all of your amazing photographs!

Two Flamingos
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