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2018 NCW Audubon Bird Photography Contest


Encourage regional photographers to select and display their best photos of Pacific Northwest birds. The photos will be judged based on technical and artistic merit. Winning photos in this regional contest will be displayed throughout NCW over the six month period after the contest. In addition, the winning photos will augment the traveling exhibit of award-winning photos from the National Audubon Society in May 2018.

North Central Washington Audubon (NCWA) endorses the National Audubon Guide to Ethical Bird Photography.

Contest opens for submission: 2/15/18
Contest submission closes: 3/30/18
Winners announced: 4/13/18

The contest will be announced in the Phlox, on the NCW Audubon website, Facebook and Instagram and local media (radio and newspaper.) Anyone who resides in Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, or Ferry counties can enter.


1. PROFESSIONAL. You must regularly offer your images for sale as prints or products through use of a personal website, social media, stock agencies or direct marketing.
2. ADULT ENTHUSIAST. You must be 18 years of age or older as of January 1, 2018
3. YOUTH. You must be 17 years of age, or younger, as of January 1, 2018.

While RAW files are preferred, JPG files can be submitted for initial judging.

Eligible Photographs

To be eligible to win a prize, all submitted photographs must contain at least one Pacific Northwest bird. By submitting photos to this contest you confirm that you have not added any elements to the image(s) and that processing of the image(s) involved only standard optimization (e.g., removal of dust, cropping, adjustments to color and contrast).

Digital files must be fully edited to meet the photographer’s intent and standards. Files will not be edited by anyone in NCW Audubon Society.

Submission Requirements

Submit your photo as an attachment to an email to ncwaaudubon@gmail.com.

Include in the body of your email:

your name
the category you fit in (Pro, Adult enthusiast, Youth)
your mailing address
the location and date of the photo
the ID of the bird

Each person may enter up to 3 photos.

Photo Rights and Usage

Copyright remains the sole property of the photographer. Photographer grants NCWAS use of images for display and educational purposes.

Winning images can be presented in Phlox and local media.


One Grand Prize award and two Honorable Mention photos will be awarded for each of the three categories.
16x20” prints of the winning photos in each category will be prepared and delivered to the winners within a 6 month period beginning when contest winners are announced. These prints will be displayed throughout north central Washington for up to 6 months prior to delivery to the winning photographers.


Gerry Ellis – Gerry is a wildlife film-maker, photographer, and writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, the New York Times, Ranger Rick, and more. His work is now featured on the YouTube channel Apes Like Us (www.youtube.com/apeslikeus), which he also hosts. Ellis is the author of more than a dozen children’s books. Documenting nature for more than 30 years inspired him to found GLOBIO, a nonprofit, inspiring children to protect all life on Earth.

Heidi Newsome -Heidi oversees wildlife and bird projects for the US Fish and Wildlife Service at the Mid-Columbia National Wildlife Refuges. Her programs involve work with Burrowing Owl nesting and conservation, Long-billed Curlew and all types of waterfowl and upland birds. She is a regionally recognized bird and wildlife educator and conservationist.

Dennis Davenport – Award winning bird photographer, author and educator. Dennis has photographed birds and wildlife for over a decade and has won many awards for his work. His photos are published in several magazines and have been used by organizations to enhance bird and wildlife conservation.