GalleryPhoto Competition 2017

Welcome to Devon Birds’ first Bird Photography Competition!

Photo CompetitionBuilding on an increased interest in wild birds amongst the general public and the advent of good quality digital cameras, this is a great opportunity for amateurs to spend time observing and recording birds in their natural habitat, and then to showcase their photographs to the wider public. The best entries will be exhibited in the autumn at Torre Abbey in Torquay.The overall winner will receive a £200 voucher to purchase camera equipment from the "London Camera Exchange", and the category winners will be awarded vouchers for £25 each.

Over the past decade, membership of Devon Birds has steadily grown, reflecting the pleasure people get from seeing birds in their gardens, out on family walks and in their day to day lives, as well as a commitment to recording rare species and contributing to their conservation, both practically and financially.


  • Bird Portrait – this can be in any position and setting.
  • Bird Behaviour – this can include behaviour such as a Song Thrush breaking a snail’s shell on a stone, etc.
  • Birds in the Garden – it is hoped that this is self-explanatory.
  • Urban Birds – this envisages photos taken in the setting of a built environment.
  • Birds on the Move – this will include birds in flight, swimming or diving, etc.
  • Groups of Birds – this can include flocks of single species, or an amalgam of species such as you might find by an estuary.
  • Under 18 – this is purely age related, and can cover any of the above subjects.

Judging and Presentation Ceremony

There will be an independent panel of judges composed of well known wildlife personalities.

The panel will be chaired by Sophie Stafford who is the former editor of BBC Wildlife magazine. Sophie currently edits the World Wildlife Magazine and has been a judge on the highly prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

For each category there will be a winner and two highly commended entries. The judges will also select a “Photo of the Year” which will be the overall winner from all categories.

The certificates and prizes for all award winners will be presented at a celebration and ceremony to be held at Torre Abbey on 20th October.

Terms and Rules of Entry

  • The competition is open to everyone.
  • All entrants will be bound by the rules of the competition to accept the panel’s decision as final.
  • The closing date for entries is 31st August 2017. No further entries will be accepted after that date.
  • Photos must be submitted using the online form opposite.
  • All entered photos must be taken in Devon.
  • There must be no disturbance of nesting birds, and other bird and wildlife welfare must always be observed.
  • Entrants can submit photos in as many categories as they choose, with a maximum of 3 entries per category.
  • A photo can only be entered in one category.
  • Entrants agree that their photos can be used free of charge in Devon Birds publications and this website, and for the promotion of the competition and exhibition in other publications and websites.
  • To cover the overall costs of staging the competition, there will be a nominal charge per photo submitted of £1 for Devon Birds members, and £2 for non-members. In the unlikely event that there is a surplus, this will be applied through Devon Birds to one of the current conservation projects.
  • Entries that have not been paid for will be disqualified.

Submit a Competition Photo

Please complete the form below to upload a photo that you want to enter in the competition.

Items shown in bold text are required.

In the Comments box please give your age (if under 18) and details of the camera, lens, speed, aperture, etc.

After submitting a photo please pay for your entry in our Shop.

Your photo must be no more than 2,000 pixels wide or high, maximum 2MB, in JPEG format.

So we know you are a human being and not a spam robot please answer the following question before submitting your photo.