The first contest combining Birding & Photography skills

Calling All Bird & Photography Lovers!

You're passionate about birding, right? You're also passionate about taking pictures of the birds in your sight, right? Why not share your pictures with the world and also take a shot at winning some serious cash prizes?

KingBirder is the first online contest to combine the skills of birding with photography skills. Use your birding capabilities to find the right bird that fits the contest theme and date parameters. Once you've found your target, photography skills will determine if you're a winner!

Thank you to everyone who participated in "Shelter and Snap!". We received submissions from 36 states and 14 countries containing a total of 172 species of birds! Winners will be announced the week of June 22nd. Our next contest, "Mellow Yellow" has already started! Stay informed through our KingBirder channels - Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
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Announcing A Free Contest

Shelter & Snap!

Because so many people are limited to their homes during this global pandemic, we thought a pleasant diversion like a bird photography contest might be fun! So KingBirder has decided to run a free contest during the month of May called "Shelter and Snap!". Simply submit photos of birds from your residence, could be a window, rooftop, balcony, garden, or yard. The photos must also be taken during the open period of the contest, May 1 - May 31. For the first time, we'll also have a junior division for kids under the age of 18!

Top Prizes*

Adult Division
  • $250 B&H Gift Card - 1st place
  • Cotton Carrier Binocular-Camera Harness (value $159) - 2nd place
  • $100 B&H Gift Card - 3rd place

Junior Division
  • $150 Best Buy Gift Card - 1st place
  • $100 Best Buy Gift Card - 2nd place
  • $50 Best Buy Gift Card - 3rd place

Superlative Categories

  • Best Close Up
  • Best Shot of a Bird Feeding
  • Best Photo Title
  • Winners receive a KingBirder hat or t-shirt.

* Prizes subject to change.
Each contestant may submit up to five photos for this contest.
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Upcoming Contests

Upcoming Contest List
Title Start Date End Date
Mellow Yellow Begins: June 2020 Ends: July 2020
It's a Shore Thing Begins: September 2020 Ends: October 2020
Get Down and Prey Begins: December 2020 Ends: January 2021


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Bird Conservation

Most of you are probably aware of the recent study published in Science magazine concerning the decline of North America’s birds. The total number of birds in North America is almost three billion less than it was in the 1970s! Bird populations are shrinking all over the globe. One of the major causes for this decline is loss of habitat. Land preservation for birds (and other wildlife) is more important now than it has ever been in the past.

KingBirder strongly believes in protecting key bird habitats. Therefore, we are proud to announce that we will be donating 10% of the gross revenue collected by KingBirder contests directly to land preservation non-profits such as The Nature Conservancy and the American Bird Conservancy. These organizations do an outstanding job of identifying important bird habitats and protecting them through direct acquisition, easements, or working with partners. Without a place to live and raise their young, there will be no birds!

Be Among the First!

Our second birding photography contest, "Mellow Yellow" launches in June. Enter your email address to get a heads up when the contest opens and for other important KingBirder updates.