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!

Fantastic shots are rolling in for "It's a Shore Thing"! We just announced our Superlative Awards for the this contest. See below for more information. Next up starting on December 1, 2020 is "Water World", check the Contest page for more details. We changed this contest from "Get Down and Prey" because many contestants were unsure if they could get a good raptor shot in the allotted time period. Please let us know if you have a good theme idea by submitting a note on the "Contact" menu. As always, stay informed through our KingBirder channels - Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Tim Boyer



Millions of shorebirds are on the move all over the globe during the months of September and October. This contest theme celebrates shorebirds. What is a shorebird? Basically any birds that typically live along the shore, sandpipers, plovers, godwits, curlews, phalaropes, pratincoles, turnstones, avocets, oystercatchers, stilts, dowitchers, snipes, shanks, terns, gulls, herons, and egrets all qualify for this contest. Send us a note if you are not sure if your bird qualifies. Are you "shore" you can find the right bird?

Top Prizes

  • $3000 - 1st place
  • $2000- 2nd place
  • $1500 - 3rd place
  • $1000 - 4th place
  • $500 - 5th place

Superlative Categories

  • Best Close Up
  • Best Title
  • Best Shot of a Bird Feeding
  • Most Artistic
  • Most Unusual Bird
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Upcoming Contests

Upcoming Contest List
Title Start Date End Date
It's a Shore Thing Begins: September 2020 Ends: October 2020
Water World Begins: December 2020 Ends: January 2021

Sand Cranes flying

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.