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Regardless of what is happening in our human-world, birds are still outside doing their thing, and winter is a great time to look for and photograph them. Not all our regularly occurring Citizen Science programs are going ahead this winter, but if you do end up participating, please remember to prioritize your safety and that of others around you.


American Dipper Photo: Kris Cu

This year, we invite everyone to share their bird photos from this winter season! It sounds like it will be a finch-filled winter with Pine Siskins, Evening Grosbeaks, and White-winged Crossbills irrupting all over Canada. We want to see and share what you are seeing!

Submit at least one photo for your chance to win a one-year subscription to BirdWatch Canada, a 340-g bag of Birds and Beans bird-friendly coffee, and an Armstrong suet cake feeder with suet cake.

The contest is open from December 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021.

Each participant who submits at least one photo will be entered into a random prize draw, and three winners will be drawn.


How to Enter:

(1) Please read the Contest Rules and Terms of Use (below). By entering, you acknowledge that you agree to the Terms of Use.

 (2) Email your photos to by Sunday, January 31, 2021. You can submit as many photos as you like, but each participant will receive a single entry in the prize draw.

(4) The winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.

Evening Grosbeak Photo: Nina Stavlund

Official Rules for the Winter Birds Photo Contest

Eligible Entrants:

There is no age restriction and no fee required to enter the contest.

By entering a photo (or photos) in the contest, the entrant acknowledges that they agree to the Terms of Use (see below).

Eligible Photos:

Each participant can submit as many photos as they like, but will receive a single entry in the prize draw.

The photo(s) must have been taken by the entrant, and may not infringe the rights of any other individual. If your photo includes other people, ask their permission before submitting the photo to the contest.

The photo(s) must not depict or result from actions that could be considered harmful to birds. To be eligible, photos must have been taken without disturbing, baiting, or otherwise interfering with the natural behaviour of birds (exception: birds coming freely to bird feeders). Judges will eliminate from the competition any photo that they have reason to believe violates this condition.

Selecting Winners:

The winners will be chosen through a random draw. Each person who submits one or more photos to the contest will receive one entry in the draw, regardless of how many photos they have submitted.

The approximate value of each prize is $90. The odds of winning depend on the number of entries received.

Collection of Information:

Birds Canada will use an email address to contact the prize winners. The prize winners will be required to provide a mailing address so that the prizes can be shipped. Neither email addresses nor mailing addresses will be used by Birds Canada for any purposes other than those required to administer this contest, as described above.

Promotion of the Contest:

While Birds Canada is promoting this contest using Facebook and Twitter, the contest is not sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.

Terms of Use

By submitting a photo (or photos) to the contest, the entrant acknowledges they agree to the Terms of Use below.

The entrant grants Birds Canada the right to edit the photo(s).

The entrant grants Birds Canada the perpetual right to publish the submitted photo(s), royalty-free, for any purpose whatsoever. Uses may include, but are not limited to, publishing the photo(s) in Birds Canada print publications and online, and future promotion of the Project FeederWatch, Christmas Bird Count or CBC4Kids.

Any use of the photo(s) will include the entrant’s name and acknowledge the entrant as the creator of the photo.

By submitting photos, the entrant acknowledges that Birds Canada bears no responsibility whatsoever for protecting the photo(s) from third party infringement of copyright interest or other intellectual property rights, and that Birds Canada shall not be responsible for any losses suffered as a result of such infringement.

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