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Common Murres Photo: Jared Clarke

2020-2021 Calendar Photo Contest

We want to see your photos and hear your stories!


Our calendar is a celebration of Canada’s wild birds. We invite photographers from across the country to submit their favourite pictures. Whether you are an amateur, a professional or a young person who has just encountered your spark bird, we want to see your photos!

Grab your camera and share the birds you see in your backyard, favourite birding location, or while participating in one of Birds Canada’s Citizen Science projects.

The 2020-21 Calendar Photo Contest will be launching July 6 and running until August 7. Contest winners will be featured in our 2020-21 Calendar, they will receive 3 copies of the calendar and will receive a one-year subscription to BirdWatch Canada.

This year, we will also be considering photos shared through Social Media! Use #BirdsCanada2021 to share your bird photos through our Facebook Event and on Instagram (@birds.canada) and Twitter (@birdscanada). Stay tuned on our channels for reminders about the contest and to see some of the incredible photos from the 2019-2020 Birds Canada Calendar.


Photo Submission Form

Click or drag a file to this area to upload.

Birds Canada Photo Use Agreement

1. This Photograph Use Agreement is for the specific photograph voluntarily supplied by the Photographer to Birds Canada through The Photographer retains copyright to the Photograph(s).
2. The Photographer grants to Birds Canada a fully paid, royalty-free, licence, in perpetuity, to publish and use the Photograph(s), in whole or in part, for the purposes of inclusion in Birds Canada materials, including but not limited to, web-based materials and products, and printed materials and products, such as, but not limited to, BirdWatch Canada and other educational and promotional pamphlets and publications. This agreement in no way prohibits the Photographer from providing the photograph to others for their use, or prohibits the Photographer from using the photograph for the Photographer’s own purposes.
3. The Photographer agrees to allow Birds Canada to modify the image for use if required, including, but not limited to, cropping, changes to contrast, brightness and colour saturation, removal of distracting elements and sharpening.
4. The Photographer warrants that:
a) the Photographer is the sole author and sole owner of the copyright in the Photograph(s);
b) the Photograph(s) is (are) an original work, and not copied from another work;
c) no intellectual property rights or other rights of third parties have been infringed in the making of the Photograph(s), or in the entering into of this Photograph Use Agreement.
5. The Photographer agrees to release, discharge and to save harmless Birds Canada, its representatives, assigns, employees and agents, from any liability as a result of the publication or distribution of the photograph, in whole or in part.
6. Birds Canada agrees to credit the Photographer by including the Photographer’s name as indicated herein, adjacent to the published photograph. Photographer’s name to be credited shall appear as entered in the photo submission in the following format: species_date_photographer first name – last name (e.g., commonmurre_may2020_Jared-Clarke).

Contest Rules:

How to Enter

The contest will be open from July 6, 2020 at 12:00 a.m. EST to August 7, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

You can submit your photos at Or using social media tweet or post your favourite photos on Instagram using the hashtag #BirdsCanada2021 and tag Birds Canada (@birdscanada on Twitter & @birds.canada on Instagram). To submit your photos on Facebook please post them in the ‘Discussion’ section of the event 2020-2021 Birds Canada Calendar Photo Contest.

Your entry must include your first and last name, the species featured in your photograph and the location and date the photograph was taken. Photo files for photos submitted on the website should appear in the following format: species_date_photographer first name – last name (e.g., commonmurre_may2020_Jared-Clarke).

Entrants must agree to the Birds Canada Photo Use Agreement in order to be considered.

The winners will be selected by a team of Birds Canada staff.

Format of Photos

Content alteration of digital files will not be eligible. Cropping and colour corrections are acceptable. Winning entrants must be able to provide a high-resolution version of each photo that they submit and entrants who fail to provide a high-resolution version within a week of being notified will be disqualified.

Please Note

Comments that are judged by Birds Canada staff to be irrelevant will be deleted and the person who posted the comment will not be entered in the draw.

The contest is being run by Birds Canada. It is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook

The approximate value of the prize is $100.

A Note About Ethical Photography Practices

Birds Canada encourages all birders and bird photographers to prioritize the wellbeing of birds and their habitats while enjoying your pursuits in nature. Giving birds the space they need to comfortably go about their natural behaviours is one way we can help them survive, thrive, and raise young, so that we can all continue to enjoy their presence into the future. If you notice a bird reacting to your presence, back away until it resumes what it was doing before or leave the area and take your photo another day. For more information on best practices for viewing and photographing birds please read the Code of Birding Ethics at

Judging Panel

Jared Clarke

Jared Clarke

More about Jared

Jared is a native Newfoundlander who grew up on the northeast coast of the island and was introduced to the outdoors at a very young age – mostly by his grandfathers. Always a nature enthusiast, he became interested in birds while working for a local conservation group and never looked back. He soon became one of the most avid birders in the province.

Despite his “official” training as a health researcher (PhD Medicine), his love of nature and sharing it with others has consistently led him astray. Jared has led tours big and small across Newfoundland; from historic St. John’s to the ancient Viking settlement of L’Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of the island and many points in between. Jared has also led tours for some of the best bird & nature tour companies in the business. He currently runs a small tour business called Bird•The•Rock (

Liron Gertsman

Liron Gertsman

More about Liron

Liron is a 19-year-old award-winning nature photographer based in British Columbia and former participant in Birds Canada’s Young Ornithologist’s Workshop. You may have seen him on CBC’s The National, heard his voice on CBC Radio One, or seen his work in publications such as Canadian Geographic magazine, The Guardian, GEO magazine, and others.

As a naturalist and photographer, he feels it is his duty to show people the essence of Earth, by thinking outside the box to create eye-catching images that connect people with the environment. Liron’s work has been widely recognized and awarded, sweeping the youth category of the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards and earning a highly commended designation in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. You can view his photography at Liron currently studies biology at the University of British Columbia as he continues to build upon his passion and commitment to the environment.

Melissa Hafting

Melissa Hafting

More about Melissa

Melissa is a birder from Vancouver, British Columbia where she serves as the eBird reviewer over five regions and runs the BC Rare Bird Alert. She believes in a strong sense of community and her passion is bringing people together through birding. Melissa enjoys many ways of birding from twitching to visiting her local patch to photograph. She is also a dedicated conservationist and enjoys sharing her adventures, young birder trips, and conservation issues at her personal blog Dare To Bird.

Melissa founded the BC Young Birders Program in 2014. Her goal was to show young birders the birds they may not see at home and to discuss important conservation issues. She has learned so much from these young birders, they have inspired her to fight for equality for the upcoming generation. Their passion for environmental justice has inspired her even more to protect the environment and its birds.

Ankur Khurana

Ankur Khurana

More about Ankur

A tenacious advocate of socio-environmental justice whose love for wildlife has taken him all over the world, Ankur Khurana wields the camera and the pen to tell compelling conservation stories ( It was his love for birds that led him to study Environmental Visual Communication and eventually gave him an opportunity to make a short documentary for Birds Canada on the endangered Piping Plovers of Ontario. Ankur continues his association with Birds Canada as a supporter, admirer, storyteller and now as a photo contest judge! He currently works with the United Nations organization UNESCO MGIEP as an editor, and as a freelance photographer and videographer for several organizations. He has also taught photography to the employees of environmental organizations such as The Atmospheric Fund.

Missy Mandel

Missy Mandel

More about Missy

Missy loves photography, as it allows her to better appreciate the wonderful things she sees.

Nature somehow connects with something deep inside of her. This has greatly influenced how she sees and photographs the world.

The more Missy photographs and observes wildlife the more she is convinced both birds and animals have emotions and feelings. She strives to capture these moments and take people closer to see the detail, colour, and spirit of a wild creature. You can check out her incredible work at

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