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
Birds Canada Photo Use Agreement
1. This Photograph Use Agreement is for the specific photograph voluntarily supplied by the Photographer to Birds Canada through birdscanada.org/calendar. 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).
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 birdscanada.ca/calendar. 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.
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 birdscanada.org.