Consider entering the ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest

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If you are age 10-18 years old and enjoy all aspects of birding, then the ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest is for you!

This contest was designed to appeal to the broad range of interests and talents exhibited by young birders today. Do you take detailed field notes on birds? Draw or photograph birds? Write about birds? Then you can choose any or all of four “modules” to customize the contest to fit your own interests. Here are the important details:

  1. The contest runs from April through October. Submitted materials are due at the ABA by October 31, 2011.
  2. There are two age groups, 10-13, and 14-18
  3. There are four modules in the contest:
    • Field notebook, which entails taking field notes and making field sketches of birds as you observe them in the field. This is the only required module for the overall Young Birder of the Year.
    • Illustration, which involves detailed drawing or painting birds that you see or that interest you most.
    • Writing, write about birds, birding, and your experiences with both.
    • Photography, which is simply photographing birds either on film or digitally.
  4. There will be one winner selected for each age group in each module.
  5. Young Birder of the Year – The ABA will award a grand prize for the overall Young Birder of the Year. In order to compete in the overall Young Birder of the Year category, you need to participate in at least three of the modules (Field Notebook must be one of these).
  6. In order to make the contest as open to everyone as possible, previous Grand Prize winners for the overall Young Birder of the Year Contest may compete in individual modules but are NOT eligible to win the Overall Young Birder of the Year more than one time.

You are not required to participate in the overall Young Birder of the Year category to participate in the contest - you may choose to participate in one or more modules of your choice.

With the first-time participant registration fee, you will receive an ABA Field Notebook, ABA Field Notebook Manual, the National Geographic 5th ed. field guide, an ABA TripList, and some guidelines on the contest. Repeat participants receive the ABA Field Notebook, ABA TripList and guidelines.

Great Prizes for You to Win

  • Each module has great birding-related prizes for both age groups.
  • In addition, the ABA will select an overall Young Birder of the Year.
  • Winners may also have their work published in one of the ABA publications and/or on the ABA website.

Why is the ABA doing this?

The ABA is committed to educating and developing good field skills in young birders. By providing some strong incentives to develop these skills, we hope that you’ll learn some good habits that will pay dividends for the rest of your birding life.