Bird Month Photo Contest 2023




Calling all photographers and bird lovers!  We’re celebrating Bird Month at California Botanic Garden with a Bird Photography Contest. From February 1-28, 2023 we invite photographers of all ages to share their images of the varied and active bird life in the Garden for a chance to win some great bird-themed prizes! In addition to submitting your photos for the contest using the instructions below, be sure to share your photos on Instagram and Facebook using #BirdsOfCalBG and tag us (@californiabotanicgarden) so we can share your photos on our social media accounts.


Each photographer may submit up to three photographs for consideration between February 1-28, 2023. Submit photos by e-mailing them to  E-mail subject should read: Bird Month Photo Contest 2023. E-mail body should include the following info:

1. First and Last Name
2. Phone number
3. E-mail address
4. Division (Adult or Youth)
5. Bird Species (identified to the best of your knowledge)
6. Date photo was taken in the Garden

  • There will be three winners total over two categories: Adult (First place & Runner-up) and Youth.
  • Youth entries must be taken by photographers under the age of 18. 
  • Photos must be taken at California Botanic Garden during the month of February 2023. 
  • Photos must be no larger than 35 MB, be close to 3,000 pixels wide (for horizontal photographs), or 3,000 pixels tall (for vertical photographs) with at least 150 dpi, and saved in jpeg format.
  • Some normal processing of the original file is acceptable.
  • Examples of ineligible photographs include frame stacking, stitched panoramic, photos that have been heavily manipulated, photos with borders, signatures, or watermarks.
  • CalBG advocates for ethical bird photography.  Please do not disturb or harm birds, including approaching nests or chicks, no flash photography, and no baiting of birds. 
  • Winners will be chosen in the first week of March by a panel of judges and announced no later than March 7, 2023. 
  • By entering this contest, photographers agree that they are the sole and exclusive author and owner of the photograph, and that they grant California Botanic Garden non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free permission to use the submitted photograph in any manner, including all associated uses, reproduction, and distribution.  

The Bird Month Photo Contest is sponsored by: Wild Birds Unlimited Claremont and Kingsyard Birdhouses and Birdfeeders.

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