BirdFest Photo Contest

Todd Katke’s “Bushtit Nest” won first place in the 2019 Olympic Peninsula BirdFest Photo Contest. He snapped the photo of a female Bushtit on April 12 at the Dungeness Dike area.

Photos to be taken from April 1st through 30th, 2020
Location: Olympic Peninsula BirdFest territory
(Limited to Clallam County and BirdFest event locations outside of Clallam County)
Price:  Free

Use your photography skills to celebrate the birds of the Olympic Peninsula by entering the 2020 BirdFest Photography contest! This contest is open to all photographers; BirdFest registration is NOT required to participate. Birds must be photographed on the Olympic Peninsula between April 1-30, 2020. Submit up to three (3) photographs by email to The deadline for photo submission is 11 PM on Tuesday May 5. Include the date, location, and bird species in the email.

Contest entries will be judged based on technical and artistic aspects. (See “JUDGING” below). The winner will be announced at the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society meeting on Wednesday, May 20 and will receive a $100 credit for participation in the 2021 BirdFest. Second and third place entries will receive $50 and $25 BirdFest credit, respectively.

See the complete contest rules (below) for additional information on image size, image format, digital processing, and file naming requirements.



The contest is meant to be a fun event open to all photographers. Olympic Peninsula BirdFest registration is NOT required. Photographs must be taken on the Olympic Peninsula between April 1-30, 2020 by the person submitting the photographs.

By submitting images to this contest, you agree to allow the Olympic Peninsula BirdFest to use your images with appropriate photo credits.


April 1-30, 2020 Photographs must be taken during this period to qualify for the contest.
May 5, 2020 Deadline for submission of photographs is 11:00 PM on this date.
May 20, 2020 Winners announced at the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society meeting and via social media.


A maximum of three (3) images may be submitted per photographer.

Images must be submitted in digital format to Please include “BirdFest Photo Contest” in the subject line. Print entries will not be accepted.

Monochrome or color images are acceptable. Images must be formatted and sized as follows: jpg format, minimum size 640 X 480 pixels, maximum size 1920 pixels on the longest side, and maximum resolution of 100 dpi. Do not embed frames, embellishments, watermarks, logos, or your name in the image.

The file name on each submitted image must include the photographer’s last name and first initial.
Example: FinchH_The most amazing photo.jpg

Please include the location, date, and bird species for each submitted photo in the submission email.

Deadline for submitting entries is 11 PM on Tuesday May 5, 2020.


Routine digital image enhancements such as cropping; adjustment of brightness, contrast, and white balance; and image sharpening are allowed.

Cloning of sensor dust spots and minor artifacts is allowed if it does not significantly alter the composition of the photograph.

The following digital manipulations are not allowed: isolating subjects onto alternate backgrounds; substitution of backgrounds (including sky); compositing two or more images to create the final image for submission; extensive cloning or erasing that alters the composition of the image.

Lisa Langell


Images will be judged remotely by Lisa Langell. Lisa is a full-time, award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in numerous prestigious publications, galleries and more. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the North American Nature Photography Association. She is also an ambassador for Tamron and FotoPro. Lisa is an avid birder and bird photographer and a frequent presenter at bird festivals around the country. She leads a variety of photography workshops in the United States, Peru, and Ecuador. She is based in Scottsdale AZ.

People’s Choice judging will be via social media. Images will be judged on technical and artistic aspects including proper exposure and focus, composition, viewer impact, and uniqueness.

Winners will be announced at the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society meeting on Wednesday, May 20 and via social media. The meeting takes place at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 Hendrickson Road, Sequim, WA. The meeting starts at 7:00 PM and is open to the public.


The top three winning entries will receive credits for the 2021 Olympic Peninsula BirdFest as follows: 1st Place – $100 credit, 2nd Place – $50 credit, 3rd Place – $25 Credit.