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Can I enter a photo with which I have already entered the Birdo Bird Photographer of the Year competition?

No. Images submitted to previous edition of Birdo contests cannot be submitted to the competition again.

Who can apply? 

The Birdo photo competition is open: we would like to reach as many dedicated bird photographers as possible, whether they are professional or hobby photographers, or even beginners who are just getting inspired by our announcement. Please note that we require camera photos for most entry categories.

Can I edit photos I have already uploaded? 

You can edit the text content associated with uploaded photos, except for EXIF data. To do this, you need to select the View box next to the photo in the Upload menu in your account. However, you cannot edit the photo itself. If you want to make changes to the photo, you must delete it and upload the photo again.

Is there an entry fee? 

Entry is free.

Is there an age restriction?

In terms of the application as a whole, there is none. However, the individual categories are also age-related. If you have reached the age of 21 by the end of the submission deadline, you can enter in all categories except the Youth category. If you do not turn 21 by the end of the submission deadline, you can apply in the Youth, Open and the Conservation categories.

How can I submit a photo to the application?

Photos can be submitted online only through the contest website. In order to nominate a photo, you must register first on the contest site. To do this, you only need to enter your name, e-mail address and telephone number, as well as accept the official legal documents of the application, which are as follows: General Terms and Conditions and the privacy notice of the Contest.

What are the application deadlines?

First round: by June 16, 2024

Submission closing date: June 16, 2024, 23:59 (GMT+1)

Judging process (first round): June 17-30, 2024

Second round (submission of original files): July 1-15, 2024

Judging process (second round): July 16-30, 2024

The Awards Ceremony will be held at the Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden in November.

What does ethical bird photography mean?

The ethical photographer does not hinder the birds in their reproduction, resting place, or natural movement. Ethical photos depict wild birds photographed in their natural habitat - be it natural or urban environments. A photo is considered unethical if it depicts a tamed bird kept in captivity or in a zoo, and the same applies to nest, cavity, and breeding site photos. Birdo does not accept drone photos either.

Can I apply with a drone photo? 

Despite recognizing the legitimacy of drone photography, we do not accept drone images either, because the natural movement of birds can be impeded by drone photography.

Is there a restriction on when I can enter with a photo taken? 

You can apply with photos taken after January 1, 2018. Timely restriction does not apply to the Conservation category, so images taken before 2018 can also be submitted provided that at least one image shot after 1 January 2018 must be included into the photo series.

Can I enter with a previously published photo? 

Yes, you can.

Can I enter a photo that has already won in other photo contests? 

Yes. you can.

Is it a disqualifying reason if I entered the photo in another competition?

No, it is not.

Can I apply with a photo taken with a mobile phone?

 Yes, you can enter photos taken with a mobile phone in the Open and Conservation categories.

Is there a limit to how many photos I can enter?

Yes, there is a restriction.

If you turn 21 by the end of the submission deadline then you can compete in all other categories except the Youth category. You can upload 3 photos per category.
In the Conservation category you can enter a series of photos consisting of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 8 photos.
If you are under 21 at the end of the submission deadline then you can enter either in the Youth category with a portfolio of 10 photos, in the Open or in the Conservation category too.

Can I enter a photo in several categories? 

No, a photo can only be entered in one category.

What image size can I upload? 

In the first-round digital images must be uploaded in JPG format saved in the best quality (Photoshop, jpg options: quality = 8-12), high-resolution, sRGB colour space and the file size cannot exceed 5 megabytes. Jury will assess these images.
In the second-round you are required to upload the original, large file of the photos in order to participate in the further competition. However, the image size depends on the category, i.e., the photo taken with which device you entered.
In the Open category, images must have the original JPG file with at least 10 megapixels.
In the Conservation category, images taken either with a camera or a mobile phone can be submitted. In these cases, the uninterpolated, unmodified, original, minimum 10 Mpixel JPEG file or the original RAW file of the image must be uploaded.
In all other categories you must provide the original RAW file of the image or the highest resolution non-interpolated TIFF file available.

What technical conditions must my submitted photos meet? 

• submitted image must contain all available EXIF data
• the entry cannot be made by enlarging from a smaller image
• cropping the photo over the 50% of the original image will lead to disqualification
• any page size is acceptable, but standard page sizes (1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 16:9) are highly recommended

What image processing techniques are allowed?

Entry rules on manipulation depend on the category. The MadArt category allows more processing than the other categories.

Changes that are not acceptable
• changing the content of the image
• combination of two or more photos, not of the same scene except in BirdArt category
• the addition or deletion of objects in the image
• borders, signatures, dates or watermarks

Normal processing of the original file is acceptable. That includes:
• cropping the photo up to 50%
• the use of digital half-filters
• HDR, stitched panoramas
• as the correction of technical defects and lens defects
• HDR and panorama photos from combining multiple shots
• removal of dust spots and moderate reduction of image noise
• minor adjustments to colour, white balance, tone, lighting levels and curves, shadows and highlights, saturation, contrast, sharpness

In the BirdArt (C7) category the following image processing techniques are also acceptable
• a conversion to infrared
• in-camera multiple exposures but only for an image created by combining consecutive shots taken at the same scene

The jury decides on whether the image has been significantly retouched or altered beyond the limit of acceptance.

Will the submitted image be posted on the contest website automatically after upload?

No. Uploaded images will only appear on the website after a preliminary check.

Can I check the status of my uploaded image in my registration profile? 

Yes, you can.

Can I change my photo if I've already uploaded it but changed my mind?

 Yes. You can modify or replace the uploaded images until the end of the submission deadline.

Do I understand correctly that the Organiser deletes the photos that do not make it to the second round from his website?

 Yes, photos that did not make it to the second round will be deleted by the Organiser and will not be stored.

Do I still own the copyright of my submitted photos?

Yes, you do.

How does the application use my submitted photo?

By entering the competition, entrants consent the Birdo Photo Contest the unlimited non-exclusive use of high-resolution images for activities in all media (,,, including social media, online and print, in relation to the contest and all promotional activities (advertising, publications, press releases by third parties, albums, exhibitions etc.) without any remuneration being due. In connection with publishing the submitted photos, the Organizer indicates the full name of the entrant as author.


How and when will I be notified if my photo has been ranked?

If your photo did not make it to the top 50, we will notify you before the Awards Ceremony. All communication takes place via email.

How do I receive my prize if I cannot attend the award ceremony in person?

If you can't make it to the award ceremony, please contact us as soon as possible, and we will ship your prize: the trophy will be shipped by mail or courier and the certificate will be emailed digitally. Winners who attend the award ceremony will receive a complimentary Birdo album. For those unable to attend, the album is available, but shipping costs will apply. Alternatively, you can pick it up yourselves at the designated address in Budapest for free.

I have a question about the application that is not included in the Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have any further questions about the application, do not hesitate to contact us at info(at)

Birdo Nature Conservation Association
Email: info(at)bird-o(dot)hu

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