Assignment & Contest Open From
Apr 1 - May 15, 2015
“One swallow does not make a summer,” the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle famously wrote. But the arrival of that bird has long been seen as a harbinger of spring. And, in the U.S., we couldn’t be more ready for that.
So for our next assignment, we’re celebrating birds (including hamerkops, like the one pictured). Step outside with your camera and snap some feather-filled shots. Our editorial team will choose the best submissions based on appeal, composition, originality, and technical quality. A group of chosen pictures will be posted on this page and one will even be featured.
In the New York area? You can also join us on May 9 for our annual Birdathon at the Bronx Zoo, as we spot birds across our 265-acre campus. Bring your camera and take photos for the assignment.
Remember: choose your submission wisely. We can consider a maximum of two per contributor, so get us your favorite.
ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN
For this assignment, we’re offering prizes as an incentive. Those who submit the top two photos, as chosen by our readers, will receive special prizes from Vanguard – Orros 8420 lightweight waterproof binoculars for the first prize winner, and the Reno 41 Backpack for the second prize winner. See the official Contest Rules.
Entry period has ended
Gadwall Duck, New Jersey.
Downy Woodpecker, Hudson County Park, New Jersey.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Bellevue, Nebraska.
Martial Eagle , Kenya.
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York.
Kori Bustard, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.
Seabird, Bogue Sound, North Carolina.
Cardinal, Radio Island, North Carolina.
King Penguin Colony, St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia Islands.
Arctic Tern, Lemaire Channel, Antarctica.
Red-tailed Hawk, Central Park, New York, New York.
Roseate Spoonbill, South Padre Island, Texas.
Great Egret, High Island, Texas.
Bird in Costa Rica.
California Condors, Grand Canyon, Arizona.
Double Crested Cormorant, Stony Brook Grist Mill Lake, New York.
Egret, Smithtown Bay, Suffolk, Long Island, New York.
Wood Duck, Bronx, New York.
Ruffed Grouse, Northeastern Minnesota.
Blue-grey Gnatcatcher, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Florida.
Least Tern, Delnor-Wiggins Park, Florida.
Eagle Owl, Birds in Flight, Bronx, New York.
Egret, Gilbert Riparian Reserve, Arizona.
Toulouse Goose, Marshall County, Alabama.
Palm Warbler, Eastchester, New York.
Gold Finch, Nazareth, Pennsylvania.
Tufted Titmouse with Moss for Nest, Nazareth, Pennsylvania.
Egret with Fish, Near Lakeland, Florida.
Yellow Crowned Night Heron, Broward River, Jacksonville, Florida.
Egret, Oceanside Refuge, Nassau County, New York.
Great Potoo, Musa - Amazonas, Brazil.
Blue Jay, Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge, New York.
Nicobar Pigeon, United States.
Backyard Bird, Orange County, California.
Hummingbird, Orange County, California.
Barred Owl, Sharon, Massachusetts.
Painted Stork Displaying, Jungle World, Bronx Zoo, New York.
Gentoo Penguin and Chick, Anarctica.
Rock Ptarmigan, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge , Alaska.
Oriental White Stork, Ternei, Russia.
Snowy Egret, San Diego, California.
California Brown Pelicans, Long Beach, California.
Painted Bunting, Bluffton, South Carolina.
Pinckney Nature Preserve, Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Prothonotary Warbler, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.
Glossy Ibis, Ft Fisher State Park, North Carolina.
Red-headed Woodpecker, Ft Fisher State Park, North Carolina.
Mourning Dove with Chicks, Houston, Texas.
Birds, Abufari Biological Reserve, Amazon, Brazil.
Cape Griffon Vulture, Otjozondjupa Region of Namibia.
African Spoonbill, Selwo Aventura Zoo, Estepona, Spain.
Bald Eagle, Bellevue, Nebraska.
Saffron Finch, Pantanal Region, Brazil.
House Sparrow, South Carolina State House, Columbia, South Carolina.
Teatown Lake, Ossining, NY
Birds, Ossining, New York.
Anhinga, Shark Valley, Everglades National Park, Florida.
Great Egret, Loop Road, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida.
Chinstrap Penguin and Chick, Isla Pingüino, Antartica.
Mallards, Saint Augustine, Florida.
Blue-grey Gnatcatcher, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY
Grey Crowned Crane, Mara Triangle, Kenya
Snowy Owl, Alaska.
Kori Bustard and Chick, Mara Triangle, Kenya.
Martial Eagle with Dikdik, Samburu.
White-backed Vulture, Bushland near Otjiwarongo, Namibia.
Coopers Hawk with Green Teal, Croton Park, Croton, NY.
Japanese White-Eye, Florida
Hawk, San Cristobal, Santa Fe, Argentina