We are so pleased to partner with Zeiss UK and British Birds Rarities Committee to launch the Zeiss Young Birder Awards.  

These awards will give young  people a chance to win a ZEISS Birding package or the Cameron Bespolka Scholarship to Cornell Young Birders weekend in Ithaca , New York, USA in 2023.  Our partnership with these organisations is a wonderful way to reach more young naturalists and allow young people from any age to apply. 

Submissions are welcome until 23:59 on July 3rd 2022.

The jury will decide on the winners in the week of July 4th 2022. All participants will be notified and invited to a meet & greet event at the Global Birdfair at Rutland Showground on Saturday July 16th.

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Age 17–18

Please record the best bird species you found within the last year. For us, it is important to get an overview of the situation, the location, the bird, how you identified it and what exactly you saw and observed. This can be a notebook entry including a sketch or drawing of the bird or simply the descriptive story about your observation.

The winner of this age group will receive a ZEISS Birding Gear Package, including a pair of Terra 8x32 binoculars, and a scholarship for the Cameron Bespolka Cornell Young Birders Weekend in Ithaca, New York, USA.

Age 12–16

Please record the best bird species you found within the last year. For us, it is important to get an overview of the situation, the location, the bird, how you identified it and what exactly you saw and observed. This can be a notebook entry including a sketch or drawing of the bird, or simply the descriptive story about your observation.

The winner from this age group will receive a Wildlife Gear Package, including a pair of Terra 8x32 binoculars, and a bird house from the CBT shop.

Up to 12 years old

Please describe or draw your best bird or nature experience.

The winner from this age group will receive a Wildlife Package, including a pair of Terra 8x25 binoculars, and a bug box from the CBT shop.

Any birds and nature enthusiastic up to the age of 18 can participate; please note that participation is open to residents from Great Britain and Northern Ireland only.

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To Enter

Please visit the Young Birders Award Website. Entry form is at the bottom of the page

Young Birder Awards

 

What previous winners thought of attending the Cornell Bird Event

 

Amy Hall
Amy Hall
Winner 2016

"These people were so friendly and passionate, and I am proud to call them my friends. I still receive emails from them and hope to see them again someday. "

Amy's report »

Max Hellicar
Max Hellicar
Winner 2017

"The Cornell Young Birders' Event 2017 was absolutely amazing. It was a privilege to learn so much from those at the top of the profession which I hope to go into."

Max's report »

Elliot Montieth
Elliot Montieth
Winner 2018

"What an incredible experience it was... this once in a lifetime trip really has opened my eyes and given me a massive boost of determination as well as clarifying what I want to do with my life."

Elliot's report »

Alex Chapman
Alex Chapman
Winner 2019

"To say I am grateful would be an understatement. Only now has it hit me just how amazing the event, the people involved and the place were"

Alex's report »