Young Birder of the Year Contest
Total awards: Product / Service
Join 55 $

Info & Rules

Contest info


Do you never leave the house without your binoculars? Even indoors, are birds always on your mind? How would you like to stretch and grow your birding skills under the guidance of some of the most respected birders in North America and have a lot of fun in the process? If you are age 10 to 18 years old and enjoy any or all aspects of birding, then the ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest is for you! The ABA YBY contest is designed to appeal to a broad range of interests and talents. Do you like to take detailed field notes on birds? Draw or photograph birds? Write about birds? Do you dream of being involved in bird conservation or bird-related community action?  If so, then you should enter! The first-time registration fee is $55, for which you will receive The Sibley Guide to Birds 2nd Edition, ABA Birder’s Field Notebook, and the ABA Birder’s Field Notebook Manual. Repeat participant registration fee is $40, for which you will receive ABA Field Notebook. Additional fees may be required for international participants due to the costs of shipping contest materials (including the return of participant materials).

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Start date

15 April 2018  -  1 October 2018


15 April 2018  -  1 October 2018


15 April 2018  -  1 October 2018


Great Prizes for You to Win! The Grand Prize winners for the Young Birder of the Year 2019 in each of the two categories will each receive a Leica Trinovid binocular, courtesy of Leica Sport Optics, ABA Young Birder Programs Legacy Sponsor. Each module winner in both age divisions will receive great birding-related prizes. Winners may also have samples of their entries published in one of the ABA publications and/or on the ABA website, as well as in the promotional materials and websites of YBY contest sponsors.


Age restriction: 10 / 18

Available for citizens: Worldwide