Photo Contest

2019 Contest First Place  Photo

White-cheeked Pintail (Anas bahamensis)

Submitted By: Caitlin Legon, New Iberia, LA



1st Place – 2 Year APWS Membership

2nd Place – 1 Year APWS Membership

3rd Place – $25

Winning Entries may be featured in APWS Magazine or on APWS Website

**No Person Can Win more than (1) Prize Category**


  1. All photos must be taken of captive, live Aviculture specimens in any collection you choose.
  2. All photos must be submitted via email as a JPEG image with a resolution of at least 300 dpi. (OR) if necessary can be printed on very good quality paper and mailed.
  3. **Must include the Name of the Photographer, Address, Species Name and Sex of bird/s (ie: Male, Female, Young) with all entries.
  4. All photos will be judged on quality, clarity and composition. Make sure the birds are the main subject of your photo and in focus. No watermarks or dates on the front of the pictures or mutations will be accepted for judging.
  5. All entries become property of APWS and may be used in future publications or on website.
  6. Photographers are not required to be members of APWS – Anyone is eligible to enter.

All Email Entries must be sent to: Janet Trader, at:

Printed 8 x 10 Photo Entries may be mailed to: Janet Trader, 7153 Piney Island Road, Chincoteague, VA 23336

Deadline: November 10, 2020


Photo Contest – After not having a Photo Contest in 2009 and 2010,  the APWS Board of Directors  voted to sponsor the  Photo Contest again in 2011.  Entries were displayed and judged at the convention.  Although no cash prizes were  awarded, the photographs were  designated as 1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place. The Membership Choice Award i\was given to the photograph that those attending the convention choose as their favorite.  Winning photographs will be considered for the covers of the APWS Magazine during the year following the convention.   

Jim Bleuer, Photo Contest chairman, announced the  2011 Photo Contest results:

  • 1st Place went to Noel Hendrikx, Overpelt, Belgium,  for his photo of an Inca Tern
  • 2nd Place was awarded  Noel Hendrikx, Overpelt, Belgium for his photo of a Superb Fruit Dove male 
  • Debbie Schouten, Port Angeles, Washington  received third place for her photo of a Spectacled Eider male.  That photo also received the Membership Choice.     

Jim Bleuer, Photo Contest chairman, announced the  2012 Photo Contest results:

  • 1st  Place  – Gary Bawtinhimer, Ayden, North Carolina   – Black-Bellied Whistling Duck photo
  • 2nd Place  – Gary Bawtinhimer, Ayden, North Carolina  – Masked Lapwing photo
  • 3rd Place   – Albert Good, Vilter, Switzerland – Sharp-tailed Grouse photo

Membership Choice

  • 1st Place – Albert Good, Vilter, Switzerland – Capercaillie Grouse photo
  • 2nd Place – Albert Good, Vilter, Switzerland – Sharp-tailed Grouse photo
  • 3rd Place  – Gary Bawtinhimer, Ayden, North Carolina  – Scarlet Ibis  photo

Ian Gereg, Photo Contest Chairman, announced the results of the 2013 APWS Photo Contest: 

  • LaDonna Lickteig, Lawrence, Kansas was awarded first place for a photo of a Bronze-winged Duck. 
  • She was award second place for her photo of a male New Zealand Shoveler. 
  • Third place was awarded a Diamond Dove photo submitted by Destry Potter.

2014- Debbie Shouten won with her photo of Barrow’s Goldeneye

2015 -Ben Sonnenberg won with his photo of a Whooper Swan

2016 – Debbie Shouten won with her photo of a King Eider hen and duckling

2017 –

2018 – Steve Oehlenschlager Elk River, MN

2019 – Janet Trader reappointed Photo Contest Chair

Results of the 2019 APWS Photo Contest:

I would like to thank the 10 Applicants for submitting a total of 72 Photos for this year’s Photo Contest. It was exciting and refreshing to see so many photos submitted. I have to say it was not an easy decision as there were so many very good photos to choose from. Final decisions were made on what would best replicate on the cover of the APWS Magazine.

The Slide Show of the Photos were shown on Saturday November 9th  during Speaker Day and Auction Night as well as Tuesday November 12th  during the Awards Banquet. Those who attend the Convention are always asked to take part in choosing a Membership Choice.

First, Second, Third and Membership Choice will be on a future Magazine covers. Some of the Honorable Mentions will as well with the discretion of the Editor as needed. The photos submitted will also be used on the APWS Website.

For those of you that did not have a photo selected for a prize, please continue to submit your photos to the Contest each year. As a reminder I have listed the rules for next year’s contest. Winter and Spring is a great time to work on quality photos when birds are in prime color.

Janet Trader, Photo Contest Chair

First Place 

White-cheeked Pintail (Anas bahamensis)

Submitted By: Caitlin Legon

New Iberia, LA

Second Place  

Great Blue Turaco (Corythaeola cristata)

Submitted By: T.J. Pluid

North Fort Meyers, Florida

Third Place

Grey-necked Wood Rail (Aramides cajaneus)

Submitted By: Zach Beres

Reardon, Washington

Membership Choice

Malayan Peacock Pheasant (Polyplectron malacense)

Submitted By: Zach Beres

Reardon, Washington

Honorable Mentions

Cathy Goss – St Cloud, Florida

Elliott Manning – Bahama, North Carolina

Loni Rossow – Lakefield, Minnesota

Patty Squier – Elk River, Minnesota

Tanner Hippen – Virginia Nebraska

Dawn Van Meer – Fredricksburg – Virginia

Rob Laubner – North Liberty, Indiana