Middle East
6 May 2021

BirdLife Middle East Photo Contest

In celebration of World Migratory Bird Day 2021

WMBD Photo Contest
WMBD Photo Contest
By Enas Sarahneh

Arabic Version

In celebration of World Migratory Bird Day 2021, on the theme "Sing, Fly, Soar – Like a Bird", BirdLife Middle East and the Migratory Soaring Birds project are excited to announce the BirdLife Middle East Photo Contest (hereafter "the Contest”). The aim is to photograph migratory soaring birds during their migration.



The Contest is open to all participants from all over the world.



We are looking for striking digital photos that show migratory soaring birds during their migration. We are particularly keen to see photos of birds that are soaring near to powerlines, wind turbines, waste management facilities, tourism facilities, agricultural sites.

Photos of birds in captivity will not be accepted.

Photos should not be digitally altered and should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared.

Photos should be entered for the first time. Photos that has been entered in other contests will not be acepted.

Photos that do not meet these requirements may or may not be judged at the judging panel's sole discretion.



All photos must be submitted to BirdLife Middle East via email at ME@birdlife.org. You must put “WMBD2021” in the subject line and include the following details:

  • ​​Name of copyright owner, including how the photo should be credited,
  • Caption for the photo, including the subject of the photo,
  • The location where the photo was taken​.

Each individual may enter no more than three photos. They must be your own work and must be submitted with all of the information outlined above.



To ensure eligibility for the Contest, all entries should submit the highest quality photo possible – ideally 300 dpi (2550 pixels wide by 3300 pixels tall), with a minimum of 150 dpi (1275 by 1650 pixels). Photos should be between 5MB and 10MB in size. The preferred file format is JPEG.

The BirdLife Middle East judging panel will determine winner eligibility at its sole and absolute discretion. The BirdLife Middle East judging panel will select the winner based on technical excellence, composition, overall impact, artistic merit and quality.

Ten of the photos will be chosen to be judged by fans on BirdLife Middle East Facebook page, based on the number of likes received, to determine a "Facebook Favourite Award." In the case of a tie, the BirdLife Middle East judging panel will select the winner.

All decisions made by the judges are final.



Entries can be submitted starting on 6th May 2021. Deadline for submitting entries is 11:59 Amman Daylight Time on 15th May 2021.

Public voting for the Facebook Favourite winner will be held for at least a one-week period, to end no later than 30th May 2021. Winners will be announced on 5th June 2021, on World Environment Day, with winners notified via email by 4th June 2021.​

BirdLife Middle East reserves the right to adjust any deadline(s) as a result of causes beyond its immediate control.



In addition to receiving a gift from the Migratory Soaring Birds Project, the winning photo will be displayed on the Birdlife International website and social media platforms, and the Migratory Soaring Birds project website and social media platforms.



You will retain all rights to any photograph you submit - including ownership, if applicable. However, by entering photos into the Contest, each entrant grants BirdLife a perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, non-exclusive license, including all rights to sub-license, to exercise all rights of whatever kind or nature now and hereafter protected by the Copyright Laws of all countries in and to the entered photographs and any accompanying descriptions.



Questions and inquiries about the Official Rules of the Contest can be emailed to enas.alsarahneh@birdlife.org.