Photo Contest

Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre Photo Contest

The results are in...
Congratulations to our 2023 Calendar Photo Contest Winners!!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the photo contest! Your photos are now part of a stunning collection of images that will be used to raise awareness and help people gain a greater appreciation for our beautiful wild birds for many years to come!

Our judges will be looking for unique captures of birds in the following categories:

  • Season Highlights (spring, summer, fall, winter)
  • Aquatic Life
  • Urban Birds
  • Majestic Wonders
  • Small but Mighty

If your photo is selected, you could win one of three incredible prizes  from our generous partner Wild Birds Unlimited. All ages are welcome to participate, and we will highlight a photo from a youth in a special Under 18 category.

Please respect the Birding Code of Ethics when birding and taking photographs: Birds Canada Code of Birding Ethics

Rules & Regulations

General & Eligibility

These Rules and Regulations ("Rules") apply to all matters relating to the Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre's Calendar Photo Contest (the "Contest"). By submitting a photograph to this Contest, all entrants agree to be bound by these Rules.

Photographs to be featured in the Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre's 2023 annual calendar will be selected by a panel of adjudicators. Submissions will be accepted starting on July 1, 2022.

This Contest is open to amateur photographers, who are not employees of, or relatives of any employees of Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre. Photographs must feature a bird species that can be found in Ontario and the Ottawa region.

Entrants must confirm their photographs have been taken in accordance with the Birds Canada Code of Birding Ethics.

Digital Photograph Submission Specifications

Only digital versions of photographs will be accepted. Although cropping of photos, tonal and colour corrections are permitted, the content of the photograph may not be altered. Submission photographs should be no larger than 10 MB in size, in JPEG or PNG format. However, if a submission is selected for use in the calendar, entrants must be able to provide a high-resolution version of each photo submitted, maximum JPEG quality with a size of 4400 pixels wide, by 3400 pixels tall (11" X 8.5") at 300 dpi, landscape format preferred. The high-resolution version of the photograph will be required within 7 days after the successful entrants are notified. Failure to submit a high-resolution photograph as specified will result in forfeiture, and another entrant's photograph will be chosen.


Entrants hereby grant Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre the rights to use the photographs submitted to the contest. Entrants agree to provide the photographs free of charge and royalty-free, and Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre will have the rights to use, modify, publish and distribute the photographs submitted, for the purpose of reproducing them in the Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre's calendar, for advertising/promotional material whether in print or digital formats, including, but not limited to posters, brochures, other printed material, electronic media, web pages, and Social Media. Entrants are responsible for any waiver forms or releases and must be made available upon being selected.

The copyright of the photograph is retained by the owner. By submitting a photograph, you are granting Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre a royalty-free, irrevocable and non-exclusive right and license to adapt, use, copy, transmit, publicly display, distribute and create compilations and derivative works from the photographs submitted. If the copyright belongs to a minor (below the age of 18), the child's parent or guardian must agree to the Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre's license and use of the photographs as stated in these Rules and provide written permission for the minor to enter the photograph in the Contest. Proof of such permission must be provided upon request.


All successful entrants will receive a complimentary 2023 calendar. In addition, the following prizes will be awarded:

  • 1st Prize: Gift Card of $250 at Wild Birds Unlimited (Ottawa locations only)
  • 2nd Prize: Gift Card of $150 at Wild Birds Unlimited (Ottawa locations only)
  • 3rd Prize: Gift Card of $100 at Wild Birds Unlimited (Ottawa locations only)

With so many incredible submissions. our judges Tony Beck and Nina Stavlund, from Always An Adventure Inc., have added two new prize categories in addition to the amazing prizes already offered from Wild Birds Unlimited

New prizes from Always An Adventure:

  • Youth (under 18 years of age) category, value $150: The prize entitles the winner to one free half-day excursion for two people
  • Honourable Mention, value $75: The prize entitles the winner to one free half-day excursion for one person.

No time limit or expiry date on Prize Vouchers. Excursions must be part of their roster of birding excursions as per the website:

Personal Information

Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre collects the personal information from all entrants in order to administer the Contest. Such information will not be disclosed to any third parties, except as required by law.

Deadline for Submissions

All submissions must be received before August 1, 2022.