Camps, events, contests, and scholarships

Camps & Trips



Various birding clubs, magazines, and other organizations offer photo, art, and essay contests. These can be a fun way to receive feedback for your work, as well as sometimes get cool prizes.

Young Birder of the Year Contest: This contest is sponsored by the American Birding Association. Winners receive excellent prizes, and all participants receive feedback from the judges. This can be a great way to get critique on your work from birders highly experienced in a variety of birding subjects.

Junior Duck Stamp Contest: This well-known annual art contest selects winners for several age categories in each stage, as well as a federal winner. Plus, the duck stamp program supports the National Wildlife Refuge System and environmental education programs! For most states, the deadline is in mid-March. Check with your state’s coordinator, though, to confirm your local deadline.


Many young birders clubs and local birding clubs offer scholarships for young birders to attend camps and events. Contact your local club for more information. Additionally, the American Birding Association offers some scholarships for camps. For more information, visit their scholarships page. Also see:

  • Cape Codscholarships from the Cape Cod Bird Club for a teen to attend the Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens camp on Hog Island.
  • Western USAscholarships from the Western Field Ornithologists for young participants in their Montana Conference can get scholarships to go.