We also received some truly amazing applications from a dedicated, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and passionate group of young birders. It was very hard to choose only one applicant who will be able attend the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Young Birders Event this July. This four day event in Ithaca, New York is aimed at providing these youngsters with an insight into a future career in ornithology as well as having the opportunity to bird with skilled birders from the Cornell University. We are thrilled to announce that our final choice was Max Hellicar from Southend-on-Sea, Essex, whose extreme knowledge and dedication shone through. We were so impressed by how many hours he has volunteered and his willingness to report and share his information with others. Fantastic job Max and so well deserved.
Young Bird Photographer,
St Augustine, Florida
At the end of April, we will let you know the winner of this year’s Cameron Bespolka Young Bird Photographer Award. Ralphi Oakley, had this to say after she won the award in 2015:
"The Cameron Bespolka Photography Award for Young Birders gave me the confidence to pursue my passionate dream of becoming a photographer. It gave me the beginning of a journey that has lead to many life changing opportunities both photographically and personally. I hope my journey will never end and it all started by winning this special award.”