Archibird Prize 2023

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Native Bird Photo Competition in the Cowra Region

Entries Open: Monday 18 September 2023

Entries Close: Monday 15 October 2023

Submit your entries @   Entries have now closed

The Archibird Prize is a native bird photo competition held in the Cowra Region NSW run by Cowra Council’s 355 committee, the Cowra Natural Resource Management Advisory Committee (NRM) and in collaboration with Mid Lachlan Landcare, Cowra Woodland Birds and Central Tablelands Local Land Services.

The Archibird was launched in 2019 and is run in October aligned with National Bird Week.

Spring is the perfect time of year to connect with nature and snap some amazing pics of our native birds; go for a walk through your local park; get up and close to nature and go for a bush walk through the many beautiful national parks and forests in the area; or simply sit and watch the birds visiting and making a home in your backyard.

We hope you all love and appreciate birds as much as we do. Birds are incredible creatures that play an essential part in our ecosystem;

  • Birds help to disperse seeds and are fantastic pollinators, keeping your garden and nature fertile and healthy, and helping to shape the plant life we see around us.

  • They are natural pest controllers and predators, helping to maintain the delicate balance between plant and herbivore, predator and prey.

  • They are natures messengers that tell us about the health of the planet, as they respond quickly to changes in the environment.

  • And not to mention, birds are majestic, funny and beautiful.

There are some great prizes up for grabs, including; cash prizes, framed prints and more. The winner's photos will be printed and displayed alongside a Waterbird Breeding Spectacular photography exhibition being held by the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder at the Japanese Gardens Cowra at from 1-8 November 2023, for more details go to: Waterbird Breeding Spectacular

You can also check out the gallery below of the Archibird 2021 winners.

Prizes include:

1st       $150
2nd      $70
3rd       $30

Per each main category below

  • YOUTH - 12 and under
  • TEENS - 13 to 18 years
  • OPEN - all other entrants

additional prizes for

  • People's Choice    $100

  • Best Waterbird Photo - sponsored by Organic Bird Solutions    $100

  • Best Threatened Bird Species Photo's - sponsored by LLS

              1st   $100
              2nd  $50
              3rd   $25

  • Best Woodland Bird Species Photo's - sponsored by Central NSW Woodland Bird Project

              1st   $100
              2nd  $50
              3rd   $25

Simply take a pic of Cowra's amazing local native birds (within 100km of Cowra) and submit your entry for a chance to win.

Photos of Waterbirds, Threatened Species and Woodland Birds will automatically be included in those categories as well as the main category that you have selected.

Entry Details:

  • Like & follow the Cowra NRM page -
  • Submit entries @ entries have now closed
  • 10 photos per person per category (there are 3 categories)
  • Photos must be of wild Australian birds taken within 100kms of Cowra
  • Photos entered in previous years will not be accepted.
  • Provide the following details:
  • Category your entering
  • Name & phone number
  • Caption/title of photo
  • Location photo was taken


The main categories are judged by Cowra's esteemed and internationally recognised photography award winner John Cooper EFIAP FAPS. John captures all aspects of nature through his lens and finds photographing bird life the most challenging and rewarding of all.

The committee are extremely grateful for John's contribution in spending countless hours studying each image to pick a winner which are all judged based on how the image presents online, no photo is printed for judging purposes.

The Waterbird, Threatened Species and Woodland Bird photo's will be judged by their sponsors.

Terms & Conditions

  • Photos must have been taken within 100kms of Cowra
  • No close-up photos of birds in nests, as this may scare away the parents and cause them to abandon their young. Photos that have clearly been taken from a distance (including zoom) accepted.
  • Birds held in captivity or restrained in any manner or that have been taken using harmful or unethical practices will NOT be accepted.
  • Photos entered in previous years will not be accepted.
  • The committee reserves the right to refuse any entry that does not abide by these rules and does not provide all necessary contact details.
  • Entrants acknowledge that details in their entry form will be shared with Local Land Services, Mid Lachlan Landcare and Cowra NRM staff for competition purposes only.
  • Entrants agree that their photographs will be uploaded to the Cowra NRM Committee Facebook page and other relevant social media where it may be shared by the public.
  • Entrants agree that their photograph(s) may be printed for exhibition in Cowra during the event.
  • Entry into the competition signifies acceptance of all conditions and entrants are required to abide by the Conditions of Entry and Terms and Conditions as presented.

* This Competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to the Cowra NRM and not to Facebook. The information you provide will be used for the competition only - your name and the photo caption/title is the only information that will be displayed on Facebook - all personal information will be stored confidentially by the Cowra NRM Committee to contact you in the event you win a prize.


  • Monday, 18 September 2023 | 12:00 AM - Sunday, 15 October 2023 | 12:00 AM
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