Rules and regulations of #LegflagChallenge Photo Contest


Outline of Contest

The legflagChallenge competition aims to encourage birdwatchers, bird photographers and all types of citizen scientists to document and report sightings of waterbirds (in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway) that carry leg flags, tags and other types of colour marking. Birds carrying these leg flags and tags provide crucial information about their life histories for professional conservationists and researchers. The information drawn from these observations, in turn, are particularly valuable in helping conservationists develop plans and actions to conserve migratory birds.   


Contest period 




Entry categoriesOutline
1. Best Photo of tagged Waterbirds

Waterbirds are defined here to include, but not limited to: cranes, waterfowl, shorebirds, rails, herons and egrets, gulls and terns. For a comprehensive listing and definitions, you may consult the EAAFP website for a full listing of families of waterbirds 


The following threatened species of particular conservation concern will be of higher priority:

  • Spoon-billed Sandpiper
  • Great Knot
  • Spotted Greenshank
  • Bar-tailed Godwit
  • Black-tailed Godwit
  • Far Eastern Curlew
  • Black-faced Spoonbill
  • Chinese Egret


2. Highest number of entries submitted



Individual with highest number of entries (i.e. most number of species reported) submitted for this campaign

3. Most votes and best caption storyIt will be judged from the top 20 caption narratives with the most votes about the bird(s) captured in the photographs


Submission guidelines 


Judging criteria 


General terms and conditions


Rights to use and distribute photographs 


Ethical bird photography guidelines




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