Update, Oct. 2 – Fort Worth Camera Club retained the bird trophy, above, for 2021 after earning 168 points to 165 for the Dallas Camera Club at the 2020 competition. Watch judging on Zoom.
- View all entries and scores: PDF 2020 Bird Contest Scores.
- First Place: Bent But Not Broken, Stephen Stookey, Fort Worth Camera Club
- Second Place: Morning Reflections, Alan Whiteside, Dallas Camera Club
- Third Place: Haystack, K.P.Wilska, Fort Worth Camera Club
- Honorable Mention: Hummingbird Theatrics, Charles Morris, Fort Worth Camera Club
About The Bird
- Despite the name, the contest is not about bird photography; view History, below.
- A total of 15 digital entries from each club will be judged. (No print competition in 2020. ) Judges view the images in random order.
- Judges are not current or recent members of either club nor do they know the identity of entrants.
- The club with the highest point total is the winner.
- The Bird is separate from the club’s usual monthly competition. Be sure to enter your image for October by midnight, Oct. 1. Awards will be announced Oct. 15.
Fort Worth Camera Club has won every year since 2007. The contest is alternately hosted by each club, and has been held since 1964, except 1975 and 2016. The Competition Committee selects Fort Worth entries submitted by club members.
- View information: PDF-2020-Bird-Competition
The Bird competition began when Emily Guthrie Smith suggested that an annual contest would be fun for both clubs. Smith was a Fort Worth native and nationally known artist and teacher. Her works are in private collections, museums and the Archives of American Artists in the Smithsonian Institution.
She donated and carved the trophy, a wood sculpture engraved with the winning club’s name, but the reason she chose a bird is not known. The trophy is perched on the podium at our club meetings, but is currently nesting elsewhere to avoid COVID-19.
Bird image courtesy of Dallas Camera Club; history courtesy of Lifetime Members Becky Scott and Robert Chura.