2017 Knots Drawing Competition

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News: The result of the Knots Drawing Competition is announced here!


Year 2017 and 2018 are the Year of the Knots. Join the drawing competition to celebrate the life of Knots to inspire more and more people to be aware of Red Knots and Great Knots!

Who are the Knots?

The Knots are the long-distance migrants of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. They breed in the eastern Russia and spend their non-breeding time in the coastal areas of Australia and New Zealand. The travel distance can be around 21,000 km a year!

Red Knot

red knot
Red Knot in breeding plumage © Adrian-Boyle

Size: About 24 cm (from the tip of the bill to the tail)
Weight: Around 100 g
IUCN Red List status: Near Threatened


Great Knot

Great Knot in breeding plumage © Robert Newlin

Size: About 28 cm (from the tip of the bill to the tail)
Weight: Around 155 g
IUCN Red List status: Endangered

Did you know?

Here are some facts about Red Knots and Great Knots.

  1. Knots change the body colour! During the non-breeding season, their upperparts are pale grey.
  2. Knots eat small clams, crabs and shrimps. In breeding seasons, they also eat insects and spiders.
  3. Knots can double their weight prior to migration, building up fat reserves to fuel their journeys.
  4. During the breeding season (June-August) in moist tundra, the male has an aerial singing display, circling high with quivering wings and tumbling to the ground with the wings held upward. On average 4 eggs are laid and both sexes incubate the eggs. However, the female leaves parental care to the male once the eggs have hatched.
  5. Threats to the Knots are the reclamation of coastal mudflats especially at stopover sites. The occurrence of large concentrations of Knots at traditional staging areas during migration makes them vulnerable to pollution and loss of key resources.

You can find more information about Knots here.

Join the drawing competition

  1. The theme is “The Future of the Knots.” You can choose either Red Knot or Great Knot for your drawing. Including both is also fine.
  2. Draw a creative poster that can inspire viewers on Knots and their life, their future with people, call for conservation of the Knots, etc. on an A3 sized paper (297 × 420 mm).
  3. Fill in the entry sheet and attach on the back of your drawing.
  4. Submit to the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership Secretariat by 30 September 2017 by post .(Due to requests, the deadline for the drawing competition is extended from 31 August 2017 to 30 September 2017.) Submission can be done personally or by school/visitor centre.
  • The young people aged 6-18 (on August 2017) living in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway are eligible.
  • The artwork should be your own work.
  • You can use any medium to create your poster but it must be A3 size. If you are from a developing country and cannot find A3 size paper in your school area, you can choose A4 sized paper (210 × 297mm) instead.
  • If your entry sheet has empty items, or parts that the Secretariat staff cannot read, your work cannot join the competition.
  • The artwork needs to arrive at the EAAFP Secretariat office by 30 September 2017.
  • No entries will be returned.
  • The EAAFP Secretariat may use the artwork in its publications and websites without compensation or approval by the artist but the his/her name will be mentioned.
Category (Age on 31 August 2017)
  • Category A: Age 6-8
  • Category B: Age 9-11
  • Category C: Age 12-18


Thanks to our Campaign Sponsors, we have prizes including Kowa field scopes with eye pieces, Kowa binoculars, Patagonia goods, and Red Knot T-shirts etc. for the winners of each category. The prizes will be updated according to our Sponsors’ contributions!

  1. Flyway Prize (1 person for each category: a Kowa field scope with an eye piece)
  2. Great Knot Prize (1 person for each category: a pair of Kowa binoculars)
  3. Red Knot Prize (1 person for each category : Patagonia goods)
  4. Miranda Prize (1 person for each category: Beautiful bird books)
  5. CEPA Prize (1 person for each category: Red Knot T-shirts)

Examples of Kowa‘s field scopes and binoculars 

KOWA TSN660 series scope with an eye piece

KOWA Genesis Series binoculars (22-8)

KOWA BD Series binoculars (25-8)

KOWA SV Series binoculars (25-8)
KOWA TSN600 Series scope with an eye piece

Examples of Patagonia‘s goods and CEPA prize’s Red Knot T-shirts

Examples of Miranda‘s  beautiful bird books

  • 13 posters from above will be chosen to be the part of the EAAFP calendar 2018
  • For each participant whose entry is accepted, a Year of the Knots sticker will be sent. If there are too many applications (more than 400), we will hold a draw.
  • The details of the prizes above (colour, design etc.) may change.
Entry sheet

Print out the entry sheet below, fill in, and attach on the back of your drawing. If you do not have a printer, write the necessary items on a small paper and attach.

Please note that if the information is not complete, you cannot join the competition or receive the presents.

Title of your drawing
Full name
Birthday / Age (at 31 August 2017) Day                Month                  Year                             / Age:
Phone number /email address (Whose phone number/email is this?                                                          )
School name (Or the name of the visitor centre whose activities you join)
Signature of your teacher/ranger

East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership Secretariat,
3F Bon-dong, G-Tower, 175 Art center-daero, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon 22004 Republic of Korea
Tel: +82-32-458-6504
Enquiry: wmbd@eaaflyway.net

Campaign Sponsors

This competition is kindly  and proudly sponsored by the companies and NGOs below.

Kowa Optical Products Co.,Ltd.
Patagonia Korea

Miranda Naturalists’ Trust, Miranda Shorebird Centre
David and Lynne Lawrie


Campaign Flyer


English Flyer: PDF   (914 KB)

Japanese Flyer: PDF   (1.16 MB)

(Due to requests, the deadline for the drawing competition is extended from 31 August 2017 to 30 September 2017.).



Year of the Knots logo © Janet Essley / EAAFP