Join 2022 “Year of the Terns” Photo Contest


Official Photo Contest website:
Photo Contest Guidelines PDF: English / Bahasa Indonesia / Chinese [Simplified / Traditional] / Japanese/ Korean
For more in Japanese, visit the Wild Bird Society of Japan (WBSJ) website:
Learn more about the "Year of the Terns" campaign, click here.

Winners Announcement

[The Best Photo of Tern Species]

Photographer: Haocheng Wang

Species: Chinese Crested Tern

Date of photo taken: 18 August 2022

Location: Jiaozhou Bay, Qingdao, China

[Tern Photo With the Best Conservation Message]

Photographer: Erickson A. Tabayag

Species: Sooty Tern

Date of photo taken: 29 July 2022

Location: Lawak Island, Municipality of Kalayaan, Palawan, The Philippines

[Most Voted Photo]

Photographer: Le Manh Hung

Species: Bridled Tern

Date of photo taken: 18 May 2022

Location: Vietnam

Photo Contest Judges

Meet the "Year of the Terns" Photo Contest Judging Panel:

  Prof. Daniel Roby

Dedicated to Seabird research and conservation for over 25 years, Professor Daniel Roby was enthralled by wildlife from a very young age. Dan has had an illustrious career as an educator and conservationist, recently receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Pacific Seabird Group. He has also been involved in countless projects ranging from studying the long-term effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on seabirds in Alaska to becoming the technical advisor for the restoration of the Critically Endangered Chinese Crested Tern in China. Currently retired, Dan is working on editing a book on the conservation and restoration of Oregon’s birds.

  Ms. Angelique Songco

Starting her career in the Armed Forces of the Philippines, later becoming a diving instructor after falling in love with the ocean, Angelique Songco has more than 20 years of experience as a site manager of Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and Flyway Network Site. Referred to as “Mama Ranger,” Angelique is also a member of the EAAFP Seabird Working group and works on the frontier in safeguarding important sites. With Angelique at the helm, Tubbataha received the Platinum Global Ocean Refuge Award – acknowledged as a model site and one of the best-managed marine protected areas in the world.

  Dr. Kiyoaki Ozaki

Dr. Ozaki has fifty years of experience as a wildlife biologist and conservationist working in Japan and Southeast Asian countries, with special interests in Okinawa Rail, Short-tailed Albatross, Japanese Crested Ibis, Roseate and Black-naped Terns. His studies include ecology, migration and conservation biology. He was also responsible for running the bird banding program in Japan between 1995-2017. Dr. Ozaki is the Deputy Director-General of Yamashina Institute for Ornithology since 2010, as the President of the Japanese Bird Banding Association since 2022, and as the President of Ornithological Society of Japan from 2018-2021.

  Ms. Edin Whitehead

As a seabird scientist and conservation photographer in Aotearoa, New Zealand, Edin  “combines science and storytelling to help people explore our natural world.” She works for the Northern New Zealand Seabird Trust as a biologist and photographer. She additionally spends her ‘free’ time in the wilderness, on conservation projects as a volunteer, or out at sea, to inspire people to explore, understand and conserve our earth. Edin is a doctoral researcher at the University of Auckland. She also teaches photography workshops or guides pelagic trips to take people to see seabirds that live in the Aotearoa area.

  Mr. Yat-tung Yu

Yat-tung Yu, a veteran birdwatcher, has always been fascinated by seabirds, particularly terns. He initiated the breeding tern survey in Hong Kong in 1998 and continues to conduct and promote tern ringing locally in Hong Kong and in the EAA Flyway. Despite his efforts, however, terns unfortunately still receive little attention from people in the region. Regardless, he aims to further promote tern research and conservation activities to save them from various threats. Currently, Yat-tung is the Director of the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society and Coordinator of the EAAFP Seabird Working Group.

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