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Kowa Anniversary Competition

Tuesday 9th April 2013


The Electronics& Optics division of Kowa began the production of spotting scopes in 1952. Originally, they were developed as scopes for examining targets in shooting machines and saw official use in 1964 Olympics Games held in Tokyo. Once discovered by birdwatchers, they gained popularity which gradually spread throughout the world of nature observation. 

Now, to mark our 60th Anniversary since the first spotting scope, we're offering digiscopers and photographers a chance to win a range of fantastic prizes in the Kowa/ Birdwatching Anniversary Photographic competition! 

The top prize is an anniversary package including a PROMINAR TSN-883 scope, with its pure fluorite crystal objective lens and the new TE-11WZ wide angled zoom eyepiece! Runners-up will receive Kowa binoculars, plus a chance to see their work featured in the Kowa/Birdwatching 2014 Calendar. 


All you need to do it submit up to three pictures of wild birds to the Kowa Competition Gallery on Birdforum, following the rules below. 

Our panel of judges- Paul Hackett, Roy Hapin, Takuya Kanouchi and Bird Watching’s own Mike Weedon, a longtime Kowa user – will select a winner and 11 runners-up, with the results to be announced at Birdfair 2013.



The rules of the competition are as follows:

1. Up to three images can be entered for the Kowa’s Anniversary Photography/Digiscoping Competition 2013. All images must depict wild birds which are not in any way restrained.

2. These may be digital images or scans of colour transparencies. Colour transparencies and prints are NOT permitted. Entries will be judged not only on technical excellence, but also on originality, scientific interest, aesthetic appeal and artistic composition.

3. Photographs must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere, although images previously posted on websites are acceptable.

4. The awarded photographs may be used at the discretion of Kowa Group and subsidiaries and the editor of Birdwatching magazine. By entering images for this competition, entrants agree to these terms. Copyright of images remains with the photographer and use subsequent by Kowa Group and Birdwatching magazine is unrestricted.

5. A brief account must accompany each photograph, giving the circumstances in which it was obtained, the method used, technical details (exposure and shutter speed, ISO rating, make and model of lens and camera body etc), locality, date and photographer’s name, address, email address, telephone number and type of bird (in known).

6. Images with minor adjustments, are acceptable. Manipulation of images shall be restricted as follows:

- Use of levels and curves and other tools to adjust contrast, brightness, exposure and colour saturation, and for minor cleaning work to remove dust spots.

- Images can be sharpened and noise removed. Cloning is forbidden.

- Images may be cropped to enhance their aesthetic appeal and artistic composition. Adding content is expressly forbidden.

- Entries shall be in JPEG format, at 300 dpi and at least 2600 pixels along the longest side. Images that are over-cropped to the extent that the quality is compromised, will not be accepted.

- Details of all image manipulation, together with a note of the software used, shall also be submitted, together with the original RAW or JPEG file from the camera.

- Manipulation that in any way changes the ‘science’ of the picture (for example, even minor changes to feather detail) is expressly forbidden.

- ALL entries are accepted only on the above conditions.


7. Prizes: 

1x Grand Prix Winner / TSN-883 with New TE-11WZ in 60th Anniversary Package.

2x Semi-Grand Prix Winners / GENESIS33-8 Binoculars.

2x Kowa Prize Winners / “NEW Kowa Binoculars” 

7x Photos selected to be used for the calendar / YF30-6


8. The closing date for entries is 30th of June 2013.

9. Entries can be submitted online on www.birdforum.net, under Kowa Competition Gallery

10. Please ensure that you include both a postal address and an e-mail address with your entry.

11. The competition is free to enter.

12. The judges are: Paul Hackett, Roy Hapin, Mike Weedon and Takuya Kanouchi. 

13. The judges’ decision is final. 

14. Winners will be announced at Birdfair 2013. 


Good luck to you all !