Photo by John Phillips

Photo by John Phillips


Photos must be of wild birds, not captive and must be taken in Galveston, Brazoria, Harris, Fort Bend, Jefferson, Chambers, Orange and Montgomery counties. In addition, the photos must have been taken after March 1, 2021. (No photos taken before that date should be submitted.)

Photos must be submitted online by 10 pm on Sunday March 12, 19, 26, and April 2, 2023. Entries received after 10p.m. will automatically be added to the next week’s contest. The winning photos will be published in the Thursday editions of the Daily News as well as online on Galveston.com, VisitGalveston.com and the FeatherFest homepage beginning March 23, 2023.

  • Entries are limited to two photos for each weekly contest and must be submitted separately.
  • The title of the photo must match the image file name. (Do not include your name in the photo or file image name.)

Some email clients will resize your photos to reduce the size. It has been found that if one uses the web version of your email client, this can be prevented. Photos must be in JPEG format at 300dpi, not larger than 6MB, and a minimum of 1800 pixels on the longest side. (The photos can be larger than 1800 pixels on the longest side as long as they do not exceed 6MB.) Please do not downsize your images.

CLICK HERE if you need assistance locating the image file information described above.

Images may be cropped, sharpened, color adjusted and/or altered in other minor ways. While cleaning of dust spots is permissible, removal of other elements such as distracting objects of the photograph is not permissible. Please do not include any watermarks or date stamps on your images.

Images may not be collages, composites or blends of more than one image. The original capture of the image must be available on request.

Failure to comply with all the above requirements will result in the image not being considered. You will not be notified if your photo does not meet the specified requirements.

First, second and third place winners will be selected for each weekly contest. Winners will be notified by email about the winning entries. The first-place winner each week will receive a photography gift card from Houston Camera Exchange with a value of $50.

A grand prize winner will be selected from the four weekly winners and the photographer will receive a $100 gift card from Houston Camera Exchange in addition to their weekly winner gift card.

Important Contest Deadlines:

Deadline to Submit Photos

Sunday 3/12/2023

Sunday 3/19/2023

Sunday 3/26/2023

Sunday 4/02/2023

Date Winning Photos Published

Thursday 3/23/2023

Thursday 3/30/2023

Thursday 4/06/2023

Thursday 4/13/2023

Grand Prize Winning Photo: Thursday 4/20/2023

Due to the needs of The Daily News, there are some very specific format needs for possible publication of photos. Click the button below if you need assistance with preparing your entry for the FeatherFest Photo Contest.