Beakwatch Competition

Opens 3rd April 2020

Fancy winning an amazing top-of-the-range Sony digital camera worth about £1500?

Simply snap a garden bird and reply to our BeakWatch post on Facebook or Twitter, or use the hashtag #BeakWatch on Instagram

It’s a great way to make the most of extra time at home and we’d love to see your photos. Full terms and conditions are below.

Good luck!

Rules, Terms and Conditions


  1. This competition is open to all UK residents over 18, except any employee of or person directly connected with the RSPB and their immediate family members. Proof of age may be required.
  2. All applicants must be amateur photographers/film producers/artists/writers/musicians etc.
  3. The competition is free to enter, and no purchase is necessary and will start on 3 April 2020 and end on midnight 17 April 2020.
  4. All entries must be submitted by uploading your image to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. On Facebook, only entries posted in the comment section of the competition posts using the hashtag #BeakWatch will be counted. On Twitter and Instagram all entries using the hashtag and posted to public accounts will be entered. The images must show UK garden birds. All entries must include the hashtag #BeakWatch and only one entry per person is permitted.
  5. The RSPB must receive entries by midnight on 17 April 2020. Any entry which is late, incomplete or inappropriate will be deemed invalid at the discretion of the RSPB.
  6. The RSPB accepts no responsibility for any technical failure, malfunction or any other problem with any server, internet access system or otherwise which may result in any entry being lost, corrupted or not properly registered or recorded. No responsibility will be taken for damaged or lost entries.
  7. The entries will first be shortlisted by the judges and 4 finalists will be selected. No correspondence regarding the results will be entered into.
  8. The 4 shortlisted entries will then go through to a final vote on the RSPB Love Nature Facebook page on Monday 20 April 2020. The post with the greatest number of likes/reactions will be the winner.
  9. The winner shall receive a Sony RX10 IV cyber shot compact camera. The prize will be sent to the winner by post within 28 days of the winner responding to notification from the RSPB that they have won.
  10. The winner will be notified by direct message (on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, depending on how they entered the competition) within 1 week of a decision being made. The winner will be asked to email their details to the RSPB Facebook email inbox ( in order to claim their prize.
  11. If a winner does not respond to the RSPB, with this information, within 21 days of being notified by the RSPB, then they will forfeit their prize and a replacement winner will be selected from the other applicants.
  12. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.
  13. The prize is provided by Sony Europe Limited, The Heights, Brooklands, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0XWand may be subject to further terms and conditions imposed by Sony Europe Limited. The RSPB reserves the right to replace the prize with an alternative prize of equal or higher value if necessary.
  14. The winner's name will be published on the RSPB’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
  15. Full copyright title remains with the author/owner of any entry. Please see the full Terms and Conditions below.
  16. The RSPB reserves the right to refuse entry or to refuse to award the prize to anyone in breach of the Rules or the Terms and Conditions or the spirit of the Rules or the Terms and Conditions.


Terms and Conditions


  1. By submitting an entry, you agree to be legally bound by the Rules and these Terms and Conditions.
  2. Any entry must be your original work and it must not infringe the rights of third parties including copyright, trade mark, trade secrets, privacy, and publicity, personal or proprietary rights. In addition, all entries must be produced legally without trespassing on any land and no wildlife or habitats should be harmed, put at risk or unduly disturbed in the process.
  3. Full copyright title shall be retained by the author of any entry. By submitting any entry to the RSPB (including any text, photographs, graphics, video or audio), you agree to grant the RSPB a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sub-licensable right and worldwide license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, display and exercise all publicity rights with respect to your entry, and/or to incorporate your entry in other works, in any media now known or later developed for the full term of any rights that may exist in your entry, and in accordance with privacy restrictions set out in the RSPB’s Privacy Policy.
  4. By submitting an entry, you agree to waive any moral rights contained in your entry. Any entry you provide shall be non-confidential.
  5. By submitting an entry, you agree the RSPB may use the material for any purpose and in any way it chooses, including, but not limited to, marketing, publicity, advertising and presentations.
  6. The RSPB (including its subsidiaries, agents or distributors) shall not be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage or for any costs, claims or demands of any nature whatsoever arising directly or indirectly out of the use of your entry or any part thereof.
  7. Insofar as is permitted by law, the RSPB (including its subsidiaries, agents or distributors) will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the prize, except where it is caused by the negligence of the RSPB, its subsidiaries, agents or distributors or that of their employees. Your statutory rights are not affected.
  8. You agree to indemnify the RSPB (and its subsidiaries) against any claim from any third party for any breach of the Rules or these Terms and Conditions.
  9. The RSPB reserves the right to update the Rules and these Terms and Conditions from time to time and any updated version will be effective as soon as it is published on the RSPB competition website.
  10. The RSPB takes your privacy very seriously; we will only use your personal information in accordance with the terms of these Terms and Conditions and the RSPB’s Privacy Policy. By submitting an entry, you confirm that you have read and agree to the terms of our Privacy Policy.
  11. Any personal data submitted will be held securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018. Personal data supplied may be passed on to third party suppliers only insofar as required for fulfilment/delivery/arrangement of the prize.
  12. The winner may be required to participate in publicity related to the competition which may include the publication of their name and photograph in any media. You agree that your personal data may be used for this purpose.
  13. For the avoidance of doubt, by submitting your entry you warrant that all persons featured in your entry have given you their express consent for their image, voice or other details to be used and, in the case of vulnerable adults or persons under 18 years of age, you warrant that you have obtained express consent from their parent(s) or legal guardian(s).
  14. This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter . In using Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter you acknowledge and agree to be bound by Facebook, or Twitter Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.
  15. This competition is governed by English law and English Courts have exclusive jurisdiction.
  16. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (the 'RSPB') is a registered charity in England & Wales no. 207076 and in Scotland no. SC037654 whose registered address is at the Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 2DL.