Galveston FeatherFest Photo Contest is Underway

FeatherFest is an annual birding and nature photography festival held during spring migration in Galveston.

The 19th Annual FeatherFest will be held April 15-18, 2021. Annually, the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council preludes this event with the Birding & Nature Photo Contest AKA FeatherFest PhotoFest that offers serious AND casual nature photographers the opportunity to appreciate the spring migration. There are even prizes!

pictured: 2020 Week Two Honorable Mention titled "Flyby" by Gary Seloff.

About FeatherFest

Galveston is one of the top locations in the country for birding because it hosts a wide variety of habitats in a small geographical area where some 300 species make their permanent or temporary home throughout the year. Mark your calendar now to attend the largest birding festival on the Upper Texas Coast, and the only one with a dedicated nature photography track!

Registration is now open! Click here to redirect to registration.

2021 FeatherFest PhotoFest Contest Rules

Photos must be of wild birds, not captive and must be taken in Galveston, Brazoria, Harris, Fort Bend, Jefferson or Chambers counties. In addition, the photos must be taken within the two years prior to March 1, 2021.

Photos must be e-mailed to by 10 pm by Sunday, March 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2021. Entries received after 10 m. will automatically be added to the next week’s contest. The winning photos will be published in the Thursday editions of the Galveston Daily News as well as on the Official Galveston Island Tourism Facebook Page and the FeatherFest homepage beginning March 18, 2021.

Entries are limited to two photos for each weekly contest and must be submitted in separate emails. If two photos are included in the same email only the first image will be considered.

The files containing the photos must be named using the following format:


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.

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.

Photos must be accompanied with the following information included in the email: photographer’s name, title of photo, name of bird(s) in photo, location where the photo was taken.

Failure to comply with all the above requirements will result in the image not being considered.

2021 FeatherFest PhotoFest Winners

Below we will be updating the weekly winners as well as the grand prize winner. Come back to this page on Thursday, 3/18/2021 to see the first batch of winning photos.

Week 1 Winners
FeatherFest PhotoFest

"In-Flight Snack," Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, Cypress, TX by Dan Lotan

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"Catbird in Retama," Gray Catbird, Galveston, TX by Anthony Louviere

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"Construction Delivery," White-Faced Ibis, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge by Brian Fesko

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"Statuesque Great Egret," Great Egret, High Island Smith Oaks Rookery by Mark Doing

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Week 2: Deadline to Submit Photos is Sunday, 3/14/2021

Week 3: Deadline to Submit Photos is Sunday, 3/21/2021

Week 4: Deadline to Submit Photos is Sunday, 3/28/2021

2020 Grand Prize Winner

2020 Grand Prize and Week Four First Place by Anthony Louviere in Galveston, TX.

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2020 FeatherFest PhotoFest Weekly Winners
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