Participants worked hard all spring, summer, and fall. They submitted an impressive body of work. The judges have reviewed all of the entries–each one truly exceptional. ABA staff has compiled the scores. After much anticipation, we are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2018 ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest!
Your 2018 ABA Young Birders of the Year are 12-year-old Adam Dhalla from Coquitlam, British Columbia (11-13 Age Group) and 16-year-old Teodelina Martelli from Thousand Oaks, California (14-18 Age Group). Congratulations, Adam and Teodelina!

Adam Dhalla

Teodelina Martelli

View a complete list of the 2018 Young Birder of the Year Contest results here, including winners of each module.

Each of the overall ABA Young Birder of the Year winners will receive a pair of Leica Trinovid binoculars, generously donated by Leica Sport Optics, Legacy Sponsor of the ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest. Contest materials were donated by Penguin Random House, Sibley Guides. Prizes for individual module winners are donated by  Houghton Mifflin HarcourtCornell Lab of Ornithology, and The Shop @ ABA.
A special thanks to our dedicated team of volunteer judges, who spent many hours reviewing entries and writing comments for each contestant.
We’ll be posting interviews with the contest winners in the coming weeks, along with examples of some of their award-winning submissions. In the meanwhile, good birding and remember – the 2019 Young Birder of the Year Contest begins April 15th!