Announcing the 2014 Young Birders of the Year!

The results are in after another fantastic ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest!
Before we get to the exciting announcement of the winners, we have to tip our well-worn birding caps to all of the participants and the dedicated panel of judges. This year’s contest proved to be a VERY tight race in all of the modules, and especially in the tabulation for overall YBY winners. Not only did we have the opportunity to view this year’s creative and inspirational entries, we also witnessed the outpouring of knowledge and helpful critiques bestowed upon each entry by our renowned judges. It is truly heartwarming and reassuring to know that all of the judges took their responsibility seriously, embraced their opportunity to help further along a young birder’s dreams, and individually share their immense wealth of knowledge. For that, we are extremely grateful.
Now, onto the Young Birder of the Year winners for 2014!
In the 10 to 13 Age Group, 1st Place went to 13-year-old Chloe Walker from Murfeesboro, Tennessee. Chloe excelled in both the Field Notebook and the Conservation/Community Leadership modules and finished with a final combined score of 85.75. Finishing a close runner-up was 12-year-old Elijah Martineau, from Lansing, Michigan. Elijah also showed his talents in Conservation/Community Leadership, along with the Illustration and Photography modules and finished with 81 points. Our 3rd Place finisher from San Antonio, Texas, was 12-year-old Esther Yoon, finishing with 72 points.

2014 Young Birder of the Year Chloe Walker

2014 Young Birder of the Year Chloe Walker!


In the 14 to 18 Age Group, fifteen-year-old Alec Wyatt from Colorado Springs, Colorado took 1st Place honors. Alec impressed the judges for a second year in a row with his dedication in his Conservation/Community Leadership module and outstanding Field Notebook. He finished with a final combined score of 96.75. Runner-up in this age group was 16-year-old Rebecca Rolnick, hailing from Fayetteville, New York. Rebecca also showed her talents in both the Field Notebook and Conservation/Community Leadership modules and finished with a close 92.75 points. Our 3rd Place finisher was Alex Wiebe, a fifteen-year-old from Takoma Park, Maryland, finishing with 90 points.
Young Birder of the Year Alec Wyatt!

2014 Young Birder of the Year Alec Wyatt!


We have posted the top three finishers in each age in each of the five modules in the chart below. A hearty congratulations from all of us at the ABA go out to every participant in this year’s ABA YBY Contest, you continue to amaze us!
Leica_ RGB 10cmEach of the overall ABA Young Birder of the Year winners will receive a pair of Leica Trinovid Binoculars, generously donated by ABA’s Legacy Sponsor, Leica Sport Optics. Prizes for individual module winners were donated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Crossley Books, Eagle Optics, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Princeton University Press, Sibley Guide to Birds Second Edition, and SWIFT Birder Listing Software.
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 2015 Young Birder of the Year Contest begins April 15th!
Bill Stewart
ABA Young Birder Program Coordinator

Results of the 2014 ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest
ILLUSTRATION 10-13PLACEPOINTSAGELOCATION
SILAS HERNANDEZ1ST8013GREAT MEADOWS, NJ
ELIJAH MARTINEAU2ND7412LANSING, MI
MAXIME PITCHON3RD7213LONGMEADOW, MA
     
ILLUSTRATION 14-18PLACEPOINTSAGELOCATION
COURTNEY MOORE1ST9014VESTAL, NY
MAY MARTINEAU2ND7614LANSING, MI
KATIE BOORD3RD6314OLIVE BRANCH, MS
     
WRITING 10-13PLACEPOINTSAGELOCATION
TRUTH MULLER1ST6513ROCK HILL, NY
SARIAH MARTINEAU2ND63.510LANSING, MI
N/A3RD 
     
WRITING 14-18PLACEPOINTSAGELOCATION
REBECCA ROLNICK1ST79.516FAYETTEVILLE, NY
ALEC WYATT2ND77.515COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
MARCEL SUCH3RD7017LYONS, CO
     
PHOTOGRAPHY 10-13PLACEPOINTSAGELOCATION
ESTHER YOON1ST8012SAN ANTONIO, TX
HAYDEN BILDY2ND6611LONDON, ON
MAXIME PITCHON3RD6311LONGMEADOW, MA
 
PHOTOGRAPHY 14-18PLACEPOINTSAGELOCATION
COURTNEY MOORE1ST8815VESTAL, NY
MARCEL SUCH2ND8417LYONS, CO
SAM HEINRICH/JOHN SHAMGOCHIAN3RD6415/14CARLISLE, MA/EAST PROVIDENCE, RI
     
FIELD NOTEBOOK 10-13PLACEPOINTSAGELOCATION
CHLOE WALKER1ST10413MURFREESBORO, TN
ESTHER YOON2ND7412SAN ANTONIO, TX
ASHLEY KELEHER3RD7211MASHPEE, MA
     
FIELD NOTEBOOK 14-18PLACEPOINTSAGELOCATION
ALEC WYATT1ST10715COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
REBECCA ROLNICK2ND9916FAYETTEVILLE, NY
ALEX WIEBE/CHARLOTTE WASYLIK3RD9815/15TAKOMA PARK, MD/VERMILION, AL
     
CONSERVATION/COMMUNITY 10-13PLACEPOINTSAGELOCATION
ELIJAH MARTINEAU1ST9511LANSING, MI
TRUTH MULLER2ND8913ROCK HILL, NY
CARLOS BARBERY/ESTHER YOON3RD8313/12
GATINEAU, QU
     
CONSERVATION/COMMUNITY 14-18PLACEPOINTSAGELOCATION
MARCEL SUCH1ST9117LYONS, CO
ALEC WYATT/REBECCA ROLNICK2ND86.515COLORADO SPRINGS/FAYETTEVILLE
ALEX WIEBE3RD8215TAKOMA PARK, MD
     
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