Announcing the 2015 Young Birders of the Year!

Contestants have been on the edges of their seats for the past month, but the long wait is over. The judges have reviewed all of the entries and submitted their scores. ABA staff has tabulated the results, and we are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2015 Young Birder of the Year Contest!
Your 2015 Young Birder of the Year for the 14-18 age category is 15-year-old Marky Mutchler of Liberty, Missouri! Marky took top honors in the Illustration module, as well as second place in the Conservation & Community Leadership Module and third place in the Photography Module. In second place is last year’s Young Birder of the Year, Chloe Walker, from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Elizabeth Bevins from Herndon Virginia takes home third place honors.

Marky Mutchler with an Arizona Sister during 2014 Camp Chiricahua (Photo: Jennie Duberstein)

Marky Mutchler with an Arizona Sister during 2014 Camp Chiricahua (Photo: Jennie Duberstein)

The 2015 Young Birder of the Year in the 10-13 age category is 12-year-old Dessi Sieburth from  Montrose, California with a remarkable 98.5 points. Dessi took top honors in both the Conservation & Community Leadership and Field Notebook modules. Maxime Pitchon, a 13-year-old from Longmeadow, Massachusetts takes second place, and 12-year-old Ethan Rising, from Cincinnati, Ohio is our third place winner.

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Dessi Sieburth

A warm congratulations from all of us at the ABA to every participant in this year’s 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 are donated by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Peterson’ Guides, Princeton University Press, Riverhead Books, and Sibley Guide to Birds Second Edition.
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 2016 Young Birder of the Year Contest begins April 15th!

Results of the 2015 ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest

OVERALL WINNER 14-18PLACEPOINTSAGEHOMETOWN
MARKY MUTCHLER1ST9015LIBERTY, MISSOURI
CHLOE WALKER2ND81.1514MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE
ELIZABETH BEVINS3RD7615HERNDON, VIRGINIA
OVERALL WINNER 10-13PLACEPOINTSAGEHOMETOWN
DESSI SIEBURTH1ST98.512MONTROSE, CALIFORNIA
MAXIME PITCHON2ND7813LONGMEADOW, MASSACHUSETTS
ETHAN RISING3RD76.512CINCINNATI, OHIO

MODULE SCORES

FIELD NOTEBOOK 10-13PLACEPOINTSAGEHOMETOWN
DESSI SIEBURTH1ST9512MONTROSE, CALIFORNIA
MAXIME PITCHON2ND7813LONGMEADOW, MASSACHUSETTS
BENJAMIN HACK3RD7413ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
FIELD NOTEBOOK 14-18PLACEPOINTSAGELOCATION
CHLOE WALKER1ST9914MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE
CHARLOTTE WASYLIK2ND8117VERMILION, ALBERTA
PATRICK CARNEY3RD7616RIVER EDGE, NEW JERSEY
CONSERVATION & COMMUNITY 10-13PLACEPOINTSAGELOCATION
DESSI SIEBURTH1ST10212MONTROSE, CALIFORNIA
ETHAN RISING2ND8412CINCINNATI, OHIO
KLEE BRUCE3RD5312SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI
CONSERVATION & COMMUNITY 14-18PLACEPOINTSAGELOCATION
ELIZABETH BEVINS1ST9615HERNDON, VIRGINIA
MARKY MUTCHLER2ND9515LIBERTY, MISSOURI
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ILLUSTRATION 10-13PLACEPOINTSAGELOCATION
MAXIME PITCHON1ST8313LONGMEADOW, MASSACHUSETTS
ELLE LINETSKY2ND7410WILMETTE, ILLINOIS
JOCELYN SPANBAUER3RD6512CINCINNATI, OHIO
ILLUSTRATION 14-18PLACEPOINTSAGELOCATION
MARKY MUTCHLER1ST8615LIBERTY, MISSOURI
JOHANNA BEAM2ND7516LONGMONT, COLORADO
KATIE BOORD3RD7215OLIVE BRANCH, MISSISSIPPI
WRITING 10-13PLACEPOINTSAGELOCATION
PATRICK NEWCOMBE1ST6913POTOMAC, MARYLAND
KLEE BRUCE2ND66.7512SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI
CLAIRE WAYNER3RD6613BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
WRITING 14-18PLACEPOINTSAGELOCATION
CHLOE WALKER1ST64.514MURFREESBORO, TENNESEE
CHARLOTTE WASYLIK/NICK ROSEN2ND58.512/15VERMILION, ALBERTA/CARSON CITY, NEVADA
KATIE BOORD3RD55.515OLIVE BRANCH, MISSISSIPPI
PHOTOGRAHY 10-13PLACEPOINTSAGELOCATION
EMMA ROSEN1ST7913CARSON CITY, NEVADA
ETHAN RISING/JOSH KING2ND7812/13CINCINNATI, OHIO/CELINA, OHIO
MAXIME PITCHON3RD7313LONGMEADOW, MASSACHUSETTS
PHOTOGRAPHY 14-18PLACEPOINTSAGELOCATION
SAM HENRICH1ST9916CARLISLE, MASSACHUSETTS
PATRICK CARNEY2ND9716RIVER EDGE, NEW JERSEY
MARKY MUTCHLER3RD8415LIBERTY, MISSOURI
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