Carl Zeiss has been the main sponsor of the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC) since the 1980s, and the Carl Zeiss Award has been awarded annually for more than 25 years.

Formerly awarded for the most instructive photograph, or series of photographs, supporting a description of a national rarity submitted to BBRC, the Carl Zeiss Award is now awarded for the best overall submission of the year.

Back in the 1980s, most rarity descriptions comprised a written description and perhaps some field sketches, with just a small minority being accompanied by one or two photographs. Nowadays, the majority of descriptions are supported by a wealth of photographic evidence, while in some cases this and the written detail can be augmented by video footage, sound recordings, artwork and even DNA analysis!

This award showcases the very best submissions, which help us push back the boundaries of bird identification.

The prize for the winner is a pair of the extraordinary ZEISS SF binoculars (×42-binoculars/).

Your hosts for this event, and to announce the winner and present the prize, will be Simon King and Paul French, chairman of the British Birds Rarities Committee.

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Date(s) - 18/08/2017
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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