We at the Gallery By The Lake are back yet again to announce the third iteration of the wonderfully eye-catching:



The Gulf Coast Bird Photography Competition is finally back! This competition is meant to celebrate the joys and benefits of birdwatching, draw attention to the diversity of bird life in Louisiana and across the US, and showcase the work of wildlife photographers from all over the country. With cash prizes from 1st-3rd place and a Youth 1st place, the winners will certainly be rewarded for their beautiful photos!

( For all the info noted on this page and more, you can download the Prospectus HERE )

When is it?

The Event itself begins on April 10th, 2021, and will conclude on October 16th!

Apart from that, here is a Calendar for all of important dates for this event:

April 10 - Competition Opens
May 31 - Deadline for entries
June 15 - Notification of Acceptance
July 17 - Deadline for receipt of accepted works
August 20 – Reception and Awards Presentations 2:00 – 4:00PM
October 16 - Exhibition concludes


Where will it take place?

This is a national competition and exhibition of photographs of birds found in the United States.  The opening reception and exhibition will take place on the second floor of the Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center in Lake Charles, LA on August 20th, and end on October 16th. Awards will also be announced there!

How can I apply?

Adults 18 and older.  Youth category from 13 to 17 years of age as of April 1, 2021.

Each photographer may submit up to 3 entries for the standard non-refundable entry fee of $35.  Up to 5 additional entries may be submitted for $5 each. Entries are submitted using the www.callforentry.org (CaFÉ) website.

Any who wish to will apply through THIS LINK to CaFÉ.

Accepted works must framed and back wired. 

Image size should not exceed 18” x 24” or equivalent with matted and framed work not larger than 24” x 30”. 

Mailed entries should be suitable to withstand the rigors of packaged shipping.  Please ship to:
Hit Me With Your Best Shot!
c/o Historic City Hall

1001 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Hand deliveries accepted July 12 to July 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Works must be received by July 17
o    All shipped accepted works must include prepaid return shipping label
o    Late or damaged shipments will be returned freight collect
o    Works must be shipped in reusable packing cartons
o    No packing peanuts or popcorn

Return of artwork begins October 19.
Hand delivery pickup available at Historic City Hall October 19 to October 29.


A 20% gallery commission will be assessed on the sale of photographs during the exhibition.  The exhibition committee reserves the right to reproduce accepted entries for future press releases, website and Facebook promotion of this event.

What are the rules?

The media must be Photography. Digital enhancement should be limited to color, shadow, and cropping.  No alteration of original image background is allowed. Photography regarding bird safety and dignity outlined in Audubon Photography guidelines should be followed.

Who will be judging?

This will be judged by the editorial staff at Bird Watcher’s Digest!  It is a magazine for birders who read and readers who bird.  They are your birding family based in Marietta, Ohio.  It's certainly safe to say they know their birds!

Visit them at www.birdwatchersdigest.com.

What are the prizes?

They are, in order:

1st Place - $300

2nd Place - $200
3rd Place - $100
Youth 1st Place - $150
Honorable mentions (3)

Award winners will be selected from the 50 pieces juried into the show exhibit!

How can I contact you for additional info or questions?

You can contact us through both email and phone call!

Competition Coordinator: Dan Plummer


Gallery - (337) 387-1218
  Dan Plummer
- (337) 842-6820



Mailing address:  
809 Kirby Street, Suite 321
Lake Charles, LA 70605



Gallery by the Lake Inc. carries no insurance for loss or damage to artwork in the gallery or in transit nor assume any liability for same.  Care will be taken for the safety of the exhibited work.  Artists should provide their own insurance coverage.  Gallery by the Lake Inc. is not responsible for fees and/or damage from any cause.  A submission of entry/ies into the show and exhibit constitutes a binding agreement by artists to all conditions stated.  The entrant understands and agrees that any unclaimed artwork left after the exhibit take-out date will be removed from the exhibit site and will be donated/disposed of by the Gallery by the Lake after 30 days from last pickup date.

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Supported by a grant from the City of Lake Charles

as administered by the Arts Council of SWLA.