Update for Digiscoper of the Year by SWAROVSKI OPTIK: 13th edition

June 26 2018


Update for Digiscoper of the Year by SWAROVSKI OPTIK: 13th edition

The 13th edition of SWAROVSKI OPTIK’s internationally popular Digiscoper of the Year competition has some brand-new features. The main competition will run from August 1 to September 30, 2018 – so the period for submitting entries has been cut to two months in order to make the contest more exciting. However, it will still be judged by a jury of renowned international experts, and the first prize is still a complete set of SWAROVSKI OPTIK digiscoping equipment. This year, the separate DOY competition that was previously held on Facebook will now be run on Instagram. From June 11 to July 31, users can post their digiscoping photos on Instagram with the hashtag #DOY2018 for a chance to win a pair of CL Companion binoculars.

Immersing yourself in a world of fascinating details and undiscovered secrets: this is what digiscoping allows you to do. An ever-growing number of people are discovering this special photographic technique for themselves, helping them produce impressive pictures that they want to share with others. That’s why, for the last 13 years, SWAROVSKI OPTIK has been running the Digiscoper of the Year competition, the world’s largest platform for digiscoping photos. It attracts entries from all over the world.

Four categories, one main prize

Entrants in the “Digiscoper of the Year 2018” competition are invited to submit photos and videos of animals (mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, and amphibians) in their natural habitat. They have to be taken with a digital camera or smartphone through the eyepiece of a spotting scope or binoculars. They should be entered in one of four categories: “Movement & Action,” “Portrait & Macro,” “Mammals,” and “Video.” One winner will be named per category, and from these four a jury of top experts will select the “Digiscoper of the Year 2018.”

Win a set of premium-quality SWAROVSKI OPTIK equipment

The overall winner will be presented with a complete set of SWAROVSKI OPTIK digiscoping equipment (ATX or STX eyepiece module, 25-60x85 objective module, digiscoping adapter, spotting scope rail, tripod, and tripod head) as well as a trophy crafted in the apprentice workshops at SWAROVSKI OPTIK in Absam. The three other category winners will each receive a pair of EL 32 binoculars from SWAROVSKI OPTIK. Details regarding “Digiscoper of the Year 2018” terms of entry and the competition process can be viewed at

DOY on Instagram

In 2018, for the first time, a competition will be run in parallel on Instagram. Entries can be posted between June 11 and July 31. At the end of this period, a winner will be chosen at random from all the posts with the hashtag #DOY2018 that have also tagged SWAROVSKI OPTIK Nature in the photo or video. The winner will receive a pair of top-quality CL Companion binoculars from SWAROVSKI OPTIK. Please note that the posts must be public, so that they can be found and entered into the prize draw.

Important deadlines

Competition start: August 1, 2018

Closing date for submissions: September 30, 2018 (23:59:59 CEST)

Jury phase: October 1 to October 14, 2018 (23:59:59 CEST)

Announcement of the winners: December 2018


Birdwatch Magazine (UK), the Bavarian Society for the Protection of Birds (Germany), the Dutch Birding Association (Netherlands), natuurfotomagazine (Netherlands), and Bird Watcher’s Digest (USA) are partners of the competition.


Photo (c) Peter Nilsson - winner category "Mammals" 2017

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