Some of our 2016 Award Winners (March 2016)


  • See below, but more to come on Drones and our Mentorship prizes.
  • See below for the our special birding MegaPack prize, courtesy of Nikon Birding Adventures TV and host James Currie. 

Student entrants and their sponsoring teachers have the opportunity to win some of the $30,000 in cash & prizes in our 2017 awards table below.  Briefly:

  • Students & teachers can win over $1500 each in cash, excluding other prizes, which may include a trip to San Francisco, mentorship lunches & meeting with US-China executives, drones and more.
  • FINALISTS earn a trip to San Francisco for our Festival Screening & Awards Gala and a fantastic red carpet experience. They will work with video editing mentors to produce a Festival Showcase version and a taped “artist’s statement.”
  • TEACHERS in middle school & high school can win up to $3800 in prizes, including a matching national cash prize if their student(s) win at the national levels, a “Most Influential Educator” prize for the most number of sponsored students entering the contest, and a Youth Voices Teaching Prize for best classroom integration of our contest.





For the best video involving birding (birdwatching) or birds, the winner will win a pack of goodies worth over $200 from Nikon’s Birding Adventures TV crew:

– One copy of the Crossley ID Guides
– One copy of When Eagles Roar: The Amazing Journey of an African Wildlife Adventurer
– A Birding from the EDG T-shirt
– DVDs of Season 1 and Season 2 of Birding Adventures TVNikon_BATV_Logo
– 1 copy of Watching Warblers (a great DVD guide )
– A pair of Nikon Aculon Binoculars ($60)


Yes, drones.  More details soon.



Participating mentors include these U.S.-China Executives:  (more coming soon!)

alibaba-group-logo_horizontal brianwong_sm_2015 Brian Wong Vice President, Global Initiatives
Janie Yu Partner
fungcapitalusa janie-yu Fung Capital is the investment arm of the Fung family in Hong Kong which separately controls the Fung Group that sources, distributes, and retails consumer products globally. Janie focuses on sourcing deals and conducting due diligence on prospective investments. Prior to joining Fung Capital, she was with Burt’s Bees, leading go-to-market strategies for global expansion. Before starting her business career, she was a journalist for BBC and PRI’s “The World”, conducting in-depth research and reporting on China. Janie obtained her M.A. degree from Harvard University, where she received the prestigious Fung Fellowship, sponsored by the Victor and William Fung Foundation.
Ben Fong-Torres  Acclaimed Journalist & Media Personality
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