13th Digiscoper of the Year

Jury members

Tara Tanaka

Tara Tanaka

Movement & Action

In 2009 Tara decided to learn digiscoping in order to capture the beauty and diversity of wildlife in her backyard cypress swamp.  She and her husband have taken numerous birding trips around the U.S. s

Dominic Michell

Dominic Mitchell

Portrait & Macro

Dominic Mitchell is the founder and Managing Editor of Birdwatch, Europe's leading monthly magazine for keen birders. The author of hundreds of articles about birding, he has also written several books,

Jörg Kretzschmar

Jörg Kretzschmar


Jörg Kretzschmar ist ein ausgebildeter Biologe, arbeitet als Management Consultant und ist passionierter “Digiscoper” und das seit bereits über 10 Jahren. Digiscoping gibt ihm die Möglichkeit, seine Ansicht

Jürgen Bergmann


Jürgen Bergmann from Germany is, together with his wife, a passionate nature filmmaker. The conservation of nature is at the forefront of their work, constantly driving their commitment. For him, digiscoping is the modern form of exploration, without h


The 14th edition of SWAROVSKI OPTIK’s internationally popular “Digiscoper of the Year” competition has had a makeover.
For the first time, all entries have to be made via Instagram.

From October 1–31, keen digiscopers are invited to post their pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #DOY2019.
Only public posts can participate in the draw.
The lucky winner will be picked at random and receive a set of CL Companion binoculars with VPA (variable phone adapter) and adapter ring.

Important deadlines

  • Competition start: October 1, 2019
  • Closing date for submissions: October 31, 2019 (23:59:59 CEST)
  • Announcement of the winners: November 2019