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Winners Leica Noctivid and Televid 82 announced! was launched at the beginning of 2020. To stimulate as many bird watchers as possible to add beautiful bird areas to, Leica made available Leica Noctivid 10x42 binoculars and Leica Apo Televid 82 with 25-50x WW ASPH zoom eyepiece. Top-class optics! Bird watchers who added 5 areas to the website had a chance to win the Leica Noctivid 10x42 telescope, with 10 areas also the Leica Apo Televid 82 telescope. The go-in-and-win promotion with Leica top optics helped realize a huge increase in the number of bird areas! In less than a year, no fewer than 2000 nice bird areas have been put on the Birdingplaces map. The goal of having 2000 bird areas online within two years was surpassed within a year!

Thank you Leica!

Transcontinenta B.V. is a supporter and main sponsor of as a distributor of Leica in the Netherlands. Their support made it possible to keep the website ad-free and free for all participants. We are proud that a quality brand like Leica supports us in this way. And that's why we think it's extra nice that the 'go-in-and-win' promotion with Leica has given the website such a boost. Ultimately, a winner for the Leica Noctivid 10x42 could be drawn from 105 birders (who had added 5 or more areas before December 1). 48 birders with 10 placed areas (but often many more) competed for the prize draw for the Leica Apo Televid 82 with 25-50x WW ASPH zoom eyepiece.

But… who has won the Leica Noctivid and the Leica Apo Televid now?

Congratulations HGON!

The Leica Noctivid 10x42 binoculars were won by HGON from Germany. HGON stands for Hessische Gesellschaft für Ornithologie und Naturschutz. This is an active group of birders in the German state of Hesse that is committed to the protection of birds. HGON has placed a wonderful number of 22 bird areas in the Hesse region online at With the Leica Noctivid, HGON wins top binoculars. Or as described in a review of these binoculars: "Compact, stylish and elegant, but also incredibly robust and durable. The optical quality and focusing precision of the Leica Noctivid binoculars is unmatched by any other binoculars on the market."


Congratulations Hannah Driesse!

The Leica Apo Televid 82 with 25-50x WW ASPH zoom eyepiece was won by Hannah Driesse from the Netherlands. Hannah placed 11 bird areas on the map of Nine of them in the Netherlands and two areas in France. With the Leica Apo Televid 82, Hannah wins a robust and compact telescope with a fantastically clear, sharp and natural image. The great asset of the Apo Televid 82 is its ease of use. The telescope is not too big (328x108x101mm) and feels light (1,469g including eyepiece) compared to other telescopes. That, together with the phenomenal image quality, makes the Leica Televid 82 the ideal telescope to take with you in the field.

The Leica Noctivid 10x42 and the Leica Apo Televid 82 will be awarded in January 2021 (or later if required due to Covid-19) to the prize winners at the Leica Store Amsterdam, The Netherlands and the Leica Store in Wetzlar, Germany. thanks all birders

Birdingplaces birders, thanks for posting all those beautiful areas! Together you make Birdingplaces a success! Of course only two prize winners could be drawn, but all those beautiful bird areas that you have opened up for each other are of course also worth gold. And every day thanks to you beautiful and new bird areas are added.

Leica Netherlands, thank you for your support. Birdingplaces birders, thank you for your great efforts. We will march on, and hopefully all of you too. Keep on sharing great birding spots on Birdingplaces! #EnjoyAndProtect!

With great thanks on behalf of Team Birdingplaces