In addition to the main events; Birdrace, Photography Competition and Workshops there will be plenty of other activities to keep all members of the family busy.


Mini beast safaris
Art Competition
Beach Walk
Coral Walk
Stream Detective


Rainforest Awakening

As morning light breaks the forest awaken to the sights and sounds of birds, monkeys, squirrels and a myriad of other delightful animals. Morning is the best time to explore a rainforest to gain an insight into the plant life and animal life that abounds here.

Rainforest Afterdark
Let our naturalist unravel some of the unique sounds and secretive animals that usually appear as night falls. Watch out for Flying Foxes, Flying Squirrels and the very unique Flying Lemurs.

Hornbills of Gunung Raya

Gunung Raya is the highest peak on Langkawi and also home to the Great Hornbills.This is probably the easiest place in Malaysia to observe these carismatic bird esspecially since the drive up to the peak brings us along the canopy of the rainforest. The drive up will also provide some of the most senic views of the island. Join us as we take a birds eye view of our beautiful island archipelago.

Mangrove Discovery Cruise

The forgotten forest between land and sea.
Mangrove forest plays an essential part in maintaining the ecological balance of the world. They influence the climate, provide shelter and act as major nurseries for fish and shrimps. Our journey takes us on a voyage of exploration to discover exotic plants and animal species many of them surviving by ingenious methods in a dynamic environment of constant change dictated by the rise and fall on the tides.



A Bird Race is a fun learning bird watching activity where teams of 3 competitors race for certain duration at designated sites to watch, identify and record as many bird species as possible. Each team will be accompanied by a guide or marshal whose task is to observe the team’s identification methodology, accuracy in identification, safety for both birds and competitors as well to ensure level playing field for both local and visiting birders to the
event site.

Upon registration, each team will be provided with an Official Bird Checklist, a Log Sheet and a copy of the Birding Ethics.

Winning Prizes

  • First Prize: ………………. RM2000.00
  • Second Prize: ………….. RM1000.00
  • Third Prize: ……………… RM500.00
  • Consolation Prizes – Field Guide Books and goodies

Rules and Regulations

  1. The welfare of the birds must come first. Caged, restrained, injured or dead birds or birds declared by the Arbitrators as escapees will not be counted. Care must also be taken to not cause distress to both the birds and to the surrounding vegetation and wildlife.
  2. The race is open to all persons of sound health and with some basic knowledge of birds.
  3. Teams must consist of minimum three (3) persons and must be officially registered with the Organizers by filling the official Entry Form before or on 25th November 2011
  4. The use of Field Guides is highly encouraged for each team.
  5. The race will commence at 07:30am on 26th November to 12:00pm on 27th November at the event centre.
  6. The winning team will be the one that records the highest number of species of birds. Names of species must conform with those listed in the Official Checklist.
  7. Any team that is late in submitting their results (made in the Log Book issued before the race) to the Arbitrators after 12: 00 noon on Sunday, 27th November 2011, will be penalized at the rate of one species per minute.
  8. The Arbitrators will stop accepting logs at 12:10pm on Sunday, 27th November 2011 at which point teams that have not submitted their logs would be deemed on holiday and disqualified with our thanks and well wishes!.
  9. All birds must be seen by the majority of the team members i.e. 2 members.
  10. Teams may record birds from any part of the designated areas. The specific areas for the race will be briefed before the event.
  11. A Race Briefing will be held sharp 5:30pm – 6:00pm on 25th November 2011 at the Official Venue (The Andaman Hotel). All teams MUST attend this briefing so as to discuss safety protocols, rules and regulations.
  12. Attracting birds with audio equipment is totally prohibited.
  13. Flash photography of nesting birds is totally prohibited. The organizers however, highly encourage photographs of birds deemed rare and/or are possible new records for verification purposes.
  14. The Arbitrators may request team members and/or guide to provide verbal details of the species sighted and recorded and failure to do so may result in a penalty.
  15. Any teams contravening the rules and regulations of the race will be disqualified.
  16. The Arbitrators’ decision is final.
  17. Registration fee of RM200.00 per team of 3 is payable upon Registration on 25th November 2011 at the event venue.
  18. The registration fee includes prize giving gala dinner at The Andaman Luxury Collection Langkawi.
  19. The Organizers reserves the right to decline any registration for the race without giving any explaination for doing so.
Photography Competition

Photography Competition

Langkawi invites you to enter your stunning wildlife photos toLangkawi Birdrace and Fotofest photography competition. We’re looking for beautiful bird photographs representing the wildlife of our magical islands. Your own original digital images of our wildlife are all eligible for the competition. Cash rewards will be offered to the winning photographs. The contest is open to all participants either Malaysian or foreigners.

The winning images along with photo credits will be printed in the 2012 ‘Wildlife of Langkawi’ calendar and made available for sale to all visitors to the islands. The profit from this calender sales will be put into a conservation project chosen by the organizers.

People’s Choice Award
Champ Trophy RM3000.00

Category : Macro
3 Best Photo: RM300.00

Category : Bird
3 Best Photo: RM300.00

Category : Reptile
3 Best Photo: RM300.00

Category : Mammals
3 Best Photo: RM300.00

Certificates will be given to the winners.

Rules and Regulations


The first priority of the contest is conservation of birdlife and its critical habitat. Contestants must minimize disturbance of birdlife and habitat. Birds and wildlife cannot be trapped or restrained. Judges will be asked to severely reduce the score or disqualify photographs of animals that appear to be stressed. Welfare of the subject is the foremost consideration.

  1. This contest is open to all Malaysian and International Participants
  2. Photographs must be a wild Langkawi species
  3. Photographs of bird and wildlife nesting or in the nests will be disqualified
  4. NO photographs of tame or caged birds and wildlife allowed.
  5. Flash Photography is NOT allowed to Bird and Mammals category. Acceptable to macro and reptile category as welfare of the subject is consider.
  6. Bird and wildlife Photos must be taken in Langkawi during the duration of the competition.
  7. The photographs, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the Contest
  8. Each participant may submit a maximum of 2 entries and must be captioned.
  9. Registration fee RM150.00 per person payable on the 25th November 2011 at the event venue.
  10. The registration fee includes prize giving gala dinner and Photography Workshops at The Andaman Luxury Collection Langkawi
  11. EXIF information for the image must be intact to prove the date taken.
  12. Images must be submitted with no borders and also no watermarks. All submitted images must be minimum 1024 pixel on the long side.
  13. All entries must be original (must show original RAW or JPG image file). Optimization of images or color correction, color contrast, brightness is acceptable, as is cropping.
  14. The entries are non-returnable. Participants retain the copyright of the photographs submitted. The Organizer and its sponsors and affiliate retain the right to use or reproduce the photos for promotional purposes of future Langkawi Birding and Fotofest and Photo Credits will be acknowledged.
  15. The organizers will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to an entry.
  16. Any cost incurred in order to get the photograph will be bear by participant.
  17. Participants will be given Event Stickers to be display on their cars for identifications.
  18. Deadline of Submission of Entries will be at 12.00 pm on the 27th November 2011
  19. JUDGINGContest consists of one (1) round of evaluation. A panel of Wildlife Photographers and Bird experts will evaluate all eligible entries based on the following Judging Criteria: (1) Interesting Behavior (2) Photographic quality (Sharpness, colors, exposure, etc) Decisions of the Judges are final and binding. Winners will be notified at the prize giving ceremony.
  20. WINNING PHOTOS will be printed in 12RW Photo Print and Exhibited by the organizer, followed by the Prize giving ceremony to be held on the 27th November 2011at 2000hrs pm at dinner & prize giving venue.
Workshops & Press Conference

Workshops & Press Conference

Day one of the event kicked off with workshops and talks by invited judges and nature conservationists touching both photography and birding and of course, insights into nature tourism. To the excitement of many, the work­shops on day one were both innovative and creative with a mixture of comedy in between. The speakers for the work­shop were birder-photographer Choo Tse Chien, Malaysia’s very first digital ‘videoscoper’ Tee Lian Huat, master macrophotographer Kurt Orion and also Malaysian Nature (MNS) Society head of communications, Andrew Sebastian. From the workshop, race participants were given new tips on photography and how to approach subjects and produce great photographs.

The Winners 2010

The Winners 2010


Congratulations to the winners for the different categories and thank you for making it a wonderful and memorial outing. Hope to see you again in 2011


First Prize: Team Cawi : Othman Ayeb, Indera Rahayu and Aboy
Second Prize: Team 79 : Khor Chew Kooi, Jack Khoo, Coco Lee
Third Prize: Team Hong Kong: Simon Quek, So Siu Hei, Abdul Karim


People’s Choice Award : Nan Hassan
Category : Macro : Kelly Marin Gray, Peter Hofinger
Category : Bird : Nan Hassan, Simon Quek
Category : Reptile : Kelly Marin Gray, Peter Hofinger
Category : Mammals : Peter Hofinger, Tom Reynolds

Gala Dinner

Gala Dinner


The food was magnificent the ambiance great and the participants just fantastic.
The island of Langkawi proved to be a perfect destination for this birding and photographic event. With its amazing geological formations as a backdrop for its rich diversity of wildlife and birdlife its no wonder NGC has return so many times to film their documentaries, the most recent titled “Snakes that Fly” recently shown on TV.

Organiser & Sponsors 2010

Organiser & Sponsors 2010





LADA formed by Federal Government to promote Langkawi as International tourist destination by involving Langkawian and developed social economy, infrastructure and investment.





The Andaman A Luxury Collection Resort Langkawi