Shortlist entrants will be contacted via email no later than August 9, 2017. Keep an eye out for this email as you will need to respond within 72 hours of the date of the notification.

Perky-Pet® invites industrial and product design students to rethink wild bird feeders. If you love backyard birds and good design, this is an opportunity to showcase your design expertise and imagination.


Show us your concept for a wild bird feeder that will attract flocks of birds to yards and gardens. Design a wild bird seed feeder that combines function and flair with originality and manufacturability.


Academic design students enrolled at any university in any country.

Undergraduate and graduate industrial design students enrolled in a degree program at any university in any country may enter. Participation is free of charge.

Competition is open to individuals or teams of two.

If a team project is selected as a winner the team splits the cash award.


  • Entry is free of charge.
  • Registration is required.
  • Complete and submit the Perky-Pet® Wild Bird Seed Feeder Design Entry form. Entry form must be accompanied by photographs, drawings, design studio sketches and/or computer-generated images.


Win a cash prize: Judges allocate $3,000 in prizes to top three design competition winners. An additional $1,000 is donated to the school attended by the 1st place winner.

Get recognized: This is a chance to show off your talent, get recognition from peers and pique the interest of companies looking to hire innovative designers.


1st place - $1500

2nd place - $1000

3rd place - $500


Phase 1: Begins April 11, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. EDT and ends on August 2, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Phase 2: Begins August 9, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. EDT and ends on September 8, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.



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  • Design originality and innovation: How is this design unique or innovative compared to other wild bird feeder designs?
  • Relevance: How does this design attract more backyard birds?
  • Functionality and usefulness: Is this feeder easy to clean? Is it easy to fill?
  • Aesthetic qualities: Does this design deliver a visually appealing user experience?
  • Reliability and durability: Can this feeder withstand inclement weather?
  • Ease of implementation and manufacturability: What is the developmental potential of the design?




The Perky-Pet Wild Bird Seed Feeder Student Design Competition (“Contest”) begins on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. EDT and ends on August 2, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EDT (“Promotion Period”). The Contest is sponsored by Perky-Pet, 69 N. Locust Street, Lititz, PA 17543 (“Sponsor”).

1. Eligibility. The Contest is open to undergraduate and graduate industrial and product design students enrolled in a degree program at any domestic or international college or university (incoming freshmen or first-years are also encouraged to apply). Entrants must be aged 18 or over as of the start date of the Contest. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. Residents of countries on the United States list of embargoed countries and countries where local laws prohibit entry into sweepstakes or contest or limit the prize value that a resident may accept are not eligible to enter. Employees, officers, directors, representatives of Sponsor, Woodstream Corporation, the legal, promotion and advertising agencies of Sponsor or Woodstream Corporation, and their immediate family members and those living in their household, and each person or entity connected with the production or administration of the Contest are not eligible to enter. Sponsor, in its sole and absolute discretion, shall make all determinations with respect to the eligibility of all Entrants.

The Contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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2. How to Enter. 

  1. There is no fee or payment to enter the Contest.
  2. Entrants may be individual students or teams of two students.
  3. There can be only one named Entrant per entry.
  4. Limit one entry per Entrant.
  5. The Entrant’s goal, through the submission, is to convince the Sponsor that your bird feeder design is innovative, aesthetically appealing, functional and durable.
  6. Entrants must complete and submit the Perky-Pet® Wild Bird Seed Feeder Design Entry Form, accompanied by photographs, drawings, design studio sketches and/or computer-generated images, in high-resolution PDF, jpeg, 300 dpi, or RGB (collectively “Submission”).
  7. All Submissions must be supplied digitally via the link at www.perkypet.com/student-design-competition and received during the Promotion Period. Sponsor’s computer is the official time keeping device for receipt of Submissions.
  8. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for lost, late, or incomplete Submissions, including without limitation, incorrectly uploaded Submissions or those that are illegible or corrupted. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.
  9. Questions may be submitted by Entrants via email at: csnow@woodstream.com. Responses will be provided in 24 to 36 hours.
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3. Winners and Notification. 

  1. All correctly completed Submissions will be reviewed by a judging panel (“Panel”) comprised of five (5) members who will select a shortlist of Entrants. The Panel is comprised of four (4) employees of Woodstream Corporation and one (1) independent panelist.
  2. No later than August 9, 2017, Sponsor will contact the shortlist Entrants via email. All shortlist Entrants will be required to respond as directed to the email notification within 72 hours of the date of the notification.
  3. Shortlist Entrants will be required to submit their final submissions electronically to csnow@woodstream.com by no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on September 8th, 2017.
  4. The shortlist Entrants’ final submissions must include the following:
    1. Isometric view of bird feeder design;
    2. Orthographic view of bird feeder design; and
    3. A short, typewritten text (max. 300 words) submitted as a Word document, explaining the relative material types used, why the design is innovative and how it works.
  5. A first-, second- and third-place winner will be selected by the Panel, in its sole discretion. A single cash prize will be awarded to the first place winner. The winning designs will be the ones which, in the sole discretion of the Panel, best fulfill the mission of designing a wild bird seed feeder that combines function and flair with originality and manufacturability. If, at the sole discretion of the Panel, none of the Submissions is of a sufficiently high standard to merit the awards, the Panel may award no prizes, or only second and third prizes.
  6. No later than September 22, 2017, Sponsor will contact the Contest winners via email. All winners will be required to respond as directed to the email notification within 72 hours of the date and time of the email. Failure to respond timely to the notification may result in forfeiture of the prize.
  7. Winners names will be posted on Sponsor’s website at www.perkypet.com/student-design-competition.
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4. Prizes. 

  1. Three (3) selected winners will each receive the following cash prizes:
    1st place - $1,500.00
    2nd place - $1,000.00
    3rd place - $500.00
    The 1st place winner will also receive a $1,000 cash contribution to school’s design program.
  2. The winners agree to take part in reasonable post-event publicity and to the use of their names and photographs in such publicity. Each winner who accepts a Prize grants Sponsor permission to use his/her name, voice and likeness on all Sponsor’s and affiliates’ advertising and promotional materials and for publicity purposes, in any form of media, including but not limited to the Website, Facebook and Twitter. All Federal, state, and local taxes and all other costs and expenses associated with acceptance and use of any prize are the winner's sole responsibility. A winner may waive his/her right to receive a prize. Prizes are non-transferrable, non-exchangeable, and non-refundable, and must be accepted by the winner as awarded. Prize winners will be issued an IRS Form 1099.
  3. Entrant represents and warrants that: (a) he/she is eligible to enter the Contest; (b) he/she has complied and will comply with these Official Rules in connection with participation in the Contest and the Submission complies with all of the requirements of all sections.
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5. Intellectual Property. By entering the Contest, Winners waive all claims to and shall receive no royalties of any kind now or in the future from Sponsor for use of their Submissions and represent and warrant that no other party is entitled to claim royalties from the use of the Submissions as set forth in these Official Rules. Each Winner hereby grants to Sponsor a royalty-free, perpetual, unrestricted, irrevocable and fully sublicensable right and license to display, post, disclose, use, reproduce, modify, digitize, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly perform and/or display the Winner’s Submission (in whole or in part) and/or incorporate all or part of the Submission in other works, all in any form, format, media or technology now known or later developed or invented. Sponsor will make commercially reasonable efforts to post Submissions in the form as provided at the time of entry. However, Winners acknowledge and agree that due to technical or other limitations, Submissions may be altered from their original form. Sponsor shall have no liability as to posting of Submissions.

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6. Representations and Warranties; Indemnification; Release. 

  1. By participating in this Contest, Entrant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules. Entrant further agrees to release, indemnify, defend and hold harmless Sponsor and Sponsor’s affiliates from and against any and all liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of or in connection with your participation in the Contest, the use of the Internet, as well as claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any Entrant it finds to be attempting to tamper with or undermine the entry process and/or the legitimate operation of the Contest. The Contest is governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules. Entrant consents to the jurisdictions and venue of the federal, state, and local courts located in Pennsylvania. Entrant hereby waives any rights to a trial by jury in any matter arising from or pertaining to participation in the contest. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will Entrants be permitted to obtain awards for, and each Entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages, including attorneys’ fees, and Entrants further waive all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.
  2. The Contest is subject to these Official Rules. By participating, Entrants agree to be bound by these complete Official Rules, including Sponsor’s terms of use and privacy policy guidelines. Entrants agree that the decisions of the Panel and Sponsor are final and binding; and agree to waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Contest or these Official Rules, except where prohibited by law. This Contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law, and subject to applicable federal, state, provincial and local laws. By accepting a prize, winner agrees to release Sponsor, its attorneys, affiliates, together with the respective directors, employees, officers, licensees, licensors and agents of each, including without limitation, their respective advertising and promotion entities and any person or entity associated with the production, judging, or administration of the Contest, from any and all liability, loss or damage arising from or in connection with awarding, receipt and/or use or misuse of prize or participation in any prize-related activities.
  3. All personal information collected by Sponsor will be used for the administration of the Contest and in conjunction with these Official Rules. Please refer to Sponsor’s privacy policy located at http://www.perkypet.com/customerservice/privacy-policy for important information regarding the collection, use and disclosure of personal information by Sponsor.
  4. IF YOU ARE A CALIFORNIA RESIDENT, YOU WAIVE ANY AND ALL RIGHTS UNDER SECTION 1542 OF THE CIVIL CODE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, WHICH PROVIDES AS FOLLOWS: “A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.” You expressly waive and release any right or benefit which you have or may have under Section 1542 of the Civil Code of the State of California, to the full extent that you may waive all such rights and benefits pertaining to the matters released here. In connection with such waiver and relinquishment, you acknowledge that you are aware that you may hereafter discover claims presently unknown or unsuspected, or facts in addition to or different from those which you now know or believe to be true, with respect to the matters released herein; nevertheless, it is your intention through this release to fully and finally and forever settle and release all such matters and claims relative thereto, which do not exist, may exist or heretofore have existed between yourself and Sponsor or Sponsor’s affiliates. The release herein given shall be and remain in effect as a full and complete release of such claims and matters notwithstanding the discovery or existence of any such additional or different claims or facts relative thereto.
  5. Sponsor reserves the right to change the Official Rules at any time and without notice to Entrants.
  6. If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, fraud, technical failures, or any other cause beyond the control of Sponsor that corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft, or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. Sponsor is not responsible for electronic transmissions or entries that are lost, late, stolen, incomplete, illegible, damaged, garbled, destroyed or misdirected, or for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or telephone lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any entry to be received by Sponsor on account of technical problems, human error or traffic congestion on the Internet, or any combination thereof, or for any injury or damage to your or any other person's computer relating to or resulting from Entrant’s participation in or the downloading, accessing, or processing of any materials or information in the Contest.
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MARKO LUBIC, Director of Product Design Engineering

Marko Lubic

Marko’s life-long interest in machinery led him to pursue a career in engineering. He graduated with high honors from California Polytechnic State University with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a concentration in polymers and composites. Marko also earned an Associate’s degree in Electronics Technology from Monterey Peninsula College in California.

After graduating, Marko put his passion for machinery and engineering to good use. Over the years, he worked in different industries, including hot melt high-speed packaging equipment, truck bodies and accessories, high-speed printing presses, telephone and fiber optic cabinetry, aluminum semi-truck trailers, and aftermarket automotive parts.

Marko was hired as the Product Development Manager for Woodstream Corporation in 2007. Following five years of service, innovation, and support in that position, Marko was promoted to Director of Product Design Engineering. Today, Marco provides all technical and engineering oversight to a staff of 12 engineering professionals.

During his tenure at Woodstream, Marko has been named on 28 patents, including the unique “float-style” nectar base for Perky-Pet hummingbird feeders.

LUKE HANEY, Industrial Designer

Luke Haney

As a child, Luke was fascinated with how things worked. His curious nature drove him to take things apart in order to visualize better designs. Influenced by his father, a mechanical designer, Luke grew up easily navigating CAD programs.

Today, Luke is still absorbed with how things work. After earning a B.S. in Industrial Design from Philadelphia University, Luke worked in different positions within the field of Industrial Design. His experience includes collaborating with designers to create innovative retail environments and merchandising solutions, product design and product testing.

Luke is currently an Industrial Design Engineer at Woodstream Corporation for Perky-Pet®, Mosquito Magnet®, Victor®, and TERRO® brands. In this position, he generates designs around how both humans and animals interact with birdfeeders, and pest control products. In one year Luke has generated two patents – one is pending, and one was recently granted. The approved patent is for an oriole feeder bee guard. After observing bees drowning in nectar, and discovering there were a large amount of bees dying around the world, Luke understood that there was a design solution. He went to a local farmer who owned an apiary, (a series of man-made bee hives) and was able to borrow bees to test various port concepts. His patented design prevents bees from entering the ports on oriole feeders and drowning.

Luke’s advice to industrial design students? “Whatever you’re doing, submerse yourself in it. When I started designing birdfeeders, I never really fed birds too much. Now I enjoy it and have a few feeders on my balcony. My favorite feeder is the Perky Pet® Double Decker Panorama.”

AMBER DEGLER, Graphic Designer

Amber Degler

From a young age, Amber knew she wanted to be involved in the arts. Her love of artistry was nourished by her Grandmother, who would take Amber on weekly outings to the local craft store to explore different arts and crafts projects. In high school, Amber was set on being an Art teacher, until her counselor encouraged her to take the newly offered graphic design class. These early influencers eventually led to Amber earning a B.S. in Graphic Design-Communication at Philadelphia University.

After graduating, Amber held positions as a graphic designer for an art materials manufacturer, a project manager for a web and graphic design firm, and an administrative role with an engineering firm.

These days, Amber is the graphic designer packaging associate for Perky-Pet® where she designs bird feeder packaging as well as retail displays and signage. Though she considers herself a true country girl (her passion outside of work is line dancing), it wasn’t until she landed her current position that she became truly interested in birding. Now, she has grown to loves hummingbirds and learning interesting facts about them - such as, when sleeping, a hummingbird’s heartrate drops so low it almost seem lifeless. Who knew?

When asked what accomplishments she would like to share with design students, Amber opened up. “In my career, I’m very proud of the fact that I designed, project managed, sourced, and developed a four-foot duct-tape section for Dollar General. The design was rolled out in every Dollar General store, which totals more than 2000 stores. My advice for design students would be not to limit yourself to only learning the design side of a business - learn as much as you can about the industry you are designing for.”

VYOMA MANIAR, Category Development Manager

Vyoma Maniar

After spending several years studying and working in Europe, Vyoma came to the United States with a passion for marketing and business development. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in Advertising (Applied Art) from University of Mumbai, her love for her craft led her to further her education. Today, with an M.B.A in Marketing/Finance from Rutgers Business School, Vyoma brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to her profession.

Vyoma is currently the Wild Bird Feeders Category Development Manager at Woodstream Corporation. Prior to this role, Vyoma held a number of positions at Woodstream, with increasing amounts of responsibility. As an Online Marketing Supervisor she led traffic acquisition campaigns to increase consumer engagement. As the Ecommerce Manager, Vyoma employed strategies to develop markets in the US, Canada and Europe.

Today, Vyoma leads the charge for new product development, marketing, sales and brand management for Perky Pet® and NO/NO® - robust brands that are recognized as world leaders in the wild bird feeding category.

STEWART CLARK, Director of Product Development

Stewart Clark

As a youngster Stewart was interested in chemistry and was particularly fascinated with fireworks. In the 6th grade, he started his first company, S&B Pyrotechnics, selling fuses and casings through a handmade catalog. His customers included his family and neighborhood friends. Sales were exploding but the young company sort of went up in smoke when the lab in the family garage caught fire.

Fast forward 10 years. With a chemistry degree safely in hand from Missouri State University, Stew landed his dream job with Whitmire Research Laboratories (now BASF Corporation). He spent the next 20+ years there, developing multiple new product formulations, innovative delivery systems, and application devices for the professional pest control industry – many of which are still in use today.

When Stewart saw a gap in the marketplace for easy-to-use and affordable pest control solutions for consumers, he left Whitmire to join Senoret Chemical Company as their Director of Research and Development. During his tenure at Senoret, Stewart developed and launched 22 new products and designed multiple landmark application delivery systems.

Today, Stewart works as a consultant, where he continues to develop new products and design innovative application devices. When not in his lab, Stewart can be found with his wife on their tandem bike, riding through the French Alps, Bayou Country, along the shores of Lake Michigan or in their hometown of St. Louis, MO.