Flamingo image wins Bird Photographer of the Year 2017

BBC Wildlife Magazine contributor is awarded top prize in a prestigious photography competition.

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The winning and shortlisted images of Bird Photographer of the Year (BPOTY) 2017 have been revealed.

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‘Pink Flamingo’ by Alejandro Prieto Rojas is the overall winner.

“Congratulations must go to Alejandro for his sublime image of flamingos, an incredible balance of colour, composition and emotion,” says head judge Chris Packham.

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The winning image appeared in BBC Wildlife Magazine’s November 2016 issue.

“The standard of photography was extremely high and myself and the other judges were treated to some fantastic bird photographs,” Packham adds.

Ondrej Pelanek’s image of a whiskered tern won the Young BPOTY award.

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Young Bird Photographer of the Year. © Ondrej Pelanek

BPOTY is a partnership between the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and Nature Photographers Ltd (NPL) and is only in its second year.

NPL’s Rob Read says, “Following the success of our first year, I must admit to being a little apprehensive about being able to follow it up in year two.

“But I needn’t have worried, the consensus from the judges was that the entries for 2017 surpassed the heights achieved in 2016, quite a feat.”


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Main image: Bird Photographer of the Year winning image, ‘Pink Flamingo’. © Alejandro Prieto Rojas