Bird Photographer of the Year 2017

See the winning and shortlisted images from the second Bird Photographer of the Year competition.

Part of Best Portfolio Category Winner: Portrait of blue tit. © Markus Varesvuo.

A venture between Nature Photographers Ltd and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Bird Photographer of the Year (BPOTY) is a competition that celebrates the artistry of bird photography and promotes conservation by contributing directly to the BTO to support their conservation research.

Advertisement

The competition is open to residents of any territory and to entrants of all ages. There are eight categories to enter and two additional special awards, offering plenty of chances to win.

With entry fees starting at £10 (£5 for Young Bird Photographer of the Year), the competition is available to people who wish to submit anything from a single image to an extensive portfolio.

View previous winning images and find out more on the BPOTY website.

Advertisement

To view the images as a slideshow, click on the arrows in the top right hand corner of the photos below.

Bird Photographer of the Year Overall Winner and Best Portrait Category Winner: Pink flamingo feeding young. © Alejandro Prieto Rojas.
Bird Photographer of the Year Overall Winner and Best Portrait Category Winner: Pink flamingo feeding young. © Alejandro Prieto Rojas.
Bird Behaviour Category Winner: Coots fighting. © Andrew Parkinson.
Bird Behaviour Category Winner: Coots fighting. © Andrew Parkinson.
Bird Behaviour Category Runner up: Attack! © Malek Alhazzaa.
Bird Behaviour Category second place: Attack! © Malek Alhazzaa.
Bird Behaviour Category third place: Mute swan feeding. © Ian Wade.
Bird Behaviour Category third place: Mute swan feeding. © Ian Wade.
Best Portrait Category second place: The angel of the North. © Weber Marc.
Best Portrait Category second place: The angel of the North. © Weber Marc.
Best Portrait Category third place: Eider duck in fishing harbour. © Pål Hermansen.
Best Portrait Category third place: Eider duck in fishing harbour. © Pål Hermansen.
Attention to Detail Category Winner: Wing Formation. © Tom Hines.
Attention to Detail Category Winner: Wing Formation. © Tom Hines.
Attention to Detail Category second place: Grey heron. © Ahmad Alessa.
Attention to Detail Category second place: Grey heron. © Ahmad Alessa.
Attention to Detail Category third placeze : Eye-catching. © Jessica Winter.
Attention to Detail Category third place : Eye-catching. © Jessica Winter.
Birds in Flight Category Winner: A Perfect Landing. © Bret Charman.
Birds in Flight Category Winner: A Perfect Landing. © Bret Charman.
Birds in Flight Category second place: Wide-angle Kite. © Jamie Hall.
Birds in Flight Category second place: Wide-angle Kite. © Jamie Hall.
Birds in Flight Category third place: Ptarmigan in flight. © Markus Varesvuo.
Birds in Flight Category third place: Ptarmigan in flight. © Markus Varesvuo.
Birds in the Environment Category Winner: Condor in flight. © Ben Hall.
Birds in the Environment Category Winner: Condor in flight. © Ben Hall.
Birds in the Environment Category second place: The autumn migration of cranes. © Piotr Chara.
Birds in the Environment Category second place: The autumn migration of cranes. © Piotr Chara.
Birds in the Environment Category third place: Multicoloured wings. © Weber Marc.
Birds in the Environment Category third place: Multicoloured wings. © Weber Marc.
Birds in the Garden Category Winner: Barn owl hunting by house. © Jamie Hall.
Birds in the Garden Category Winner: Barn owl hunting by house. © Jamie Hall.
Birds in the Garden Category second place: Yellow Between The Stars. © Mohammad Murad.
Birds in the Garden Category second place: Yellow Between The Stars. © Mohammad Murad.
Birds in the Garden Category third place: Willow grouse In a garden. © Markus Varesvuo.
Birds in the Garden Category third place: Willow grouse In a garden. © Markus Varesvuo.
Creative Imagery Category Winner: The Speculum. © Georgina Steytler.
Creative Imagery Category Winner: The Speculum. © Georgina Steytler.
Creative Imagery Category second place: Him and her. © Francesco De Giuseppe.
Creative Imagery Category second place: Him and her. © Francesco De Giuseppe.
Creative Imagery Category third place: Swans in the Snow. © Wim van den Heever.
Creative Imagery Category third place: Swans in the Snow. © Wim van den Heever.
NPL People's Choice Category Winner: Catch of the day. © Vince Burton.
NPL People’s Choice Category Winner: Catch of the day. © Vince Burton.
Young Bird Photographer of the Year Category Winner: Calling for the Sun. © Ondrej Pelanek.
Young Bird Photographer of the Year Category Winner: Calling for the Sun. © Ondrej Pelanek.
Young Bird Photographer of the Year Category second place: Gold in cold water. © Carlos Naval.
Young Bird Photographer of the Year Category second place: Gold in cold water. © Carlos Naval.
Young Bird Photographer of the Year Category third place: Close portrait. © Marc Albiac.
Young Bird Photographer of the Year Category third place: Close portrait. © Marc Albiac.
Part of Best Portfolio Category Winner: Creative study of great grey owl. © Markus Varesvuo.
Part of Best Portfolio Category Winner: Creative study of great grey owl. © Markus Varesvuo.
Part of Best Portfolio Category Winner: Creative study of gannet. © Markus Varesvuo.
Part of Best Portfolio Category Winner: Creative study of gannet. © Markus Varesvuo.
Part of Best Portfolio Category Winner: Willow grouse in winter storm. © Markus Varesvuo.
Part of Best Portfolio Category Winner: Willow grouse in winter storm. © Markus Varesvuo.
Part of Best Portfolio Category Winner: Creative study of snowy owl. © Markus Varesvuo.
Part of Best Portfolio Category Winner: Creative study of snowy owl. © Markus Varesvuo.
Part of Best Portfolio Category Winner: Willow grouse in autumn. © Markus Varesvuo.
Part of Best Portfolio Category Winner: Willow grouse in autumn. © Markus Varesvuo.
Part of Best Portfolio Category Winner: Portrait of bearded tit. © Markus Varesvuo.
Part of Best Portfolio Category Winner: Portrait of bearded tit. © Markus Varesvuo.
Part of Best Portfolio Category Winner: Portrait of blue tit. © Markus Varesvuo.
Part of Best Portfolio Category Winner: Portrait of blue tit. © Markus Varesvuo.
Bird Photographer of the Year 2017 book cover.
Bird Photographer of the Year 2017 book cover.