Bird Photographer of the Year 2018

Frolicking flamingoes and hungry robins, see the winning and shortlisted images from the third Bird Photographer of the Year competition.

Bird Photographer of the Year: Best Portfolio Category Winner: Roseate Spoonbill. © Petr Bambousek/Bird Photographer of the Year.

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.

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The 2019 competition is open for entries 20 August 2018 and closes on 30 November 2018.

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 £6, 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.

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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 Creative Imagery Category Winner. © Pedro Jarque/Bird Photographer of the Year.
Bird Photographer of the Year Overall Winner, and Creative Imagery Category Winner: Black Friday. © Pedro Jarque/Bird Photographer of the Year.
Young Bird Photographer of the Year Overall Winner: Crested Grebe Morning. © Johan Carlberg/Bird Photographer of the Year.
Young Bird Photographer of the Year Overall Winner: Crested Grebe Morning. © Johan Carlberg/Bird Photographer of the Year.
Bird Photographer of the Year: Best Portfolio Category Winner: Roseate Spoonbill. © Petr Bambousek/Bird Photographer of the Year.
Best Portfolio Category Winner: Roseate Spoonbill. © Petr Bambousek/Bird Photographer of the Year.
Bird Photographer of the Year: Best Portfolio Category Winner: Gannet in Flight. © Petr Bambousek/Bird Photographer of the Year.
Best Portfolio Category Winner: Gannet in Flight. © Petr Bambousek/Bird Photographer of the Year.
Best Portfolio Category Winner: Common Crane. © Petr Bambousek/Bird Photographer of the Year.
Best Portfolio Category Winner: Common Crane. © Petr Bambousek/Bird Photographer of the Year.
Best Portfolio Category Winner: Anhinga in River. © Petr Bambousek/Bird Photographer of the Year.
Best Portfolio Category Winner: Anhinga in River. © Petr Bambousek/Bird Photographer of the Year.
Birds in Flights Category Winner: Freedom. © Sienna Anderson/Bird Photographer of the Year.
Birds in Flights Category Winner: Freedom. © Sienna Anderson/Bird Photographer of the Year.
Attention to Detail Category Winner: An Eye for Detail. © David Easton/Bird Photographer of the Year.
Attention to Detail Category Winner: An Eye for Detail. © David Easton/Bird Photographer of the Year.
Bird Behaviour Category Winner and People's Choice Award Winner: Competition. © Richard Shucksmith/Bird Photographer of the Year.
Bird Behaviour Category Winner and People’s Choice Award Winner: Competition. © Richard Shucksmith/Bird Photographer of the Year.
Birds in the Environment Category Winner: Ostrich World. © Salvador Colvée/Bird Photographer of the Year.
Birds in the Environment Category Winner: Ostrich World. © Salvador Colvée/Bird Photographer of the Year.
Garden and Urban Birds Category Winner: Robins snack. © Nikos Bukas/Bird Photographer of the Year.
Garden and Urban Birds Category Winner: Robins snack. © Nikos Bukas/Bird Photographer of the Year.
Best Portrait Category Winner: Red-necked Phalarope. © Saverio Gatto/Bird Photographer of the Year.
Best Portrait Category Winner: Red-necked Phalarope. © Saverio Gatto/Bird Photographer of the Year.