In addition to awards for best portrait and birds in flights, the competition awards prizes to the best overall image and best portfolio. This year, Alejandro Prieto Rojas was named Bird Photographer of the Year for his memorable image of flamingos feeding their offspring in Mexico. Acclaimed bird photographer Markus Varesvuo took home the prize for Best Portfolio on the strength of his avian imagery that displays a wide range of shots, from close-up portraits to artistic snaps of birds in nature.
With categories like Creative Imagery, the photo contest also pushes photographers to new artistic heights. By encouraging creativity, we're able to see how these wildlife photographers marry nature and fine art photography.
The winning images, with detailed captions, are published in a book available for purchase from the British Trust for Ornithology and will be part of a traveling exhibition around the UK.
The Bird Photographer of the Year contest celebrates avian beauty across seven categories for wildlife photographers.
“Australian Pelican landing on water,” Bret Charman. Gold, Birds in Flight.
“Cormorant wing,” Tom Hines. Gold, Attention to Detail.
“Snowy Owl,” Markus Varesvuo. Best Portfolio.
“Blackbird taking berries,” Roy Rimmer. Honorable mention, Birds in the Garden.