A tasty gallery of im­ages from the Bird Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year short­list

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BWERE priv­i­leged to be part of the judg­ing process for the in­au­gu­ral ‘Bird Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year’ com­pe­ti­tion, with art ed­i­tor Katie Wilkin­son form­ing part of the fi­nal judg­ing panel. The eight cat­e­gories and two spe­cial awards at­tracted an ex­cep­tional stan­dard of en­try – as our favourite short-listed im­ages fea­tured over the next few pages tes­tify. The win­ning im­ages will be re­vealed by Chris Pack­ham at a spe­cial awards event at Birdfair on Satur­day, 20 Au­gust, and we’ll fea­ture them in next month’s is­sue of Bird Watch­ing, so keep a look out! Cat­e­gories were Best Por­trait, Birds in the En­vi­ron­ment, At­ten­tion to De­tail, Birds in Flight, Bird Be­hav­iour, Gar­den Birds, Cre­ative Im­agery and Best Digis­coped Im­age. The spe­cial awards were for Best Port­fo­lio and Young Bird Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year. The com­pe­ti­tion will be open for en­tries from 20 Au­gust this year, clos­ing on 30 Novem­ber. Visit bird­poty.co.uk for in­for­ma­tion on how to en­ter. A prize of £5,000 will be awarded to the over­all win­ner, but with a to­tal prize fund of more than £15,000, there are plenty of other op­por­tu­ni­ties to win, too. By en­ter­ing, you will be do­ing your bit for con­ser­va­tion, as a per­cent­age of the en­try fee goes di­rectly to the Bri­tish Trust for Or­nithol­ogy (BTO). Cat­e­gory: At­ten­tion to de­tail Pho­tog­ra­pher: Gra­ham Mc­ge­orge Lo­ca­tion: Oke­feno­kee Swamp, South Ge­or­gia Bird: East­ern Screech Owl Cat­e­gory: Birds in the En­vi­ron­ment Pho­tog­ra­pher: Nikita Ve­tren­nyi Lo­ca­tion: Yoshka-ola, Rus­sia Bird: Feral Pi­geons Chris Pack­ham launched the Bird Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year com­pe­ti­tion last year at the BTO stand at Birdfair


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