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Foreword by Chris Packham Collins, HB, £25
A book like this always stands and falls by the quality of the photography, so the first thing to say here is that it’s outstanding, as you’ll already know if you attended the presentation at Birdfair, or have been to the exhibition at Kew, London. The text is short and to the point – what equipment was used, and a little about how the photographer captured the image – so the photos themselves are given plenty of room to breathe, being beautifully reproduced on good quality paper. So, this is above all an inspirational book, not just for any photographers who have hopes of winning such a prestigious competition, but for all birdwatchers – the photos tell a variety of stories, and show all sorts of behaviours that you may not have seen before, as well as highlighting the beauty of some species that we tend to take for granted. That all makes it the perfect book for browsing through on a winter evening – let it bring the world of birds to vivid life in the comfort of your home.