Get ready for a feathery feast for the eyes as we present the best images from this year’s beautiful bird photographer of the year competition…
Award- winning images and all manner of photo snippets
From dramatic wide- angles of kites in flight to snuggling cygnets, delicate details and the mesmerising murmuration of starlings, it’s not difficult to see why so many photographers end up pointing their lenses towards our feathered friends.
when it comes to recognising and awarding the best avian artwork, the winning images from this year’s Bird Photographer of the Year competition have certainly ruffled a few feathers here among the Digital SLR Photography team. no more bird puns from here on out, we promise. now in its second year, the award is supported by the British trust for ornithology, and this year’s award was presided over by naturalist photographer, author and television presenter chris Packham. the competition was open to photographers of any age, amateur and professional, from any territory around the world.
this year’s crowned Bird Photographer of the Year, and recipient of the £ 5,000 top prize, was chosen as alejandro Prieto rojas, who took his winning image ‘ Flamingos’ at rio legartos in eastern mexico. Head judge Packham commented: “it was a tough job for the judging panel to whittle down the entries to a handful from which to choose the winners, albeit a very enjoyable tough job. the standard of photography was extremely high and myself and the other judges were treated to some fantastic bird photographs, but congratulations must go to alejandro Prieto rojas for his sublime image of flamingos, an incredible balance of colour, composition and emotion.”
if you like what you see, then the competition book might take your fancy – featuring the best images from the award, as well as the stories behind them, it’s available now priced at £ 25. or, if you think you’ve got the eye for capturing stunning avian images, then why not enter next year’s competition? the 2018 Bird Photographer of the Year is open right now, running until 30 november 2017. there are seven categories to chose from: Best Portrait, Birds in the environment, attention to detail, Bird Behaviour, Birds in Flight, garden and Urban Birds, and creative imagery. You can enter up to eight images per category – entry starts at just £ 1.21 per image for multiple images, or £ 6 for a single image, and you could win a host of cash and kit prizes. there’s also an award for Young Bird Photographer of the Year, open to those aged 16 and under. For more information, visit: www.birdpoty.co.uk