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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…

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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

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