First News - - PICTURE SPECIAL -

THE win­ners of this year’s Bird Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year com­pe­ti­tion have been an­nounced, so here’s our se­lec­tion of high­lights from the var­i­ous cat­e­gories.

The com­pe­ti­tion is run by the char­ity Birds on the Brink, which gives grants to con­ser­va­tion projects that ben­e­fit our feath­ered friends.

All the best im­ages have been col­lected in a 256-page book, which you can buy for £23.95 from the com­pe­ti­tion web­site at www.bird­poty.co.uk.

Pål Her­mansen used a drone to cap­ture this pic­ture of a north­ern hawk owl at the top of a tree in Gols­f­jell, Nor­way. It won the sil­ver award in the Birds In The En­vi­ron­ment cat­e­gory

Swe­den’s Ni­co­las Reusens won the bronze award in the Bird Be­hav­iour cat­e­gory for this pic­ture from Ecuador of a cheeky sword-billed hum­ming­bird grab­bing a ri­val’s beak

17-year-old Adam Lake from Devon won the 14-17 cat­e­gory with this pic­ture of a mute swan. He didn’t have his cam­era, but his phone did an amaz­ing job

This white-throated dip­per ap­pears to be ad­mir­ing its re­flec­tion in the calm wa­ters. The pic­ture won bronze in the Best Por­trait cat­e­gory

Moshe Co­hen took this pic­ture near his home in Is­rael. Can you work out which bit is a tree and which bit is a Eurasian scops owl?

Daniel Sten­berg won the sil­ver award in the Black & White cat­e­gory for this beau­ti­ful pic­ture of a great grey owl in Swe­den

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