There’s only a few weeks left to enter the Bird Photographer of Year

Rebecca Greig

Hurry, the Bird Photographer of the Year Awards close for entries on 30 November 2016!

Last year saw the launch of the inaugural Bird Photographer of the Year competition, an international photography competition organised by partners the British Trust for Ornithology and Nature Photographers Ltd, and figure-headed by tv presenter and president of the BTO Chris Packham.

BPOTY winner Andy Parkinson with Peter Antoniou of Swarovski Optik and Chris Packham
BPOTY winner Andy Parkinson with Peter Antoniou of Swarovski Optik and Chris Packham

The organisers and judges were simply blown away by the high standard of entries last year, a standard that is showcased in the BPOTY book published by William Collins and available to buy directly from the BTO and major book sellers. The winning images are also on display at an exhibition at Kew Gardens, London until 29 January 2017.

Bird Photographer of the Year Awards 2015 Caption: MuteSwan_adult_Detail_2 Category: Attention to Detail Photographer: Andy Parkinson Taken on: 10/3/2014 Email: Address: Folds Cottage, 28 Cromford Road, Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE45DJ, United Kingdom Telephone: 07901 540163 Description: I am always looking for striking and unusual compositions, such as this adult mute swan in threat posture. I intentionally shot from below a weir and by exposing for the back-lit swan the rest of the image has fallen in to underexposure. I like this image as the viewer has to look twice in order to realize what it is that they are looking at Date: 2014-03-10 Location: Derbyshire, UK I give my permission for this photograph to be added to the bto archive: true I confirm that this is not a captive bird: true
Winning image Photographer: Andy Parkinson

Now in its second year, the competition closes for entries at midnight GMT on 30 November 2016. If you would like to enter the competition and stand a chance of winning £5,000 and the Bird Photographer of the Year 2017 title, then head to the competition website and enter your images. As well as the top prize, there is also £2,000 on offer for the best portfolio of six images or more, plus binoculars from Swarovski Optik, portfolio reviews and special sell’s accounts from Alamy, and specialist outdoor clothing from Country Innovation. And the winner of the Creative Imagery category will also receive a year’s free subscription to Digital Photographer Magazine!

Tufted Duck (Aythya Fuligula), London WWT, Barnes, London, United Kingdom, January 2012. I had have taken a number of shots of these ducks over the past year. I have noticed the bill and eye really stand out and an image taken in poor lighting was the perfect opportunity to show this off.
Creative Imagery winner Photographer: Tom Hines


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