Now in its third year, Bird Photographer of the Year is a global photographic competition; a celebration of avian beauty and diversity, and a tribute to the flexibility and quality of today’s modern digital imaging systems. Some fantastic prizes are on offer including our top prize of £5,000, plus other prizes of cash and equipment, so there are plenty of chances to win. Visit our prizes page for more information.
Last year's competition proved to be more successful than our amazing debut year in 2016, with thousands of images entered from all four corners of the globe. We were treated to some simply spectacular images; a selection of the winning and shortlisted images can be viewed in our image gallery. Our congratulations go to the 2017 competition winner Alejandro Prieto Rojas from Mexico with his brilliant American Flamingos
Never before has there been a competition of this scale dedicated purely to the growing interest and passion for photographing one of the most interesting and engaging areas of natural history. The advent of digital technology has revolutionised photography in recent years and some fantastic images, of a quality that wouldn’t have been possible in the days of film, now proliferate on the Internet for millions to see.
A venture between Nature Photographers Ltd and the British Trust for Ornithology, Bird Photographer of the Year is a competition that will appeal to a wide range of people. Whether you are a hardened pro, a keen amateur with the latest kit, or simply a hobbyist with a cameraphone or small compact camera, there is an opportunity for you to have your pictures critiqued by leading experts, win prizes, appear in a stunning coffee table book and perhaps be on display in the travelling BPOTY exhibition. And who knows, you could be our next ‘Bird Photographer of the Year’ and win £5,000.
The competition is open to residents of any territory and to entrants of all ages. There are seven categories to enter and two additional special awards, offering plenty of chances to win. With entry fees starting at £6, the competition is available to people who wish to submit anything from a single image to an extensive portfolio. Please refer to our Help section for more details.
By entering the competition not only will you be celebrating the art of bird photography but you will also be doing your bit for bird conservation. One of the primary aims of the Bird Photographer of the Year is to help support the British Trust for Ornithology and the outstanding work that they do in the field of bird conservation. As direct partners in the competition, they will receive a percentage of the entry fees and competition profits. We have managed to raise over £5,500 from the first two competitions, money the BTO has used to help fund their Young Birders Boot Camps. This programme is run in association with the Cameron Bespolka Trust and aims to encourage and engage with the next generation of naturalists and ornithologists.
"As President of the BTO I am proud to support Bird Photographer of the Year, a competition that will push bird photographers to new limits. We see lots of technically accomplished images and 'nice' portraits of attractive species. But what we are looking for as judges are those images which have an instant and enduring 'wow' factor. To have been gifted with so many of these 'wow' photos in the first two years of this competition is extraordinary, because photographing birds is enormously challenging. I am excited about seeing what this year brings and being involved again in choosing the best of the best."
Rob Read of BPOTY hands over a cheque for £5,505 to Andy Clements, CEO of BTO.
As well as promoting bird photographers and bird photography, one of the main aims of the Bird Photographer of the Year competition is to support conservation through donations to our competition partners the British Trust for Ornithology. So far we have donated over £5,500 to the BTO who have used the money to help fund their young birders boot camps in association with the Young BPOTY sponsors, the Cameron Bespolka Trust. Take a look at this brief video of this year's event, filmed and edited by Amy Hall.