Now in its fourth 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 camera equipment from Olympus, binoculars from Swarovski Optik, outdoor clothing from Country Innovation, professional portfolio reviews and advice from Alamy, and a £1,500 travel voucher from Wildlife Worldwide. Visit our prizes page for more information.
Last year's competition proved to be another outstanding success, 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 2018 competition winner Pedro Jarque Krebs from Peru with his explosive image of 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.
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 eight 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.
Over the past three years Bird Photographer of the Year has been able to donate over £7,000 to the British Trust for Ornithology. The money was used to help fund their Bird Camp programmes run in association with the Cameron Bespolka Trust; these aim to encourage and engage with the next generation of naturalists and ornithologists. And our new category for this year ‘Wildlife Worldwide’s Inspirational Encounters’ will contribute £1,500 directly to 2019 BirdFair Conservation Project.