Competition Aims

Bird Photographer of the Year is a competition that celebrates the artistry of bird photography and promotes conservation by contributing directly to the British Trust for Ornithology to support their conservation research.

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Great Awards Have Great Judges

We have assembled an experienced and diverse panel of experts, headed by main judge Chris Packham and including wildlife photographer David Tipling, Alan Capel (Head of content at Alamy), Peter Antoniou (Swarovski UK Ltd) and others

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Over £15,000 in Awards & Prizes

In addition to the main winning prize of £5,000 and portfolio winner's prize of £2,000, our sponsors Swarovski Optik, Alamy and Country Innovation are providing equipment, professional advice and clothing respectively to category winners and runners-up.

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2016 Winners

Congratulations go to overall Bird Photographer of the Year winner Andy Parkinson for his captivating image of a Mute Swan. We received thousands of stunning entries in last year's competition and you can view all the winning images here.

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Bird Photographer Book published by HarperCollins

Purchase the book

Published by HarperCollins, the Bird Photographer of the Year book is a stunning, lavish celebration of the first competition. With 256 pages featuring over 230 images from all around the globe, we are sure you will find inspiration for your own photography in its pages. The book is an important element in the BPOTY competition, providing the opportunity for the competition entrants to get their work published and displayed to a world-wide audience.

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Bird Photographer Exhibition at Kew

Open from 10 September 2016 to 29 January 2017, The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew are hosting the Bird Photographer of the Year exhibition. Sponsored by Gardman, the exhibition celebrates winning and commended images from the last competition in a beautiful outdoor display adjacent to their treetop walk elevator.

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Young Bird Photographer Award

Sponsored by the Camron Bespolka Trust, the Young Bird Photographer of the Year aims to promote birds and bird photography to a younger audience in memory of Cameron Bespolka, a talented young man with a passion for ornithology who was tragically killed in an accident in 2013. All those under 18 before the close of the competition are eligible to enter.

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