Nature is a magnificent thing full of beauty, surprises, and all kinds of interesting critters. No wonder so many photographers love to work with it. It's very fun to see a photograph that has been captured at the perfect moment. Especially when it's something as unpredictable and fast-moving as a bird.

That's why Bird Photographer of the Year (BPTY) organizes a contest every year to see all those perfectly captured moments. These awards focus on our feathered friends and their lives, showing us their everyday struggles, wins, and experiences. Photographers all over the world submit their pictures and we finally have the winners of 2021! Including some category winners and honorable mentions.

The organizers told us: "Now in its 6th year, the world's premier bird photography competition saw over 22,000 entries from 73 different countries all in competition for the £5,000 grand prize. Bird Photographer of the Year is a strong supporter of conservation, providing financial support for grassroots projects throughout partner charity Birds on the Brink." Click here to see the previous article!

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Bird Behaviour: ‘Floral Bathtub’ By Mousam Ray (Gold)

Bird Behaviour: ‘Floral Bathtub’ By Mousam Ray (Gold)

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Rosie Hamilton
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1 month ago

Lazy afternoon in the bath... nothing like a spot of indulgence.

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On their website, the Bird Photographer of the Year Competition tells us more about themselves: "Bird Photographer of the Year is a global photographic competition: it is 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 a host of other prizes including camera equipment from Olympus, binoculars from Swarovski Optik, and much more."

#2

Best Portrait: Night Hunter By Jonas Classon (Bronze)

Best Portrait: Night Hunter By Jonas Classon (Bronze)

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Titas Burinskas
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1 month ago

Drats, the mouse escaped again!

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#3

Best Portfolio Winner By Kevin Morgans

Best Portfolio Winner By Kevin Morgans

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Rosie Hamilton
Community Member
1 month ago

Celestial angels sing. Now we know what God really does look like!

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"Never before has there been a competition of this scale dedicated purely to the growing interest in, and passion for, photographing one of the most interesting and engaging areas of natural history. The advent of digital technology has revolutionized 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."

#4

Highly Commended: Brad James – Morning Breath

Highly Commended: Brad James – Morning Breath

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Nathan Pogorzala
Community Member
1 month ago

That is a "wow" from me, dawg.

#5

Highly Commended: Tim Hopwood - Present Under The Tree (Birds In The Environment)

Highly Commended: Tim Hopwood - Present Under The Tree (Birds In The Environment)

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Joey Marlin
Community Member
1 month ago

I would love that image on my Christmas cards this year!!

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"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 camera phone 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 traveling BPOTY exhibition. And who knows, you could be our next ‘Bird Photographer of the Year’ and win £5,000."

#6

‘Blocked’ By Alejandro Prieto. Overall Winner And Bird Photographer Of The Year 2021

‘Blocked’ By Alejandro Prieto. Overall Winner And Bird Photographer Of The Year 2021

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karla Meixnerová
Community Member
1 month ago

The coyote from The Road Runner Show finally managed to win :)

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#7

Highly Commended: Ben Hall – Backlit Beauty (Birds In The Environment)

Highly Commended: Ben Hall – Backlit Beauty (Birds In The Environment)

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Justy
Community Member
1 month ago

This is absolutely beautiful

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"The competition is open to residents of any territory and to entrants of all ages. There are eight categories to enter and additional special awards, offering plenty of chances to win. The competition is open to people who wish to submit anything from a single image to an extensive portfolio. If you have any questions relating to the competition or the entry process then please contact us."

#8

Black And White: ‘Feather Light’ By James Rogerson (Silver)

Black And White: ‘Feather Light’ By James Rogerson (Silver)

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
1 month ago

Incredibly effective.

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#9

Highly Commended: Gail Bisson - Aerial Acrobat

Highly Commended: Gail Bisson - Aerial Acrobat

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
1 month ago

WOW! That's all I can say.

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#10

‘Sing Heartily’ By Maofeng Shen (Silver)

‘Sing Heartily’ By Maofeng Shen (Silver)

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Caro Caro
Community Member
1 month ago

This is a beautiful photo.

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#11

Birds In The Environment: ‘Yellow-Billed Oxpecker With Cape Buffalo’ By Barbara Fleming (Bronze)

Birds In The Environment: ‘Yellow-Billed Oxpecker With Cape Buffalo’ By Barbara Fleming (Bronze)

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Nancy Doughty
Community Member
1 month ago

What a great name to call someone, "You yellow-billed ox p****r!"

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#12

Highly Commended: Akhil Vinayak Balachandra Menon - The Spirit Of Love (Black And White)

Highly Commended: Akhil Vinayak Balachandra Menon - The Spirit Of Love (Black And White)

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
1 month ago

This is so very beautiful.

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#13

9-13 Years: ‘In The Woodland’ By Andrés L. Domínguez Blanco (Gold)

9-13 Years: ‘In The Woodland’ By Andrés L. Domínguez Blanco (Gold)

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
1 month ago

Great talent already. Keep up your interest. Great future in photography.

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#14

Highly Commended: Lisle Gwynn - Surface Break (Best Portrait)

Highly Commended: Lisle Gwynn - Surface Break (Best Portrait)

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
1 month ago

I find the bird's eye very interesting. I wonder what's going on there.

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#15

Highly Commended: Tibor Litauszki - Thrush Dream (Best Portrait)

Highly Commended: Tibor Litauszki - Thrush Dream (Best Portrait)

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Alaska
Community Member
1 month ago

Brilliant!

#16

Highly Commended: Basileo Stanislao – Waiting For Prey (Birds In The Environment)

Highly Commended: Basileo Stanislao – Waiting For Prey (Birds In The Environment)

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Caro Caro
Community Member
1 month ago

WOW. I would want this printed and I'll hang it in the livingroom.

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#17

Urban Birds: ‘The Guardians’ By Paolo Crocetta (Bronze)

Urban Birds: ‘The Guardians’ By Paolo Crocetta (Bronze)

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Xenia Granados
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like a rap album cover

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#18

Attention To Detail: ‘Blue Flames’ By Kerry Wu (Bronze)

Attention To Detail: ‘Blue Flames’ By Kerry Wu (Bronze)

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Jennifer Doscher
Community Member
1 month ago

Really beautiful.

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#19

Birds In Flight: ‘First Come First Served’ By Hannes Lochner (Bronze)

Birds In Flight: ‘First Come First Served’ By Hannes Lochner (Bronze)

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Grant Barke
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like something from the dinosaur age.

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#20

Bird Behaviour: ‘Entangled’ By Julie Halliday (Bronze)

Bird Behaviour: ‘Entangled’ By Julie Halliday (Bronze)

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PurpleUnicorn
Community Member
1 month ago

Blue eyed shag, the southernmost cormorant species. Several species of birds exhibit this type of behaviour, commonly part of pair-bonding

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#21

Highly Commended: Mohammad Murad - Water Barrier (Attention To Detail)

Highly Commended: Mohammad Murad - Water Barrier (Attention To Detail)

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jevais
Community Member
1 month ago

Would this a stork of some kind? Great photo.

#22

14-17 Years: 'The Nightjar' By Daniel Martínez (Silver)

14-17 Years: 'The Nightjar' By Daniel Martínez (Silver)

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Tamra Stiffler
Community Member
1 month ago

Nightjars really are adorable. Until they open their mouths. 😬

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#23

‘Underwater Portrait’ By Felipe Foncueva (Gold)

‘Underwater Portrait’ By Felipe Foncueva (Gold)

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow. To be there at just the right time!

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#24

Highly Commended: Ben Cranke – The Blizzard (Birds In The Environment)

Highly Commended: Ben Cranke – The Blizzard (Birds In The Environment)

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Rosie Hamilton
Community Member
1 month ago

As usual, Bob was at the back - drunk and falling over.

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#25

Attention To Detail: ‘Growing Up’ By Raymond Hennessy (Silver)

Attention To Detail: ‘Growing Up’ By Raymond Hennessy (Silver)

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Miss Frankfurter
Community Member
1 month ago

Adorable.

#26

Urban Birds: ‘Lockdown’ By William Steel (Silver)

Urban Birds: ‘Lockdown’ By William Steel (Silver)

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jevais
Community Member
1 month ago

Just how I feel since 2020, locked down in my private jail, my home.

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#27

Highly Commended: Aguti Antonio – Aggression (Best Portrait)

Highly Commended: Aguti Antonio – Aggression (Best Portrait)

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#28

Birds In The Environment: ‘Claiming The Forest Floor’ By Joshua Galicki (Silver)

Birds In The Environment: ‘Claiming The Forest Floor’ By Joshua Galicki (Silver)

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Jolteon999
Community Member
1 month ago

whats it staring at? (must be preeeeeetty interesting if its mouth is open)

#29

Attention To Detail: ‘Disappearing’ By Rafael Armada (Gold)

Attention To Detail: ‘Disappearing’ By Rafael Armada (Gold)

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Jolteon999
Community Member
1 month ago

casually has no reaction.🤣

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#30

Black And White: ‘Chinstrap Penguin’ By Renato Granieri (Gold)

Black And White: ‘Chinstrap Penguin’ By Renato Granieri (Gold)

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ShadowLand 🇨🇦
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, he looks so lonely. ☹

Note: this post originally had 50 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.