2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Winners Announced

Press release • 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Winners Announced

Now in its second year, Bird Photographer of the Year (BPOTY) is pleased to announce the 2017 winners of this prestigious competition.

The winning entry of flamingos was taken by Alejandro Prieto Rojas at Rio Legartos, Mexico, scooping him the top prize of £5,000.

Chris Packham, head judge on the panel of experts, said, “It was a tough job for the judging panel to whittle down the entries to a handful from which to choose the winners, albeit a very enjoyable tough job.”

He added: “The standard of photography was extremely high and myself and the other judges were treated to some fantastic bird photographs, but congratulations must go to Alejandro Prieto Rojas for his sublime image of flamingos, an incredible balance of colour, composition and emotion.”

The winner of the Young Bird Photographer of the Year competition was also announced. From the Czech Republic, Ondrej Pelanek’s ethereal image of a Whiskered Tern took first prize.

Lead BPOTY organiser Rob Read of Nature Photographers comments: "Following the success of our first year, I must admit to being a little apprehensive about being able to follow it up in year two. But I needn’t have worried, the consensus from the judges was that the entries for 2017 surpassed the heights achieved in 2016, quite a feat." Chris, Rob and the rest of the BPOTY team are really excited about what 2018 will bring.

CEO of BTO Andy Clements says: "I’m really proud to have BTO involved with this project which has delivered such a positive conservation message, and I simply can’t wait to see the entries for the next competition."

BPOTY helps raise funds for the BTO, so far having raised over £5,500 from entry fees alone. The money has been used to help support the BTO’s young birders boot camps aimed at engaging a younger generation of naturalists and ornithologists.

This year’s award ceremony took place at The British Birdwatching Fair at Rutland Water on Saturday 19 August, where Head Judge, Chris Packham, handed out the well-deserved prizes.

The competition book, published by William Collins, is now available. This lavish 256 page volume showcases the very best imagery from the competition and features the stories behind the images as told by the photographers themselves, plus all the technical camera information. RRP £25.

The 2018 competition is open for entries from midnight on 19th August 2017, closing on 30 November 2018. With seven categories to enter, there are plenty of chances to win some great prizes. And who knows, you could be the next Bird Photographer of the Year and walk away with the title and £5,000.

BPOTY, a collaboration between the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and Nature Photographers Ltd (NPL), attracted thousands of entries from over 50 countries around the globe showcasing the very best in bird photography.


Take a look at some of the winning images from the competition below. We'll be publishing more stunning photos from the competition in an upcoming issue of Wild Planet Photo Magazine, so stay tuned.

Bird Photographer of the Year
Tom Hines | Attention to Detail Category Winner

Bird Photographer of the Year
Andrew Parkinson | Bird Behaviour Category Award Winner

Bird Photographer of the Year
Ben Hall | Birds in the Environment Category Winner

Bird Photographer of the Year
Georgina Steytler | Creative Imagery Category Winner

Bird Photographer of the Year
Ondrej Pelanek | Young Bird Photographer Of The Year Winner

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