BPOTY 2019 the short-list is out

Check out some of the world's most stunning bird photography showcased on the BPOTY website - www.birdpoty.co.uk

Now in its fourth year, the highly celebrated Bird Photographer of the Year (BPOTY) competition is delighted to announce the short-listed images for the 2019 competition.

Since it was launched in 2015, the competition has quickly grown in size and reputation to become one of the highlights of the wildlife photography year; in this competition cycle it received thousands of images submitted by photographers from 63 countries around the world. This year’s shortlisted images are sure not to disappoint, offering a breathtaking selection of the best bird photography the world has to offer.

Judged by TV presenter and conservationist Chris Packham, and a host of professional photographers and luminaries from the birding and publishing worlds, the competition aims to celebrate the art of bird photography, promote the photographers themselves, and raise awareness and money for worthwhile conservation causes.

The short-list can be viewed by visiting the competition website at www.birdpoty.co.uk.

The judges will certainly have an unenviable task when it comes to choosing the winners from such a stunning set of images featuring the world’s most talented bird photographers. But you will have to wait until August to find out which of these amazing images has won the coveted Bird Photographer of the Year 2019 title when Chris Packham announces the winners at the annual British Birdfair at Rutland Water on 17 August. But if that seems like too long to wait, then you can always take a look at what the public has chosen as their favourites: see who has come top in each of the competition categories in the competition’s crowd vote. Crowd-vote winners can now be seen on the BPOTY website and August will reveal if the BPOTY expert panel agrees!

The competition is the brainchild of Paul Sterry, Rob Read and Andrew Cleave, who together run specialist natural history photolibrary Nature Photographers Ltd (NPL). Managing Director of Bird Photographer of the Year Ltd, and competition coordinator, Rob Read comments ‘Yet again we have been amazed and humbled in equal measure by the incredible standard and diversity of the entries this year. Like any form of art, photography is subjective and not everyone can win, but our aims are to promote bird photography, the talent of the photographers themselves and to support conservation causes.’

The competition has attracted sponsorship and support from some notable brands including Swarvoski Optik, Olympus, Gitzo, Alamy, Country Innovation, Wildlife Worldwide, Bauer Media, Harper Collins, and Future Publishing.

Below are a selection of some of the images featured in this year's Bird Photographer of the Year short-list.

Gentoo Penguin - Thomas Vijayan/Bird Photographer of the Year

Eurasian Hoopoe - Mario Cea/Bird Photographer of the Year

Yellow-billed Oxpecker - Bence Mate/Bird Photographer of the Year

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