Announcing the shortlist for the 2020 Bird Photographer of the Year Competition

Now in its fifth year, Bird Photographer of the Year (BPOTY) is pleased to announce the release of the 2020 shortlist of this prestigious competition.

BPOTY 2020 is the fifth year of this prestigious wildlife photography competition, which closed for entries at the end of November 2019. The Bird Photographer of the Year judging team, headed by TV presenter, wildlife campaigner and photographer Chris Packham, have been busy over the last few weeks sorting through the images. BPOTY Director and Competition Coordinator Rob Read comments ‘With well over 15,000 images submitted by photographers from over 60 countries worldwide, the judging team have had a difficult task on their hands to whittle the images down to the shortlist. Every year the standard just keeps improving, making the job of the judges increasingly tricky. There are so many technically brilliant photographs to look at, it takes something truly outstanding to catch the eye – I hope that this is demonstrated by the amazing shortlist that the judges have produced again this year.

Heading an experienced panel of judges, naturalist and TV presenter Chris Packham, comments on the competition “Winning this competition is getting harder. And that’s the way it should be because photography is evolving more rapidly than ever: it is visibly edging closer to being able to facilitate perfection. Like life itself it has hardware - the cameras - and software - the information they collect - and we’ve gone from the Neolithic to the Nexus 6 in about 40 years.

Rob Read comments further “The competition has proved to be a phenomenal success over a short space of time. The popularity of the competition, together with the quality of the photographers and photographs which it attracts has enabled us to promote the art of bird photography and the photographers themselves to an increasingly large and global audience. One of the main aims of the competition is to support bird-related conservation initiatives, not only through competition profits, but also by inspiring people to care through breath-taking photography. We have major plans this year to increase our support in this area and will be making a further announcement on that shortly.

The shortlisted images will now go through to the final judging phase of the competition, during which finalists will be selected and the winners eventually chosen. Look out for the announcement of the finalists on or before 1st April 2020. The winners will be announced on Saturday 22nd August when the awards presentation will also take place at The British Birdwatching Fair at Rutland Water.

For more information and to see a full list of the shortlisted entries visit the Bird Photographer of the Year website:

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