Bird POTY releases a selection of finalists for 2021

More than 22,000 images were entered into the Bird Photographer of the Year 2021 competition. Competing for the £5,000 cash prize and prestigious title, photographers from 73 different countries submitted images this year.

This selection is a sneak preview of what is still to come, with the winners being announced on the 1st September 2021.

“This year we saw an incredible 22,000 entries into the competition, with images coming in from all over the world,” said Will Nicholls, wildlife cameraman and Director at Bird Photographer of the Year. “The standard of photography was incredibly high, and the diversity in different species was great to see. Now the judges are going to have a tough time deciding the winner of the competition!”

Now in its 6th year, the competition is a proud supporter of conservation. Bird Photographer of the Year provides financial help for grassroots conservation projects through its charity partner Birds on the Brink (

Published by William Collins, Collection 6 is a hardback, coffee-table book featuring the best images from the 2021 competition. Across 256 pages, this book will be filled with stunning images to inspire any keen bird photographer. The book is currently available to pre-order on the website.

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