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Bird Photographer of the Year 2017

2017 BPOTY Winner • Pink Flamingo Feeding Young by Alejandro Prieto Rojas
Now in its third year, the Bird Photographer of the Year competition showcased some seriously impressive images in 2017. WPM presents some of the winning pictures and an exclusive book competition

About the BPOTY competition and how to enter

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

The 2018 competition closes on 30 November 2017. With seven categories to enter, there are plenty of chances to win some great prizes. Could you be the next Bird Photographer of the Year and walk away with the title and £5,000?
Enter here: www.birdpoty.co.uk

Win a book signed by Chris Packham

Wild Planet has teamed up with the the Bird Photographer of the Year competition to give away two books from the contest. One lucky WPM reader will win a copy of the Bird Photographer of the Year Collection 1, while another will win a copy of the Bird Photographer of the Year Collection 2. Both copies will be signed by English naturalist and nature photographer Chris Packham, head judge on the panel of the competition.

All you need to do to enter the competition is take part in our giveaway draw by using the form at the bottom of this page. The competition closes on 1 December and the winner will be notified by email. The book will be posted to the winner’s home address.

Buy the book

The competition book, published by William Collins, is now available to buy. This lavish 256 page volume showcases the 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.

Buy your copy here:

Guillemot, Norway by Marc Weber

Whiskered Tern, South of Hungary by Ondrej Pelanek

Coot, Derbyshire, UK, Andrew Parkinson

White Throated Kingfisher, Kuwait by Malek Alhazzaa

Australian Pelican, Urunga Head, NSW, Australia by Bret Charman

Red Kite, Oxfordshire, England by Jamie Hall

Andean condor, Torres Del Paine by Ben Hall

Cranes, Wetlans of Odra Valley, Western Poland by Piotr Chara

Cormorant, Hyde Park, London, England by Tom Hines

Gray Heron, Hungary by Ahmad Alessa

Pacific Black Duck, Garvey Park, Perth, Australia by Georgina Steytler

Male and female Mallard, Viverone Lake, Italy by Francesco De Giuseppe

Submission Form

  • Your full name and surname, not initials.


    Once you click the 'Submit' button, you will need to keep your browser window open until the 'Thank you' page is displayed. This will be the confirmation that your submission has been received.

Terms & Conditions

These are the terms and conditions that apply for this free draw run by Wild Planet Photo Magazine or WPM for short.

Entry to this competition is free. By entering the competition, entrants together with any other member of the public involved hereby agree to be bound by these rules as amended from time to time, and by any competition instructions.

WPM is compliant with the data protection act. Our policy is such that we will not pass on your details to any third party without your prior consent.

Entry to the free draw is restricted to one entry per person. Any more than one entries will result in a ban of all your submissions.

The winning entry decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to.

The results will be announced on this website within a few days after the closing date.

The WPM team will pick the winning entry in a random selection and the winner will be notified by email. It is your responsibility to make sure all WPM emails go through to your email inbox and do not end inside your spam box.

By entering this competition, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete. WPM reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all entrants and disqualify an entrant for submitting false information.

In the event of winning the prize, the address you will provide following our contact will be used to send any prizes so please make sure the provided address is accurate. As the competition is open to entrants from all over the world, you will not be eligible if you are resident in a country or jurisdiction where the competition may breach any local law or regulation.

WPM reserves the right to disqualify any entrant if it has reasonable grounds to believe the entrant is not eligible or has otherwise breached any of the Rules.

All taxes, insurances and other expenses as the case may be (depending on the winner's country and its import/tax laws) are the sole responsibility of the prize winner.

WPM cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the competition or as a result of accepting any prize.

WPM reserves the right to cancel or amend the free draw or the Rules without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside WPM’s reasonable control.

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