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Winners Announced for Bird Photographer of the Year 2021

The Bird Photographer of the Year has been announced.

This year, the grand prize winner in this prestigious competition is Alejandro Prieto’s photograph of a roadrunner, stopped in its tracks by the Mexico-United States border wall.

Overall Winner and Birds in the Environment Gold Award © Alejandro Prieto / Bird Photographer of the Year

“Prieto’s image immediately caught the attention of the judges. It is not your typical bird photo, and the story behind the image is so strong,” says Will Nicholls, Director at Bird Photographer of the Year.

“The roadrunner appears so vulnerable, facing up to the huge border wall that dominates the frame”.

Young Bird Photographer of the Year

Overall Young Bird Photographer of the Year and Gold Award in 14-17 Category © Levi Fitze / Bird Photographer of the Year

Portfolio Award

This year, the Gold Award for best portfolio has been awarded to UK photographer Kevin Morgans, for his stunning portfolio of photographs focusing on the Atlantic puffin.  

WING STRETCH © Kevin Morgans / Bird Photographer of the Year
STANDING IN THE RAIN © Kevin Morgans / Bird Photographer of the Year
GOLDEN CALM © Kevin Morgans / Bird Photographer of the Year

Best Portrait

Gold Award © Felipe Foncueva / Bird Photographer of the Year

Birds in the Environment

Silver Award © Joshua Galicki / Bird Photographer of the Year

Attention to Detail

Gold Award © Rafael Armada / Bird Photographer of the Year

Bird Behaviour

Gold Award © Mousam Ray / Bird Photographer of the Year

Birds in Flight

Gold Award © Tzahi Finkelstein / Bird Photographer of the Year

Black and White

Gold Award © Renato Granieri / Bird Photographer of the Year

Urban Birds

Gold Award © Terry Whittaker / Bird Photographer of the Year

Creative Imagery

Gold Award © Ruediger Schulz / Bird Photographer of the Year

Conservation Award

This year’s conservation award winner is Carla Rhodes, for her conservation photo story on the Greater Adjutant, the most endangered species of stork on the planet.

GARBAGE ON AN INDUSTRIAL SCALE © Carla Rhodes / Bird Photographer of the Year
INFORMATION IS KEY © Carla Rhodes / Bird Photographer of the Year
SENTINELS © Carla Rhodes / Bird Photographer of the Year

Bird Photographer of the Year has conservation at its heart.

This year, the competition donated more than £8,000 of essential funding to partner charity Birds on the Brink (www.birdsonthebrink.co.uk), which supports grass-roots bird conservation projects around the world.

To see the Silver and Bronze winners for each category, head over to the Bird Photographer of the Year website. 

From the site, the latest book can also be purchased. It features a stunning collection of winners and highly commended photographs from this year’s competition for £25.00.

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Joe is a photographer, camera and drone operator with a focus on conservation and the natural world. Having worked for a number of wildlife and conservation NGOs, Joe is now working for the BBC NHU on an upcoming landmark series.

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