The Winners of The 2020 Bird Photographer of The Year Have Been Announced

The prestigious Bird Photographer of the Year (BPOTY) competition, now in its fifth year, has released the stunning winning photos for 2020.

The contest is the work of Birds on the Brink, a charity aimed at supporting bird-related conservation projects around the world that awards small grants where they will do the most measurable good. This year’s winners were culled from more than 15,000 photos from photographers representing 60-plus countries around the world.


End of the Day, Bird Photographer Of The Year winner and Gold Award for Best Portrait category: European Shag Gulosus aristotelis, Vardø, Norway. MAJED ALZA’ABI, KUWAIT, BPOTY 2020

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On the Run, Best Portfolio winner: Red-capped Plover Charadrius ruficapillus, Hopetoun, Western Australia. GEORGINA STEYTLER, AUSTRALIA, BPOTY 2020


On the Attack, Best Portfolio Winner: Great Crested Grebe, Podiceps cristatus, Perth, Western Australia. GEORGINA STEYTLER, AUSTRALIA, BPOTY 2020


Hoopoe Flight at Low Speed, Gold Award Winner: Birds in Flight Category, Common Hoopoe, Upupa epops, Israel. GADI SHMILA, ISRAEL, BPOTY 2020


Touch and Go, Silver Award Winner, Birds in Flight category: Pallid Swift, Apus pallidus, Athens, Attica, Greece. NIKOS FOKAS, GREECE, BPOTY 2020


Fairy Landing on Earth, Bronze Award Winner, Birds in Flight category: Whooper Swan Cygnus, Sanmenxia, Henan, China. SHU QING, CHINA, BPOTY 2020


Swifts over Iguazú Falls, Gold Award Winner, Birds in the Environment category: Great Dusky Swift Cypseloides senex, Iguazú Falls, Misiones, Argentina. FRANCESCO FILIPPO PELLEGRINI, ITALY, BPOTY 2020


Hawk in a Mountain Forest, Silver Award Winner, Birds in the Environment category: Northern Hawk-owl, Surnia ulula, Golsfjell mountain region, Norway. PÅL HERMANSEN, NORWAY, BPOTY 2020


A New Beginning, Bronze Award winner, Birds in the Environment category: Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis, Kaziranga National Park, India. SWAYAMSIDDHA MOHAPATRA, INDIA, BPOTY 2020


Nutcrackers Fighting in the Snow, Gold Award Winner, Bird Behavior category: Northern Nutcracker, Nucifraga caryocatactes, Sofia, Bulgaria. ROELOF MOLENAAR, NETHERLANDS, BPOTY 2020


Rope Walker, Bronze Award winner, Bird Behaviour category: Sword-billed Hummingbird, Ensifera ensifera, Papallacta, Ecuador. NICOLAS REUSENS, SWEDEN, BPOTY 2020


Single Room Available, Gold Award winner, Black and White category, Common Starling, Sturnus vulgaris, the Netherlands. ROBERT SOMMER, GERMANY, BPOTY 2020


Perfect Camouflage, Gold Award winner, Attention to Detail category: Eurasian Scops-owl, Otus scops, Kibbutz Hatzor, Israel. MOSHE COHEN, ISRAEL, BPOTY 2020


Rainbow of the Forest, Silver Award winner, Attention to Detail category: Ocellated Turkey, Meleagris ocellata, Tikal, El Péten, Guatemala. FRANCIS DE ANDRES, GERMANY, BPOTY 2020


Mandarin Abstract, Gold Award winner, Creative Image category: Mandarin Duck, Aix galericulata. South Yorkshire, United Kingdom. JAMES HUDSON, UNITED KINGDOM – BPOTY


Phalarope Reflections, Silver Award winner, Creative Imagery category: Red-necked Phalarope, Phalaropus lobatus, Utqiagvik, Alaska, United States. TERJE KOLAAS, NORWAY, BPOTY 2020


Make-Up, Bronze Award winner, Creative Imagery category: Little Egret Egretta garzetta. Deqing, Zhejiang, China. CHENGBO SUN/BIRD, CHINA, BPOTY 2020


Photobombing a Game, Gold Award Winner, Garden and Urban Birds category: House Crow, Corvus splendens, Colombo, Sri Lanka. MAGDALENA STRAKOVA, CZECH REPUBLIC, BPOTY 2020


Electric, Bronze Award sinner, Garden and Urban Birds category: White Stork, Ciconia ciconia, Seville, Spain. CARLOS CIFUENTES TORRES, BPOTY 2020


Homecoming Award winner, Inspirational Encounters category: Providence Petrel, Pterodroma solandri, Lord Howe Island, Australia. GAIL BISSON, CANADA, BPOTY 2020


Seeing Double, Young Bird Photographer of the Year, 14-17 Years award winner and Overall Young Bird Photographer of the Year winner: Mute Swan Cygnus, Adam Lake, Devon, United Kingdom. ADAM LAKE, AGE 17, UNITED KINGDOM, BPOTY 2020

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