Bird Photographer of the Year
Fieldcraft, dedication and razor- sharp responses are just a few of the skills needed to be a great bird photographer and they’re all on display in this outstanding collection of winning images. Over 20,000 shots were submitted by photographers all over the world with Jack Zhi from the USA taking top spot with this image (right). “For four years, I attempted to capture the rare sight of the female falcon attacking large brown pelicans with incredible speed and agility,” says Zhi. “I love the eyes of the pelican in this image – surprised and scared. The action was fast, and over in the blink of an eye. But I’ll remember that moment forever.” Zhi scooped the £5000 overall prize as well as a gold award in the bird behaviour category. He took the image using a Sony A9 II with a 600mm lens. The youth category, meanwhile, was won by 17-year-old German photographer Anton Trexler for his atmospheric image of a blackbird silhouetted against the moon (below, right). He used a Nikon D3S with a 300mm lens to get the shot.
HAVE A GO! › Open to All levels › 2024 closing date 10 December 2023 › 2024 entry costs
Scaled charges from £10 for one entry to £60 for 50 entries. Youth entries (17 or under) are free › Website birdpoty.com
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