10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

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Since as long as there were people, our species gazed at birds, envying that freedom only the skies could provide. Now people have joined birds in the skies, but that didn’t stop us from admiring its original pioneers. Enough so that the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) has started a yearly competition for the bird photographers, and we’re here to bring you the winners of 2017.

The competition has started back in 2015, and from the get-go, it received a ton of submissions from all around the world. BTO’s Chief Executive Andy Clements has commented on the goal of the whole competition, which is “to celebrate the artistry of bird photography and aid conservation by supporting the valuable work carried out by the BTO.”

They encourage participation with a cash prize of £5,000 (~$6,500 USD) for the top entry and smaller sums or equipment to the others

You can also support the organization and enjoy these photos in their yearly photobook, which helps the BTO to carry out their bird conservation programs.

More info: Bird Photographer of the Year Awards | The Book (h/t)

#1 The Battle By Jose Garcia, US. Bird Behaviour Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Jose Garcia / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#2 Barn Owl Hovering By Roy Rimmer, UK. Bird Behaviour Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Roy Rimmer / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#3 Blue Tit On Berries By Markus Varesvuo, Helsinki, Finland. Winner Of Best Portfolio 2017 Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Markus Varesvuo / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#4 2017 Bird Photographer Of The Year Cover

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: 2017 Bird Photographer Of The Year Cover

#5 Full Speed By Faisal Alnomas, Kuwait. Bird Behaviour Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Faisal ALnomas / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#6 Catch Of The Day By Vince Burton, UK. Winner Of The Nature Photographers Ltd People’s Choice Award Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Vince Burton / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#7 Albatross Eye Close-up By Jessica Winter, Bronze In Attention To Detail Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Jessica Winter / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#8 Goosander And Brood By Jonathan Gaunt, UK. Bird Behaviour Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Jonathan Gaunt / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#9 Grey Heron, Ahmad Al-essa, Kuwait. Silver Award Winner In The Attention To Detail Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Ahmad Al-essa/2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#10 Bearded Sunset By Markus Varesvuo, Helsinki, Finland. Winner In Best Portfolio Category And Honourable Mention For Best Portrait Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Markus Varesvuo / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#11 The Speculum By Georgina Steytler. Australia. Gold Award Winner In The Creative Imagery Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Georgina Steytler / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#12 Daily Basket By Ionel Onofras, Romania. Best Portrait Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Ionel Onofras / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#13 Twilight By Markus Varesvuo, Kuusamo, Finland. Best Portfolio Winner In The Creative Imagery Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Markus Varesvuo / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#14 I Lost My Mom, Common Kingfisher By Fahad Al-enezi, Spain. Bird Behaviour Category

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Image source: Fahad Al-enezi / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#15 Snuggling Cygnet By Ben Andrew. Honourable Mention In Attention To Detail Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Ben Andrew / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#16 Snowy Owl By Markus Varesvuo, Helsinki, Finland. Winner Of Best Portfolio 2017 Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Markus Varesvuo / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#17 Woodpecker In Car Mirror By Kelvin Dao. Honourable Mention In Birds In The Garden Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Kelvin Dao / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#18 Pink Flamingo Feeding Their Young By Alejandro Prieto Rojas, Mexico. Gold Award And Bird Photographer Of The Year 2017 Winner In The Best Portrait Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Alejandro Prieto Rojas / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#19 Great Snipe Silhouette By Torsten Green-Petersen. Honourable Mention In Bird Behaviour Category

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Image source: Torsten Green-Petersen / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#20 Wide-angle Kite, Red Kite By Jamie Hall, United Kingdom. Birds In Flight Category

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Image source: Jamie Hall / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#21 Breakfast, Great Egret By Cheryl Schneider, Usa. Attention To Detail Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Cheryl Schneider / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#22 Blackbird Taking Berries By Roy Rimmer. Honourable Mention In Birds In The Garden Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Roy Rimmer / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#23 Seagulls And Fox By Gabor Kapus. Honourable Mention In Birds In Flight Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

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Image source: Gabor Kapus / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#24 Swimming Eider By Pål Hermansen. Bronze In Best Portrait Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Pål Hermansen / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#25 All In Yellow, Blue-headed Wagtail By Robert Szafranek, Poland. Birds In The Environment Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Robert Szafranek / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#26 A Perfect Landing, Australian Pelican By Bret Charman, Australia. Gold Award Winner In Birds In Flight Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Bret Charman / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#27 Guillemot Stretching Wing By Marc Weber. Silver In Best Portrait Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Marc Weber / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#28 Camouflage By Daniel Stenberg, Sweden. Honourable Mention In Birds In The Environment Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Daniel Stenberg / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#29 Pelican Portrait By Anna-mart Kruger, Namibia. Best Portrait Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Anna-mart Kruger / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#30 Male King Eider By Staffan Widstrand. Honourable Mention In Best Portrait Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Staffan Widstrand / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#31 Swallow Chicks In Nest By Joseph Anthony. Honourable Mention In Creative Imagery Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Joseph Anthony / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#32 Starling In Bird Bath Underexposed By Mohammad Murad. Silver In Birds In The Garden Category

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Image source: Mohammad Murad / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#33 Bravery, Pied Crow And White-backed Vulture By Bence Máté, Hungary. Bird Behaviour Category

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Image source: Bence Máté / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#34 Wing Formation By Tom Hines, Uk. Gold Award Winner In The Attention To Detail Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Tom Hines / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#35 Crane Flock Misty Lake By Piotr Chara. Silver In Birds In The Environment Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Piotr Chara / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#36 Andean Condor In Flight Over Mountain Peaks By Ben Hall, Uk. Gold Award Winner In The Birds In The Environment Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Ben Hall / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#37 Little Grebe Taking Off By Faisal Alnomas. Honourable Mention In Bird Behaviour Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Faisal Alnomas / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#38 Diving Kingfisher By Malek Alhazzaa. Silver In Bird Behaviour Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Malek Alhazzaa / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#39 David Versus Goliath By Bruno De Lorenzo, Hungary. Bird Behaviour Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Bruno de Lorenzo / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#40 Whooper Swans In Snow By Wim Van Den Heever. Bronze In Creative Imagery Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Wim van den Heever / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#41 Orhard Nuthatch By Charles Tyler, United Kingdom. Birds In The Garden Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Charles Tyler / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#42 Condor Light Rays By John Sherman. Bhonourable Mention In The Environment Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: John Sherman / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#43 Stork Feet By Magdaléna Straková. Honourable Mention In Attention To Detail Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Magdaléna Straková / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#44 Blurred Bird Flock By Marc Weber. Bronze In Birds In The Environment Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Marc Weber / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#45 Coots Fighting By Andrew Parkinson, Derbyshire, Uk. Gold Award Winner In The Bird Behaviour Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Andrew Parkinson / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#46 Barn Owl Hunting By House By Jamie Hall, Suffolk, England. Gold Award Winner In The Birds In The Garden Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Jamie Hall / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#47 Swan’s Head Underwater By Ian Wade. Bronze In Bird Behaviour Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Ian Wade / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#48 Willow Grouse By Markus Varesvuo, Helsinki, Finland. Winner Of Best Portfolio 2017 Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Markus Varesvuo / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#49 Ptarmigan By Markus Varesvuo. Bronze In Birds In Flight Category

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Image source: Markus Varesvuo / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#50 Willow Grouse In The Garden By Markus Varesvuo. Honourable Mention In Birds In The Garden Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Markus Varesvuo / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#51 Calling For The Sun By Ondrej Pelanek, Czech Republic. Gold Award Winner In Young Bird Photographer Of The Year Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Ondrej Pelanek / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#52 Gannet Underwater By Markus Varesvuo, Helsinki, Finland. Winner Of Best Portfolio 2017 Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Markus Varesvuo / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#53 Leaping Heron By Georgina Steytler. Honourable Mention In Birds In Flight Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Georgina Steytler / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#54 Willow Grouse In Storm By Markus Varesvuo, Helsinki, Finland. Winner Of Best Portfolio 2017 Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Markus Varesvuo / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

#55 Male And Female Mallard By Francesco De Giuseppe. Silver In Creative Imagery Category

10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

Image source: Francesco De Giuseppe / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards





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