Bird Photographer of the Year Competition 2021

Bird Photographer of the Year (BPOTY) is a global photographic competition: it is a celebration of avian beauty and diversity, and a tribute to the flexibility and quality of today’s modern digital imaging systems.

Whether you are a hardened pro, a keen amateur with the latest kit, or simply a hobbyist with a cameraphone or small compact camera, there is an opportunity for you to have your pictures critiqued by leading experts, win prizes, appear in a stunning coffee table book and perhaps be on display in the travelling BPOTY exhibition. And who knows, you could be the next ‘Bird Photographer of the Year’ and win £5,000!

The competition is open to residents of any territory and to entrants of all ages. There are eight categories to enter and additional special awards, offering plenty of chances to win. The competition is open to people who wish to submit anything from a single image to an extensive portfolio.

The 2021 competition is now open and closes on 15 February. More information can be found on the BPOTY website


Bird Photographer of the Year is a generous sponsor of the NBN Awards for Wildlife Recording.

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