Facing the storm head-on: The Bird Photographer of the Year Competition winners
The biggest bird photography competition has announced its latest batch of incredible winners.
Birds are one of the most diverse groups of animals on the planet. Every year, this diversity is celebrated by the passionate people at the Bird Photographer of the Year, in their annual photography awards.
Bird Photographer of the Year is a global photographic competition, open to amateurs and professionals of all ages and abilities. This year, over 20,000 images were submitted, showcasing an incredible variety of birds from around the world. In our gallery we have highlighted our favourites from the winners and runners-up, including many impressive images from younger photographers.
For more information about the competition, and to explore more images, fly over to the official Bird Photographer of the Year website.
Overall winner - Rock ptarmigan flight
Gold award for attention to detail - Sleeping beauty
Bronze award for birds in flight - Schalow's turac
Silver award for birds in the environment - Kaleidoscope
Gold award for best portrait - Strut performer
Bronze award for best portrait - The doting couple
Gold award for black and white - Between two worlds
Gold award for urban birds - Over the city
Young bird photographer of the year winner - Facing the storm
Silver award for attention to detail - Crazy
Gold award for 9 to 13 years - Droplets
Bronze award for 9 to 13 years - Hop, skip and jump
Gold award for bird behaviour - Duelling on the lek
Silver award for 14 to 17 years - Pied avocet chick
Gold award for birds in flight - Silo mural
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Bronze award for birds in the environment - Free as a bird
Silver award winner for best portrait - Puffin love
Silver award for bird behaviour - Guillemot swimmers
Bronze award for urban birds - The owlet and the dump
Silver award for birds in flight - Starling at night
Bronze award for bird behaviour - Waxwing silhouette
Bronze award for 14 to 17 years - Sunset
Silver award for black and white - The guardian of Mordor
Silver award for urban birds - Gonzo
Silver award for 9 to 13 words - Shadows
Gold award for 8 years and under - Hoot are you?
Bronze award for attention to detail - Beads of diamonds
James Cutmore is the picture editor of BBC Science Focus Magazine, researching striking images for the magazine and on the website. He is also has a passion for taking his own photographs