These Photos Just Won The Bird Photographer of the Year Awards 2017

The simple fact that birds can fly, makes them incredibly mysterious. They are also very elusive creatures and it takes very special people to capture them on film. The British Trust for Ornithology decided they wanted to give credit to photographers from around the world who have mastered the art of photographing birds. Capturing their exquisite beauty and grace is not an easy task for even the most professional photographer.

The Bird Photographer of the Year competition first started in 2015 and literally thousands of entries flooded in the door. Andy Clements, BTO chief Executive, said their goals has been to celebrate the art of bird photography while supporting the important work being conducted by the BTO.

The cash prize is £5,000 ($6,500). This prize is awarded to the top entry while smaller amounts are given for the other award winners along with gifts of equipment and merchandise for other entries. This year’s top entry goes to Alejandro Prieto Rojas of Mexico who submitted the most capturing and stunning shot of a flamingo feeding her young.

The BTO also selected the winner and other entries to feature in their special large photo book.  The 2017 edition is now available and a percentage of the profits will directly support the BTO’s bird conservation work. Scroll down a check out some of the most amazing bird photos on the planet!  These birds are so incredibly beautiful they will take your breath away!  Share these photos with a bird-lover you know.

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

bird-photographer-of-the-year-2017Jose Garcia / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

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

bird-photographer-of-the-year-2017Roy Rimmer / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

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

bird-photographer-of-the-year-2017Markus Varesvuo / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

4. 2017 Bird Photographer Of The Year Cover

bird-photographer-of-the-year-20172017 Bird Photographer Of The Year Cover

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

bird-photographer-of-the-year-2017Faisal ALnomas / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

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

bird-photographer-of-the-year-2017Jonathan Gaunt / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

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

bird-photographer-of-the-year-2017Vince Burton / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

8. Albatross Eye Close-up By Jessica Winter, Bronze In Attention To Detail Category

bird-photographer-of-the-year-2017Jessica Winter / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

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

bird-photographer-of-the-year-2017Ahmad 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

bird-photographer-of-the-year-2017Markus Varesvuo / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

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