Visit the secret life of birds with 2021 Bird Photographer of the Year finalists

© Raymond Hennessy/BPOTY 2021

Bird Photographer of the Year is one of those contests that give us an insight into the fascinating and versatile world of animals. In this contest’s case, it’s obviously the birds. I personally love all feathery creatures, so I’m happy to share with you today the finalists of the 2021 WPOTY contest.

The World Photographer of the Year is open for photos in the following categories:

Main categories

  • Bird Photographer of the Year
  • Best Portrait
  • Birds in the Environment
  • Attention to Detail
  • Bird Behavior
  • Birds in Flight
  • Black and White
  • Urban Birds
  • Creative Imagery

There are also special awards: Portfolio Award and Conservation Award. BPOTY also chooses Young Bird Photographers of the Year, one from each age group: 8 and under, 9-13 years, and 14-17 years.

The overall winner will be chosen from category winners. He or she will be awarded a £5,000 cash prize and the title of Bird Photographer of the Year. All winners will be announced in September 2021, and the 2022 contest opens towards the end of this year. You can find out more on BPOTY’s website, and make sure to check out stunning last year’s winners here.

And now, all that’s left to do is leave you to enjoy the beautiful selection of finalists images below.

© Irene Waring/BPOTY 2021

© Brian Matthews/BPOTY 2021

© Andrew Parkinson/BPOTY 2021

© Amanda Cook/BPOTY 2021

© Zdeněk Jak/BPOTY 2021

© Tzahi Finkelstein/BPOTY 2021

© Tom Schandy/BPOTY 2021

© Thomas Vijayan/BPOTY 2021

© Taku Ono/BPOTY 2021

© Øyvind Pedersen/BPOTY 2021

© Mark Williams/BPOTY 2021

© Mario Suarez Porras/BPOTY 2021

© Li Ying Lou/BPOTY 2021

© James Wilcox/BPOTY 2021

© Irma Szabo/BPOTY 2021

© Fahad Alenezi/BPOTY 2021

© Gail Bisson/BPOTY 2021

© Eirik Grønningsæter/BPOTY 2021

© David White/BPOTY 2021

© Daniela Anger/BPOTY 2021

© Daniel Zhang/BPOTY 2021