More than 22,000 images were submitted for this year’s Bird Photographer of the Year competition, all of which were sent in with the hopes of claiming the £5,000 top prize. But which one was chosen as the top shot? Take a look through some of the incredible entries and see if you agree with the gold medal winning photo.
Blocked by Alejandro Prieto
This moving photo, which shows a lone bird facing the 2,000-mile US-Mexico border, scooped the top prize in this year’s competition.
Floral Bathtub by Mousam Ray
This beautiful shot, which shows a female crimson sunbird, scooped the gold award in the Bird Behaviour category.
Puffins: Wing Stretch by Kevin Morgans
This year’s Best Portfolio award went to Kevin Morgans who showcased his talents of working with light… all with the help of an Atlantic puffin.
Morning Lek by Levi Fitze
This shot took the gold award in the Young Bird Photographer of the Year 2021, in the 14-17 year old category.
In the Woodland by Andrés L. Dominguez Blanco
This Eurasian nuthatch was in search of water when Andrés, from Spain, captured this incredible action shot, taking cold in the 9-13 category.
Alejandro Prieto/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year 2021
Mousam Ray/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year 2021
Kevin Morgans/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year 2021
Levi Fitze/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year 2021
Andres Domingues Blanco/2021 Bird Photographer of the Year 2021