Winners revealed: Bird Photographer of the Year 2021

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.

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The transporter

#94: Tell us about a sensation — a taste, a smell, a piece of music — that transports you back to childhood.

The piece of music that transports me back to my childhood is M People’s catchy track, One night in heaven. The reason for this is, sometime around 1993/94, we went on a family holiday to a Haven resort. On one of the evenings, there was a fancy dress competition for children. I was entered as, get this… a pea in a pod! It was all homemade, with my green cardboard shell, green jumper, my dad’s green football socks, face paint and of course, green balloons. First, we had to do a parade around the dance floor for the judges to see our outfits – this is where the song comes in! Whilst shuffling my way around the dance floor, this song was playing. Every time I hear it (which doesn’t happen that often anymore), I’m transported back.

Just to finish off the story, I won the competition! 😀 Go me!

M People – One night in heaven.


#83: What activity, task, or game most brings out your competitive streak?

I wouldn’t say I’m as competitive as when I was little but I remember always wanting to win Singstar (karaoke game – I love singing), star wars monopoly and disney trivial pursuit, and getting quite annoyed if I hadn’t! I’d be quite interested to see if I was still that competitive when it comes to these three games – I’ll have to call a family games night when my brother gets back from uni… 

I think the last time my competitive streak was unleashed, must have been during a quiz style game the office played over Christmas. It’s kind of our fail safe game to play whenever there is a cause to celebrate (i.e. birthdays and christmas) and we’ve been to the pub for the afternoon. I don’t like being on the winning team purely as quite a few competitive individuals brag about winning, making it harder to enjoy so to speak. No one enjoys playing games against a sore loser/winner!