Opening: August 18, 2019
Deadline: November 30, 2019
Entry fee: from £6 to £60, Young – Free
Prizes: £100, £200, £300, £5,000, valuable prizes, participation in the exhibition
Bird Photographer of the Year is a global photographic competition; a celebration of avian beauty and diversity, and a tribute to the flexibility and quality of today’s modern digital imaging systems.
Bird Photographer of the Year is an international photography competition and you may enter photographs taken anywhere in the world.
The Young Bird Photographer of the Year Award is only open to photographers under the age of 18 in three age divisions as follows: 0–8 Years, 9–13 years, 14–17 years.
Never before has there been a competition of this scale dedicated purely to the growing interest and passion for photographing one of the most interesting and engaging areas of natural history. The advent of digital technology has revolutionised photography in recent years and some fantastic images, of a quality that wouldn’t have been possible in the days of film, now proliferate on the Internet for millions to see.
Bird Photographer of the Year is a competition that will appeal to a wide range of people. Whether you are a hardened pro, a keen amateur with the latest kit, or simply a hobbyist with a cameraphone or small compact camera, there is an opportunity for you to have your pictures critiqued by leading experts, win prizes, appear in a stunning coffee table book and perhaps be on display in the travelling BPOTY exhibition. And who knows, you could be our next ‘Bird Photographer of the Year’ and win £5,000.
The competition is open to residents of any territory and to entrants of all ages. There are eight categories to enter and two additional special awards, offering plenty of chances to win. The competition is open to people who wish to submit anything from a single image to an extensive portfolio.
- Best Portrait
An image that best captures the character of the subject bird and its distinctive features – this is what bird watchers often refer to as the ‘jizz’ of a bird.
- Birds in the Environment
In this Bird Photographer of the Year category we are looking for a picture that best demonstrates the relationship between a bird and the environment in which it is found.
- Attention to Detail
This Bird Photographer of the Year category focuses on the smaller details of a bird, and could range from a close-up head shot to a macro image showing feather detail, a bird’s eye or the talons of a raptor.
- Bird Behaviour
In this Bird Photographer of the Year category, the judges will be looking for an image that best depicts the unique aspects of bird behaviour and that evokes an emotional response.
- Birds in Flight
Advances in digital technology have revolutionised flight photography. This Bird Photographer of the Year category celebrates avian mastery of the sky.
- Black and White
Birds are some of the most colourful animals on the planet. The black and white photograph can be just as powerful, and this category celebrates the simplicity and drama of the monochrome image.
- Garden and Urban Birds
As the title suggests, in this Bird Photographer of the Year category we’re looking for images that seek to capture the joy that millions of us derive from the birds that visit our gardens and inhabit our towns and cities.
- Creative Imagery
In this Bird Photographer of the Year category we encourage creativity in all its forms. Winning images might include those that are taken using creative camera techniques, for example slow shutter speeds and panning for fast-moving birds.
- Bird Photographer of the Year main prize
The photographer of the winning image chosen by the judging panel will win a cash prize of £5,000 and the title ‘Bird Photographer of the Year’. The winner will also receive a personal portfolio review by the the Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Content at Alamy, have their work and personal interview featured on the Alamy website, social media and blog, plus a special seller’s account with a personal account manager and receive 100% of sales revenue for 2 years.
- Best Portfolio Award
The winner of the Best Portfolio chosen by the BPOTY team will receive an Olympus OM-D E M1 MKII camera body and M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F/4 IS PRO lens with a combined value of £3,500. The winner will also receive a personal portfolio review by the Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Content at Alamy and a special seller’s account receiving 100% of any sales revenue for 12 months.
- Category Gold Award
With the exception of Inspirational Encounters, the photographer of the winning image will in each category will be awarded our Gold Award and receive a pair of Swarovski CL Companion 8×30 binoculars with a retail value of approximately £970. The Gold Award winners will also receive a personal portfolio review by the Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Content at Alamy and a special seller’s account receiving 100% of any sales revenue for 12 months.
- Category Silver Award
With the exception of Inspirational Encounters, the Silver Award winner in each category will receive a GITZO GHFG1 Gimbal Head with a retail value of £400.
- Category Bronze Award
With the exception of Inspirational Encounters, the Bronze Award winner in each category will receive a Country Innovation Venture Waistcoat with a retail value of £85.
- Inspirational Encounters Award
The winner of this special award will receive a £1,500 voucher redeemable against a Wildlife Worldwide holiday of the winner’s choice. There are no Silver or Bronze Awards for this category. As part of the award, Wildlife Worldwide will also be contributing £1,000 towards The Bird Photographer of the Year Conservation Fund.
- Conservation Documentary Award
The winner of the Conservation Documentary Award will receive a GT2542 tripod and GHF2W tripod head from Gitzo, together worth over £1,000.
Young Bird Photographer of the Year
- 0-8 Years
The winner of our 0-8 year old category will receive £100 in cash.
- 9-13 Years
The winner of our 9-13 year old category will receive £200 in cash.
- 14-18 Years
The winner of our 14 to 18 year old age category will receive £300 in cash.
- The overall winner of Young Bird Photographer of the Year will be chosen by the Judges from the winners of the above three age categories. The winner will receive a pair of Swarovski Optik CL Pocket 8×25 binoculars worth approximately £500, and the title Young Bird Photographer of the Year.
- 1 image – £6, 5 images – £15, 10 images – £25, 20 images – £40, 30 images – £50, 50 images – £60.
- The Young Bird Photographer of the Year is free to enter.