Bird Photographer of the Year 2019 Winners
Click on the links below to view all this year’s winning images for the Bird Photographer of the Year Competition. Congratulations to our overall Bird Photographer of the Year 2019 winner Caron Steele from the United Kingdom for this fabulous photograph of a Dalmatian Pelican skipping across a frozen Lake Kerkini in Greece. As well as winning the £5,000 top prize, Caron also collects a pair of Swarovski binoculars for winning the Best Portrait category and £50 from Nature Photographers Ltd for winning the People’s Choice award with this photograph.
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Category Gold Award Winners
The following images are the Gold Award Winners in each of the seven main competition categories. Our thanks go to Swarovski Optik and Alamy for sponsoring the prizes for our Gold Award winners.
Category Silver Award Winners
The following images are the Silver Award Winners in each of the seven main competition categories. Our thanks go to Gitzo for sponsoring the prizes for our Silver Award winners.
Category Bronze Award Winners
The following images are the Bronze Award Winners in each of the seven main competition categories. Our thanks go to Country Innovation for sponsoring the prizes for our Bronze Award winners.
Best Portfolio Award Winner
Congratulations go to Thomas Hinsche from Germany who wins our 2019 Best Portfolio Award with this amazing set of images demonstrating consistency of skill and talent. Many thanks go to Olympus who kindly sponsored this award.
Inspirational Encounters Award Winner
Congratulations go to Martin Grace from the United Kingdom for winning the inaugural Inspirational Encounters Award. New for 2019, this award is sponsored by Wildlife Worldwide and celebrates all that is positive about wildlife and our relationship with it. Entrants were asked to submit a photograph accompanied by approximately 150 words of text to describe how the encounter depicted in the image was inspirational to the photographer. Please read the text that accompanies this image.
Young Bird Photographer of the Year
Congratulations go to Tamás Koncz-Bisztricz from Hungary who wins the Young Bird Photographer of the Year title for 2019. Our thanks go to the Cameron Bespolka Trust and Swarovski Optik for sponsoring this award.
Category Honourable Mentions
Two images from each category are awarded Honourable Mentions by the judges. Here are the Honourable Mentions for 2019.
The judges have commended the following images which are organised below by category.