Best Bird Photos of 2019 – Contest by BirdPOTY

The BirdPOTY (bird photographer of the year) has been held annually since 2016 rewarding best photographers through 7 categories. Categories include the best portrait, birds in the environment, attention to detail, bird behavior, birds in flight, garden and urban birds, and lastly, the creative imagery. The bonus category and the most important one is the prestige title – Bird Photographer of the Year which is followed with a grand prize of £5,000. This year’s grand winner is British photographer Caron Steele with her glorious photograph of a Dalmatian Pelican on a frozen Lake Kerkini in Greece.  There are also 3 more categories: young bird photographer of the year, inspirational encounters, best portfolio, and honourable mentions (2 from each of the main categories). Please enjoy the best of the best below and follow the BirdPOTY on their Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and official website. Next year’s contest has already started so get your skills to work and apply.

CARON STEELE – BEST PORTRAIT GOLD and PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
MOHAMMAD KHORSHED – BIRDS IN THE ENVIRONMENT GOLD
PAL HERMANSEN – ATTENTION TO DETAIL GOLD
IVAN SJOGREN – BIRD BEHAVIOUR GOLD
CHAD LARSEN – GARDEN AND URBAN BIRDS GOLD
NIKUNJ PATEL – BIRDS IN FLIGHT GOLD
MARC WEBER – CREATIVE IMAGERY GOLD
BEN ANDREW – BEST PORTRAIT SILVER
EDWIN GIESBERS – BIRDS IN THE ENVIRONMENT SILVER
CSABA TOKOLYI – ATTENTION TO DETAIL SILVER
JOZSEF GERGELY – BIRD BEHAVIOUR SILVER
GEORGINA STEYTLER – BIRDS IN FLIGHT SILVER
MEERA SULAIMAN – GARDEN AND URBAN BIRDS SILVER
HELEN MOORE – BIRDS IN THE ENVIRONMENT BRONZE
LIRON GERTSMAN – BIRDS IN FLIGHT BRONZE
AUDUN LIE DAHL – CREATIVE IMAGERY BRONZE
TAMAS KONCZ-BISZTRICZ – YOUNG BPOTY GOLD
MADELINE NOLAN – YOUNG BPOTY SILVER
Honourable Mentions – YASHODHAN BHATIA – BEST PORTRAIT
Honourable Mentions – BENCE MATE – BIRD BEHAVIOUR
Honourable Mentions – CAT EDWARDES – CREATIVE IMAGERY – via [boredpanda]