About the Competition

Bird Photographer of the Year is a new photographic competition in its inaugural year for 2015. The competition is a celebration of avian beauty and diversity, and a tribute to the flexibility and quality of today’s modern digital imaging systems.

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.

A collaboration between Nature Photographers Ltd and the British Trust for Ornithology, 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 be on display at a national exhibition venue. And who knows, you could be our first ‘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. With entry fees starting at £10 (£5 for under 17s), the competition is available to people who wish to submit anything from a single image to an extensive portfolio. Please refer to our competition rules / terms & conditions.

By entering the competition not only will you be celebrating the art of bird photography but you will also be doing your bit for bird conservation. One of the primary aims of the Bird Photographer of the Year is to help support the British Trust for Ornithology and the outstanding work that they do in the field of bird conservation. As direct partners in the competition, they will receive a percentage of the entry fees and competition profits. The money raised will go directly towards the valuable research they undertake. For more information click here to visit the BTO website.

President of the BTO and head competition judge Chris Packham comments:

“Photographing birds has always been a passion of mine and I strive to take the perfect photograph, something I have yet to achieve. As President of the BTO I am proud to support Bird Photographer of the Year, a competition that will push bird photographers to new limits. I am excited about seeing the entries and being involved in choosing the best of the best.”