Do you love bird watching? Are you a keen photographer? Well, now is your chance to combine your two passions by entering the newly launched Bird Photographer of the Year competition.
Our sister title, Digital Photographer has teamed up with the British Trust for Ornithology and Nature Photographers Ltd to support conservation and celebrate the artistry of bird photography. The Bird Photographer of the Year competition is now open for entries with a fantastic top prize of £5,000. The head judge will be Chris Packham, and the competition is open to professionals and amateurs, and there are no age or location restrictions.
• Best Portrait
• Bird in the Environment
• Attention to Detail
• Bird Behaviour
• Birds in Flight
• Garden Birds
• Creative Imagery
• Best Digiscoped Image
With special awards for:
• Cameron Bespolka Young Bird Photographer of the Year
• Best Portfolio
Alongside the overall winner receiving the top cash prize of £5,000 and the title ‘Bird Photographer of the Year’, a further cash prize of £2,000 is offered to the photographer with the highest scoring portfolio of six images. There will be further prizes of a year’s subscription to Digital Photographer, equipment, and clothing.
The Cameron Bespolka Young BPOTY title will go to the best image by an entrant 18 or under and will receive equipment from Swarovski Optik and a day birding with BTO staff member Paul Stancliffe. As well as winning Swarovski binoculars, category winners will receive portfolio reviews from Alamy, and they will be given an account with 100% of sales for 12 months. The BPOTY winner will get 100% of sales revenue for 2 years, as well as a photographer’s feature on the Alamy website.
A selection of the winning and short-listed images will feature in a lavish book celebrating the competition, to be published in conjunction with the BTO in time for the Birdfair 2016.
The closing date for entries is 9 January 2016.
20% net of the entry receipts plus 30% of competition net profit will go to the BTO. The entry fee is based on the number of competition categories you choose to enter, starting at £10 for one image in a single category. However, enter before midnight GMT on 30 September 2015 to get the Early Bird discount of 30% off the quoted prices. Under 18s automatically get 50% off too.
For full pricing details, terms and conditions and to enter now, head to the competition page.
Through celebrating bird life in photographic form and rewarding the most skilled bird photographers, Bird Photographer of the Year hopes to raise awareness of the importance of bird conservation and the effects of environmental change on bird life. Good luck and we look forward to seeing your images!
©PAUL STERRY/Nature Photographers Ltd