16 winning images from Bird Photographer of the Year 2021

After more than 22,000 images were submitted, the winners of the Bird Photographer of the Year 2021 contest were announced this week. We wrote about the grand-prize winner, a photo of a Greater Roadrunner stopped at the U.S.-Mexico border wall, and the youth winner here

Below is a slideshow of the gold and silver winning images from the eight primary categories in the contest. Enjoy these incredible photographs! 

Gold winner: Urban Birds

Gold winner: Urban Birds


Terry Whittaker, United Kingdom

A pair of White-throated Dippers nest under an old road bridge on the edge of a town centre in Greater Manchester. To get an image that shows the urban environment in which they live, I put a remote camera and wide-angle lens in the river, which I triggered from the bank by radio. There is a shortage of natural perches for these semi-aquatic birds, so they use whatever is available – in this case a shopping trolley someone had thrown in the river.

Nikon Z6 with Nikkor 16–35mm f/4 lens. Focal length 22mm, 1/800 second, f/10, ISO 1,000.

Winning images from the Bird Photographer of the Year 2020 competition