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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: Creative Imagery

Gold winner: Creative Imagery


Ruediger Schulz, Germany

The concept for this picture came to me spontaneously when I was editing photographs of a Common Kingfisher. To create the image, I cut out a close-up of a kingfisher and then looked for a photogenic tin of fish (which was trickier than expected) and used the bread as a perch for the bird. I arranged both on a white acrylic sheet and directed the light to match the shadow of the bird’s beak. Having composed the photograph, I edited the image with Nik Color Efex Pro4 to give it an antique touch.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Sigma 150–600mm f/5–6.3 Sports lens and 1.4x teleconverter. Composite.

Winning images from the Bird Photographer of the Year 2020 competition

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