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See the Stunning Bird Photographer of the Year 2021 Finalists

Bird Photographer of the Year finalist

Bird Photographer of the Year, “the world’s most prestigious bird photography competition,” has announced a handful of 2021 finalists. 

BPOTY 2021 features stunning bird photography from entrants around the world; this year, the contest received 22,000 submissions spanning 73 countries, all competing for a £5,000 grand prize plus category prizes from sponsors such as Swarovski Optik and F-Stop Gear.

Bird Photographer of the Year finalist
© Mario Suarez Porra / Bird Photographer of the Year

While the contest winners won’t be revealed until September 1st, the released images represent some of Bird Photographer of the Year’s best submissions, though not all finalists have been announced. According to BPOTY, these images are simply a “sneak preview of what is still to come.”

Bird Photographer of the Year finalist
© Mark Williams / Bird Photographer of the Year

The BPOTY Director, Will Nicholls, notes, “The standard of photography was incredibly high, and the diversity in different species was great to see. Now the judges are going to have a tough time deciding the winner of the competition!”

For those interested in entering: While the 2021 contest is closed to submissions, the 2022 competition will open before the year is out. 

Bird Photographer of the Year finalist
© Gábor Li / Bird Photographer of the Year

To learn more about the current and future competition and to view past winners, head over to the Bird Photographer of the Year website.

Now, without further ado, let’s take a look at a collection of stunning BPOTY 2021 finalists. And when you’re done, leave a comment letting us know which image was your favorite!

Bird Photographer of the Year finalist
© Thomas Vijayan / Bird Photographer of the Year
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© Taku Ono / Bird Photographer of the Year
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© Anupam Chakraborty / Bird Photographer of the Year
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© Daphne Wong / Bird Photographer of the Year
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© Tzahi Finkelstein / Bird Photographer of the Year
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© Aguti Antonio / Bird Photographer of the Year
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© David White / Bird Photographer of the Year
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© James Wilcox / Bird Photographer of the Year
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© Zdenek Jakl / Bird Photographer of the Year
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© Andy Parkinson / Bird Photographer of the Year
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© Amanda Cook / Bird Photographer of the Year
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© Brad James / Bird Photographer of the Year
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© Raymond Hennessy / Bird Photographer of the Year
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© Irma Szabo / Bird Photographer of the Year
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© Fahad Alenezi / Bird Photographer of the Year
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© Irene Waring / Bird Photographer of the Year
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© Scott Suriano / Bird Photographer of the Year
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© Diana Schmies / Bird Photographer of the Year
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© Mark Sisson / Bird Photographer of the Year
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© Tom Schandy / Bird Photographer of the Year
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© Gail Bisson / Bird Photographer of the Year
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© Daniela Anger / Bird Photographer of the Year
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© Terry Whittaker / Bird Photographer of the Year
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© Øyvind Pedersen / Bird Photographer of the Year
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© Li Ying Lou / Bird Photographer of the Year
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© Daniel Zhang / Bird Photographer of the Year
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© Brian Matthews / Bird Photographer of the Year
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© Eirik Grønningsæter / Bird Photographer of the Year

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Jaymes Dempsey

is the Managing Editor of Digital Photography School, as well as a macro and nature photographer from Ann Arbor, Michigan. To learn how to take stunning nature photos, check out his free eBook, Mastering Nature Photography: 7 Secrets For Incredible Nature Photos! And to see more of Jaymes’s work check out his website and his blog.