10 Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Are Here, And They’re Truly Incredible

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Since as long as there were people, our species gazed at birds, envying that freedom only the skies could provide. Now people have joined birds in the skies, but that didn’t stop us from admiring its original pioneers. Enough so that the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) has started a yearly competition for the bird photographers, and we’re here to bring you the winners of 2017.

The competition has started back in 2015, and from the get-go, it received a ton of submissions from all around the world. BTO’s Chief Executive Andy Clements has commented on the goal of the whole competition, which is “to celebrate the artistry of bird photography and aid conservation by supporting the valuable work carried out by the BTO.”

They encourage participation with a cash prize of £5,000 (~$6,500 USD) for the top entry and smaller sums or equipment to the others

You can also support the organization and enjoy these photos in their yearly photobook, which helps the BTO to carry out their bird conservation programs.

More info: Bird Photographer of the Year Awards | The Book | demilked (h/t)

1 The Battle By Jose Garcia, US. Bird Behaviour Category

Image source: Jose Garcia / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

2 Barn Owl Hovering By Roy Rimmer, UK. Bird Behaviour Category

Image source: Roy Rimmer / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

3 Blue Tit On Berries By Markus Varesvuo, Helsinki, Finland. Winner Of Best Portfolio 2017 Category

Image source: Markus Varesvuo / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

4 2017 Bird Photographer Of The Year Cover

Image source: 2017 Bird Photographer Of The Year Cover

5 Full Speed By Faisal Alnomas, Kuwait. Bird Behaviour Category

Image source: Faisal ALnomas / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

6 Catch Of The Day By Vince Burton, UK. Winner Of The Nature Photographers Ltd People’s Choice Award Category

Image source: Vince Burton / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

7 Albatross Eye Close-up By Jessica Winter, Bronze In Attention To Detail Category

Image source: Jessica Winter / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

8 Goosander And Brood By Jonathan Gaunt, UK. Bird Behaviour Category

Image source: Jonathan Gaunt / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

9 Grey Heron, Ahmad Al-essa, Kuwait. Silver Award Winner In The Attention To Detail Category

Image source: Ahmad Al-essa/2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards

10 Bearded Sunset By Markus Varesvuo, Helsinki, Finland. Winner In Best Portfolio Category And Honourable Mention For Best Portrait Category

Image source: Markus Varesvuo / 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards