Considered by many to be secretive and mysterious species, birds are among the hardest creatures to photograph. That is why the British Trust for Ornithology, has organized a photo competition among the photographers that have managed to capture the quiet and gentle beauty of birds. Now they have announced the winners for 2017.
The initiative “Bird Photographer of the Year” started in 2015, and immediately resulted in a flood of entries. According to BTO Chief Executive Andy Clements, the aim of the competition is "to celebrate the bird photography artistry and thus to help conservation by supporting the BTO efforts and work.”
As every photo competition, this also comes with a cash prize of £ 5,000 (approx. $ 6,500 USD) which is awarded to the top entry. The rest of the winners come with prizes of smaller amounts of cash, equipment, and merchandise. The photographer who got the first prize this year was Alejandro Prieto Rojas from Mexico, thanks to his impressive portrait of flamingo feeding their young.