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Top Winners of the 2020 Bird Photo of The Year Competition

 They're finally here, the winners of the 2020 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards, or BPOTY for short. For those of you who fancy a reminder, the BPOTY photo competition is the largest and most prestigious bird photography competition in the world. This year, over 15,000 entries by photographers from around the world were submitted, and the winners were chosen from seven different categories: best portrait, birds in the environment, attention to detail, bird behavior, birds in flight, garden and urban birds, and creative imagery. Admire 10 of the stunning winners from this year's competitions, enjoy!

1. Bronze Award: “Ropewalker” by Nicolas Reusens

Category: Bird Behavior

Description: A sword-billed Hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera) in Papallacta, Ecuador

BPOTY 2020 Winners “Ropewalker” by Nicolas Reusens
Image Source: Nicolas Reusens/ BPOTY

2. Silver Award: “Feeding frenzy” by Greg Lecoeur

Category: Bird Behavior

Description: Cape Gannet (Morus capensis) in Port St Johns, South Africa

BPOTY 2020 Winners “Feeding frenzy” by Greg Lecoeur
Image Source: Greg Lecoeur/ BPOTY

Related Article: Incredible Bird Photos from the BPOTY Contest

3. Gold Award: “Perfect camouflage” by Moshe Cohen

Category: Attention to Detail

Description: Eurasian Scops-owl(Otus scops) in Kibbutz Hatzor, Israel

BPOTY 2020 Winners “Perfect camouflage” by Moshe Cohen
Image Source: Moshe Cohen/ BPOTY

4. Gold Award: “End of the day” by Majed AlZa’abi

Category: Best Portrait

Description: European Shag (Gulosus aristotelis) in Vardø, Norway

BPOTY 2020 Winners “End of the day” by Majed AlZa’abi

5. Gold Award: “Swifts over Iguazú Falls” by Francesco Filippo Pellegrini

Category: Birds in the Environment

Description: Great Dusky Swift (Cypseloides senex) in Iguazú Falls, Misiones, Argentina

BPOTY 2020 Winners “Swifts over Iguazú Falls” by Francesco Filippo Pellegrini

6. Bronze Winner: “Fairy landing on Earth” by Shu Qing

Category: Birds in Flight

Description: Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) in Sanmenxia, Henan, China

BPOTY 2020 Winners “Fairy landing on Earth” by Shu Qing
Image Source: Shu Qing/ BPOTY

7. Winner: “On the attack!” by Georgina Steytler

Category: Best Portfolio

Description: Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) in Perth, Western Australia, Australia

BPOTY 2020 Winners “On the attack!” by Georgina Steytler

8. Bronze Award: “A new beginning” by Swayamsiddha Mohapatra

Category: Birds in the Environment

Description: Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis) in Kaziranga National Park, India

BPOTY 2020 Winners “A new beginning” by Swayamsiddha Mohapatra

9. Gold Award:“Hoopoe flight at low speed” by Gadi Shmila

Category: Birds in Flight

Description: Common Hoopoe (Upupa epops) in Israel

BPOTY 2020 Winners “Hoopoe flight at low speed” by Gadi Shmila
Image Source: Gadi Shmila/ BPOTY

10. Bronze Award: “Electric” by Carlos Cifuentes Torres

Category: Garden and Urban Birds

Description: White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) in Seville, Spain

BPOTY 2020 Winners Carlos Cifuentes Torres


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