Winning Flock of Images from Bird Photographer of the Year 2021 will Mesmerize You
Photography has emerged as a medium to exhibit the eccentrically beautiful traits of the animal kingdom. Bird photography competitions have become a staple of wildlife photography, providing glimpses into the stunning avian life. Bringing such mesmerizing visuals, the annual Bird Photographer of the Year competition has announced its winning images for the year 2021.
The contest celebrates avian life from all around the world while supporting conservation efforts through financial aid. With over 22,000 images from 73 different countries were submitted for the competition this year, the winning shots have been announced.
The competition features eight categories – Portraits, Bird behavior, Birds in Flight, Black and White, Birds in the Environment, Attention to Detail, Urban Birds and Creative Imagery. An elevated shot of a Greater Roadrunner facing the US-Mexico border wall has won hearts and the top prize of the contest. One can argue that Alejandro Prieto’s winning image seemingly appears to be quite political, however, it does highlight the threat to biodiversity that such structures impose on the local wildlife habitat.
Here are the 20 winning images from Bird Photographer of the Year 2021 that will mesmerize you.
“Oh! Don’t Break My Heart” – As they say, this picture is worth a thousand words. Dividing borders of the human world have definitely disrupted the harmony of the natural world.
This reflection of a penguin in wet sand with waves crashing won the first prize for the Attention to Detail category.
This image of great northern divers captured in New Hampshire exhibits the loving relationship between the adult and youngster.
This nocturnal bird of prey is poised for attack and staring intently on a vole in a Swedish forest.
This “underwater portrait” of a pelican was taken off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, near the mouth of the Tárcoles River.
A little crimson sunbird taking a bath in the dew captured by a banana flower.
“The Face of Death” – This picture of a purple heron snatching a mouse from a rice field won second prize in the Bird Behavior category.
“Race to First Come, First Serve” – Two southern yellow-billed hornbills chase after the same insect and fight over who gets to catch it.
A common swift swooping down to have a dink on the fly received the top award in the Birds in Flight category.
After three days of photographic attempts to get a single picture of a hummingbird in motion.
To capture this early morning picture of a large group of black male grouses during lekking, where they compete for mates with elaborate displays and courtship rituals, the photographer had to endure a night high in the freezing Alps.
“Ello There, Mate!” – This photograph features a yellow-billed oxpecker fluttering in and out of a Cape buffalo herd in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.
“Watching That Pretty Sunset” – This beautiful visual capture of a European shag bird sitting pretty on a rocky outcrop on the coast of Brittany won a prize in the Black and White category.
A lone Chinstrap Penguin walking on the edge of an iceberg was photographed on the vast ice expanse of Antarctica.
The winner of the Creative Imagery category, this astounding image of a common kingfisher, sprats and bread is laden with an antique touch.
Winning the second prize for Best Portrait, this pair of demoiselle cranes was photographed while singing during the breeding season.
This picture captures the fluid-like movement of a murmuration as tens of thousands of common starlings migrate to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Potteric Carr Nature Reserve during November and March.
“Lockdown” – This photo features a Karoo prinia that used to search for insects in the security gate at the photographer’s front door during the coronavirus lockdown in South Africa last year.