Winning Images From Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 Will Blow Your Mind

The Bird Photographer of the Year has announced its winners for the 2022 contest. Over 20,000 entries were submitted this year for the world’s largest bird photographer competition. The grand prize was won by a photograph of a rock ptarmigan in its winter plumage flying over the snow-covered mountains of Tysfjord, Norway.

Bringing spectacular sights from the avian world, the contest is divided into eight categories: Best Portrait, Birds in the Environment, Attention to Detail, Bird Behavior, Birds in Flight, Black and White, Urban Birds, and Creative Imagery. Revel in the beauty of the winning images from the Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 that will make you fall in love with the avian world.

You know what they say: Taking a flight on a brisk morning will refresh you to the bone.

Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 - Erlend Haarberg

Image: Erlend Haarberg

A small flock of lesser and greater flamingos flying over Lake Logipi in northern Kenya dots the landscape.

Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 - Paul Mckenzie

Image: Paul Mckenzie

Ahhh! Free as a bird. A European shag flies over a huge wave off the west coast of Asturias in northern Spain.

Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 - Mario Suarez Porras

Image: Mario Suarez Porras

King Penguin chick is taking its beauty sleep at Volunteer Point in the Falkland Islands.

Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 - Andy Pollard

Image: Andy Pollard

This western capercaillie was approaching people during the mating time and displaying his beautiful feathers and form in the course.

Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 - Isabella Chowra

Image: Isabella Chowra

A great northern diver came to the water surface with amazing hydrodynamic lines of water droplets adorning its head from beak to neck.

Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 - Peter Ismert

Image: Peter Ismert

Anna’s hummingbird catching water droplets from a water fountain was captured in Fremont, California.

Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 - Parham Pourahmad

Image: Parham Pourahmad

A flock of Greater flamingoes forms a perfect line over the city of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 - Ammar Alsayed Ahmed

Image: Ammar Alsayed Ahmed

A tiny, brave dunlin is walking upwind in a storm on the tiny North Sea island of Heligoland.

Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 - Levi Fitze

Image: Levi Fitze

Seems like this little owl is playing hide and seek with its fellows in Transylvania, Romania.

Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 - Laszlo Potozky

Image: Laszlo Potozky

This winner of the creative category seems up to a fishy business featuring Dalmatian pelican and greater flamingo in Greece.

Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 - Janine Lee

Image: Janine Lee

Common guillemots, which are efficient swimmers, were photographed in Berwickshire Marine Reserve, Scotland.

Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 - Henley Spiers

Image: Henley Spiers

This Sage grouse is a strut performer and was pictured in Colorado, on the prairies of the Great Basin of the American West.

Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 - Ly Dang

Image: Ly Dang

Winning bird behavior prize, this picture features two sage grouse dueling during the mating season to win the affection of the females.

Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 - Peter Ismert-1

Image: Peter Ismert

Titled ‘Van Gogh’s Strokes,’ this image pays homage to white storks, which symbolize faithfulness and strength of spirit in Ukrainian mythology.

Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 - Petro Katerynych

Image: Petro Katerynych

Photographer captured a pair of galahs passing a silos mural, simply amazing.

Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 - Raoul Slater

Image: Raoul Slater

This smitten pair of purple-crested turacos does not shy away from a little public display of affection.

Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 - Richard Flack

Image: Richard Flack

A pied Avocet chick was photographed sipping water from a soda lake called Nagyszéksós-tó in Kinskunság National Park, Hungary.

Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 - Tamás Koncz-Bisztricz

Image: Tamás Koncz-Bisztricz

The best of both worlds, a double-crested cormorant is ready to take its dive at a potential underwater feast.

Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 - Henley Spiers -1

Image: Henley Spiers

This portrait of love and affection features a pair of Atlantic puffins with a background of the morning sun.

Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 - Brad James

Image: Brad James

Titled ‘Sandhill Crane Flight Team Air Show,’ this creative imagery winner pays homage to the annual US Navy Blue Angels military air show.

Bird Photographer of the Year 2022-Wei Lion

Image: Wei Lion

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