Bird Watching Bird Photo of the Year

Our first Bird Watching Bird Photo of the Year 2011 competition has a winner… and what an image to kick off this annual contest.

When we launched this competition, we hoped to see some inspiring bird images – great photos taken by real birdwatchers which really said something about the essence of birdwatching. We weren't disappointed.

You sent us a quality and variety of images which stopped the judges in their tracks. What ensued was hours of head-scratching as they pored over the best of them to decide our winners. We hope you agree that they are fantastic shots.

Bird Watching Bird Photo of the Year
 

THE WINNERS

Overall winner and Birds in Reserves category winner

Stonechat by Marek Szczepanek

Marek wins a Nikon D3100 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens and Nikon Golia SLR Bag & a pair of Nikon 12x25 CF Travelite V Binoculars

 

Birds in Britain category winner

Cuckoo by Richard Steel

Richard wins a pair of Nikon 12x25 CF Travelite V Binoculars

 

Digiscoped Birds category winner

Waxwing by Michael Davenport

Michael wins a pair of Nikon 12x25 CF Travelite V Binoculars

 

Migration category winner

Black-tailed Godwits by John Lewis

John wins a Nikon Coolpix S3100 with S-series soft camera pouch and Nikon 4GB SD card

 

Garden/Urban Birds category winner

Peregrine Falcon by Keith Edmunds

Keith wins a Nikon Coolpix S3100 with S-series soft camera pouch and Nikon 4GB SD card

 

Highly commended images

There aren't any prizes for commended images, but the judges were so impressed with the quality of the photographs that we decided to showcase a selected few of our favourites. As you will see, it wasn't easy selecting our winners. Click on the thumbnails to see the image.

Our Sponsors

Bird Watching would like to thank Park Cameras and Nikon for supporting Bird Watching's Bird Photo of the Year competition

2011 represents a significant milestone at Park Cameras as we celebrate 40 years of trading within the photographic industry. Established in 1971 by Managing Director Reg Atkins, Park Cameras, based in Sussex, has grown beyond all recognition without forgetting three founding principles – unrivalled customer service, competitive pricing and choice. www.ParkCameras.com and you won’t be disappointed.

 

Nikon UK is delighted to be working with Park Cameras and Bird Watching to offer these prizes. Nikon offers a market-leading range of binocular and scope products, from compact binoculars to some of the finest optics available in the award-winning EDG range of binoculars and scopes. The Nikon range also offers the ability to attach a Nikon camera to a scope so you can create high-quality digiscoped images. Park Cameras, a Nikon Binocular Specialist dealer, stocks the Nikon range of binoculars and scopes along with the relevant accessories to set up full digiscoping kits.

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