This year's Young Bird Photographer of the Year competition has just announced it’s winners.  

The Cameron Bespolka Award

We are very pleased to once again support this prestigious competition which attracts hundreds of entries from all around the globe.  We were delighted with the standard of photographs submitted.

A very important element of this Young Bird Photographer of the year competition ethos, is the encouragement and recognition of the younger generation of birders and photographers.  The Cameron Bespolka Young Bird Photographer of the Year Awards are designed to meet this aim.  

The Winners
Congratulations go to Tamás Koncz-Bisztricz from Hungary who wins the Young Bird Photographer of the Year title for 2019 for his photo entitled 'Cradle of Life'. Tamás was at Bird Fair 2019 to collect his cash prize of £350 together with a pair of Swarovski Optik CL Companion 8x25 binoculars. Second prize was awarded to Madeline Nolan for her image ‘The Tongue of the Hummingbird’. Madeline wins a cash prize of £200. Third place was taken by Ariel Fields with the image entitled 'Little Owl focused at a potential meal'. Ariel wins a cash prize of £100.

Young Bird Photographer of the Year Winner 2019

Tamás Koncz-Bisztricz (second from right) collects his First Place award from Keith Betton and Chris Packham. Photo: David Tipling

First Prize: Tamás Koncz-Bisztricz
Title: Cradle of life

The Cradle of Life by Tamás Koncz-Bisztricz

 

Second Prize: Madeline Nolan
Title: The Tongue of the Hummingbird

Tongue of the Hummingbird by Madeline Nolan

 

Third Prize: Ariel Fields 
Title: Little Owl focused at a potential meal

Little Owl focused at a potential meal by Ariel Fields

Bird Photographer of the Year book
The above images, plus those highly commended by the judges appear in the Bird Photographer of the Year book, Collection 4. Published by William Collins, the book is available from 24 August 2019 and can be ordered from the BPOTY online shop

 

Shortlisted Entries for 2019

To Fish or Not to Fish - Photo: Carlos Pérez

To fish or not to fish
Photo: Carlos Pérez




Flying the Red Eye - Photo: Madeline Nolan

Flying the Red Eye
Photo: Madeline Nolan




Landing Under Pressure - Photo: Carlos Pérez

Landing Under Pressure
Photo: Carlos Pérez




Hello - Photo: John L

Hello
Photo: John L




First Lights

First Lights




Dunlin




Greylag Goose Take-off - Photo: Joshua Kneale

Greylag Goose Take-off
Photo: Joshua Kneale




Black-winged Stilt - Photo: Franco

Black-winged Stilt
Photo: Franco




Common Kingfisher - Photo: Ariel Fields

Common Kingfisher
Photo: Ariel Fields




Surprised by late snow - Photo: Carlos Pérez

Surprised by late snow
Photo: Carlos Pérez




Winter Scream - Photo: Tamás Koncz-Bisztricz

Winter Scream
Photo: Tamás Koncz-Bisztricz




Rare Visitors - Photo: Giovanni

Rare Visitors
Photo: Giovanni




Silhoutte
Photo: Omkar J




 Grebe at river Tisza late Autumn Photo: Tamás Koncz-Bisztricz

Grebe at River Tisza late Autumn
Photo: Tamás Koncz-Bisztricz




Mandarin Duck reflection - Photo: Tommy Saunders

Mandarin Duck refelction
Photo: Tommy Saunders




Red Eye - Photo: Dirk Hoogenstein

Red Eye
Photo: Dirk Hoogenstein




Seaweed bed - Photo: Jake Kneale

Seaweed bed
Photo: Jake Kneale




Homecoming  - Photo: Jake Kneale

Homecoming
Photo: Jake Kneale




Storm at sea - Photo: Jake Kneale

Storm at sea
Photo: Jake Kneale




Avocet landing - Photo: Jake Kneale

Avocet landing
Photo: Jake Kneale




Puffins billing - Photo: Isaac West

Puffins billing
Photo: Isaac West




Upland Sandpiper - Photo: Jax Nasimok

Upland Sandpiper
Photo: Jax Nasimok




Long-eared Owl - Photo: Jax Nasimok

Long-eared Owl
Photo: Jax Nasimok




One - Photo: Tamás Koncz-Bisztricz

one
Photo: Tamás Koncz-Bisztricz




Nuthatch, Forest of DeanNuthatch, Forest of Dean Photo: Hugo Wilson

Nuthatch, Forest of Dean
Photo: Hugo Wilson




Ice breakers - Photo:Tamás Koncz-Bisztricz

Ice breakers
Tamás Koncz-Bisztricz




Killer

Killer




Wryneck Photo: Francesco

Wryneck
Photo: Francesco




Blue hour

Blue hour




Midnight golden light - Photo: Lasse

Midnight golden light
Photo: Lasse




evening-snacks




Pretend to be a trunk - Photo: Ariel Chen

Pretend to be a trunk
Photo: Ariel Chen




Beauty of snowy forest

Beauty of snowy forest




Silent hunter - Photo: Lasse

Silent hunter
Photo: Lasse




Dotterel in midnight sun - Photo: Lasse

Dotterel in midnight sun
Photo: Lasse




Arctic tundra - Photo: Lasse

Arctic tundra
Photo: Lasse




Least Bittern - Photo: Jax Nasimok

Least Bittern
Photo: Jax Nasimok




Atlantic Puffin - Photo: Jax Nasimok

Atlantic Puffin
Photo: Jax Nasimok




swirling-tail




Puffbird under the "Spotlight" - Photo: Ariel Chen

Puffbird under the "Spotlight"
Photo: Ariel Chen




Elegant eagle - Photo: Megan Mccm

Elegant eagle
Photo: Megan Mccm




I C U Boy!- Photo: Arshdeep

I C U Boy!
Photo: Arshdeep




Odd couple - Photo: Lasse

Odd couple
Photo: Lasse




Yellowlegs - Photo: Jax Nasimok

Yellowlegs
Photo: Jax Nasimok




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