49 Of The Best Bird Photos Of 2020 Were Announced And They’re Breathtaking

Birds are some of the most majestic animals on the planet. While some can be total derps, according to any internet image search, for the most part, they are graceful creatures. Everything from the way they look to the way they rest on branches, stroll on the ground, and, of course, soar through the air screams majesty.

The annual Bird Photographer of the Year Contest aims to celebrate this. Recently, it has announced the winners of this year’s competition and showed off some of the most breathtaking photos of birds that this year’s contestants were able to snap.

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Bored Panda compiled a list of this year’s Bird Photographer of the Year contest winners for you to enjoy below. While you’re scrolling through the list, don’t forget to vote and comment on the ones you enjoyed the most!

#1 Black And White: First Place, By Robert Sommer

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#2 Attention To Detail: Second Place, By Mathias Putze

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#3 Attention To Detail: First Place, By Moshe Cohen

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Bird Photographer Of The Year is hosted by Birds On The Brink, a grant-awarding charity that supports bird conservation efforts around the world. This is their 5th year hosting the competition.

The contest was split into a number of categories, among which are Best Portfolio, Attention to Detail, Best Portrait, Bird Behavior, Birds in the Environment, Birds in Flight, Black and White, Creative Imagery, Garden and Urban Birds, and others.

#4 Black And White: Second Place, By Daniel Stenberg

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#5 Birds In Flight: Third Place, By Shu Qing

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#6 Attention To Detail: Third Place, By Francis De Andrés

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The grand prize went to Majed Alza’abi from Norway for his “End of the Day” photograph of a European Shag:

“I took this shot in April 2019 while on a visit to the famous Norwegian seabird island of Vardø, a location packed full of birds that provide endless opportunities for photography. There are a lot of opportunities for creative composition, playing with foreground and background; here I like the out-of-focus shag framing the in-focus individual, plus the bokeh of the sea as sunset approached. By experimenting, I aimed to create artistic and impressionistic shots of shags, and I hope I achieved my goal with this image,” elaborated Majed.

#7 Bird Behaviour: Second Place, By Greg Lecoeur

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#8 Birds In Flight: First Place, By Gadi Shmila

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#9 Birds In Flight: Second Place, By Nikos Fokas

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Check out the remainder of the photos by scrolling the list below. And if this isn’t enough, why not check out last year’s list? And if you haven’t had your fill of birds, why not give this list of realistic-looking embroidery from a bird’s-eye perspective a go!

#10 Garden And Urban Birds: Third Place, By Carlos Cifuentes

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#11 Young Bird Photographer Of The Year: First Place, ‘Seeing Double’ By Adam Lake

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#12 Highly Commended: ‘Rainbow Ballet’ By Christian Spencer

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#13 Best Portrait: Third Place, By Terje Kolaas

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#14 Creative Imagery: Third Place, By Chengbo Sun

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#15 Highly Commended: ‘Lotus Of Life’ By Min Ying

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#16 Highly Commended: ‘Tranquil Morning’ By Guang Hua Chen

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#17 Best Portrait: Second Place, By Greg Lecoeur

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#18 Bird Behaviour: Third Place, By Nicolas Reusens

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#19 Birds In The Environment: First Place, By Francesco Filippo Pellegrini

Iguazu Falls are one of the most amazing part of our planet. The valley is filled rainbow caused by the vapor of the falls. This is where the swifts of the falls found their perfect habitat. Thousands of those unique birds breed inside these powerful and amazing falls.

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#20 Creative Imagery: Second Place, By Terje Kolaas

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#21 Highly Commended: ‘Reign Forest’ By Adam Stunkel

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#22 Highly Commended: ‘Underwater Check’ By Greg Lecoeur

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#23 Highly Commended: ‘Buzz Kill’ By Shuvam Nath

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#24 Birds In The Environment: Third Place, By Swayamsiddha Mohapatra

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#25 Black And White: Third Place, By Juan Pablo Plaza Pozo

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#26 Garden And Urban Birds: Second Place, By Kiko Arcas

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#27 Young Bird Photographer Of The Year: Second Place, ‘Back-Lighting’ By Ismael Domínguez Gutiérrez

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#28 Highly Commended: ‘Torda’ By Jean-Marie Ville

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#29 Highly Commended: ‘Penguin Parliament’ By Russell Millner

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#30 Highly Commended: ‘Lady Phalarope’ By Tim Hopwood

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#31 Highly Commended: ‘Night Watch’ By Gideon Knight

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#32 Highly Commended: ‘Trails At Dusk’ By Kathryn Cooper

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#33 Bird Behaviour: First Place, By Roelof Molenaar

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#34 Young Bird Photographer Of The Year: Third Place, ‘Asian Green Bee-Eater Pair’ By Deeksha Diya Sambath

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#35 Highly Commended: ‘Reflections’ By Jian Huang

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#36 Highly Commended: ‘Forest Of Dreams’ By Samuel Bloch

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#37 Highly Commended: ‘Dipper Swimming Underwater’ By Conrad Dickinson

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#38 Highly Commended: ‘Spot The Bird’ By Swayamsiddha Mohapatra

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#39 Highly Commended: ‘Medusa!’ By Richard Flack

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#40 Highly Commended: ‘Golden Grass Storks’ By Johannes Rydström

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#41 Highly Commended: ‘Snake Bird’ By Wanchanok Suvarnakara

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#42 Best Portrait: First Place, ‘End Of The Day’, Vardø, Norway By Majed Alza’abi

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#43 Birds In The Environment: Second Place, By Pål Hermansen

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#44 Garden And Urban Birds: First Place, By Magdaléna Straková

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#45 Highly Commended: ‘Green Beauty’ By Andy Rouse

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#46 Highly Commended: ‘Stealing Back’ By David Pattyn

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#47 Creative Imagery: First Place, By James Hudson

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#48 Highly Commended: ‘Detail Grey Heron’ By Daniel Stenberg

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#49 Highly Commended: ‘Cygnus’ By Rachel Piper

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