These are the best bird photos of 2017

Winning and shortlisted images from this year’s competition, from awe-inspiring action shots to charming portraits, featured in a new book celebrating some of the best bird photography of the year.

Pink flamingo feeding their young by Alejandro Prieto Rojas, Mexico. Gold award and Bird Photographer of the Year 2017 winner in the best portrait category.


Coots fighting by Andrew Parkinson, Derbyshire, UK. Gold award winner in the bird behaviour category.


A perfect landing by Bret Charman, New South Wales, Australia. Gold award winner in the birds in flight category.


Bearded sunset by Markus Varesvuo, Helsinki, Finland. Winner in best portfolio category and honourable mention for best portrait.


Twilight by Markus Varesvuo, Kuusamo, Finland. Best portfolio winner in the creative imagery category.


Barn owl hunting by house by Jamie Hall, Suffolk, England. Gold award winner in the birds in the garden category.


Andean condor in flight over mountain peaks by Ben Hall, UK. Gold award winner in the birds in the environment category.


Wing Formation by Tom Hines, UK. Gold award winner in the attention to detail category.


The speculum by Georgina Steytler. Australia. Gold award winner in the creative imagery category.


Calling for the Sun by Ondrej Pelanek, Czech Republic. Gold award winner, Young Bird Photographer of the Year.


Catch of the day by Vince Burton, UK. Winner of the Nature Photographers Ltd people’s choice award.


Camouflage by Daniel Stenberg, Sweden. Honourable mention, birds in the environment category.


Goosander and brood by Jonathan Gaunt, UK. Category: bird behaviour.


Daily basket by Ionel Onofras, Romania. Category: best portrait.


The battle by Jose Garcia, US. Category: bird behaviour.



Grey heron, Ahmad Alessa, Kuwait. Silver award winner in the attention to detail category.


Full speed by Faisal Alnomas, Kuwait. Category: bird behaviour.


Barn owl hovering by Roy Rimmer, UK. Category: bird behaviour.



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