Bird Photographer of the Year Award 2022 Bronze

Bronze Award in Bird Photographer of the Year 2022

Bird Photographer of the Year is the world’s leading bird photography competition with over 20,000 entries received in 2022. The competition is in its 7th year and celebrates the world’s best bird photography, whilst supporting conservation efforts through imagery and financial support.

In 2022, my image; the Doting Couple, won the Bronze Award in the portrait category of BPOTY, placing it amongst the top 30 images in the world for the year. What an incredible honour!

BRONZE AWARD WINNER
Bird Photographer of the Year 2022

“The Doting Couple”

I have seen Purple-crested Turacos on hundreds of occasions and have always tried to take special photographs of them. They are such iconic African birds and are sought after subjects. Unfortunately they are shy characters and tend to avoid camera lenses. While birding a small conservancy in the Lower Mpushini area near Pietermaritzburg my luck with them was going to completely change. This exquisite pair flew out from thick cover and landed a few metres in front of me while I was searching for African Emerald Cuckoos in the canopy. The birds seemed way more interested in each other than me, which allowed for some unbelievable photographic moments. A dream encounter and an intimate moment shared with them!

Thank you so much to BPOTY and the judging panel and congratulations to all the inspirational winners!

To view and celebrate all the winners and highly commended images: https://www.birdpoty.com/bpoty-2022-winners

I was also fortunate to have another four of my entered images commended in the competition, with the added honour that they will form part of the competition’s year book that celebrates the top 200 odd images entered.

COMMENDED
Bird Photographer of the Year 2022

“The Snow Leopard of Birds”
A Striped Flufftail moves quickly through his bracken habitat at Mbona Nature Reserve in the Karkloof, South Africa

COMMENDED
Bird Photographer of the Year 2022

“Busy Builder”
An African Marsh Harrier builds its nest at a small dam near my home in the Natal Midlands, South Africa.

COMMENDED
Bird Photographer of the Year 2022

“Black on Black”
A Black Sawwing sits on a lichen-rich perch in Balgowan, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

COMMENDED
Bird Photographer of the Year 2022

“Standing Proud”
A Double-banded Courser stands proud at the Mountain Zebra National Park, South Africa.

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