Verreaux's Eagle

Why should you consider entering photographic competitions?

Entering photographic competitions can have many benefits both for the birds and the contributing photographers. Firstly, photographic competitions provide a medium through which we can celebrate birds and drive awareness about their beauty as well as their need for protection.

Most competitions have a strong link to conservation. Secondly, they encourage photographers to self-analyse their images, push their creative boundaries and by doing so improve their craft. And thirdly, the top international competitions encourage photographers to uphold strict, ethical standards in the field and in their post processing efforts afterwards. They have specific rules which govern this and in such a way uphold authenticity and discourage behaviour that can have a negative impact on the subject and its surrounds.

The world’s top bird photography competition

Bird Photographer of the Year is the top international competition for bird photography. It celebrates bird life from around the world, whilst also raising vital funds for their partner charity Birds on the Brink.

I am always inspired by seeing the work of other photographers. Although my specialty is bird photography I have learnt so much from other genres; including wildlife, street, macro and landscape photography. The following two pages give some inspiration from the last two years of BPOTY:

View the Bird Photographer of the Year 2020 Winners — Bird Photographer of the Year (birdpoty.com)

View the Bird Photographer of the Year 2021 Winners — Bird Photographer of the Year (birdpoty.com)

Since entering the competition in 2019, I have been blessed to have a number of photographs recognised by the competition’s judging panel. Four of these images can be seen below:

COMMENDED
Bird Photographer of the Year 2019

“Eagle’s Eye View”
A Verreaux’s Eagle photographed at Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens
near Roodepoort, South Africa

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Bird Photographer of the Year 2020

“Medusa”
A Red-collared Widowbird photographed at Rietvlei Nature Reserve in Gauteng, South Africa.

COMMENDED
Bird Photographer of the Year 2020
“Rock Jumping”
A female Drakensberg Rockjumper photographed at Naude’s Nek in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

COMMENDED
Bird Photographer of the Year 2021

“They call me Diederik”
A Diederik Cuckoo photographed at Nambiti Game Reserve near Ladysmith in South Africa.

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