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Bird Photographer of the Year 2022

The stunning opening exhibition of 2023 presents 81 captivating photographs. Photographers from all over the world entered more than 20,000 images into the competition, each with their eyes on the £5,000 grand prize.

Norwegian photographer Erlend Haarberg was declared this year’s grand prize winner for his beautiful image Tysfjorden, see image above, an image of a rock ptarmigan in winter plumage taking flight above the snow-covered mountains of Tysfjord, Norway, taking the grand prize in the world’s largest bird photography competition.

“High up in the mountains, the wind, snow and cold maintain the iron grip of winter for many months on end. This is where Rock Ptarmigan thrive in an endless white landscape,” says Haarberg. “On this particular winter’s day, I was on my way to a mountain top. I had almost reached the summit when I spotted some ptarmigan tracks in the snow. Soon a bird took flight, with the dramatic backdrop showing what a harsh environment this bird calls home.”

The Young Bird Photographer of the Year 2022 was awarded to 17-year-old Swiss photographer Levi Fitze for his image of a dunlin struggling against a sandstorm.

“Once again our talented photographers have cast a light on the incredible diversity of bird life that we share our planet with,” says Will Nicholls, Director of Bird Photographer of the Year. “But it is also a stark reminder of what we stand to lose if we don’t continue to look after the natural world and fight for its protection from the many threats that exist today.”

Bird Photographer of the Year has conservation at its heart. This year, the competition donated more than £5,000 to partner charity Birds on the Brink, which provides vital funding to grass-roots bird conservation projects around the world. Find out more at www.birdsonthebrink.co.uk

Photographers competed in eight different categories in the adult competition: Best Portrait, Birds in the Environment, Attention to Detail, Bird Behaviour, Birds in Flight, Black and White, Urban Birds, and Creative Imagery. There was also a Conservation Award, Portfolio Award, and Video Award.


The Oxfordshire Museum
Fletcher's House
Park Street
OX20 1SN


Saturday 21 Jan 2023, 12am-Sunday 5 Mar 2023, 12am




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