These award-winning bird photos will brighten up your day

The winners of Bird Photographer of the Year 2023 have been announced, and as always they've brightened up our day. Now in its eighth year, the annual competition has several categories, including best overall, best portrait, best portfolio and best video. There are also awards for specific types of captures, including birds in flight and bird behaviour. 

Some 20,000 entries were submitted, capturing the diversity of birds around the world and the dramatically different habitats they live in. The overall winner was a shot of a peregrine falcon attacking a brown pelican taken by Jack Zhi (see our pick of the best cameras if you're inspired to take your own shots).

You can see Zhi's image and other award winners in the gallery above. For more information on the competition visit the BPOTY website. Entry to the 2024 competition is now open. Entry into the adult competition requires the purchase of entry credits, which start at a rate of £10 for 1 entry.

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Joseph Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news and features, updates buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment for creatives, from monitors to accessories and office supplies. A writer and translator, he also works as a project manager at London and Buenos Aires-based design and branding agency Hermana Creatives, where he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing photography, video content, graphic design and collaterals for the hospitality sector. He enjoys photography, particularly nature photography, wellness and he dances Argentine tango.