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).

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Joseph Foley

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