Going through the storm head-on: The Chicken Photographer of the Yr Competitors winners

Birds are some of the various teams of animals on the planet. Yearly, this variety is widely known by the passionate folks on the Chicken Photographer of the Yr, of their annual images awards.

Chicken Photographer of the Yr is a world photographic competitors, open to amateurs and professionals of all ages and talents. This yr, over 20,000 pictures have been submitted, showcasing an unbelievable number of birds from world wide. In our gallery we’ve highlighted our favourites from the winners and runners-up, together with many spectacular pictures from youthful photographers.

For extra details about the competitors, and to discover extra pictures, fly over to the official Chicken Photographer of the Yr web site.

General winner – Rock ptarmigan flight

Bird flying through mountain range

A rock ptarmigan ( Lagopus muta) flies over the unforgiving panorama of Tysfjorden, a fjord in Nordland county, Norway. The ptarmigan thrive on this space, battered by harsh winds, snow and freezing temperatures all through the lengthy winter months. Picture by Erlend Haarberg/BPOTY

Gold award for consideration to element – Sleeping magnificence

King penguin chick sleeping

Whereas most pictures of king penguins ( Aptenodytes patagonicus) appear to be of placing grownup birds, there’s a simple cuteness to the chicks with their brown ‘teddy bear’ plumage. This chick was asleep at Volunteer Level within the Falkland Islands, United Kingdom, and the photographer was capable of seize the small print across the beak, eye and ear; the latter seldom seen. Picture by Andy Pollard/BPOTY

Bronze award for birds in flight – Schalow’s turac

Schalow’s Turaco in flight

A Schalow’s turaco ( Tauraco schalowi) captured in flight within the Maasai Mara, Kenya. These stunningly-dressed birds spend most of their time excessive at nighttime jungle cover, and are extraordinarily quick flyers. Due to this, they’re hardly ever photographed in flight (if ever), making this picture extremely uncommon. Picture by Aaron Baggenstos/BPOTY

Silver award for birds within the atmosphere – Kaleidoscope

Aerial image of Flamingoes on lake

This picture reveals a small flock of lesser flamingoes ( Phoeniconaias minor) and better flamingoes ( Phoenicopterus roseus), as they fly over Lake Logipi in northern Kenya. Latest rains had lined the beforehand empty lake with a shallow depth of water. This had woke up dormant microscopic algae within the lake mattress, which brought about the purple coloration within the picture and combined with yellow and brown sediment washed into the lake from the Suguta River. Picture by Paul McKenzie/BPOTY

Gold award for finest portrait – Strut performer

Sage grouse strutting

A male sage grouse ( Centrocercus urophasianus) performs a strutting show on the prairies of the Nice Basin, USA. On these conventional show grounds, males of this Crimson Record ‘Close to Threatened’ species carry out within the hope of successful the proper to mate. This behaviour is for the good thing about the females, which decide the expertise present and choose the perfect genes to cross on to the subsequent era. Picture by Ly Dang/BPOTY

Bronze award for finest portrait – The doting couple

Purple-crested Turaco couple

Purple-crested turacos ( Gallirex porphyreolophus) like these are very shy and have a tendency to keep away from cameras, which makes this picture distinctive. This couple have been photographed at Decrease Mpushini, close to Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Picture by Richard Flack/BPOTY

Gold award for black and white – Between two worlds

Cormorant dives towards a school of fish

A double-crested cormorant ( Nannopterum auritus) dives in the direction of a faculty of fish, at Espíritu Santo, Baja California Sur, Mexico. The cormorant on this picture was having hassle catching a fish. Each time it dived down into the water, the varsity would transfer in unison to flee the fowl’s sharp beak, making it troublesome to isolate a single goal. Picture by Henley Spiers/BPOTY

Gold award for city birds – Over the town

Flamingoes fly over skyline of Abu Dhabi

A gaggle of better flamingoes ( Phoenicopterus roseus) fly over the morning skyline of a foggy Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Picture by Ammar Alsayed Ahmed/BPOTY

Younger fowl photographer of the yr winner – Going through the storm

Dunlin bird in sandstorm

A dunlin ( Calidris alpina) struggles to make headway via a sandstorm at Heligoland, Germany. Heligoland is a tiny North Sea island, identified for its usually delicate climate, though the climate on this picture is something however. Picture by Levi Fitze/BPOTY

Silver award for consideration to element – Loopy

Western Capercaillie hiding behind a tree

Western capercaillie ( Tetrao urogallus) friends round a tree trunk in Stockholm, Sweden. The capercaillie is a member of the grouse household, and the biggest of the grouse species. Picture by Isabella Chowra/BPOTY

Gold award for 9 to 13 years – Droplets

Hummingbird and water droplets

Anna’s hummingbird ( Calypte Anna) bathes in a water fountain, at Fremont, California, USA. A quick shutter pace was capable of seize the water droplets and the short movement of the fowl’s wings. Picture by Parham Pourahmad/BPOTY

Bronze award for 9 to 13 years – Hop, skip and leap

Parakeet jumping from flower to flower

A plum-headed parakeet ( Himalayapsitta cyanocephala) jumps from one department to a different. The pink hue of the feathers round its head identifies this particular person as a male. Photographed at Hosanagara, Karnataka, India. Picture by Achintya Murthy/BPOTY

Gold award for fowl behaviour – Duelling on the lek

Sage Grouse fighting

Sage grouse ( Centrocercus urophasianus) engaged in a battle, Colorado, USA. Throughout the spring breeding season, male sage grouse collect on conventional lekking websites and infrequently have interaction in brief however violent fights. They’ve an elaborate show designed to draw and impress females, and present their superiority. Inevitably this results in rivalry between males and challenges on the lek. Picture by Peter Ismert/BPOTY

Silver award for 14 to 17 years – Pied avocet chick


A pied avocet ( Recurvirostra avosetta) drinks from a soda lake known as Nagyszéksós-tó, close to the city of Mórahalom, Kinskunság Nationwide Park, Hungary. Picture by Tamás Koncz-Bisztricz/BPOTY

Gold award for birds in flight – Silo mural

Galahs in flight

A pair of galah ( Eolophus roseicapilla) fly previous a big grain silo that has been adorned with a mural, at Yelarbon, Queensland, Australia. Giant areas of Australia are flat, dry and given over to wheat farming. Cities can encompass as little as a truck cease and a group of grain silos. In some places, these silos have grow to be widespread palettes for big murals, drawing vacationers into in any other case desolate areas. Picture by Raoul Slater/BPOTY

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Bronze award for birds within the atmosphere – Free as a fowl

European Shag flies over huge wave

This picture reveals a European shag ( Gulosus aristotelis) because it flies over an enormous wave of about 8m excessive off the west coast of Asturias, in northern Spain. Picture by Mario Suarez Porras/BPOTY

Silver award winner for finest portrait – Puffin love

Puffin couple

The morning solar glows behind this pair of Atlantic puffin ( Fratercula arctica), who perch on the cliff edge at Elliston, Newfoundland, Canada. Picture by Brad James/BPOTY

Silver award for fowl behaviour – Guillemot swimmers

Common Guillemots swimming underwater

Widespread guillemots ( Uria aalge) swim underwater at Berwickshire Marine Reserve, Scotland, United Kingdom. Guillemots are wonderful swimmers, and use their wings to dive deep down so as to hunt for prey. Picture by Henley Spiers/BPOTY

Bronze award for city birds – The owlet and the dump

Baby owl at a rubbish dump

Barred owl ( Strix varia) stands amongst litter and garbage in a creek, in an city park at Hillsboro, Oregon, USA. Picture by Kerry Wu/BPOTY

Silver award for birds in flight – Starling at evening

Starling flying at night

A typical starling ( Sturnus vulgaris) flies in the direction of a fowl feeder that is filled with sunflower seeds, Solihull, West Midlands, United Kingdom. Picture by Mark Williams/BPOTY

Bronze award for fowl behaviour – Waxwing silhouette

Waxwing SILHOUETTE on tree branch

Bohemian waxwing ( Bombycilla garrulus) perches on a berry bush, and flips a berry into its mouth. Photographed at Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada. Picture by Simon d’Entremont/BPOTY

Bronze award for 14 to 17 years – Sundown

Plover on sultans in sunset

A kentish plover ( Charadrius alexandrinus) stands within the sand at Khok Kham, Samut Sakhon, Thailand, because the solar units behind it. Picture by Thamboon Uyyanonvara/BPOTY

Silver award for black and white – The guardian of Mordor

Great cormorant on a rocky cliff

You may not see it at first, however on a rocky outcrop close to the centre of this picture, an important cormorant ( Phalacrocorax carbo) spreads its wings. This spectacular picture was taken on the black lava seaside of Skarðsvík, on the west coast of Iceland. Picture by Paweł Smolik/BPOTY

Silver award for city birds – Gonzo

Owl sheltering from the rain

A bit of owl ( Athene noctua) shelters from the rain, below the roof of a constructing in Harghita county, Transylvania, Romania. Picture by Laszlo Potozky/BPOTY

Silver award for 9 to 13 phrases – Shadows

Blackbird silhouette

A Eurasian blackbird ( Turdus merula) stands on a tree department in Grazalema, Spain. Picture by Andrés Luis Domínguez Blanco/BPOTY

Gold award for 8 years and below – Hoot are you?

Owl on a tree branch

A barred owl chick ( Strix varia) seems straight on the photographer, on this picture taken at Acadia Nationwide Park, Maine, United States of America. Picture by Arjun Jenigiri/BPOTY

Bronze award for consideration to element – Beads of diamonds

Great Northern Diver covered with water beads

A typical loon, or nice northern diver ( Gavia immer) has been captured in beautiful element on this picture. This particular person has simply surfaced from a dive, with water droplets beading off its feathers. Photographed within the Cariboo area, British Columbia, Canada. Picture by Sue Dougherty/BPOTY

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