The Bird Photographer of the Year is Norwegian photographer Erlend Haarberg, who won the top prize for the image above, titled Rock Ptarmigan Flight. It also won the Birds in the Environment category. Haarberg gets $5,000 in addition to the title. Of course, he's not the only photographer to take home honors in the Bird Photographer of the Year competition. Below is the winner of the Portraits category, a male sage grouse in full mating display captured by American Ly Dang. What female sage grouse wouldn't be impressed?
Other categories are Best Portfolio, Attention to Detail, Bird Behaviour, Birds in Flight, Black and White, Urban Birds, and Creative Imagery. There were also awards for younger age groups, and a special Conservation Award. You can see the amazing winners and runners-up in each category at the competition gallery. The 2023 contest is already open, so get your binoculars and cameras ready. -via Digg