When Carol Steele, winner of Bird Photographer Of The Year 2019, arrived in Greece to take pictures of Dalmatian Pelicans in their breeding plumage, she discovered that Lake Kerkini, their favored haunt, had frozen for the first time in 16 years and all the pelicans had flown off.

“Fortunately, a few holes started to thaw in the lake and the birds slowly began to return,” explained the British photographer who won the top prize of £5,000 and the title “Bird Photographer of the Year 2019,” as well as the Gold Award for the Best Portrait category and the People’s Choice Award with the photo “Dancing On Ice – Dalmatian Pelican.”

“Unused to the slippery icy surface of the lake they regaled us with hilarious antics as they slid across the lake surface trying to retain control as they took off and landed.”

In its fourth annual edition, the Bird Photographer of the Year (BPOTY) competition organized by the British natural history photo library Nature Photographers Ltd (NPL), has unveiled the amazing selection of winners culled from more than 13.500 entries submitted from 63 countries.

The contest includes £3,500 and an Olympus camera system awarded to the Best Portfolio which was won this year by Thomas Hinsche from Germany with a series of six images and gold, silver, bronze and honorable mentions in different categories: Birds in the Environment, Attention to Detail, Bird Behavior, Birds in Flight, Garden and Urban Birds, Creative Imagery, Young Bird Photographer and a special new Inspirational Encounter Award.

The 2020 competition, which is open to professional and amateur photographers, is receiving entries from 18th August 2019 until 30 November 2019.

All the winners in the different categories can be seen here.

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