The winners of the inaugural Bird Photographer of the Year 2016 contest have been announced, with the top honours going to photographer Andy Parkinson, of Derbyshire.

Organised in partnership by the British Trust for Ornithology and Nature Photographers Ltd, judges were unanimous in their praise for Parkinson’s creative image of a Mute Swan.

As the overall winner, Parkinson will take home a £5,000 prize fund and the title Bird Photographer of the Year 2016.

The competition opened last year at the Rutland Birdfair and accepted more than 6,500 entries from 40 different countries around the world. Judges included wildlife photographer and presenter Chris Packham.

Organisers will be releasing a 256-page coffee table book featuring the best images from the competition, and an exhibition will be held at The Royal Botanic Garden at Kew from 10 September through 29 January 2017.

The Bird Photographer of the Year 2017 competition is currently open for entries. Visit the BPOTY website for more information.

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