Winner of The Bird Photographer of the Year 2019: Dancing on Ice

The image of the “dancing” pelican on the glacier in Greece by the British author, Caron Steele, won the top prize in The Bird Photographer of the Year 2019.

Dancing on Ice is the picture winning The Bird Photographer of the Year 2019. The owner is Caron Steele, a photographer from Worrouershire. She said that when she came to Greece to take photos of her reproductive pelicans, she discovered Lake Kerkini, which is a favorite place for pelicans to feed, froze for the first time in 16 years. There are some small holes on the lake and pelicans gather around. She was lucky to capture the beautiful moment when the pelican was dancing on ice.

A photo of the European hoopoe bird (belonging to the First Ax family) is catching prey from German photographer, Thomas Hinsche, in Saxony-Anhalt (Germany), who won the gold prize in the Best Portfolio 2019.

Another work by photographer Thomas Hinsche, he captures a scene of a cormorant that is catching dwarf catfish in a Hungarian national park. The photo won the bronze prize for Best Portfolio 2019.

Swedish photographer Ivan Sjogren won the gold prize in the Bird Behavior category. His work records the sight of hummingbirds bathing in cool water in Costa Rica in the early morning.

Hungarian photographer Bence Mate received a silver prize in the Bird Behavior category. Mate said that in order to take a picture of this beautiful snow flare, he had to plan for 10 years.

The image of a tailed hummingbird in Costa Rica, taken by British photographer Cat Edwardes, won the Silver of Creative Imagery. Photograph by Canadian photographer Chad Larsen, photographing a snow owl, won the gold prize in the Garden and Urban Birds.

The silver prize for Garden and Urban Birds belongs to the work of Canadian photographer Meera Sulaiman. He captures swans that live in Lake Ontario, which is considered Canada’s most toxic coal mine with a huge amount of industrial waste accumulated in 100 years.