BirdGuides Photo of the Year 2022


The 17th annual BirdGuides Photo of the Year is here – and the winner will be decided by you.

The 52 winning images of 2022 have been whittled down to a shortlist of 10 through a careful process of deliberation by the BirdGuides and Birdwatch team. This year's was a another close affair, with around half of the year's winners making it into the team's collective shortlists –  perfectly demonstrating the subjectiveness of photography.

However, we're finally in agreement with the choices we've come up with. Now it's up to you to choose your favourite from the selection below and cast your vote. You can see the shortlisted images below.

As with previous years, we've been left amazed by the quality of our contributors' uploads throughout the year, as a look through the Photo of the Week gallery will show. A heartfelt thanks goes to all our contributors, who continue to make this long-running competition of the highest quality by taking the time to post their superb images in our galleries each week. You make the website such a brilliant place to visit!

Please note that voting will close at midnight on Sunday 26 February, with the winner announced in the April issue of Birdwatch.


Guillemot by Sam Langlois



Grey Phalarope by Colin Bradshaw



Isabelline Wheatear by Tim White



Black-browed Albatross and Northern Gannet by Bethan Clyne



Sanderlings by Richard Castell



Black Tern by Ian Bollen



Waxwing by Rob Holmes



Black Redstart by Adrian Dancy



Eurasian Sparrowhawk and Common Snipe by Dave Jackson



Grey Heron by Clive Daelman



Vote now!

Please choose your favourite image on the list below, enter your name and email address, and click 'Submit'.

Written by: BirdGuides