Following the announcement of winners for the fifth annual Bird Photographer of the Year Competition, SWAROVSKI OPTIK, the long-range optic specialists, proudly awarded nine winners with a pair of binoculars.

The prestigious competition organised by conservation charity Birds on the Brink saw photographers from around the world submit incredible and artistic images of birds, which were judged by an expert panel that included Head Judge and TV presenter Chris Packham.

Entitled ‘End of the Day’, the winning entry was an impressionistic image of a European Shag taken at Vardø in Norwayby Majed AlZa’abi from Kuwait, Majed who was awarded with the competition’s top prize of £5,000 and the title ‘Bird Photographer of the Year 2020’. Majed’s image was also the winning image in the Best Portrait category of the competition and for that he was presented with a pair of SWAROVSKI OPTIK CL Companion binoculars. Designed for nature lovers on the move, the lightweight CL Companion binoculars are available in either 8x or 10x magnification and ensure smooth and jitter-free viewing of wildlife.

Additional categories sponsored by SWAROVSKI OPTIK in the awards included ‘Birds in the Environment’, ‘Attention to Detail’, ‘Bird Behaviour’, ‘Birds in Flight’, ‘Garden and Urban Birds’, ‘Creative Imagery’ and ‘Black and White’. Winners in these categories hailed from destinations as varied as the UK, Italy, Israel, Germany and Czech Republic and were all provided with a pair of SWAROVSKI OPTIK CL Companion binoculars as their prize.

The winner of the Young Bird Photographer of the Year 2020 competition was also announced as Adam Lake from the United Kingdom. Adam’s innovative use of a phone camera resulted in a beautiful reflection of a Mute Swan entitled ‘Seeing Double’. Adam was awarded with a pair of SWAROVSKI OPTIK CL Pocket 8×25 binoculars and £300.

Speaking about the awards, Peter Antoniou, Country Manager UK & Ireland for SWAROVSKI OPTIK, said: “It was an honour to award the winners of the Bird Photography of the Year Competition with their very own pair of SWAROVSKI OPTIK binoculars. The artistic talent displayed during this year’s competition was outstanding, and I look forward to hopefully hearing how the winners use their new binoculars to find more inspiration during their wildlife and photography explorations.”

The Bird Photographer of the Year judging team collectively added: “To win this competition it takes a very special photograph. Technical perfection is simply not enough; it is the imaginative eye and a mind that seeks out the unusual and the artistic in the everyday that will do well.”

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For more information on the Bird Photographer of the Year Competition, visit

Notes to Editors:

Photo caption:
Image 1: Majed AlZa’abi’s winning image titled ‘End of Day’. Image courtesy of Bird Photographer of the Year / Majed AlZa’abi.
Image 2: Bird Photographer of the Year logo.
Image 3: Young BPOTY 2020 winning image by Adam Lake from the United Kingdom. Image courtesy of Bird Photographer of the Year / Adam Lake.

The high-resolution images, together with caption information and the awarded positions can be accessed online in a gallery hosted by Nature Photographers Ltd using the link below and the password swift2020

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SWAROVSKI OPTIK. headquartered in Absam, Tyrol, is part of the Swarovski group of companies. Founded in 1949, the Austrian company specialises in the development and manufacturing of long-range optical instruments of the highest precision in the premium segment of the market. The binoculars, spotting scopes, rifle scopes, and optronic instruments are products of choice for demanding users. The company’s success is based on its innovative strength, the quality and intrinsic value of its products, and their functional and esthetic design. The appreciation of nature is an essential part of its company philosophy and is reflected commendably in its environment-friendly production and its long-term commitment to selected nature conservation projects. The turnover in 2019 was 158.7 million euros (2018: 156.3 million euros), with an export ratio of 91%. The company has around 980 employees.

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