Ptarmigan plummeting over mountain wins Bird Photographer of the Year

Bird Photographer of the Year winners 2022
Rock Ptarmigan Flight - Taken using Nikon D850 with Nikon 70–200mm f/2.8 lens. (Image credit: © Erlend Haarberg / Bird Photographer of the Year)

Taking home the prestigious title of overall winner of the Bird Photographer of the Year competition 2022 is Norwegian photographer, Erlend Haarberg. His image of an elegant rock ptarmigan bird taking flight in winter plumage was taken above beautiful snow-covered mountains situated in Tysfjord, Norway.

The winning images from the world's largest bird photography competition have been revealed, and they really are a sight to see! Elevating the genre to a whole new level, these images are truly peck-tacular.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6 II lens (Image credit: © Andy Pollard / Bird Photographer of the Year)

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Beth Nicholls
Staff Writer

A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.