The results are in...

After more than 1,500 entries and multiple rounds of judging, our panel of experts has selected the winning photographs.

Award winning images of birds, wild mammals and dogs

Winners of the League Against Cruel Sports 2021 Animal Photography Awards

In the Beautiful Birds category...

  • First place: The Conductor, by Joanne Goostrey
  • Second place: Male Ptarmigan, by George Robertson
  • Third place: Combat, by Linda Chapman  

Watch Bill Oddie give his feedback on these photos:

In the Wild Mammals category...

  • First place: Eye to Eye With a Beautiful Badger, by Richard Birchett
  • Second place: Out For A Paddle With Mum, by Vernon Barker
  • Third place: Shake It All About, by Malcolm Yates

Watch Matthew Maran give his feedback on these photos:

In the Beloved Dogs category...

  • First place: Flying Mabel, by Steve Midgley
  • Second place: What You Looking At!, by Jill Smith
  • Third place: You Shall Not Pass, by Mesut Kieran

Watch Hannah Stitfall give her feedback on these photos:

See more of this year's incredible entries

We are grateful to everyone who took the time to submit an entry to the 2021 Animal Photography Awards. Our judges were astounded by the high quality of the photos they received, and it made their final decisions very difficult.

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We accepted entries to the 2021 Animal Photography Awards in three categories: Beautiful Birds, Wild Mammals and Beloved Dogs.

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