At the Optimist Daily, we’re constantly delivering stories for you to read. But every now and again, there’s something wonderful to be gained by simply taking in the stunning beauty of our world and the animals that inhabit it. If you follow the link below, you will be treated to a visual feast of different birds in action, which all come from the coveted Bird Photographer Of The Year awards. The competition invites photographers of all ages and backgrounds to submit photos of birds, with all the proceeds going to worthwhile conservation causes. These are the 12 best to come from this year’s competition.