Organisers of the first bird festival in Sulaymaniyah hope that the event will promote a greater interest in owning and caring for feathered friends.

Over 70 bird keepers travelled from across the Kurdistan Region to exhibit around 500 birds, with people from Erbil, Duhok, Kirkuk and Halabja joining fellow enthusiasts in Sulaymaniyah.

Prizes were awarded, with the hope of encouraging an even larger turn out next year.