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    Golden Whistler.   Photographer: Glenn Pure

  • Eurasian Coot

    Eurasian Coot.   Photographer: Con Boekel

  • Silver Gull

    Silver Gull.   Photographer: Con Boekel

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    Golden-headed Cisticola.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

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    Pied Currawong.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

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The next BirdLife Photography Biennial Conference (previously Digital Photography In The Bush) will be held in Fremantle, WA, on 21st & 22nd September 2019.

This Search facility will search all website content, uploaded documents, and images.  Some content on this site is restricted to BLP members; visitors may not be able to access all the items found.  The search options button on the All Photos page (on the Photo Gallery drop-down menu), and on individual gallery pages, provides more options for searching images only.

Latest Images

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Image ID 32287)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Cherilyn Corker
Viewed: 8
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Image ID 32286)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Cherilyn Corker
Viewed: 3
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Image ID 32285)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Cherilyn Corker
Viewed: 3
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Image ID 32284)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Cherilyn Corker
Viewed: 3
Latham's Snipe (Image ID 32283)
Latham's Snipe
Bruce McNaughton
Viewed: 10
Whiskered Tern (Image ID 32282)
Whiskered Tern
Bruce McNaughton
Viewed: 7
Whiskered Tern (Image ID 32281)
Whiskered Tern
Bruce McNaughton
Viewed: 6
Whistling Kite (Image ID 32280)
Whistling Kite
Hayley Alexander
Viewed: 4
Pied Stilt (Image ID 32279)
Pied Stilt
Cherilyn Corker
Viewed: 6
Northern Giant-Petrel (Image ID 32276)
Northern Giant-Petrel
Mark Lethlean
Viewed: 11
Northern Giant-Petrel (Image ID 32275)
Northern Giant-Petrel
Mark Lethlean
Viewed: 8
Leaden Flycatcher (Image ID 32273)
Leaden Flycatcher
Terence Alexander
Viewed: 10

Our latest photo competition, Birds in Arid Habitats, closed for entries on 8th October; it is now open for members to vote for their choice of the top five images, in each of the three competition levels. 

If you're unsure of how to vote, the Competition Voting page should help you.

Voting for this Current Competition will be open until 7 PM (AEST) Monday 29th October 2018.

Member voting for the Small is Splendid competition, which closed for entries on 13th August and for voting on 3rd September, has been analysed and the results for the top 5 images in each category are listed here.  In line with many other bird/wildlife photo competitions, we present the results in the following manner: the Winner is the image which received the most votes; and we also show the next four highest placed images, rating them as Highly Commended if they received at least 90% of the votes for the winning image, and Commended for scores less than that.

Advanced Level – Small is Splendid

This category attracted 51 entries, from 15 photographers. 41 members voted, with the following result:

Intermediate Level – Small is Splendid

This category attracted 97 entries, from 33 photographers. 34 members voted, with the following result:

Entry Level – Small is Splendid

This category attracted 40 entries, from 14 photographers. 38 members voted, with the following result:

Congratulations to all these photographers for their quality images


A new Bird Identification Challenge is now available for our members, with the theme "Marathon Migrators".  It’s that time of year again, when the migratory birds are returning to our part of the world, so what better time to brush up on your knowledge and identification skills.  As for the previous "Wonderful Wanderers" ID Challenges, it requires you to do a little more than just identify the species; there are four associated questions, which are displayed in the ID Challenge page.

This challenge will consist of two rounds, with ten images in each.  Each round will be open for three weeks.  Round 1 opened on 1st September, and closed on 23rd September; round 2 opened on 30th September and will close on 21st October.  To access the ID Challenge, you must be logged in to the website; when you are, the ID Challenge will be available on the Photo Gallery menu.  Simply open that page, enter your answers for each image in the comments box under the image, then click the Submit button at the bottom of the page to submit your answers.  A copy of your answers will be emailed to you.

Enjoy this Challenge!

McKinley Moens
Bird ID Challenge Coordinator

In the past week or so (early April), we've had several members contact us to report that they have been unable to upload images to our galleries; the upload would hang, sometimes reporting a timeout error, sometimes with no error message.  It appears that a recent update to the Safari web browser - the default for Apple systems - is the cause of this behaviour.  Our advice to Safari users who experience this problem is to change to an alternative web browser; we recommend either Chrome or Firefox.

The BirdLife Photography Annual Award for 2017 - our most prestigious award - goes to Ian Wilson.  This award is made to the member who excels against the following criteria:

  • submits at least 24 high quality images to the image galleries on the website during the calendar year,
  • participates in at least 50% of the Current Competitions organised during the calendar year,
  • actively contributes to at least one of a range of BirdLife Photography activities, events, project or resources that benefit our members.

Ian’s contributions, against these criteria, were as follows:

  • Submitted nearly 200 images to non-competition galleries. 34 of these appeared in the “Recent Picks” sidebar.
  • Entered every competition during 2016, winning the Member’s Voting award in two of six competitions for the year; many other competition entries received commended results.
  • Won the Gold Medal in the Advanced Competition Photographer of the Year.
  • Contributed two major technical articles to our newsletters.
  • Was one of the most active contributors, both with new topics and responding to other posts, to our Forum.
  • Commented on 32 images submitted to the Critique Gallery.

Ian’s contribution to BirdLife Photography throughout 2017 was truly outstanding, and we congratulate – and thank - him for his efforts.  This is the second of these Awards that Ian has won; it is a well-deserved recognition of his continued contributions to BirdLife Photography.

The award is presented as a multi-faceted crystal, with a frosted white-on-crystal BLP logo and laser inscription, in a velvet presentation case.

Best Photograph of the Year - DSLR Camera

Imperial Shag - Catherine Noone

Imperial Shag


Best Photograph of the Year - Non-DSLR Camera

Australian Pelican - Anna Browne

Australian Pelican

The winners of these Photographs of the Year received a BLP gold medal.

Recent Picks

Northern Giant-Petrel (Image ID 32276)
Northern Giant-Petrel
Mark Lethlean
Viewed: 11
Australian Pied Oystercatcher (Image ID 32272)
Australian Pied Oystercatcher
Terence Alexander
Viewed: 15
Black Swan (Image ID 32252)
Black Swan
Tim Van Leeuwen
Viewed: 31
Cotton Pygmy-goose (Image ID 32234)
Cotton Pygmy-goose
Warren Bennett
Viewed: 28
Pied Stilt (Image ID 32231)
Pied Stilt
Chris Young
Viewed: 32
Brown Quail (Image ID 32222)
Brown Quail
Glenn Pure
Viewed: 32
White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Image ID 32211)
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Robert Toneguzzo
Viewed: 31
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater (Image ID 32203)
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater
Glenn Pure
Viewed: 26
Black Kite (Image ID 32210)
Black Kite
Gary King
Viewed: 46
Rufous Songlark (Image ID 32178)
Rufous Songlark
Hayley Alexander
Viewed: 40


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The Our People page, in the About Us section, contains email links to each of the committee members.