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  • Hooded Plover

    Hooded Plover.   Photographer: Andrew Browne

  • Black-winged Stilt

    Black-winged Stilt.   Photographer: Sandy Castle

  • Little Tern

    Little Tern.   Photographer: Mal Carnegie

  • Superb Parrot

    Superb Parrot.   Photographer: Judy Leitch

  • Great Egret

    Great Egret.   Photographer: William Betts

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Latest Images

Red-kneed Dotterel
Red-kneed Dotterel
David Newell
Viewed: 7
Freckled Duck
Freckled Duck
David Newell
Viewed: 11
Northern Fantail
Northern Fantail
Diana Womersley
Viewed: 8
Black-faced Woodswallow
Black-faced Woodswallow
Diana Womersley
Viewed: 3
Grey Goshawk
Grey Goshawk
Diana Womersley
Viewed: 13
Varied Triller
Varied Triller
Bruce Mcnaughton
Viewed: 11
Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern
William Betts
Viewed: 10
Bush Stone-curlew
Bush Stone-curlew
William Betts
Viewed: 7
Splendid Fairy-wren
Splendid Fairy-wren
William Betts
Viewed: 9
Great Crested Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Tim Van Leeuwen
Viewed: 11
Nankeen Night-Heron
Nankeen Night-Heron
Tim Van Leeuwen
Viewed: 11
Great Crested Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Tim Van Leeuwen
Viewed: 15
Great Crested Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Tim Van Leeuwen
Viewed: 23
Silver Gull
Silver Gull
Simone Daley
Viewed: 7
Brown Thornbill
Brown Thornbill
Warren Wilson
Viewed: 14
Straw-necked Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
Erica Siegel
Viewed: 5
Silver Gull
Silver Gull
Douglas Coughran
Viewed: 27

We have another gallery where our members can post images.  The Landscapes/Habitats gallery is where you can post images of places, such as long range/wide angle landscape photos, or patches of habitat, such as medium range views of typical scrub, forest, wetlands, etc.  Places must be within Australia or its external territories/dependencies.

BirdLife Australia is hoping that this will become a useful resource for their Key Biodiversity Areas project, which Paul Sullivan, CEO BirdLife Australia, and Fiona Blandford, Network Development Coordinator, spoke about to those of us who were forunate enough to attend our recent Digital Photography in the Bush event at Geelong.

Our current photo competition is Black & White Birds.  This competition is all about exposure.  It can be said that really, there is no such thing as “correct exposure”, as exposure depends on what the photographer is trying to achieve.  What we are wanting in this competition is images that show both the black and the white feathers on your subject without losing the detail.  The object is to achieve a well-exposed shot of the subject without blowing out the white on the bird whilst still achieving some detail in the black feathers.

Species that are permissible for this competition are those on the white to black continuum, which means black through grey to white.  Regardless of the grey, these species must have appreciable amounts of both black and white in their plumage, and visible in the image. The black and white must be the predominant plumage, and there must be no other coloured plumage. For example, the brown wings of the Red-kneed Dotterel, or the chestnut breast band of a breeding Banded Stilt would disqualify these species.  Eye, bill and leg colour are irrelevant, as is coloured facial skin.  This limits the number of suitable species and many will be common species – this competition is about photographic technique.  By the way – no monochrome images!

This competition is open to members for submission of entries until Monday 17th April 2017.  Images for this competition must have been taken within the last 2 years.  Images submitted to previous competitions, or to the New Images gallery, may be submitted to this competition; if you choose to do this, you must resubmit the image to the competition gallery; images moved from another existing gallery will not be accepted.  See the Photo Gallery - Competitions section for full details of our competitions, and quick access to the current competition galleries.

The BirdLife Photography Annual Award for 2016 - our most prestigous award - was presented to Ian Wilson at our recent Digital Photography in the Bush event at Geelong.  This award is made to the member who excels against the following criteria:

  • at least 24 high quality images submitted to the image galleries through 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.

 In addition to this award, Ian also won the Gold medal for the Photo Competitions - Advanced Level category.

Ian Wilson Competition Award

Ian Wilson receives the Gold Medal for Photo Competitions - Advanced Level, 2016

We will publish a photo of Ian receiving the major award as soon as we can source it from one of our photographers.

 

The winners of our various awards for our Photo Competitions 2016 were announced at DPITB Geelong recently.

Best Photograph of the Year - DSLR Camera

Great Egret by Georgina Steytler taken 2016 03 15

Great Egret - Georgina Steytler

 

Best Photograph of the Year - Non-DSLR Camera

Welcome Swallow by Rodger Scott taken 2016 06 14

Welcome Swallow - Rodger Scott

 

Photo Competitions - Advanced Level

Gold Medal - Ian Wilson

Silver Medal - Tim Van Leeuwen

Bronze Medal - Harry Charalambous

Photo Competitions - IntermediateLevel

Gold Medal - Wilson Lennard

Silver Medal - Michael Schmid

Bronze Medal - Gunther Frensch

Photo Competitions - Entry Level

Gold Medal - Jonathan Pridham

Silver Medal - Bill Carroll

Bronze Medal - William Woodhouse

Most Improved Photographer of the Year

Deanne Gaskell

Cherilyn Corker

Congratulations to all these winners!

 

BirdLife Photography is delighted to announce the winner of the 2017 Tom Oliver Award  ...

Georgina Steytler

Our 2015 TOA winner, Brian O'Leary, presented the 2017 award to Georgina during our "Digital Photography in the Bush" event in Geelong.

Tom Oliver Award Winners, Georgina Steytler (2017) and Brian O'Leary (2015)

 

Georgina's winning entry, an e-book "The Art of Bird Photography", is available here.

 

Member voting for the Ducks & Pygmy-Geese competition, which closed for entries on 27th February and for voting on 13th March, 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 – Ducks & Pygmy-Geese

This category attracted 43 entries, from 15 photographers. 37 members voted, with the following result:

Intermediate Level – Ducks & Pygmy-Geese

This category attracted 78 entries, from 30 photographers. 36 members voted, with the following result:

Entry Level – Ducks & Pygmy-Geese

This category attracted 32 entries, from 16 photographers. 35 members voted, with the following result:

Congratulations to all these photographers for their quality bird images.

Recent Picks

Great Crested Grebe (Image ID 24744)
Great Crested Grebe
Tim Van Leeuwen
Viewed: 23
Australasian Grebe (Image ID 24726)
Australasian Grebe
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 35
Striated Fieldwren (Image ID 24719)
Striated Fieldwren
Peter Owen
Viewed: 51
Pink-eared Duck (Image ID 24681)
Pink-eared Duck
Jill Wilson
Viewed: 43
Curlew Sandpiper (Image ID 24676)
Curlew Sandpiper
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 44
Yellow White-eye (Image ID 24659)
Yellow White-eye
Georgina Steytler
Viewed: 64
White-eared Honeyeater (Image ID 24633)
White-eared Honeyeater
Tim Van Leeuwen
Viewed: 47
Purple Swamphen (Image ID 24629)
Purple Swamphen
Con Boekel
Viewed: 63
Golden Whistler (Image ID 24619)
Golden Whistler
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 86
Bush Stone-curlew (Image ID 24612)
Bush Stone-curlew
Michael Schmid
Viewed: 67

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