This Search facility will search all website content, uploaded documents, and images. 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.
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:
In addition to this award, Ian also won the Gold medal for the Photo Competitions - Advanced Level category.
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.
Great Egret - Georgina Steytler
Welcome Swallow - Rodger Scott
Gold Medal - Ian Wilson
Silver Medal - Tim Van Leeuwen
Bronze Medal - Harry Charalambous
Gold Medal - Wilson Lennard
Silver Medal - Michael Schmid
Bronze Medal - Gunther Frensch
Gold Medal - Jonathan Pridham
Silver Medal - Bill Carroll
Bronze Medal - William Woodhouse
Congratulations to all these winners!
BirdLife Photography is delighted to announce the winner of the 2017 Tom Oliver Award ...
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.