Coming Soon: Digital Photography In The Bush 2017
March 10th-12th, at Geelong, Victoria
Our DPITB program is now finalised, and registration is now open.
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 added two new galleries to which our members may submit images. These are "Creative Images" and "Science and Conservation".
The idea for this gallery was canvassed by a poll in our Forum last year, and was overwhelming accepted by those who chose to give their opinion. It has taken a while to come into operation, but it's now available - and there's already one image there. What's a "creative image"? Well, basically, anything that you want - it may be created in-camera, by tweaking your setting when you capture the image, or by accidentally getting it "wrong" but producing a pleasing result; it can be a close-up section of a conventional image; it can be something created by post-processing one or more images using any technique you care to apply. Anything goes! The only real "rules" are, as always, ethical photography, and no nesting birds or nests with eggs and/or chicks. There are several examples in the posts in the relevant forum thread.
A new Bird Identification Challenge is now available for our members. The theme is "Duck & Drakes". This theme was chosen to complement the first photographic competition of the year. While some of the species are common on many Australian waterbodies, there are a couple of species that many Australian bird watchers would not have seen – in Australia at least. Please note that common names and scientific names of several species of ducks have recently been updated and that this affects some of the species in the ID competition - see the Resources - Taxonomic Changes page for full details.
This challenge will consist of two rounds, with ten images in each. Round 1 is now available, and will close at 10am AEDST on 18th February; it will be followed by Round 2, commencing on Saturday 25th February. 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 answer 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!
ID Challenge Coordinator
The first photo competition for 2017, Ducks & Pygmy-Geese, is now open for entries; it will close on Monday 27th February. Images for this competition must have been taken within the last two 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.
As usual, there are three levels: Entry, Intermediate and Advanced. To submit a photo, go to the "Photo Gallery" menu and choose "Submit Photo" from the drop-down menu. At the top of the form that opens is an option to select into which Gallery you would like to upload your photo. Select one of the "Ducks & Pygmy-Geese" galleries. Alternatively, you can open one of the Competition galleries directly from the Photo Gallery/Competitions menu and click the Upload Image button (which will only be present if you are logged in) to submit your entry to that competition level. Complete the form (including the Comments and Equipment fields) and click on Submit at the bottom. The Competition Rules can be found under the PhotoGallery/Competitions tab.
Photo Competition Co-ordinator
We have updated the taxonomy which we use to identify the Australian birds on our website, from the BirdLife Working List of Australian Birds (BWL) Version 1.1, to BWL Version 2. Please see the Resources-Taxonomic Changes page for details of the changes. During this update, species names for existing images have been automatically updated where possible - in practice, this means for almost all images. There are some images where the species are now identified as a "complex"; these are the species listed in the Splits table on the Taxonomic Changes page. You may amend the identification of any such images via the Photo Gallery-My Photos page; over time, the site moderators will also amend these identifications where possible from the image and location data.
The Mystery Reviewer’s choices from the Intermediate and Entry levels of the 'Best of 2016' competition are now available.
Intermediate Level – Best of 2016
Here are the top 6 images chosen by the Mystery Reviewer for the Intermediate Level:
The full Mystery Reviewer's report for the Intermediate Level competition is available here.
Entry Level – Best of 2016
Here are the top 6 images chosen by the Mystery Reviewer for the Entry Level:
The full Mystery Reviewer's report for the Entry Level competition is available here.
Congratulations to all these photographers, in both categories, for their quality bird images.
We are calling for Western Treatment Plant permit-holders to volunteer to host outings as part of our Digital Photography in the Bush event in March 2017.
We are seeking local permit-holders to host half- and full-day visits on Friday 10th March and Monday 13th March.
Half-day: 8.00 AM – 12.30 PM, and 1.00 PM – 5.30 PM
Full-day 8.30 AM – 5.00 PM
See this page for further information, including a link to register as a volunteer.