• Red-kneed Dotterel

    Red-kneed Dotterel.   Photographer: Barbara Oehring

  • Red-capped Robin

    Red-capped Robin.   Photographer: Chris Dubar

  • Crimson Chat

    Crimson Chat.   Photographer: Trevor Bullock

  • Pink-eared Duck

    Pink-eared Duck.   Photographer: Con Boekel

  • Pied Stilt, Pacific Black Duck

    Pied Stilt, Pacific Black Duck.   Photographer: Sandy Castle

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Our Photo Competitions are generally open for submission of entries for a period of four weeks.  Competitions will be anounced via our Photo Competitions mail-list, and an item on the Home page. 

Several issues have been raised in recent times by both members (via the Forum and Email) and committee members regarding various aspects of the photography competition. As a result, it has been decided to make several changes, and the rules below have been amended in the sections regarding the time limit (increased from 12 months to 2 years), EXIF data (now required), and acceptable post-processing.

The current competition rules are as follows:

  1. A maximum of 4 images per member is permitted in the competition.  Images can be replaced for the duration of the entry period but the maximum number must not be exceeded.
  2. The image dimensions for Entry and Intermediate levels must be no more than 1400px (wide) and 1050px (high).  For the Advanced level, images must have one OR both maximum dimensions; ie 1400 wide and/or 1050 high.  Cropped images should not be upsized as this may significantly reduce the image quality.  The maximum image file size is 1024kb.
  3. The images must have been captured within the last 24 months, and in accordance with BirdLife Photography's ethical guidelines (available here).  Nesting bird images are not permitted.
  4. The Comments field is compulsory and must contain the reason why the author has entered the image for the current competition.  Authors who feel confident with their bird identification skills are encouraged to enter ‘age’ and ‘sex’ of the bird(s) in the image.  This data will be checked by our moderators.
  5. The Equipment Used field on the submit bird image page is compulsory and must be populated with details of camera & lens make and model, focal length, aperture, exposure, ISO, and exposure compensation.  If other equipment (eg. tripod, fill-flash, hide) was used, these details should also be entered.
  6. Copyright watermarks are NOT permitted in the Current Competition, as submitted images remain anonymous until after voting is completed.
  7. EXIF (Exchangeable Image File) data is camera setting and scene information which is recorded by the camera into the image file. From 16 May 2016 onwards, you must include EXIF data with your photo. For most people, this will not be a problem as EXIF data is automatically attached to the digital image by the camera. However, some people use software which removes the data when saving an image (often when using a "Save for web" option). If you are unsure what to do, please do not hesitate to contact the Photo Competition Coordinator. The minimum requirement for each image is the original date of capture.
  8. Images must meet acceptable post-processing guidelines.  These are defined as:
    • moderate changes to white balance/tone, levels, curves, saturation, contrast, clarity, shadow and highlights, sharpness
    • removal of dust spots and reduction of noise
    • removal of minor distractions (eg twigs)
    • cropping
    • minor vignetting
    In-camera adjustments that result in a single image (eg HDR) are permissible so long as the natural integrity of the bird in its environment is not altered. The removal, compositing or relocation of the bird is not allowed. Monochrome is not allowed.
  9. Images submitted to previous competitions, or to the New Images gallery, may be submitted to another 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.

If you would like any help or advice on how to improve an image, please do not hesitate to contact us.  If you are not sure, feel free to email the image to one of the Photo Competition Coordinators, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., before submitting your entry.

Note: A final decision on acceptance of an image will always remain with the Photo Competition Coordinator and/or the BLP Committee.

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