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A Special Interest Group of BirdLife Australia

  • Plumed Whistling-Duck

    Plumed Whistling-Duck.   Photographer: Con Boekel

  • Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo

    Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • White-winged Triller

    White-winged Triller.   Photographer: Bill Harding

  • Pied Stilt

    Pied Stilt.   Photographer: Glenn Pure

  • White-browed Scrubwren

    White-browed Scrubwren.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

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Latest Images

Australian Pelican (Image ID 30662)
Australian Pelican
Malcolm Bone
Viewed: 6
Australian White Ibis (Image ID 30661)
Australian White Ibis
Bruce McNaughton
Viewed: 11
Sacred Kingfisher (Image ID 30660)
Sacred Kingfisher
Bruce McNaughton
Viewed: 8
Straw-necked Ibis (Image ID 30659)
Straw-necked Ibis
Malcolm Bone
Viewed: 8
Striated Pardalote (Image ID 30658)
Striated Pardalote
Bruce McNaughton
Viewed: 10
Little Wattlebird (Image ID 30657)
Little Wattlebird
Bruce McNaughton
Viewed: 7
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Image ID 30656)
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Shane Baker
Viewed: 6
Mulga Parrot (Image ID 30655)
Mulga Parrot
Keith Humphreys
Viewed: 7
Crested Bellbird (Image ID 30654)
Crested Bellbird
Keith Humphreys
Viewed: 10
Major Mitchell's Cockatoo (Image ID 30653)
Major Mitchell's Cockatoo
Bill Harding
Viewed: 12
Whistling Kite (Image ID 30652)
Whistling Kite
Bill Harding
Viewed: 9
Black Kite (Image ID 30651)
Black Kite
Bill Harding
Viewed: 7
Australian Ringneck (Image ID 30650)
Australian Ringneck
Bill Harding
Viewed: 7
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Image ID 30649)
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Jennifer Carr
Viewed: 15
Mulga Parrot (Image ID 30648)
Mulga Parrot
Judy Humphreys
Viewed: 17
Shy Heathwren (Image ID 30647)
Shy Heathwren
Judy Humphreys
Viewed: 17
Tasmanian Thornbill (Image ID 30555)
Tasmanian Thornbill
Georgina Steytler
Viewed: 7
Mangrove Golden Whistler (Image ID 30260)
Mangrove Golden Whistler
Shane Baker
Viewed: 6

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.

Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded for results in each level of every competition held in 2017.  These awards are based on the results from both Mystery Reviewers and Member Voting, and competition participation.  The medals, in their display cases, are shown below.

BLP Medals

Advanced Level

  • Gold Medal - Ian Wilson
  • Silver Medal - Tim Van Leeuwen
  • Silver Medal – Con Boekel
  • Bronze Medal – Glenn Pure

Intermediate Level

  • Gold Medal – William Betts
  • Silver Medal – Doug Castle
  • Bronze Medal – Sandy Castle

Entry Level

  • Gold Medal – Douglas Coughran
  • Silver Medal - William Woodhouse
  • Bronze Medal – Anne Burgess

Most Improved Photographer of the Year

A Certificate for Most Improved Photographer of the Year was awarded to Anna Browne.

The Eungella Bird Week will be held at Eungella National Park, Queensland, from 17th to 22nd September 2018.  Eungella National Park lies in the hinterland rainforest of Central Queensland, just outside Mackay. Its majestic landscape supports almost 900 species of plants and a stunning array of wildlife. There have been 227 bird species recorded here, including the endemic Eungella Honeyeater.

This event is organised by the not-for-profit conservation organisation Wild Mob.  Camilla Wagstaff tells us that the week is a unique chance to explore an incredible part of Australia. It's packed with birdwatching, wildlife walks, foodie experience, documentary screenings and more. Birders will also search for the endemic for the Eungella Honeyeater with local experts.  For full details, visit the Eungella Bird and Wildlife Week website. Wild Mob are running an early bird discount at the moment - book your ticket before Feb 28 and receive 10% off!

The themes, and approximate dates, for our Photo Competitions for 2018, are now available here.  The first competition will be "On the Beach", and entries will open on 29th January.  You must be a BirdLife Photography member to enter these competitions; if you're not, and you'd like to participate, you can find details of how to join on the About Us - Membership page.

A new version (2.1) of BirdLife Australia's Working List of Australian Birds has been released, and the species list used on this site has been updated to this version.  The changes are as follows:

  • Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus) is now Pied Stilt
  • Australian Painted Snipe (Rostratula australis) is now Australian Painted-snipe
  • Yellow Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus) is now Green Oriole
  • the scientific name of Brown Quail has been corrected to Synoicus ypsilophorus

All references to the affected species on this site have been updated; no action is required by any member who has photos of these species in any of our galleries.

Recent Picks

Swamp Harrier (Image ID 30663)
Swamp Harrier
Tim Van Leeuwen
Viewed: 7
Rufous-crowned Emu-wren (Image ID 30644)
Rufous-crowned Emu-wren
Andrew Crouch
Viewed: 26
Tasmanian Native-hen (Image ID 30640)
Tasmanian Native-hen
David Newell
Viewed: 14
Royal Penguin (Image ID 30605)
Royal Penguin
Mark Lethlean
Viewed: 29
Chestnut-rumped Heathwren (Image ID 30599)
Chestnut-rumped Heathwren
Ken Black
Viewed: 41
Southern Boobook (Image ID 30598)
Southern Boobook
Warren Wilson
Viewed: 36
Chirruping Wedgebill (Image ID 30582)
Chirruping Wedgebill
Doug Castle
Viewed: 54
Light-mantled Sooty Albatross (Image ID 30576)
Light-mantled Sooty Albatross
Mark Lethlean
Viewed: 35
Pacific Gull (Image ID 30563)
Pacific Gull
David Newell
Viewed: 42
Soft-plumaged Petrel (Image ID 30553)
Soft-plumaged Petrel
William Betts
Viewed: 47

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