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    Beach Stone-curlew.   Photographer: Glenn Pure

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    Australian Pelican.   Photographer: Mal Carnegie

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    Crested Tern.   Photographer: Doug Castle

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    Australian Wood Duck.   Photographer: Con Boekel

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    Azure Kingfisher.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

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Australian Bird Photographer of the Year

 

Do your photos have what it takes to win you the title of

Australian Bird Photographer of the Year?

Entries open on 18th June.

This Search facility will search all website content, uploaded documents, and images.  Some content on this site is restricted to BLP members; visitors may not be able to access all the items found.  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.

Latest Images

Nankeen Kestrel (Image ID 31123)
Nankeen Kestrel
Jennifer Carr
Viewed: 20
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater (Image ID 31122)
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
Jennifer Carr
Viewed: 10
Australasian Grebe (Image ID 31121)
Australasian Grebe
Blake Samuels
Viewed: 10
Little Pied Cormorant (Image ID 31120)
Little Pied Cormorant
Blake Samuels
Viewed: 8
Grey Fantail (Image ID 31119)
Grey Fantail
Blake Samuels
Viewed: 9
Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Image ID 31118)
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Blake Samuels
Viewed: 8
Australian Hobby (Image ID 31117)
Australian Hobby
Graeme Lembcke
Viewed: 17
Spotted Harrier (Image ID 31116)
Spotted Harrier
Graeme Lembcke
Viewed: 31

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

Blue Rock-Thrush (Image ID 31113)
Blue Rock-Thrush
William Betts
Viewed: 27
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo (Image ID 31109)
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo
Bryon Samuels
Viewed: 28
Striated Fieldwren (Image ID 31106)
Striated Fieldwren
Stephen Garth
Viewed: 24
Australasian Bittern (Image ID 31063)
Australasian Bittern
Graeme Lembcke
Viewed: 55
Western Wattlebird (Image ID 31035)
Western Wattlebird
William Betts
Viewed: 54
Whistling Kite (Image ID 31029)
Whistling Kite
Robert Toneguzzo
Viewed: 81
White-browed Scrubwren (Image ID 30996)
White-browed Scrubwren
Stephen Garth
Viewed: 63
Orange-bellied Parrot (Image ID 30993)
Orange-bellied Parrot
Con Duyvestyn
Viewed: 69
Eastern Curlew (Image ID 30990)
Eastern Curlew
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 65
Orange-bellied Parrot (Image ID 30985)
Orange-bellied Parrot
Tim Van Leeuwen
Viewed: 69

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