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A Special Interest Group of BirdLife Australia

  • Jacky Winter

    Jacky Winter.   Photographer: Paul Jensen

  • Eurasian Coot

    Eurasian Coot.   Photographer: Richard Smart

  • Black-faced Cormorant

    Black-faced Cormorant.   Photographer: Jill Wilson

  • Shy Albatross

    Shy Albatross.   Photographer: Richard Smart

  • Little Pied Cormorant

    Little Pied Cormorant.   Photographer: Sandy Castle

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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

Kelp Gull (Image ID 29971)
Kelp Gull
David Newell
Viewed: 10
Black Swan (Image ID 29970)
Black Swan
Stephen Garth
Viewed: 9
Singing Honeyeater (Image ID 29969)
Singing Honeyeater
Stephen Garth
Viewed: 17
Little Egret (Image ID 29968)
Little Egret
Stephen Garth
Viewed: 14
Little Egret (Image ID 29967)
Little Egret
Stephen Garth
Viewed: 8
Southern Fulmar (Image ID 29966)
Southern Fulmar
Mark Lethlean
Viewed: 8
Snow Petrel (Image ID 29965)
Snow Petrel
Mark Lethlean
Viewed: 10
Cape Petrel (Image ID 29964)
Cape Petrel
Mark Lethlean
Viewed: 9
Antarctic Petrel (Image ID 29963)
Antarctic Petrel
Mark Lethlean
Viewed: 9
Latham's Snipe (Image ID 29962)
Latham's Snipe
Trevor Bullock
Viewed: 19
Grey Plover (Image ID 29961)
Grey Plover
Cherilyn Corker
Viewed: 20
Magpie Goose (Image ID 29946)
Magpie Goose
Murray Chambers
Viewed: 3

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.

Member voting for the Best of 2017 competition, which closed for entries on 27th November and for voting on 18th December, has been analysed and the results for the top 5 (or more, in case of tied scores) 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 – Best of 2017

This category attracted 67 entries, from 18 photographers. 42 members voted, with the following result:

Intermediate Level – Best of 2017

This category attracted 117 entries, from 34 photographers. 42 members voted, with the following result:

Entry Level – Best of 2017

This category attracted 61 entries, from 19 photographers. 42 members voted, with the following result:

Congratulations to all these photographers for their quality images.

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.

The Committee Report in our June Newsletter announced an increase in the annual subscription for BirdLife Photography membership.  This new subscription structure will be staged over a two-year period, $15 pa in 2017 and increasing to $20 later in 2018.

The new subscription of $15 pa for BirdLife Photography will apply from the commencement of this renewal quarter (Quarter 3, 2017).

This will coincide with a range of other changes to BirdLife memberships being introduced by BirdLife Australia at that time.  As part of those changes, membership of BirdLife Photography will no longer be restricted to members of BirdLife Australia or their affiliated groups.

Please assist us with these changes by ensuring that the new subscription amount is forwarded to Supporter Services at BirdLife Australia if you are renewing your membership manually; if you renew on-line, the new amount will be updated and charged from early August.

Graham Cam
President BirdLife Photography

We have added a new gallery, Critique Gallery, to the site, to allow members to submit images that they would like to receive critical comment about.  Images submitted to this gallery will have a Comments section below the image information, where any member can submit comments about the image.  The comments are "threaded" - if you reply to a comment, the reply will appear under that comment, not as a separate new comment about the image.

We have developed some intial guidelines regarding the operation of this gallery, and we may revise these (and the manner in which the gallery operates) as we see how this gallery operates.  At present, we suggest:

  • When you submit an image to this gallery, you should include the reason why you would like feedback, and/or the problem(s) that you are experiencing, in the Comments field on the Submit Photo page.  If you are seeking advice on post-processing, please include the software that you are using for this.
  • Images submitted to this gallery will be published by a moderator before appearing, but the moderator will not reject an image for poor quality (as occasionally happens with images submitted to the New Images gallery).
  • Images published in the Critique Gallery will appear in the Latest Images column on the Home page on the day after publication.
  • Images submitted to this gallery will be counted against the daily submission limit of four images.  We also ask members to limit the number of images they submit to this gallery to not more than one per week.
  • Images submitted to this gallery will be removed from the site after a period of three months.  Before that time, the photographer may move the image to the New Images gallery, but if they do so the image will be re-assessed for acceptability by a moderator.  Comments on an image which is moved to the New Images gallery will no longer be visible.
  • Members offering critique comments should ensure that those comments will be of use to the photographer.  The commenting facility in the Critique Gallery is not intended for general comments such as "Great shot" or "Could be better".  Comments should at least address the issue(s) noted by the photographer in the image comments field; they may also address additional issues.
  • A photographer who has received feedback on an image in the Critique Gallery may submit a revised version of the image to the site, in either the Critique Gallery or the New Images gallery.  Previously critiqued images will not be accepted to any of our competition galleries.

There is a test image in the Critique Gallery, so that you can see how the commenting system works.  Please remember that you must be logged in to the website to submit comments on any image in the Critique Gallery.


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.

Recent Picks

Antarctic Petrel (Image ID 29963)
Antarctic Petrel
Mark Lethlean
Viewed: 9
Great-billed Heron (Image ID 29951)
Great-billed Heron
Murray Chambers
Viewed: 35
Grey-tailed Tattler (Image ID 29943)
Grey-tailed Tattler
Gary Dunnett
Viewed: 16
Campbell Albatross (Image ID 29932)
Campbell Albatross
Mark Lethlean
Viewed: 22
Buller's Albatross (Image ID 29931)
Buller's Albatross
Mark Lethlean
Viewed: 36
White-bellied Storm-Petrel (Image ID 29910)
White-bellied Storm-Petrel
Doug Castle
Viewed: 25
White Tern (Image ID 29920)
White Tern
Annette Sibson
Viewed: 56
Whistling Kite (Image ID 29904)
Whistling Kite
Bill Harding
Viewed: 32
Red-backed Fairy-wren (Image ID 29911)
Red-backed Fairy-wren
Glenn Pure
Viewed: 53
Mulga Parrot (Image ID 29907)
Mulga Parrot
Bill Harding
Viewed: 37


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