• Eastern Rosella (Image ID 18952)

    Eastern Rosella.   Photographer: Glenn Pure

  • Yellow-throated Miner (Image ID 19550)

    Yellow-throated Miner.   Photographer: Gunther Frensch

  • Australian Reed-Warbler (Image ID 33938)

    Australian Reed-Warbler.   Photographer: Bill Harding

  • Straw-necked Ibis (Image ID 36102)

    Straw-necked Ibis.   Photographer: Rodger Scott

  • Australian Logrunner (Image ID 38974)

    Australian Logrunner.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

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The 2020 BirdLife Australia Photography Awards competition is open for entries until 3rd August.

For all details, and submission of entries, visit the BirdLIfe Australia Photography Awards website.

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Musk Duck (Image ID 40670)
Musk Duck
Simon Pelling
Viewed: 7
Musk Duck (Image ID 40669)
Musk Duck
Simon Pelling
Viewed: 11
Superb Fairy-wren (Image ID 40668)
Superb Fairy-wren
Steve Mantle
Viewed: 12
Galah (Image ID 40667)
Galah
Linda Unwin
Viewed: 12
Dusky Moorhen (Image ID 40666)
Dusky Moorhen
Julie Hempsall
Viewed: 8
Black Swan (Image ID 40665)
Black Swan
Julie Hempsall
Viewed: 8
Galah (Image ID 40664)
Galah
Linda Unwin
Viewed: 12
Hooded Robin (Image ID 40663)
Hooded Robin
Diana Womersley
Viewed: 11
Square-tailed Kite (Image ID 40662)
Square-tailed Kite
Diana Womersley
Viewed: 13
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (Image ID 40661)
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo
Diana Womersley
Viewed: 7
Magpie-lark (Image ID 40659)
Magpie-lark
Julie Hempsall
Viewed: 8
Blue-faced Honeyeater (Image ID 40658)
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Julie Hempsall
Viewed: 11
Musk Duck (Image ID 40657)
Musk Duck
Philip Karstadt
Viewed: 8
Australian Pelican (Image ID 40656)
Australian Pelican
Philip Karstadt
Viewed: 9
White-faced Heron (Image ID 40655)
White-faced Heron
Philip Karstadt
Viewed: 11
Sooty Oystercatcher (Image ID 40654)
Sooty Oystercatcher
Philip Karstadt
Viewed: 8
Australian Ringneck (Image ID 40653)
Australian Ringneck
Linda Unwin
Viewed: 15
Major Mitchell's Cockatoo (Image ID 40652)
Major Mitchell's Cockatoo
Linda Unwin
Viewed: 14
Diamond Dove (Image ID 40651)
Diamond Dove
Linda Unwin
Viewed: 15
Musk Lorikeet (Image ID 40650)
Musk Lorikeet
Rodger Scott
Viewed: 9
Little Pied Cormorant (Image ID 40649)
Little Pied Cormorant
Rodger Scott
Viewed: 9
Nankeen Kestrel (Image ID 40648)
Nankeen Kestrel
Rodger Scott
Viewed: 8
Australian Pelican (Image ID 40647)
Australian Pelican
Graham Gall
Viewed: 11
Brahminy Kite (Image ID 40646)
Brahminy Kite
Geoffrey Stapley
Viewed: 8
White-necked Heron (Image ID 40645)
White-necked Heron
Geoffrey Stapley
Viewed: 9
Olive Whistler (Image ID 40644)
Olive Whistler
Diana Womersley
Viewed: 208

The Finches and Chats competition has closed for entries, and is now open for voting by members.  Voting will close at 6pm AEST on Monday, 8th June 2020.   As usual, you may vote for one or more of the competition levels; you do not need to have submitted an image to the competition to vote.  You cannot vote for your own images.

If you need help on how to vote, see the Photo Galleries-Competitions-Competition Voting page.

Please remember that this is not a popularity vote for your favourite bird, the rarest species or the most colourful bird.  Your scoring (5 points for the best image, down to 1 point for your fifth choice) should reflect the following:

  • Does the image meet the theme criteria?
  • Does the image meet the key criteria for a quality image? (see 'Competition Voting' for more details).
  • Do the comments provided by the photographer improve your understanding of why this image was taken, and submitted to this competition?

In addition to the membership vote, each competition level is reviewed by an experienced/professional judge - our "Mystery Reviewer" - and those scores are added to the members' voting results for the end-of-year medal awards.

Member voting for the Best of 2019 competition, which closed for entries on 24th February and for voting on 16th March, has been analysed and the results for the top five images in each category are listed here.  This competition received excellent support from the membership, with 401 images entered across the 3 competition levels by 118 photographers.  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 2019

This category attracted 132 entries, from 36 photographers. 50 members voted, with the following result:

Intermediate Level – Best of 2019

This category attracted 163 entries, from 49 photographers. 53 members voted, with the following result:

Entry Level – Best of 2019

This category attracted 106 entries, from 33 photographers. 46 members voted, with the following result:

Congratulations to all these photographers for their quality images.

It’s that time of the year again, when the committee reviews the achievements of our members during the past year and announces our 2019 award winners.

On behalf of the BirdLife Photography committee it gives me great pleasure to firstly announce our most prestigious award, the BirdLife Photography Annual Award.

This award is at the discretion of the committee and is presented to a BLP member who has excelled in the following three criteria:

  • at least 24 high quality images submitted to the image galleries through 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 (as determined by the Committee).

The 2019 BirdLife Photography Annual Award is presented to Con Boekel.

Con contributed 120 images (including several to the Science & Conservation gallery), entered all 4 competitions, and contributed to BLP as an image moderator and Mystery Reviewer; Con won the 2019 Tom Oliver Award with his photo essay “Bird photography for What?

The award consists of a quality sliced crystal cylinder with a frosted white-on-crystal BLP logo and laser inscription, in a velvet presentation case.

Photo Competition Awards

Awards are presented to members who have achieved the top three scores in each competition level. Points are accrued from member votes and Mystery Reviewer judging across the year, for all four competitions. For details, see the About Us - BLP Awards page.

Advanced Level Competition

   Gold medal  – awarded to Bill Harding
   Silver medal  – awarded to Tim Van Leeuwen
   Bronze medal – awarded to Doug Castle
   Bronze medal  – awarded to Stephen Garth

Intermediate Level Competition

   Gold medal  – awarded to Con Duyvestyn
   Silver medal  – awarded to Gary King
   Bronze medal – awarded to Linda Joseph

Entry Level Competition

   Gold medal  – awarded to Jennifer Carr
   Silver medal  – awarded to Mary Wheeler
   Bronze medal – awarded to Graham Gall

Graham Cam,
President, BirdLife Photography

Best Photograph of the Year - Interchangeable Lens Camera

Australasian Gannet - Con Duyvestyn (Image ID 36862)

Australasian Gannet

 

Best Photograph of the Year - Non-interchangeable Lens Camera

Nankeen Kestrel - Anna Browne (Image ID 33418)

Nankeen Kestrel

The winners of these Photographs of the Year received a BirdLife Photography gold medal.

We have changed the size requirements for images which our members may submit to our galleries.  Since the start of 2019, the Advanced Level competition galleries have had a maximum image size of 1800 pixels for either width or height, together with a requirement that at least one of these dimensions meets this same size.  These requirements will remain unchanged.  All other galleries, except the Slides gallery and the Landscapes/Habitat/KBAs gallery, will now accept images up to 1800 pixels wide or high; there is also a minimum size requirement of at least 1400 pixels in one of these dimension - which means that all images must be at least 1400 pixels in either width or height.  We would encourage all members to submit images which meet the maximum size allowable for at least one dimension.  The maximum file size will be 2500 kB (approx. 2.5 MB).  The Landscapes/Habitat/KBAs gallery has a minimum width of 1680 pixels, to meet the preferred size (1680 x 995) for use on BirdLife Australia's website.  Images submitted to the Slides gallery must now be exactly 1400 x 450 pixels, with a maximum file size of 1000 kB (approx. 1 MB); the small variation previously allowed has been removed.

The Submit Photo page will not allow you to upload an image which does not meet these new requirements.  When you select a gallery on the Submit Photo page the limits are displayed together with the general information for the gallery, as in this example:

Gallery Limits 

Some of you may have already noticed the major change introduced in our most recent website update, on 25th February.  This allows you to scroll through full-size images in a set of images which you have chosen to view (e.g. all photos, a single gallery, a set of images from a search, ...); usually, this will start from the first image you click on in a page of thumbnail images.  When you hover your mouse over the full-size image, a narrow grey band with a small arrow symbol will appear over each side of the image (except for the first and last in the set, when only one band will appear); clicking on the left band will move to the previous image in the set, clicking on the right band will move to the next image.

A new version of BirdLife Australia's Working List of Australian Birds (BWL) has been released, and the species list used on this site has been updated to this version.  There are a number of changes, summarised here, and shown in detail on see the Resources-Taxonomic Changes page.  During this update, species names for existing images have been automatically updated where possible.

Twelve new species, all vagrants, have been added to the list.  They are Zoe's Imperial-Pigeon, Orange-fronted Fruit-dove, Silver-backed Needletail, Common Swift, Indian Cuckoo, Slaty-breasted Rail, Lesser Moorhen, Band-rumped Storm-Petrel, Temminck's Stint, Crow-billed Drongo, Kamchatka Leaf-warbler, and Tree Pipit.  The Species selection section of the Submit Photo page now identifies any species which is vagrant to Australia with a (V) suffix after the name.

Twenty-three species have had their common name changed.  These are:

  • Red-bellied Pitta is now Papuan Pitta
  • Cicadabird is now Common Cicadabird
  • Frilled Monarch is now Frill-necked Monarch
  • Great Reed-Warbler is now Oriental Reed-Warbler
  • Yellow Wagtail is now Eastern Yellow Wagtail
  • Northern Mallard is now Mallard
  • Red Collared-Dove is now Red Turtle-Dove
  • Pied Imperial-Pigeon is now Pied Imperial Pigeon
  • Banded Fruit-Dove is now Black-banded Fruit-Dove
  • Pied Cormorant is now Great Pied Cormorant
  • Ringed Plover is now Common Ringed Plover
  • Eastern Curlew is now Far Eastern Curlew
  • Grey Phalarope is now Red Phalarope
  • Common Noddy is now Brown Noddy
  • Crested Tern is now Greater Crested Tern
  • New Zealand Boobook is now Tasman Morepork
  • Christmas Island Hawk-Owl is now Christmas Island Boobook
  • Dollarbird is now Oriental Dollarbird
  • Blue Bonnet is now Bluebonnet
  • Spotted Catbird is now Black-eared Catbird
  • Mangrove Grey Fantail is now Mangrove Fantail
  • Black-billed Magpie is now Eurasian Magpie
  • Yellow White-eye is now Australian Yellow White-eye

These species names have all been changed in all existing images during the update; no further action is required.

Forty species have had their scientific name changed.  For details of these, please see the Resources-Taxonomic Changes page.

Seventeen species have been split.  These are:

  • Intermediate Egret has been split to Intermediate Egret and Plumed Egret.  The species seen in Australia is now known as Plumed Egret, and all existing images of Intermediate Egret have been automatically updated.  The split Intermediate Egret is a vagrant to Australia, and is therefore likely to be rarely seen and/or photographed here.
  • Blue-faced Honeyeater has been split to Blue-faced Honeyeater and White-quilled Honeyeater
  • White-naped Honeyeater has been split to White-naped Honeyeater and Gilbert's Honeyeater
  • Black-chinned Honeyeater has been split to Black-chinned Honeyeater and Golden-backed Honeyeater
  • White-lined Honeyeater has been split to White-lined Honeyeater and Kimberley Honeyeater
  • Rufous Fieldwren has been split to Rufous Fieldwren and Western Fieldwren
  • Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush has been split to Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush and Western Quail-thrush
  • Cinnamon Quail-thrush has been split to Cinnamon Quail-thrush and Nullarbor Quail-thrush
  • Crested Shrike-tit has been split to Northern Shrike-tit, Western Shrike-tit and Eastern Shrike-tit
  • Grey Whistler has been split to Grey-headed Whistler and Brown Whistler
  • Grey Butcherbird has been split to Grey Butcherbird and Silver-backed Butcherbird
  • Rufous Fantail has been split to Rufous Fantail and Arafura Fantail
  • Grey Fantail has been split to Grey Fantail and New Zealand Fantail
  • Restless Flycatcher has been split to Restless Flycatcher and Paperbark Flycatcher
  • Scarlet Robin has been split to Scarlet Robin and Norfolk Island Robin
  • Lemon-bellied Flycatcher has been split to Lemon-bellied Flycatcher and Kimberley Flycatcher
  • Crimson Finch has been split to Black-bellied Crimson Finch and White-bellied Crimson Finch

Existing images of the split species are now identified as a "complex".  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.  Assignment of the split species to the new species will often be easy, as many of the split species occur in separate locations.

Our 2020 Photo Competitions for BirdLife Photography members will have the following themes:

  1. Best of 2019.  Up to four of your best bird shots taken during 2019.
  2. Finches and Chats.  Finches include all the birds within the family Weaver Finches (Estrildidae), detailed in the BWL taxonomy currently used on this website, plus the European Goldfinch and the European Greenfinch. Chats include the four species of Chat plus the Gibberbird.
  3. Head and Bill Portrait.  The focus is on the head and bill but an appropriate amount of neck and upper body (minimum please) as a base for the head and bill is acceptable.  The challenge is to obtain sharpness and clarity with the identifiable features of the head and bill including those features that identify the species.
  4. Reflections.  The reflection must be of the bird and will mainly be in water but could be in other reflective surfaces such as mirrors (eg. external mirrors on cars).  While many of the entries will be water-birds keep in mind that bush-birds go to water to drink early in the morning when the water is often still and ideal for reflection.  We have a number of such images in the BLP library ranging from cockatoos and parrots to small birds such as finches. The reflection must be recognisable as the bird that is the subject of the photograph.

Except for the Best of 2019 competition, all entries must have been taken within two years of the opening date of the competition.  The competition dates are now available, on the 2020 Competition Themes page.

 

Our October Newsletter contained an announcement of the Special Theme for the 2020 BirdLife Australia Photography Award competition, which is Australian Fairy-wrens, Emu-wrens and Grasswrens.  This much-loved Australasian bird family, the fairy-wrens, emu-wrens and grasswrens come in a wide range of stunning plumages. They are characterised by long legs, tiny bodies and long straight tails, and are always found in family groups. Many fairy-wrens are much loved features of our parks and gardens, while others, such as the endangered grasswrensand the elusive emu-wrens require special trips to see them and a lot of searching!  Images must contain one or more fairy-wren, emu-wren or grasswren species which are defined as all species in the family Maluridae.

Over the years, we've published a number of educational/tutorial articles in our bi-monthly Newsletter.  These are now available in Resources - Our Articles.  That page provides access to articles in four categories:

  • Photography Techniques and Processes
  • Image Processing
  • Articles about Equipment
  • In-depth Technical Articles

Articles in this section which are less than 24 months old are only accessible to our members, who must log-in to access them.

 

In the past week or so (early April, 2018), we've had several members contact us to report that they have been unable to upload images to our galleries; the upload would hang, sometimes reporting a timeout error, sometimes with no error message.  It appears that a recent update to the Safari web browser - the default for Apple systems - is the cause of this behaviour.  Our advice to Safari users who experience this problem is to change to an alternative web browser; we recommend either Chrome or Firefox.

 

Recent Picks

Musk Duck (Image ID 40669)
Musk Duck
Simon Pelling
Viewed: 11
Oriental Pratincole (Image ID 40642)
Oriental Pratincole
Keith Wilcox
Viewed: 45
Welcome Swallow (Image ID 40635)
Welcome Swallow
Phil Marley
Viewed: 58
Bourke's Parrot (Image ID 40634)
Bourke's Parrot
Linda Unwin
Viewed: 48
Ground Cuckoo-shrike (Image ID 40613)
Ground Cuckoo-shrike
Linda Unwin
Viewed: 41
Little Pied Cormorant (Image ID 40615)
Little Pied Cormorant
Gary King
Viewed: 39
Little Corella (Image ID 40612)
Little Corella
Bruce Hawkins
Viewed: 41
Varied Sittella (Image ID 40561)
Varied Sittella
Keith Lightbody
Viewed: 51
Barau's Petrel (V) (Image ID 40415)
Barau's Petrel (V)
Keith Lightbody
Viewed: 98
Orange-bellied Parrot (Image ID 40383)
Orange-bellied Parrot
Tim Van Leeuwen
Viewed: 156

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