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  • White-fronted Chat (Image ID 28098)

    White-fronted Chat.   Photographer: Con Boekel

  • Rainbow Bee-eater (Image ID 43453)

    Rainbow Bee-eater.   Photographer: Murray Chambers

  • Southern Royal Albatross (Image ID 30611)

    Southern Royal Albatross.   Photographer: Mark Lethlean

  • Australian Wood Duck (Image ID 22525)

    Australian Wood Duck.   Photographer: Con Boekel

  • Blue-faced Honeyeater complex (Image ID 31236)

    Blue-faced Honeyeater complex.   Photographer: Pennie Marks

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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

Chestnut Teal (Image ID 44371)
Chestnut Teal
Gary King
Viewed: 15
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Image ID 44368)
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Geoffrey Stapley
Viewed: 13
Norfolk Island Robin (Image ID 44365)
Norfolk Island Robin
Peter Owen
Viewed: 17
Norfolk Island Robin (Image ID 44364)
Norfolk Island Robin
Peter Owen
Viewed: 15
Silver Gull (Image ID 44362)
Silver Gull
Simon Pelling
Viewed: 18
Silver Gull (Image ID 44361)
Silver Gull
Simon Pelling
Viewed: 16
Tawny Grassbird (Image ID 44345)
Tawny Grassbird
David Taylor
Viewed: 8
Pink-eared Duck (Image ID 44344)
Pink-eared Duck
David Taylor
Viewed: 10
Red-kneed Dotterel (Image ID 44343)
Red-kneed Dotterel
David Taylor
Viewed: 11
White-naped Honeyeater (Image ID 44342)
White-naped Honeyeater
David Taylor
Viewed: 9
Asian Dowitcher (Image ID 44232)
Asian Dowitcher
Peter Owen
Viewed: 6

The candidate images for the Photo of the Year 2020 award are now available for member voting, you can view them here,  Voting is open until 6PM EADT Monday 8th February 2021.

For information on the voting process, please refer to the Competition Voting page - we are using the same voting mechanism for the Photo of the Year voting.  Members may vote for up to five images, awarding 5 points to the image you select as best, down to 1 point for your fifth choice; you may choose to award points to fewer than five images.  Before voting, you should view all the images in the gallery for the competition to select your choices; you can do this at any time before voting closes, and you do not have to be logged in to the website to view images.  You have to be logged in to enter your votes; the Vote section on each image page will only be visible if you are logged in.  It will not be visible if the image is yours - you cannot vote for your own image(s).

Our first photo competition for this year is Best of 2020As the name implies, we invite you to submit your best image(s) taken during 2020.

This competition is open to members for submission of entries until 6pm AEDST Monday 8th March 2021.  The normal 2-year time limit for photos does not apply for this competition; images for this competition must have been taken during 2020 (ie. between 1st January 2020 and 31st December 2020).  Up to four of your best images may be submitted.  Images submitted to previous competitions, or to the New Images gallery, may be submitted to this competition; if you choose to do this, you must resubmit the image to the competition gallery; images cannot be moved from another existing gallery.  See the Photo Gallery - Competitions section for full details and rules of our competitions, and quick access to the current competition galleries.  As usual, there are three competition levels: Entry, Intermediate and Advanced.  Please refer to the  Photo Gallery - Competitions - Competition Levels - Guidelines page for more details.  All three levels will be open to member voting at the close of submissions, and a Mystery Reviewer will judge all levels; there may be a delay in publishing these reviews for this competition. 

The theme for the third competition this year has been changed from Birds in the Landscape to Birds in their Habitat (excluding waterbirds).  Please check the changed requirements for this theme on the 2021 Competition Themes page so that you can accumulate appropriate entry images prior to this competition's commencement on 21 June.


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 Jason Moore
   Bronze medal  – awarded to Stephen Garth

Intermediate Level Competition

   Gold medal  – awarded to Chris Young
   Silver medal  – awarded to Linda Unwin
   Bronze medal – awarded to Mary Wheeler

Entry Level Competition

   Gold medal  – awarded to Graham Gall
   Silver medal  – awarded to Diana Womersley
   Bronze medal – awarded to Donna Evans

Congratulations to all our winners!

Our Zoom presentation, Members Inspiring Members, on Wednesday 10th December was attended by 75 members.  For those who were unable to attend at the time, we recorded the presentation, and it is now available for members to view, in Resources - Our Video Tutorials -Members Inspiring Members (M)This video is accessible only to our members; you must be logged in to view it.  We extend our thanks to the presenters, Glenn Pure, Brian O’Leary, Nathan Watson, Sandy Castle and Con Duyvestyn, who all did a wonderful job of presenting their images and stories.

Our Mystery Reviewers have completed their assessments of the images in each level of the Reflections competition; their ratings are as follows:

Advanced Level – Reflections

Intermediate Level – Reflections

  • Winner - Yellow-billed Spoonbill, by Nathan Watson (Image ID 43239)
  • Highly Commended - Red-necked Avocet, by Nathan Watson (Image ID 42804)
  • Commended - Black-fronted Dotterel, by Linda Unwin (Image ID 43246)
  • Commended - Splendid Fairywren, by Woody Woodhouse (Image ID 43241)
  • Commended - Australasian Grebe, by Barry Deacon (Image ID 42783)
  • Commended - Bluebonnet, by Mary Wheeler (Image ID 43184)
  • Honourable Mention - Bourke's Parrot, by Linda Unwin (ID 43191)
  • Honourable Mention - Red-necked Stint, by Jane Putland (ID 42883)
  • Honourable Mention - Red-necked Avocet, by Linda Unwin (ID 43202)

Entry Level – Reflections

The Mystery Reviewer Critiques are available in the Resources - Mystery Reviewer Critiques page.  Critiques published within the last two years are only visible to our members; you must be logged in to the site to see them.

Member voting for the Reflections competition, which closed for entries on 2nd November and for voting on 23rd November, has been analysed and the results for the top five images (or more, in the case of a tie) in each category are listed here.  This competition received good support from the membership, with 249 images entered across the 3 competition levels by 119 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 – Reflections

This category attracted 82 entries, from 27 photographers. 44 members voted, with the following result:

Intermediate Level – Reflections

This category attracted 103 entries, from 37 photographers. 49 members voted, with the following result:

Entry Level – Reflections

This category attracted 64 entries, from 24 photographers. 46 members voted, with the following result:

Congratulations to all these photographers for their quality images.

Results of the 2020 BirdLife Australia Photography Awards have been released on the official competition site.

The competition received 6,500 entries this year, a big increase on the 4,100 in 2019, with lots of great photography on display including work
by a number of BLP members.  Special congratulations to our members who participated in this competition.

Our 2020 Members Survey showed that over 90% of responders would like us to develop a resource on our website for members to post information about recent field trips for the benefit of other members.  We have set up a page for this purpose, at Resources - Road Trip Reports; committee member Doug Castle has provided a couple of articles to get the ball rolling.  These reports are member-only access for two years; you must be logged in to see them.

If you would like to contribute to this resource, please send your report(s) to our website administrator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Don't worry about formatting; you can even send the report as an email message.  You can include a couple of photos if you wish.

BirdLife Photography members are once again well represented in this year's results for two prestigous international competitions.

Georgina Steytler won the Best Portfolio Award in the Bird Photographer of the Year 2020 competition.  Those who follow her on Instagram will have seen a number of photos she's taken recently with her new Olympus mirrorless camera.  Glenn Pure also did well in this competition, with two Commended images in the Best Portrait category and one in the Bird Behaviour category.

Seven members were in the shortlisted finalists of the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition.  They were Kim Wormald and Gary Meredith in the Animal Behaviour category, Keith Lightbody and Claire Greenwell in the Threatened Species category, Lea Scaddan and David Stowe in the Animal Portrait category, and Elizabeth Oxnam in the Botanical category,

Congratulations to all these photographers for their excellent work - well done!


Our 2021 Photo Competitions for BirdLife Photography members will have the following themes:

  1. Best of 2020.  Up to four of your best bird shots taken during 2020.
  2. Cranes, Storks, Crakes, Rails and Swamphens.  There should be something for everyone here. The following species are eligible: Brolga, Sarus Crane, Black-necked Stork, Lewin’s Rail, Buff-banded Rail, Lord Howe Woodhen, Chestnut Rail. Red-necked Crake, Red-legged Crake, Ruddy-breasted Crake, Baillon’s Crake, Australian Spotted Crake, Spotless Crake, White-browed Crake, Australasian Swamphen. Pale-vented Bush-hen, Watercock, White-breasted Waterhen, Eurasian Coot, Dusky Moorhen, Common Moorhen, Black-tailed Native-hen and Tasmanian Native-hen.
  3. Birds in their Habitat (excluding waterbirds).  The challenge here is to photograph the bird in its habitat.  The bird needs to be clearly identifiable, as does the habitat in which it lives.  Comments need to address both the bird and the habitat.  For example, what is the habitat, why is it important, and is it a typical or unusual location for the species . No birds on sticks with clear backgrounds required here.  Examples are fruit-doves in rainforest trees, finches feeding on grass seeds, chats in heath, kingfishers by streams, honeyeaters on flowering shrubs or trees, emus in woodland, Glossy Black Cockatoos in casuarina trees, etc.
  4. Wrens.  The final competition for 2021 includes any species with “wren” as part of its common name (more than 30 species around Australia). It includes Emu-wrens, Fairy-wrens, Grasswrens, Fernwren, Fieldwrens, Heathwrens and Scrubwrens.

Note: the theme for the third competition has changed from that originaly published ("Birds in the Landscape").

Except for the Best of 2020 competition, all entries must have been taken within three years of the opening date of the competition; this is a change to our standard competition rules.  The competition dates are now available, on the 2021 Competition Themes page.

Recent Picks

Red-capped Plover (Image ID 44374)
Red-capped Plover
Jim Schultz
Viewed: 5
Red-fronted Parakeet (Image ID 44346)
Red-fronted Parakeet
Peter Owen
Viewed: 30
Australian Pelican, Freckled Duck, Hardhead, Pink-eared Duck (Image ID 44328)
Australian Pelican, Freckled Duck, Hardhead, Pink-eared Duck
Graham Gall
Viewed: 27
Eastern Spinebill (Image ID 44247)
Eastern Spinebill
Stephen Garth
Viewed: 48
White-plumed Honeyeater (Image ID 44212)
White-plumed Honeyeater
Stephen Garth
Viewed: 76
Crimson Chat (Image ID 44191)
Crimson Chat
Steve Mantle
Viewed: 114
Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Image ID 44172)
Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Jim Schultz
Viewed: 126
Chestnut-rumped Heathwren (Image ID 44122)
Chestnut-rumped Heathwren
Bill Harding
Viewed: 139
Eurasian Hobby (V) (Image ID 44110)
Eurasian Hobby (V)
Chris Young
Viewed: 181
Brolga (Image ID 44066)
Stephen Garth
Viewed: 121


The easiest way to contact us is by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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