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  • Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

    Sharp-tailed Sandpiper.   Photographer: Mark Lethlean

  • Wandering Albatross

    Wandering Albatross.   Photographer: Richard Smart

  • Red-capped Plover

    Red-capped Plover.   Photographer: Mark Lethlean

  • New Holland Honeyeater

    New Holland Honeyeater.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Rose Robin

    Rose Robin.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

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The next BirdLife Photography Biennial Conference (previously Digital Photography In The Bush) will be held in Fremantle, WA, on 21st & 22nd September 2019.

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Latest Images

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Image ID 33715)
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Simon Pelling
Viewed: 9
Grey Teal (Image ID 33711)
Grey Teal
Shane Walker
Viewed: 7
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Image ID 33710)
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Warren Wilson
Viewed: 5
Caspian Tern (Image ID 33709)
Caspian Tern
Shane Walker
Viewed: 4
Black Swan (Image ID 33708)
Black Swan
Shane Walker
Viewed: 8
Metallic Starling (Image ID 33707)
Metallic Starling
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 13
Metallic Starling (Image ID 33706)
Metallic Starling
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 16
Welcome Swallow (Image ID 33705)
Welcome Swallow
Shane Walker
Viewed: 8
Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Image ID 33704)
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
John Barkla
Viewed: 9
Eastern Reef Egret (Image ID 33703)
Eastern Reef Egret
John Barkla
Viewed: 7
Elegant Parrot (Image ID 33702)
Elegant Parrot
John Barkla
Viewed: 8
Dusky Grasswren (Image ID 33701)
Dusky Grasswren
John Barkla
Viewed: 8
Pied Currawong (Image ID 33700)
Pied Currawong
Con Boekel
Viewed: 4
Pied Currawong (Image ID 33699)
Pied Currawong
Con Boekel
Viewed: 3
Pied Currawong (Image ID 33698)
Pied Currawong
Con Boekel
Viewed: 3

Our first photo competition for this year is Best of 2018As the name implies, we invite you to submit your best image(s) taken during 2018.

This competition is open to members for submission of entries until Monday 25th February 2019.  The normal 2-year time limit for photos does not apply for this competition; images for this competition must have been taken during 2018 (ie. between 1st January 2018 and 31st December 2018).  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.

For this competition, we are trialing a larger image size for the Advanced level.  In that category, images may be up to 1800px wide and 1800px high; at least one of the image dimensions must be 1800px.  The image filesize limit has also been increased, to 2560kB.

Member voting for the Feeding competition, which closed for entries on 10th December and for voting on 1st January, has been analysed and the results for the top 5 images in each category are listed here.  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 – Feeding

This category attracted 66 entries, from 20 photographers. 24 members voted, with the following result:

Intermediate Level – Feeding

This category attracted 136 entries, from 44 photographers. 29 members voted, with the following result:

Entry Level – Feeding

This category attracted 35 entries, from 11 photographers. 28 members voted, with the following result:

Congratulations to all these photographers for their quality images

"Joy in the Morning", a photo of a variegated fairy-wren taken in Yulara, Northern Territory, has won the People’s Choice for the Australian Bird Photographer of the Year 2018 competition.  A selection of shortlisted photos from the Australian Bird Photographer of the Year is still available on The Guardian Australia website - visit here to view them. 

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.


More than 3,100 photos were entered in this year's inaugural Australian Bird Photographer of the Year contest, showcasing Australian birds at their most brilliant, vulnerable, astounding and beautiful.  We are proud to announce the 2018 winners across 7 categories.

  • Bird Behaviour winner — ‘Slight Disagreement’ by Shelley Pearson
  • Bird Portrait winner — ‘A Family Affair’ by Gary Meredith
  • Human Impact winner — ‘A Tragic End’ by Danny McCreadie
  • Special Theme: Black-Cockatoos winner — ‘Shadow Dancer’ by Lachlan Hall
  • Birds in the Landscape winner — ‘Brolgas Flee Fire’ by Cathryn Vasseleu
  • Creative/Fine Art winner — ‘Swooping’ by Sar Nop
  • Youth winner — ‘Crested Pigeon’ by Campbell Mole

To view the winning and shortlisted entries, please visit the competition website:


Our seven winning photographers will share in $6,500 in cash awards thanks to our sponsors — Leica, NT Tourism Birding Trails, the Lake Cowal Foundation and BirdLife Photography.  The winning images will be featured in the December 2018 Australian Birdlife magazine.

Of the 120 winning and shortlisted images showcased on the Australian Bird Photographer of the Year website, 30 images will be chosen and featured in The Guardian online website in a Christmas People’s Choice Awards.

Twelve images from those shortlisted will feature in the BirdLife Australia 2019 calendar and greeting card series

Funds for Conservation

The 2018 Australian Bird Photographer of the Year Award featured a special theme — Black-cockatoos — and we are proud to announce, after the overwhelming success of this year’s award, we will be handing over $2,000 to ‘Kids helping Cockies’, a project established in 2012 with the aim of educating and engaging local schools in habitat propagation and restoration activities for the endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo.


In the past week or so (early April), 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

Metallic Starling (Image ID 33706)
Metallic Starling
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 16
Collared Sparrowhawk, Galah (Image ID 33681)
Collared Sparrowhawk, Galah
Con Boekel
Viewed: 36
Western Grasswren (Image ID 33658)
Western Grasswren
John Barkla
Viewed: 16
Great Frigatebird (Image ID 33648)
Great Frigatebird
William Betts
Viewed: 15
Christmas Island White-eye (Image ID 33639)
Christmas Island White-eye
John Barkla
Viewed: 7
Dusky Honeyeater (Image ID 33623)
Dusky Honeyeater
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 21
Brown Falcon (Image ID 33602)
Brown Falcon
Robert Toneguzzo
Viewed: 35
Dusky Woodswallow (Image ID 33583)
Dusky Woodswallow
Shane Walker
Viewed: 32
Diamond Dove (Image ID 33565)
Diamond Dove
Wilson Lennard
Viewed: 20
Fawn-breasted Bowerbird (Image ID 33523)
Fawn-breasted Bowerbird
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 47


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