• Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Image ID 19571)

    Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo.   Photographer: Chris Dubar

  • Black Swan (Image ID 34538)

    Black Swan.   Photographer: Keith Lightbody

  • Little Tern (Image ID 19077)

    Little Tern.   Photographer: Mal Carnegie

  • White-faced Heron (Image ID 20074)

    White-faced Heron.   Photographer: Chris Dubar

  • Australian Wood Duck (Image ID 21877)

    Australian Wood Duck.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

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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

Golden Whistler (Image ID 37249)
Golden Whistler
Lindsay Hansch
Viewed: 10
Satin Flycatcher (Image ID 37248)
Satin Flycatcher
Lindsay Hansch
Viewed: 11
Satin Flycatcher (Image ID 37247)
Satin Flycatcher
Lindsay Hansch
Viewed: 16
Satin Flycatcher (Image ID 37246)
Satin Flycatcher
Lindsay Hansch
Viewed: 11
Mulga Parrot (Image ID 37245)
Mulga Parrot
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 25
Whiskered Tern (Image ID 37244)
Whiskered Tern
Simon Pelling
Viewed: 16
Whiskered Tern (Image ID 37243)
Whiskered Tern
Simon Pelling
Viewed: 20
Banded Stilt (Image ID 37239)
Banded Stilt
Tim Van Leeuwen
Viewed: 8
Scarlet Honeyeater (Image ID 37155)
Scarlet Honeyeater
Alison Bowling
Viewed: 6

The Pairs competition has closed for entries, and is now open for voting by members.  Voting will close on Wednesday, 4th December 2019.   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.

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.

We continue to trial a larger image size in the Advanced level of this competition; entries for that level were required to be either 1800 pixels wide or 1800 pixels high.  This has some implications for viewing the images.  Our website uses what is known as "responsive design", and will scale images which are wider than your browser window to fit on-screen. This means that if your browser window is not wider than about 1850 pixels (allowing for page margins and scroll-bar), you will not see a full-size image which is 1800 pixels wide; it will be scaled to fit your page width. The screen/browser resolution data that we have available indicates that about 2/3 of our members are using screens with HD (1920 x 1080) or higher resolution, and will be able to see 1800 pixel wide images with no scaling.

If your browser window is wide enough to display the image at full size, there will be no scaling; this means that an image which is 1800 pixels high will need a browser window about 1950 pixels high to see the whole image which is 1800 pixels high (allowing for browser title/menu/address bars and task bar at bottom of screen). Very few of our members have screens with such high resolution; to see the whole of an 1800-high image they will need to reduce their browser window width - yes, it sounds counter-intuitive - to cause the image to be scaled until its height is reduced sufficiently to display in the browser window. For example, there is an image in the Advanced competition which is 1350 wide x 1800 high; on my desktop monitor (1680 x 1050 resolution), with a maximized browser window, I can see the image at full size, but I only see about half of the image height; I need to reduce my browser window width to about 750 pixels to see the complete image, which at that point has been scaled to about 50% of its full size. I would do this if I was assessing images for voting, so that I could see the overall composition; I would also view it full size to see image detail.  Changing the browser window width will allow people with screens which cannot display an 1800 x 1800 image at full size to get the "best of both worlds" with the large image format.

BirdLife Photography is delighted to announce the winner of the 2017 Tom Oliver Award  ...

Con Boekel

Our 2017 TOA winner, Georgina Steytler, presented the 2019 Award Certificate to Con during our Biennial Conference in Fremantle.

Tom Oliver Award Winners, Georgina Steytler (2017) and Con Boekel (2019)

Con's winning entry, a photo essay titled "Bird Photography for What?", is available here.


Member voting for the Introduced Species competition, which closed for entries on 12th August and for voting on 8th September, has been analysed and the results for the top five 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 – Introduced Species

This category attracted 38 entries, from 14 photographers. 27 members voted, with the following result:

Intermediate Level – Introduced Species

This category attracted 39 entries, from 17 photographers. 29 members voted, with the following result:

Entry Level – Introduced Species

This category attracted 18 entries, from 6 photographers. 31 members voted, with the following result:

Congratulations to all these photographers for their qulity images

We have been overwhelmed with the number and standard of entries in our national competition.  At close of entries late on Sunday 4th August, we'd received more than 4,100 entries, eclipsing the 3,100 received in 2018 (the competition's first year).

Our panel of top international and Australian judges have a big task ahead of them.  We're expecting to announce results in late October or early November.

We thank all entrants for supporting the competition, especially our own Birdlife Photography members.

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), 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

Pied Monarch (Image ID 37238)
Pied Monarch
Barry Deacon
Viewed: 32
Black Swan (Image ID 37222)
Black Swan
Glenn Pure
Viewed: 21
Mulga Parrot (Image ID 37207)
Mulga Parrot
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 28
Pale-headed Rosella (Image ID 37184)
Pale-headed Rosella
Diana Womersley
Viewed: 24
Blue-breasted Fairy-wren (Image ID 37087)
Blue-breasted Fairy-wren
Con Duyvestyn
Viewed: 61
White-fronted Chat (Image ID 37042)
White-fronted Chat
Gary King
Viewed: 48
Peregrine Falcon (Image ID 37015)
Peregrine Falcon
David Newell
Viewed: 58
Bar-breasted Honeyeater (Image ID 36920)
Bar-breasted Honeyeater
Chris Young
Viewed: 80
Eastern Bristlebird (Image ID 36915)
Eastern Bristlebird
Jill Wilson
Viewed: 98
White-winged Fairy-wren (Image ID 36911)
White-winged Fairy-wren
Stephen Garth
Viewed: 73


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