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Inspiring and Supporting Photographers of Australian Birds

  • Nankeen Night-Heron (Image ID 43323)

    Nankeen Night-Heron.   Photographer: Rob Solic

  • Australian Pelican (Image ID 38343)

    Australian Pelican.   Photographer: Ian Wilson

  • Australian Magpie (Image ID 20624)

    Australian Magpie.   Photographer: Glenn Pure

  • Southern Giant-Petrel (Image ID 30612)

    Southern Giant-Petrel.   Photographer: Mark Lethlean

  • Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Image ID 18995)

    Yellow-billed Spoonbill.   Photographer: Peter Bennet

The BirdLife Photography Committee has introduced an exciting ‘Awards’ initiative which commenced on the 1st January 2016.

In each calendar year, starting from 2016, BirdLife Photography will offer a series of awards for various levels of Member engagement.

BirdLife Photography Annual Award

The most prestigious award will be the BirdLife Photography Annual Award, known as "Photographer of the Year" .  This award is at the discretion of the Committee and will be presented to a BirdLife Photography financial member who excels in each of the following critieria:

  • at least 24 high quality images submitted to the image galleries (other than competition 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 award will consist of a quality sliced crystal cylinder (sliced = chamfered face) with a frosted white-on-crystal BLP logo and laser inscription, in a velvet presentation case. A photograph of the winning Member and short biography will be incorporated as a permanent record on this website.

Best Competition Photographer of the Year

Awards will also be presented to the Best Competition Photographer of the Year, for each competition level - Entry, Intermediate, and Advanced.

The overall winner for each competition level will be determined by the total number of points accrued during the year, summed across all Current Competitions and for each level of competition. Points will accrue from both Member voting and Mystery Reviewer selections. In each CC level for each competition.  For Member voting: Winner = 3 points, Highly Commended = 2 points and Commended = 1 point.  For Mystery Reviewer selections: Winner = 5 points, Highly Commended = 4 points, Commended = 3 points, and Special Mention = 2 points.  In addition, each entrant in a competition will receive 1 point.

As the Best Competition Photographer of the Year is chosen by the Membership from anonymous photo entries, these awards will be open to members of the BirdLife Photography Committee. The Committee members may not however, participate in any other award.

These awards will consist of a BirdLife Photography custom designed 50 mm gold finish coin-style medal, presented in a blue velvet case. The coin will have a coloured enameled BLP logo on the front side and an inscription on the reverse side.

BLP Medals

Best Photograph of the Year

There will be an award for the Best Photograph of the Year.  From 2020, there will be only a single award; previously, there were awards for images captured by both an interchangeable lens (formerly DSLR; the terminology has been changed to cover mirrorless cameras) and fixed lens (formerly non-DSLR) camera.

The winner will be chosen by member voting from a shortlist of images selected by a panel of image moderators and committee members; images from any panel member are ineligible for this award.  Prior to 2020, the Photograph of the Year was selected by the Committee.

This award will consist of a BirdLife Photography custom designed 50 mm gold finish coin-style medal, presented in a blue velvet case. The coin will have a coloured enameled BLP logo on the front side and an inscription on the reverse side.

Most Improved Photographer of the Year

The Most Improved Photographer of the Year (Entry to Intermediate transition and/or Intermediate to Advanced transition) based upon the quality of photos submitted in the new competition level during the year, will be acknowledged with a special certificate. The acknowledged photographer(s) will be chosen by the Current Competition Co-ordinator.

The award(s) will consist of a parchment style certificate accompanied by a Newsletter article exhibiting a selection of the Member’s images.

Winners in all categories will be announced in January/ February of the following year.

Recent Picks

Nankeen Night-Heron (Image ID 47226)
Nankeen Night-Heron
Graham Gall
Viewed: 20
Southern Whiteface (Image ID 47151)
Southern Whiteface
Steve Mantle
Viewed: 65
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo (Image ID 47072)
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo
Chris Young
Viewed: 135
Superb Fairy-wren (Image ID 47058)
Superb Fairy-wren
Graham Gall
Viewed: 56
Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Image ID 46833)
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Chris Young
Viewed: 224
Willie Wagtail (Image ID 46774)
Willie Wagtail
Stephen Garth
Viewed: 251
Tawny Frogmouth (Image ID 46725)
Tawny Frogmouth
Steve Mantle
Viewed: 182
Striated Heron (Image ID 46693)
Striated Heron
Steve Mantle
Viewed: 287
Black-necked Stork (Image ID 46683)
Black-necked Stork
Angela Farnsworth
Viewed: 182
White-faced Heron (Image ID 46617)
White-faced Heron
Darren Hibberd
Viewed: 382

CONTACT US

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.