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  • Red Wattlebird (Image ID 30433)

    Red Wattlebird.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Wandering Whistling-Duck (Image ID 27782)

    Wandering Whistling-Duck.   Photographer: Adam Higgins

  • Spotted Harrier (Image ID 19749)

    Spotted Harrier.   Photographer: Georgina Steytler

  • Australasian Gannet (Image ID 20331)

    Australasian Gannet.   Photographer: Rob Parker

  • Chestnut Teal (Image ID 21597)

    Chestnut Teal.   Photographer: Ian Wilson

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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.

See here for details.

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Latest Images

Buff-banded Rail (Image ID 35410)
Buff-banded Rail
Warren Wilson
Viewed: 8
Little Egret (Image ID 35409)
Little Egret
Warren Bennett
Viewed: 7
White Tern (Image ID 35398)
White Tern
Warren Wilson
Viewed: 8
Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush (Image ID 35397)
Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush
Chris Young
Viewed: 17
Grey Shrike-thrush (Image ID 35396)
Grey Shrike-thrush
Warren Wilson
Viewed: 16
Black Kite (Image ID 35390)
Black Kite
Robert Bridges
Viewed: 5
Lord Howe Woodhen (Image ID 35389)
Lord Howe Woodhen
Robert Bridges
Viewed: 10
Caspian Tern (Image ID 35388)
Caspian Tern
Robert Bridges
Viewed: 3
Brown Skua (Image ID 35387)
Brown Skua
Robert Bridges
Viewed: 5
Eurasian Skylark (Image ID 35385)
Eurasian Skylark
Terence Alexander
Viewed: 8
Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Image ID 35373)
Wedge-tailed Shearwater
Rodney Appleby
Viewed: 1
Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Image ID 35372)
Wedge-tailed Shearwater
Rodney Appleby
Viewed: 1
Flesh-footed Shearwater (Image ID 35370)
Flesh-footed Shearwater
Rodney Appleby
Viewed: 1

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: www.birdlifephotoaward.org.au/gallery-home

Prizes

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.

Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded for results in each level of every competition held in 2017.  These awards are based on the results from both Mystery Reviewers and Member Voting, and competition participation.  The medals, in their display cases, are shown below.

BLP Medals

Advanced Level

  • Gold Medal - Ian Wilson
  • Silver Medal - Tim Van Leeuwen
  • Silver Medal – Con Boekel
  • Bronze Medal – Glenn Pure

Intermediate Level

  • Gold Medal – William Betts
  • Silver Medal – Doug Castle
  • Bronze Medal – Sandy Castle

Entry Level

  • Gold Medal – Douglas Coughran
  • Silver Medal - William Woodhouse
  • Bronze Medal – Anne Burgess

Most Improved Photographer of the Year

A Certificate for Most Improved Photographer of the Year was awarded to Anna Browne.

Best Photograph of the Year - DSLR Camera

Imperial Shag - Catherine Noone

Imperial Shag

 

Best Photograph of the Year - Non-DSLR Camera

Australian Pelican - Anna Browne

Australian Pelican

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

The BirdLife Photography Annual Award for 2017 - our most prestigious award - goes to Ian Wilson.  This award is made to the member who excels against the following criteria:

  • submits at least 24 high quality images to the image galleries on 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.

Ian’s contributions, against these criteria, were as follows:

  • Submitted nearly 200 images to non-competition galleries. 34 of these appeared in the “Recent Picks” sidebar.
  • Entered every competition during 2016, winning the Member’s Voting award in two of six competitions for the year; many other competition entries received commended results.
  • Won the Gold Medal in the Advanced Competition Photographer of the Year.
  • Contributed two major technical articles to our newsletters.
  • Was one of the most active contributors, both with new topics and responding to other posts, to our Forum.
  • Commented on 32 images submitted to the Critique Gallery.

Ian’s contribution to BirdLife Photography throughout 2017 was truly outstanding, and we congratulate – and thank - him for his efforts.  This is the second of these Awards that Ian has won; it is a well-deserved recognition of his continued contributions to BirdLife Photography.

The award is presented as a multi-faceted crystal, with a frosted white-on-crystal BLP logo and laser inscription, in a velvet presentation case.

The Committee Report in our June Newsletter announced an increase in the annual subscription for BirdLife Photography membership.  This new subscription structure will be staged over a two-year period, $15 pa in 2017 and increasing to $20 later in 2018.

The new subscription of $15 pa for BirdLife Photography will apply from the commencement of this renewal quarter (Quarter 3, 2017).

This will coincide with a range of other changes to BirdLife memberships being introduced by BirdLife Australia at that time.  As part of those changes, membership of BirdLife Photography will no longer be restricted to members of BirdLife Australia or their affiliated groups.

Please assist us with these changes by ensuring that the new subscription amount is forwarded to Supporter Services at BirdLife Australia if you are renewing your membership manually; if you renew on-line, the new amount will be updated and charged from early August.

Graham Cam
President BirdLife Photography

Recent Picks

Grey Shrike-thrush (Image ID 35396)
Grey Shrike-thrush
Warren Wilson
Viewed: 16
Tahiti Petrel (Image ID 35375)
Tahiti Petrel
Rodney Appleby
Viewed: 12
Kermadec Petrel (Image ID 35325)
Kermadec Petrel
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 25
Lord Howe Woodhen (Image ID 35285)
Lord Howe Woodhen
Jill Wilson
Viewed: 14
Hardhead (Image ID 35283)
Hardhead
Les George
Viewed: 29
Chinstrap Penguin (Image ID 35267)
Chinstrap Penguin
Glenn Pure
Viewed: 10
Southern Cassowary (Image ID 35276)
Southern Cassowary
Gregory Cowle
Viewed: 31
White Tern (Image ID 35225)
White Tern
Jill Wilson
Viewed: 28
Red-tailed Tropicbird (Image ID 35224)
Red-tailed Tropicbird
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 36
Wilson's Storm-Petrel (Image ID 35218)
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Glenn Pure
Viewed: 25

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