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A Special Interest Group of BirdLife Australia

  • Buff-banded Rail

    Buff-banded Rail.   Photographer: Mark Lethlean

  • Australian Wood Duck

    Australian Wood Duck.   Photographer: David Seymour

  • Black-eared Cuckoo

    Black-eared Cuckoo.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Dusky Moorhen

    Dusky Moorhen.   Photographer: Con Boekel

  • Australian Hobby

    Australian Hobby.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

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Scarlet Robin (Image ID 30355)
Scarlet Robin
Simon Pelling
Viewed: 7
Australian Magpie (Image ID 30345)
Australian Magpie
Warren Wilson
Viewed: 12
Pied Cormorant (Image ID 30332)
Pied Cormorant
Bill Carroll
Viewed: 6

BirdLife Photography is pleased to announce the launch of the Australian Bird Photographer of the Year competition, being jointly organised by BirdLife Australia and BirdLife Photography.  The Australian Bird Photographer of the Year competition will showcase both the beauty and vulnerability of our unique birdlife; we anticipate some great images of Australian avifauna.  The competition will be open to any person to submit images of Australian birds, in the following categories:

  • Bird Portrait
  • Bird Behaviour
  • Human Impact
  • Creative/Fine Art
  • Special theme: Black-cockatoos
  • There is also a Youth (under 18 years) category encompassing any of these categories.

Full details of the competition will be provided in the following months as we move towards opening the competition for entries in the mid-year; please keep a watch for further announcements and get busy with your cameras.

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.

Our second photo competition for this year is Being Blue.  For this competition we ask our members to submit pictures of birds which have the word "blue" in their species name (a fairly limited list) OR birds which have blue in their plumage or other features; this extends the list of available species considerably - parrots and kingfishers come immediately to mind, or even Pied Cormorants - so you should be able to find something suitable fairly easily.  As already notified (on the 2018 Competition Themes page, and in the February Newsletter) we will NOT accept photos of Superb Fairy-wrens for this competition; they are the most common species in our galleries, and they were the subject of a special competition several years ago.

This competition is open to members for submission of entries until 6PM (AET) Monday 23rd April 2018.  Images for this competition must have been taken within the last two years.  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 moved from another existing gallery will not be accepted.  See the Photo Gallery - Competitions section for full details and rules of our competitions, and quick access to the current competition galleries.

Member voting for the On The Beach competition, which closed for entries on 26th February and for voting on 19th March, has been analysed and the results for the top 5 images in each category are listed here.  In line with many other bird/wildlife photo competitions, we present the results in the following manner: 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 – On The Beach

This category attracted 66 entries, from 20 photographers. 41 members voted, with the following result:

Intermediate Level – On The Beach

This category attracted 104 entries, from 32 photographers. 41 members voted, with the following result:

Entry Level – On The Beach

This category attracted 47 entries, from 16 photographers. 46 members voted, with the following result:

Congratulations to all these photographers for their quality images.

The February 2018 Newsletter is now available for members to download, via the Resources - Libraries & Documents page.  The complete newsletter, and all articles as individual files, are available.

On the Libraries and Documents page (from the link above), click on the folder name 'Newsletters', then click on the folder name '2018', and finally click on the folder name 'February'.  Note that you need to click on the text; clicking on the folder icon will not work (although we would really like it to!).  You must be logged in to the website to access this newsletter and/or its articles. If you are not logged in, you will only see newsletters which are more than two years old.  There is a log-in module on the Libraries and Documents page.  If you are currently logged in to the website you can go directly to this newsletter by clicking here.  [Note: this is another large newletter, and it may take a minute or two to open.]

Enjoy this newsletter.

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.

Recent Picks

Salvin's Albatross (Image ID 30296)
Salvin's Albatross
Mark Lethlean
Viewed: 18
Snares Penguin (Image ID 30292)
Snares Penguin
Mark Lethlean
Viewed: 25
White-faced Heron (Image ID 30217)
White-faced Heron
Cherilyn Corker
Viewed: 34
Great Knot (Image ID 30216)
Great Knot
Cherilyn Corker
Viewed: 26
Golden Whistler (Image ID 30215)
Golden Whistler
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 48
Buller's Albatross (Image ID 30202)
Buller's Albatross
Tim Van Leeuwen
Viewed: 55
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Image ID 30196)
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 49
Black Kite (Image ID 30183)
Black Kite
Joan Mitchell
Viewed: 74
White-chinned Petrel (Image ID 30184)
White-chinned Petrel
Mark Lethlean
Viewed: 45
South Polar Skua (Image ID 30178)
South Polar Skua
Mark Lethlean
Viewed: 60

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