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    Caspian Tern.   Photographer: Mark Lethlean

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    Splendid Fairy-wren.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

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    Gouldian Finch.   Photographer: Bill Harding

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    Regent Honeyeater.   Photographer: Bill Harding

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    Azure Kingfisher.   Photographer: Bill Harding

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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.

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.

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Rufous Whistler (Image ID 31910)
Rufous Whistler
Brian O'Leary
Viewed: 8
Rufous Whistler (Image ID 31909)
Rufous Whistler
Brian O'Leary
Viewed: 11
Yellow Thornbill (Image ID 31908)
Yellow Thornbill
Brian O'Leary
Viewed: 13
Australian Owlet-nightjar (Image ID 31907)
Australian Owlet-nightjar
Brian O'Leary
Viewed: 9
White-eared Honeyeater (Image ID 31906)
White-eared Honeyeater
Lindsay Hansch
Viewed: 6

Our next photo competition for this year is now open for our members to submit pictures of Birds in Arid Habitats.  We're not going to attempt to closely define "arid habitat"; we'll be applying our own "pub test" to submissions.  But to help, we'll be using this map of Australian climate regions as a guide; the arid regions are those areas shown as Desert or Grassland - most of Australia!Australia climate map MJC01

We’re intending to be fairly relaxed about what we’ll accept for this competition. What we’re really after is birds that occur solely or predominantly in arid regions/habitats. To that end, we’ll accept photos taken outside an area of arid habitat, as long as that species is commonly found within arid habitat.  A further point which might assist: we won’t be considering permanent or temporary wetlands (eg. places such as Lake Eyre when it contains water) within arid regions as being arid habitat.

This competition is open to members for submission of entries until 6PM (AET) Monday 8th October 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 Small is Splendid competition, which closed for entries on 13th August and for voting on 3rd September, 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 – Small is Splendid

This category attracted 51 entries, from 15 photographers. 41 members voted, with the following result:

Intermediate Level – Small is Splendid

This category attracted 97 entries, from 33 photographers. 34 members voted, with the following result:

Entry Level – Small is Splendid

This category attracted 40 entries, from 14 photographers. 38 members voted, with the following result:

Congratulations to all these photographers for their quality images


A new Bird Identification Challenge is now available for our members, with the theme "Marathon Migrators".  It’s that time of year again, when the migratory birds are returning to our part of the world, so what better time to brush up on your knowledge and identification skills.  As for the previous "Wonderful Wanderers" ID Challenges, it requires you to do a little more than just identify the species; there are four associated questions, which are displayed in the ID Challenge page.

This challenge will consist of two rounds, with ten images in each.  Each round will be open for three weeks.  Round 1 opened on 1st September, and will close on 23rd September; round 2 will open shortly after.  To access the ID Challenge, you must be logged in to the website; when you are, the ID Challenge will be available on the Photo Gallery menu.  Simply open that page, enter your answers for each image in the comments box under the image, then click the Submit button at the bottom of the page to submit your answers.  A copy of your answers will be emailed to you.

Enjoy this Challenge!

McKinley Moens
Bird ID Challenge Coordinator

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.

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.

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.

Recent Picks

Dusky Gerygone (Image ID 31866)
Dusky Gerygone
William Betts
Viewed: 22
Spotted Pardalote (Image ID 31864)
Spotted Pardalote
Simon Pelling
Viewed: 32
Variegated Fairy-wren (Image ID 31833)
Variegated Fairy-wren
Glenn Pure
Viewed: 38
Silver Gull (Image ID 31811)
Silver Gull
Anna Browne
Viewed: 43
Pacific Gull (Image ID 31810)
Pacific Gull
David Seymour
Viewed: 37
Mangrove Robin (Image ID 31806)
Mangrove Robin
William Betts
Viewed: 39
Black-tailed Treecreeper (Image ID 31765)
Black-tailed Treecreeper
William Betts
Viewed: 42
Grey Teal (Image ID 31752)
Grey Teal
Athena Georgiou
Viewed: 52
Rainbow Bee-eater (Image ID 31721)
Rainbow Bee-eater
David Newell
Viewed: 57
Brown Falcon (Image ID 31718)
Brown Falcon
Catherine Noone
Viewed: 63


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