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  • Black-fronted Dotterel

    Black-fronted Dotterel.   Photographer: Bill Harding

  • Australian Pelican

    Australian Pelican.   Photographer: Rob Parker

  • Cape Barren Goose

    Cape Barren Goose.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Australian Pelican

    Australian Pelican.   Photographer: Rob Parker

  • Black-fronted Dotterel

    Black-fronted Dotterel.   Photographer: Barbara Oehring

BirdLife Photography
Australian Birds

BirdLife Photography is a Special Interest Group of BirdLife Australia and provides both a forum and resources for photographers, bird observers and the general public to enhance their knowledge and appreciation of birds through the medium of photography.

It was formed in 2008, as PhotoBOCA, with the initial membership coming from the existing photography groups of Bird Observation & Conservation Australia (BOCA) in Melbourne, Bellarine Peninsula, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Townsville.  With the merge of BOCA and Birds Australia to form BirdLife Australia in January 2012, it became BirdLife Photography.  Our focus is to provide educational activities via the internet, with an emphasis on photography and bird identification.


Membership of BirdLife Photography is open to anyone interested in photographing Australian birds.  We only provide individual memberships (ie. no family memberships), as this allows us to identify the actual person who contributes to our website, by submitting images to our galleries, participating in competitions or ID challenges, or joining the discusssions in our Forum.  Our membership fee is currently $15 per annum.  Membership allows you to submit photos to our online gallery, participate in our photo competitions and Bird Identification Challenges, submit posts to our online Forum, and access our latest newsletters (non-members can only access newsletters more than two years old).

So - why not join BirdLife Photography, enjoy the benefits of membership, help spread the word of the pleasures of birdwatching and photography, and make your contribution to the preservation of the uniqueness of Australian birdlife for generations to come.  Just download the application form, fill it in and send to BirdLife Australia.  Alternatively, phone BirdLife Australia Supporter Services on 1300 730 075.  Please provide an email address when you join, as all our communication with our members is via email; if you do not have an email address, you will need to check this website regularly to keep informed of our activities, such as photo competitions, ID challenges, and newsletters.

Please note that joining BirdLife Photography does not provide membership of any of the Branch Photography Groups.  If you wish to join them also, to participate in local activities in your area, please contact them directly.  You can find details of local photography groups on the About Us - Branch Photography Groups page.

Recent Picks

Tawny-crowned Honeyeater (Image ID 29982)
Tawny-crowned Honeyeater
David Newell
Viewed: 5
Fork-tailed Swift (Image ID 29981)
Fork-tailed Swift
Andrew Crouch
Viewed: 4
Antarctic Petrel (Image ID 29963)
Antarctic Petrel
Mark Lethlean
Viewed: 24
Great-billed Heron (Image ID 29951)
Great-billed Heron
Murray Chambers
Viewed: 44
Grey-tailed Tattler (Image ID 29943)
Grey-tailed Tattler
Gary Dunnett
Viewed: 27
Campbell Albatross (Image ID 29932)
Campbell Albatross
Mark Lethlean
Viewed: 30
Buller's Albatross (Image ID 29931)
Buller's Albatross
Mark Lethlean
Viewed: 45
White-bellied Storm-Petrel (Image ID 29910)
White-bellied Storm-Petrel
Doug Castle
Viewed: 33
White Tern (Image ID 29920)
White Tern
Annette Sibson
Viewed: 70
Whistling Kite (Image ID 29904)
Whistling Kite
Bill Harding
Viewed: 40


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.