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  • Sooty Oystercatcher (Image ID 28649)

    Sooty Oystercatcher.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Cattle Egret, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret (Image ID 33760)

    Cattle Egret, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret.   Photographer: Con Boekel

  • Crested Tern (Image ID 28120)

    Crested Tern.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Apostlebird (Image ID 27738)

    Apostlebird.   Photographer: Mark Lethlean

  • Variegated Fairy-wren (Image ID 33027)

    Variegated Fairy-wren.   Photographer: Richard Smart

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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.

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Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Image ID 34195)
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Stephen Garth
Viewed: 11

There's only a few days left to get your entries in for this competition!

Our first photo competition for this year is Best of 2018As the name implies, we invite you to submit your best image(s) taken during 2018.

This competition is open to members for submission of entries until Monday 25th February 2019.  The normal 2-year time limit for photos does not apply for this competition; images for this competition must have been taken during 2018 (ie. between 1st January 2018 and 31st December 2018).  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 cannot be moved from another existing gallery.  See the Photo Gallery - Competitions section for full details and rules of our competitions, and quick access to the current competition galleries.

For this competition, we are trialing a larger image size for the Advanced level.  In that category, images may be up to 1800px wide and 1800px high; at least one of the image dimensions must be 1800px.  The image filesize limit has also been increased, to 2560kB.

Best Photograph of the Year - Interchangeable Lens Camera

Regent Bowerbirds -Brian O'Leary

Regent Bowerbirds

 

Best Photograph of the Year - Fixed Lens Camera

Australian Pelican - Rodger Scott

Australian Pelican

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

The BirdLife Photography Annual Award for 2018 - our most prestigious award - goes to Tim Van Leeuwen.  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.

Tim Van Leeuwen

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

  • Submitted over 100 images to non-competition galleries. 17 of these appeared in the “Recent Picks” sidebar.
  • Entered every competition during 2018, winning the Member’s Voting and Mystery Reviewer's award in one of these competitions for the year; many other competition entries received commended results.
  • Established our social media sites on Instagram and Facebook, and continues to manage those sites.

Tim’s contribution to BirdLife Photography throughout 2018 was truly outstanding, and we thank him for his efforts.  Congratulations Tim!

 

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.

Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded for results in each level of every competition held in 2018.  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 - Wilson Lennard
  • Silver Medal - Brian O'Leary
  • Bronze Medal – Con Boekel
  • Bronze Medal – Glenn Pure

Intermediate Level

  • Gold Medal – Bill Harding
  • Silver Medal – Doug Castle
  • Bronze Medal – Hayley Alexander

Entry Level

  • Gold Medal – Chris Young
  • Silver Medal - Warren Bennett
  • Bronze Medal – Jennifer Carr

Most Improved Photographer of the Year

There was no obvious candidate for this award in 2018, so it has not been awarded.

The Queensland Conservation Council has launched Queensland’s Natural Wonders Photography Awards, to recognise and celebrate the power of images - and the importance of photographers - in protecting our natural world.

They're looking for outstanding new images that showcase Queensland’s natural environment; unique plants and wildlife; and the connection between the people of Queensland and their beautiful state. The competition is open for entries from now until 8 March 2019; visit https://www.queenslandconservation.org.au/photocomp for details.


My hope is that my images will inspire a stronger connection with the nature that lies within and around us, as it is infinitely worthy of our deepest respect and care.”
– Cristina Mittermeier, founder of the International League of Conservation Photographers

We have completed our schedule of Photo Competitions for our members for 2019.  The themes are:

  • Best of 2018 - this competition is already open for entries.
  • Bird on a Wire - a bird, or birds, on a fence wire or powerline.
  • Introduced Species - birds whose population is described as “Introduced” in the BirdLife Working List V2.1. Images must be taken in Australia or its territories.
  • Pairs - images must show a pair (male/female) of a species; where the sex cannot be determined from plumage, behaviour may be used.

The planned dates are available on the Photo Gallery | Competitions | 2109 Competition Themes page.  Details of each theme will be in the Announcement emails for each competition, and in the gallery description which appears when members submit images.

Recent Picks

Welcome Swallow (Image ID 34167)
Welcome Swallow
Shane Walker
Viewed: 29
Scrubtit (Image ID 34158)
Scrubtit
Warren Bennett
Viewed: 34
Northern Fantail (Image ID 34132)
Northern Fantail
Gary King
Viewed: 19
Speckled Warbler (Image ID 34063)
Speckled Warbler
Patrick Kavanagh
Viewed: 55
Star Finch (Image ID 34059)
Star Finch
Bill Harding
Viewed: 41
Chiming Wedgebill (Image ID 34009)
Chiming Wedgebill
Gary King
Viewed: 48
Channel-billed Cuckoo, Pied Currawong (Image ID 33993)
Channel-billed Cuckoo, Pied Currawong
Paul Thorogood
Viewed: 52
Long-toed Stint (Image ID 33989)
Long-toed Stint
William Betts
Viewed: 37
Glossy Ibis (Image ID 33873)
Glossy Ibis
Con Duyvestyn
Viewed: 43
Blue-winged Kookaburra (Image ID 33869)
Blue-winged Kookaburra
Robert Toneguzzo
Viewed: 42

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