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    Tawny Grassbird.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

  • Glossy Ibis (Image ID 34503)

    Glossy Ibis.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

  • Crimson Rosella (Image ID 25536)

    Crimson Rosella.   Photographer: Bill Harding

  • Little Tern (Image ID 19077)

    Little Tern.   Photographer: Mal Carnegie

  • Little Black Cormorant (Image ID 27740)

    Little Black Cormorant.   Photographer: Mark Lethlean

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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,

or visit the dedicated BirdLIfe Photography Conference website.

Register on-line here, or download the Registration Form, complete it, and send it to BirdLife Australia - details are on the form.

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.

Latest Images

Eastern Rosella (Image ID 35832)
Eastern Rosella
Stephen Garth
Viewed: 2
Chestnut Teal (Image ID 35831)
Chestnut Teal
Stephen Garth
Viewed: 2
Blue-faced Honeyeater (Image ID 35830)
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Jan Lile
Viewed: 2
White-eared Honeyeater (Image ID 35827)
White-eared Honeyeater
Bryon Samuels
Viewed: 3

The theme for our third competition for 2019 is Introduced Species.    Entries must show a bird, or birds, whose population is described as “Introduced” in the BirdLife Working List V2.1.  There are 26 such species; they are: Ostrich, Northern Mallard, Helmeted Guineafowl, California Quail, Indian Peafowl, Red Junglefowl, Green Junglefowl, Common Pheasant, Wild Turkey, Rock Dove, Barbary Dove, Spotted Dove, Laughing Dove, Nutmeg Mannikin, Java Sparrow, House Sparrow, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Common Greenfinch, Common Redpoll, European Goldfinch, Eurasian Skylark, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Common Starling, Common Myna, Song Thrush, and Common Blackbird.

This competition is open to members for submission of entries until Monday 12th August 2019.  Images for this competition must have been taken within the last 2 years.  In a change to the normal image submission rules, for this competition images must have been taken in Australia or its territories.  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 an existing gallery.  We are also continuing the trial of larger size images for the Advanced competition; images in that category may be up to 1800px wide and 1800px high, and must have at least one dimension meeting that maximum size.

Member voting for the Bird On A Wire competition, which closed for entries on 20th May and for voting on 16th June, has been analysed and the results for the top 5 images (or more, in the case of a tie) in each category are listed here.  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 – Best of 2018

This category attracted 80 entries, from 30 photographers. 47 members voted, with the following result:

Intermediate Level – Best of 2018

This category attracted 105 entries, from 44 photographers. 44 members voted, with the following result:

Entry Level – Best of 2018

This category attracted 38 entries, from 15 photographers. 45 members voted, with the following result:

Congratulations to all these photographers for their quality images

Our very own national bird photography competition, which ran for the first time in 2018, will be on again in 2019.  Entries open on Saturday 8th June, and you'll have until early August to get your entries in.

Thanks to our new major sponsor, Heritage Expeditions, we are offering an incredible new prize in 2019 for the best portfolio of images - a 14 day cruise to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands with renowned scientist Tim Flannery.  Like last year, there will also be cash prizes for the winning entry in each entry category as well.

The competition has a new name in 2019: Birdlife Australia Photography Awards, and we've made a few other small changes.  For all the details, visit the official competition website:

The Tom Oliver Award is a Special BirdLife Photography Award established in 2014; it seeks to entice photographers and/or photography-educators to create an original and inspiring educational resource enabling bird photographers to advance their photographic knowledge-base and technical competencies. This definition is deliberately broad to encourage lateral thinking and innovation by award entrants.  These resources should promote best practice in photographic techniques and could include aspects such as:

  • photographing small birds
  • photographing birds in flight
  • capturing interesting behaviours
  • compositional elements
  • post-production techniques and workflows
  • ethics in bird photography

BirdLife Photography invites entries for the 2019 Tom Oliver Award.  Entry is open to anyone living in Australia, and to overseas members of BirdLife Australia or Birdlife Photography.  Entries for the 2019 Award close on 15th July 2019.  Please see the Rules and Conditions page for details, and a link to the 2019 Entry Form.

The Tom Oliver Award is NOT a photographic competition; entries which are merely a portfolio of bird photographs will not be accepted.


World renowned bird photographer Glenn Bartley will be the keynote speaker at the Birdlife Photography Biennial Conference on 21st & 22nd September 2019, in Fremantle, WA.

Save those dates!

Glenn Bartley

Over the years, we've published a number of educational/tutorial articles in our bi-monthly Newsletter.  These are now available in Resources - Our Articles.  That page provides access to articles in four categories:

  • Photography Techniques and Processes
  • Image Processing
  • Articles about Equipment
  • In-depth Technical Articles

Articles in this section which are less than 24 months old are only accessible to our members, who must log-in to access them.


Recent Picks

Barking Owl (Image ID 35819)
Barking Owl
Jan Lile
Viewed: 33
Lord Howe Woodhen (Image ID 35800)
Lord Howe Woodhen
Glenn Pure
Viewed: 18
Little Raven (Image ID 35791)
Little Raven
Rodger Scott
Viewed: 20
Mulga Parrot (Image ID 35793)
Mulga Parrot
Mark Rayner
Viewed: 71
Galah (Image ID 35796)
Mark Rayner
Viewed: 30
Helmeted Friarbird (Image ID 35785)
Helmeted Friarbird
Warren Wilson
Viewed: 22
Fairy Prion (Image ID 35783)
Fairy Prion
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 24
Salvin's Albatross (Image ID 35782)
Salvin's Albatross
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 21
Southern Boobook (Image ID 35763)
Southern Boobook
Barry Deacon
Viewed: 29
Star Finch (Image ID 35745)
Star Finch
Les George
Viewed: 41


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