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  • Plumed Whistling-Duck (Image ID 36030)

    Plumed Whistling-Duck.   Photographer: Judy Leitch

  • Pied Stilt (Image ID 36680)

    Pied Stilt.   Photographer: Mal Carnegie

  • Laughing Kookaburra (Image ID 37445)

    Laughing Kookaburra.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Spotted Pardalote (Image ID 42277)

    Spotted Pardalote.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Image ID 30509)

    Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

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The next BirdLife Photography Biennial Conference will be held on the Gold Coast, QLD, in the Mantra at Sharks Events Centre and Hotel on 21st & 22nd May  2022.

Visit the dedicated BirdLIfe Photography Conference website for details, and to register.
 The 2022 BirdLife Photography Biennial Conference is generously sponsored by:  Destination Gold Coast logo
BirdLife Australia Photography Awards

 Entries for the BirdLife Australia Photography Awards opened on 28th May

Early bird discount on entry fees applies until 5th July!
 Entries close at 11:59 PM (AEST) on 2nd August.

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

Scarlet Robin (Image ID 46744)
Scarlet Robin
Alison Bowling
Viewed: 18
Kelp Gull (Image ID 46743)
Kelp Gull
Alison Bowling
Viewed: 16
Singing Honeyeater (Image ID 46739)
Singing Honeyeater
Mary Wheeler
Viewed: 16

The theme for our third competition for 2021 is Birds in their Habitat (excluding waterbirds).  The challenge here is to photograph the bird in its habitat.  The bird needs to be clearly identifiable, as does the habitat in which it lives.  Comments need to address both the bird and the habitat.  For example, what is the habitat, why is it important, and is it a typical or unusual location for the species . No birds on sticks with clear backgrounds required here.  Examples are fruit-doves in rainforest trees, finches feeding on grass seeds, chats in heath, kingfishers by streams, honeyeaters on flowering shrubs or trees, emus in woodland, Glossy Black Cockatoos in casuarina trees, etc.  Waterbirds which are excluded are those listed in the Australian Bird Guide in the categories of Marine and Coastal Birds, and Freshwater Birds.

This competition is open to members for submission of entries until 6pm EST on Monday 9th August 2021.  Images must have been taken during the last three years (that is, on or after 21st June 2018).  Up to four of your best images may be submitted.  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.  As usual, there are three competition levels: Entry, Intermediate and Advanced.  Please refer to the  Photo Gallery - Competitions - Competition Levels - Guidelines page for more details.  All three levels will be open to member voting at the close of submissions, and a Mystery Reviewer will judge all levels. 

Our June Zoom event for members on Wednesday 16th June was the second Lightroom Classic tutorial presented by Graham Cam: "How to Make Your Photos Pop with Lightroom Classic Local Adjustments".  Graham showed how to use Lightroom's selective adjustment tools, with an emphasis on subtle and refined.  This event was attended by about 60 members.  For those who were unable to attend at the time, we recorded the presentation, and it is now available for members to view, in Resources - Our Zoom Presentations. This video is accessible only to our members; you must be logged in to view it.

Member voting for the Cranes, Storks, Crakes, Rails and Swamphens competition, which closed for entries on 24th May and for voting on 7th June, has been analysed and the results for the top five images in each category are listed here.  This competition received good support from our members, with 227 images entered across the 3 competition levels by 82 photographers.  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 – Cranes, Storks, Crakes, Rails and Swamphens

This category attracted 73 entries, from 25 photographers. 31 members voted, with the following result:

Intermediate Level – Cranes, Storks, Crakes, Rails and Swamphens

This category attracted 105 entries, from 41 photographers. 34 members voted, with the following result:

Entry Level – Cranes, Storks, Crakes, Rails and Swamphens

This category attracted 49 entries, from 16 photographers. 33 members voted, with the following result:

Congratulations to all these photographers for their quality images.

Our Mystery Reviewers have completed their assessments of the images in each level of the Cranes, Storks, Crakes, Rails and Swamphens competition; their ratings are as follows:

Advanced Level – Cranes, Storks, Crakes, Rails and Swamphens

Intermediate Level – Cranes, Storks, Crakes, Rails and Swamphens

Entry Level – Cranes, Storks, Crakes, Rails and Swamphens

  • Winner - Australian Spotted Crake, by Linda Waters  (Image ID 46289)
  • Highly Commended - Tasmanian Native-Hen, by Sylvia Wallis  (Image ID 45738)
  • Highly Commended - Purple Swamphen, by Philip d’Auvergne  (Image ID 46377)
  • Commended - Australian Spotted Crake, by Denise Denham  (Image ID 45681)
  • Commended - Buff-banded Rail, by Chunfang Liu  (Image ID 46135)
  • Special Mention - Eurasian Coot, by James Hider  (Image ID 46419)
  • Special Mention - Eurasian Coot, by Astrid Ross  (Image ID 45867)
  • Special Mention - Brolga, by Indrani Pathirage  (Image ID 46434)

The Mystery Reviewer Critiques are available in the Resources - Mystery Reviewer Critiques page.  Critiques published within the last two years are only visible to our members; you must be logged in to the site to see them.

The BLP Photographer of the Year - our most prestigious award - goes to Gary King.  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.

Gary contributed 48 images, and entered all 4 competitions.  His major contribution to BLP activities was as coordinator of our Photo Competitions for 2020 (a postition he continues in for 2021); he also provided a very well worded and comprehensive summary of our 2020 Member survey which the committee found very useful for planning our activites since the survey.

Congratulations Gary, for a well-deserved award!

Photograph of the Year

Red-necked Avocets - Nathan Watson (Image ID 39859)

Red-necked Avocets

This image was chosen by member voting from a short-list of 12 images selected by a panel of image moderators and committee members; images from any panel member were not eligble for this award.

Our 2020 Members Survey showed that over 90% of responders would like us to develop a resource on our website for members to post information about recent field trips for the benefit of other members.  We have set up a page for this purpose, at Resources - Road Trip Reports; committee member Doug Castle has provided a couple of articles to get the ball rolling.  These reports are member-only access for two years; you must be logged in to see them.

If you would like to contribute to this resource, please send your report(s) to our website administrator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Don't worry about formatting; you can even send the report as an email message.  You can include a couple of photos if you wish.

In the past week or so (early April, 2018), 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.


Recent Picks

Tawny Frogmouth (Image ID 46725)
Tawny Frogmouth
Steve Mantle
Viewed: 61
Striated Heron (Image ID 46693)
Striated Heron
Steve Mantle
Viewed: 102
Black-necked Stork (Image ID 46683)
Black-necked Stork
Angela Farnsworth
Viewed: 63
White-faced Heron (Image ID 46617)
White-faced Heron
Darren Hibberd
Viewed: 131
Southern Fulmar (Image ID 46610)
Southern Fulmar
Chris Young
Viewed: 226
Greater Crested Tern (Image ID 46564)
Greater Crested Tern
Patrick Kavanagh
Viewed: 181
Satin Bowerbird (Image ID 46558)
Satin Bowerbird
Tim Van Leeuwen
Viewed: 158
Brown Honeyeater (Image ID 46520)
Brown Honeyeater
Mary Wheeler
Viewed: 238
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin (Image ID 46516)
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin
Brian O'Leary
Viewed: 225
Little Egret (Image ID 46436)
Little Egret
Jim Schultz
Viewed: 274


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.