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  • Galah (Image ID 36431)

    Galah.   Photographer: Linda Unwin

  • Eurasian Coot (Image ID 19669)

    Eurasian Coot.   Photographer: Richard Smart

  • Mistletoebird (Image ID 40307)

    Mistletoebird.   Photographer: Diana Womersley

  • Pink-eared Duck (Image ID 20032)

    Pink-eared Duck.   Photographer: Con Boekel

  • Plumed Whistling-Duck (Image ID 29030)

    Plumed Whistling-Duck.   Photographer: Adam Higgins

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

Grey Shrike-thrush (Image ID 46196)
Grey Shrike-thrush
Judy Humphreys
Viewed: 14
Grey Shrike-thrush (Image ID 46195)
Grey Shrike-thrush
Judy Humphreys
Viewed: 15
Common Bronzewing (Image ID 46188)
Common Bronzewing
Philip d'Auvergne
Viewed: 14

Georgina Steytler's Zoom presentation "How to Use Light Creatively in Bird Photography" on Wednesday 12th May was attended by about 90 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 PresentationsThis video is accessible only to our members; you must be logged in to view it

Our Zoom presentation "Members Inspiring Members" on Wednesday 17th April was attended by about 50 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 PresentationsThis video is accessible only to our members; you must be logged in to view it

This presentation was from members who won awards for the 2020 Photo Competitions talking about their award winning images and how they achieved them. ⁠ They discuss their camera settings and why they chose them, their fieldcraft to obtain their images, and post-procesing tips.  The presenters were Stephen Garth, Graham Gall, Chris Young, Bill Harding and Jason Moore.

The theme for our second competition for 2021 is Cranes, Storks, Crakes, Rails and Swamphens.  There should be something for everyone here.

This competition is open to members for submission of entries until 6pm EST on Monday 24th May 2021.  Images must have been taken during the last three years (that is, on or after 5th April 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 Mystery Reviewers have completed their assessments of the images in each level of the Best of 2020 competition; their ratings are as follows:

Advanced Level – Best of 2020

Intermediate Level – Best of 2020

  • Winner - Black Kite, by Les George (Image ID 44430)
  • Highly Commended - Red-necked Avocets, by Jane Putland (Image ID 44890)
  • Highly Commended - Yellow-throated Miners, by Mike Ody (Image ID 44671)
  • Commended - Fairy Tern, by Glenda Gore (Image ID 44602)
  • Commended - Glossy Black-cockatoo, by Diane Peters (Image ID 44616)
  • Commended - Australasian Grebe, by Donna Evans (Image ID 44997)
  • Commended - Common Bronzewing, by Woody Woodhouse (Image ID 45159)
  • Special Mention - Eastern Reef Egret, by Mark Locker (Image ID 45225)
  • Special Mention - Australian Pelican, Freckled Duck, Hardhead, Pink-eared Duck, by Graham Gall (Image ID 44369)
  • Special Mention - Australasian Grebe, by Bruce Hawkins (Image ID 44920)
  • Special Mention - Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, by Darren Weinert (Image ID 44388)
  • Special Mention - Great Egret, by Jane Putland (Image ID 45192)

Entry Level – Best of 2020

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.

Member voting for the Best of 2020 competition, which closed for entries on 8th March and for voting on 22nd March, 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 340 images entered across the 3 competition levels by 106 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 – Best of 2020

This category attracted 115 entries, from 34 photographers. 45 members voted, with the following result:

Intermediate Level – Best of 2020

This category attracted 157 entries, from 48 photographers. 53 members voted, with the following result:

Entry Level – Best of 2020

This category attracted 72 entries, from 24 photographers. 47 members voted, with the following result:

Congratulations to all these photographers for their quality images.

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 Zoom presentation of Graham Cam's Lightroom Classic tutorial, on Wednesday 10th February, was attended by almost 100 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 Video Tutorials - Lightroom (M)This video is accessible only to our members; you must be logged in to view it.  We extend our thanks to Graham for this excellent overview of Lightroom Classic.  We also apologise for the computer audio problem which affected many viewers who were forced to use their phones to hear the presentation; happily, this did not affect the recording.

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

Silvereye (Image ID 46156)
Mark Lethlean
Viewed: 40
Hardhead (Image ID 45963)
Glenn Pure
Viewed: 128
Rufous Treecreeper (Image ID 45953)
Rufous Treecreeper
Glenda Gore
Viewed: 156
White-faced Storm-Petrel (Image ID 45931)
White-faced Storm-Petrel
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 113
Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo (Image ID 45833)
Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo
Allan Rose
Viewed: 144
Pheasant Coucal (Image ID 45823)
Pheasant Coucal
Steve Mantle
Viewed: 148
Plains-wanderer (Image ID 45758)
Chris Young
Viewed: 209
Restless Flycatcher (Image ID 45746)
Restless Flycatcher
Mary Wheeler
Viewed: 192
Orange Chat (Image ID 45691)
Orange Chat
Ian Colley
Viewed: 253
New Holland Honeyeater (Image ID 45617)
New Holland Honeyeater
Stephen Garth
Viewed: 234


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