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  • Noisy Miner,Blue-faced Honeyeater complex (Image ID 26243)

    Noisy Miner,Blue-faced Honeyeater complex.   Photographer: Murray Chambers

  • Australian Owlet-nightjar (Image ID 34076)

    Australian Owlet-nightjar.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

  • Osprey (Image ID 29959)

    Osprey.   Photographer: Paul Jensen

  • Brown Quail (Image ID 33940)

    Brown Quail.   Photographer: Bill Harding

  • Plumed Whistling-Duck (Image ID 43944)

    Plumed Whistling-Duck.   Photographer: Bill Harding

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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

Greater Crested Tern (Image ID 45092)
Greater Crested Tern
Gary King
Viewed: 6
Pacific Black Duck (Image ID 45091)
Pacific Black Duck
Gary King
Viewed: 6
Australian King-Parrot (Image ID 45086)
Australian King-Parrot
Hayley Alexander
Viewed: 4
Australian King-Parrot (Image ID 45085)
Australian King-Parrot
Hayley Alexander
Viewed: 4
Australian King-Parrot (Image ID 45084)
Australian King-Parrot
Hayley Alexander
Viewed: 5
Australian King-Parrot (Image ID 45083)
Australian King-Parrot
Hayley Alexander
Viewed: 5
Gilbert's Honeyeater (Image ID 45081)
Gilbert's Honeyeater
Woody Woodhouse
Viewed: 7
White-faced Heron (Image ID 45075)
White-faced Heron
Angela Farnsworth
Viewed: 16
Osprey (Image ID 45074)
Osprey
Angela Farnsworth
Viewed: 18
Osprey (Image ID 45073)
Osprey
Angela Farnsworth
Viewed: 14
Brolga (Image ID 45072)
Brolga
Indrani Pathirage
Viewed: 17
Brown Falcon (Image ID 45071)
Brown Falcon
Indrani Pathirage
Viewed: 18
Brush Cuckoo (Image ID 45058)
Brush Cuckoo
Kevin Bowring
Viewed: 1
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Image ID 45035)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Craig Greer
Viewed: 4
Bar-tailed Godwit (Image ID 45013)
Bar-tailed Godwit
Yolande Lebreux
Viewed: 2
Welcome Swallow (Image ID 45004)
Welcome Swallow
Helen Greenwood
Viewed: 9

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)

Australasian Gannet

 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 first photo competition for this year is Best of 2020As the name implies, we invite you to submit your best image(s) taken during 2020.

This competition is open to members for submission of entries until 6pm AEDST Monday 8th March 2021.  The normal 2-year time limit for photos does not apply for this competition; images for this competition must have been taken during 2020 (ie. between 1st January 2020 and 31st December 2020).  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; there may be a delay in publishing these reviews for this competition. 

The theme for the third competition this year has been changed from Birds in the Landscape to Birds in their Habitat (excluding waterbirds).  Please check the changed requirements for this theme on the 2021 Competition Themes page so that you can accumulate appropriate entry images prior to this competition's commencement on 21 June.

 

Awards are presented to members who have achieved the top three scores in each competition level. Points are accrued from member votes and Mystery Reviewer judging across the year, for all four competitions. For details, see the About Us - BLP Awards page.

Advanced Level Competition

   Gold medal  – awarded to Bill Harding
   Silver medal  – awarded to Jason Moore
   Bronze medal  – awarded to Stephen Garth

Intermediate Level Competition

   Gold medal  – awarded to Chris Young
   Silver medal  – awarded to Linda Unwin
   Bronze medal – awarded to Mary Wheeler

Entry Level Competition

   Gold medal  – awarded to Graham Gall
   Silver medal  – awarded to Diana Womersley
   Bronze medal – awarded to Donna Evans

Congratulations to all our winners!

Our Zoom presentation, Members Inspiring Members, on Wednesday 10th December was attended by 75 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 -Members Inspiring Members (M)This video is accessible only to our members; you must be logged in to view it.  We extend our thanks to the presenters, Glenn Pure, Brian O’Leary, Nathan Watson, Sandy Castle and Con Duyvestyn, who all did a wonderful job of presenting their images and stories.

Our Mystery Reviewers have completed their assessments of the images in each level of the Reflections competition; their ratings are as follows:

Advanced Level – Reflections

Intermediate Level – Reflections

  • Winner - Yellow-billed Spoonbill, by Nathan Watson (Image ID 43239)
  • Highly Commended - Red-necked Avocet, by Nathan Watson (Image ID 42804)
  • Commended - Black-fronted Dotterel, by Linda Unwin (Image ID 43246)
  • Commended - Splendid Fairywren, by Woody Woodhouse (Image ID 43241)
  • Commended - Australasian Grebe, by Barry Deacon (Image ID 42783)
  • Commended - Bluebonnet, by Mary Wheeler (Image ID 43184)
  • Honourable Mention - Bourke's Parrot, by Linda Unwin (ID 43191)
  • Honourable Mention - Red-necked Stint, by Jane Putland (ID 42883)
  • Honourable Mention - Red-necked Avocet, by Linda Unwin (ID 43202)

Entry Level – Reflections

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 Reflections competition, which closed for entries on 2nd November and for voting on 23rd November, has been analysed and the results for the top five images (or more, in the case of a tie) in each category are listed here.  This competition received good support from the membership, with 249 images entered across the 3 competition levels by 119 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 – Reflections

This category attracted 82 entries, from 27 photographers. 44 members voted, with the following result:

Intermediate Level – Reflections

This category attracted 103 entries, from 37 photographers. 49 members voted, with the following result:

Entry Level – Reflections

This category attracted 64 entries, from 24 photographers. 46 members voted, with the following result:

Congratulations to all these photographers for their quality images.

Results of the 2020 BirdLife Australia Photography Awards have been released on the official competition site.

The competition received 6,500 entries this year, a big increase on the 4,100 in 2019, with lots of great photography on display including work
by a number of BLP members.  Special congratulations to our members who participated in this competition.

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.

Recent Picks

Red-rumped Parrot (Image ID 45024)
Red-rumped Parrot
Linda Leman
Viewed: 43
Little Wattlebird (Image ID 45011)
Little Wattlebird
Hayley Alexander
Viewed: 37
Australian Pelican (Image ID 44925)
Australian Pelican
Nathan Watson
Viewed: 65
Slender-billed Thornbill (Image ID 44891)
Slender-billed Thornbill
David Newell
Viewed: 96
Mallard, Pacific Black Duck (Image ID 44849)
Mallard, Pacific Black Duck
Linda Leman
Viewed: 47
Australian Wood Duck (Image ID 44681)
Australian Wood Duck
Graham Gall
Viewed: 98
Chestnut Teal (Image ID 44417)
Chestnut Teal
Glenn Pure
Viewed: 183
White-necked Heron (Image ID 44397)
White-necked Heron
Graham Gall
Viewed: 191
Satin Flycatcher (Image ID 44390)
Satin Flycatcher
Diana Womersley
Viewed: 187
Red-capped Plover (Image ID 44374)
Red-capped Plover
Jim Schultz
Viewed: 233

CONTACT US

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.