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Inspiring and Supporting Photographers of Australian Birds

  • Bar-tailed Godwit (Image ID 39031)

    Bar-tailed Godwit.   Photographer: Bruce McNaughton

  • Great Pied Cormorant (Image ID 38639)

    Great Pied Cormorant.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

  • Eurasian Coot (Image ID 39781)

    Eurasian Coot.   Photographer: Con Boekel

  • Little Egret (Image ID 35321)

    Little Egret.   Photographer: Linda Unwin

  • Brown Noddy (Image ID 23423)

    Brown Noddy.   Photographer: Richard Smart

BirdLife Photography

Our Vision

To Inspire and Support Photographers of Australian Birds

Our Mission

  • To be a group that is accessible, supportive, and educational for photographers of all skill levels.
  • To assist members to develop their bird photography skills.
  • To support BirdLife Australia in achieving its goals of bird and habitat conservation.
  • To be the “go-to” provider of curated Australian bird images to support conservation, educational and scientific efforts.
  • To promote ethical photographic behaviour and standards at all times.

 

BirdLife Photography is a Special Interest Group of BirdLife Australia and provides both a forum and resources for photographers, bird observers and the general public to enhance their knowledge and appreciation of birds through the medium of photography.

It was formed in 2008, as PhotoBOCA, with the initial membership coming from the existing photography groups of Bird Observation & Conservation Australia (BOCA) in Melbourne, Bellarine Peninsula, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Townsville.  With the merge of BOCA and Birds Australia to form BirdLife Australia in January 2012, it became BirdLife Photography.  Our focus is to provide educational activities via the internet, with an emphasis on photography and bird identification.

BirdLife Photography Special Interest Group and the group’s operating plan form part of BirdLife Australia’s Engagement Program.  The terms and conditions for operation of BirdLife Photography that are in addition to the BirdLife Australia Constitution (2014) and BirdLife Australia Network Governance and Policies Document are available here.

Membership

Membership of BirdLife Photography is open to anyone interested in photographing Australian birds.  We only provide individual memberships (ie. no family memberships), as this allows us to identify the actual person who contributes to our website, by submitting images to our galleries, participating in competitions or ID challenges, or joining the discusssions in our Forum.  Our membership fee is currently $15 per annum.  Membership allows you to submit photos to our online gallery, participate in our photo competitions and Bird Identification Challenges, submit posts to our online Forum, and access our latest newsletters (non-members can only access newsletters more than two years old); you may also join and contribute to our private Facebook group.

So - why not join BirdLife Photography, enjoy the benefits of membership, help spread the word of the pleasures of birdwatching and photography, and make your contribution to the preservation of the uniqueness of Australian birdlife for generations to come.  BirdLife Australia manages our memberships; you can join on-line at this page on their website, or by phoning BirdLife Australia Supporter Services on 1300 730 075.  Alternatively you can download the application form, fill it in and send to BirdLife Australia (the address is on the form).  Please provide an email address when you join, as all our communication with our members is via email; if you do not have an email address, you will need to check this website regularly to keep informed of our activities, such as photo competitions, ID challenges, and newsletters.  You do not need to be a member of BirdLife Australia to become a BirdLife Photography member.

Please note that joining BirdLife Photography does not provide membership of any of the Branch Photography Groups.  If you wish to join them also, to participate in local activities in your area, please contact them directly.  You can find details of local photography groups on the About Us - Branch Photography Groups page.

Recent Picks

Straw-necked Ibis (Image ID 45252)
Straw-necked Ibis
Michael Hamel-Green
Viewed: 22
Spotted Pardalote (Image ID 45251)
Spotted Pardalote
Patrick Kavanagh
Viewed: 33
Australasian Grebe (Image ID 45216)
Australasian Grebe
Graham Gall
Viewed: 32
Scarlet Robin (Image ID 45163)
Scarlet Robin
Nathan Watson
Viewed: 55
Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Image ID 45099)
Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Jim Schultz
Viewed: 59
Red-rumped Parrot (Image ID 45024)
Red-rumped Parrot
Linda Leman
Viewed: 81
Little Wattlebird (Image ID 45011)
Little Wattlebird
Hayley Alexander
Viewed: 79
Australian Pelican (Image ID 44925)
Australian Pelican
Nathan Watson
Viewed: 116
Slender-billed Thornbill (Image ID 44891)
Slender-billed Thornbill
David Newell
Viewed: 185
Mallard, Pacific Black Duck (Image ID 44849)
Mallard, Pacific Black Duck
Linda Leman
Viewed: 98

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.