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Inspiring and Supporting Photographers of Australian Birds

  • Musk Lorikeet (Image ID 39163)

    Musk Lorikeet.   Photographer: Diana Womersley

  • Osprey (Image ID 38462)

    Osprey.   Photographer: David Budd

  • Australian Pelican (Image ID 37458)

    Australian Pelican.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Galah (Image ID 36073)

    Galah.   Photographer: Bill Harding

  • Chestnut-rumped Heathwren (Image ID 43347)

    Chestnut-rumped Heathwren.   Photographer: Murray Chambers

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 Care 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

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

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.