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  • Banded Stilt (Image ID 29776)

    Banded Stilt.   Photographer: Doug Castle

  • Southern Royal Albatross (Image ID 30611)

    Southern Royal Albatross.   Photographer: Mark Lethlean

  • White-faced Heron (Image ID 33787)

    White-faced Heron.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

  • Whistling Kite (Image ID 20268)

    Whistling Kite.   Photographer: Ian Wilson

  • Australian Pelican (Image ID 19710)

    Australian Pelican.   Photographer: Judy Leitch

The BirdLife Photography Committee has introduced an exciting ‘Awards’ initiative which commenced on the 1st January 2016.

In each calendar year, starting from 2016, BirdLife Photography will offer a series of awards for various levels of Member engagement.

BirdLife Photography Annual Award

The most prestigious award will be the BirdLife Photography Annual Award.  This award is at the discretion of the Committee and will be presented to a BirdLife Photography financial member who excels in each of the following critieria:

  • at least 24 high quality images submitted to the image galleries through 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 (as determined by the Committee).

The award will consist of a quality sliced crystal cylinder (sliced = chamfered face) with a frosted white-on-crystal BLP logo and laser inscription, in a velvet presentation case. A photograph of the winning Member and short biography will be incorporated as a permanent record on this website.

Best Competition Photographer of the Year

Awards will also be presented to the Best Competition Photographer of the Year, for each competition level - Entry, Intermediate, and Advanced.

The overall winner for each competition level will be determined by the total number of points accrued during the year, summed across all Current Competitions and for each level of competition. Points will accrue from both Member voting and Mystery Reviewer selections. In each CC level for each competition.  For Member voting: Winner = 3 points, Highly Commended = 2 points and Commended = 1 point.  For Mystery Reviewer selections: Winner = 5 points, Highly Commended = 4 points, Commended = 3 points, and Special Mention = 2 points.  In addition, each entrant in a competition will receive 1 point.

As the Best Competition Photographer of the Year is chosen by the Membership from anonymous photo entries, the Intermediate and Advanced awards will be open to members of the BirdLife Photography Committee. The Committee members may not however, participate in any other award.

These awards will consist of a BirdLife Photography custom designed 50 mm gold finish coin-style medal, presented in a blue velvet case. The coin will have a coloured enameled BLP logo on the front side and an inscription on the reverse side.

BLP Medals

Best Photograph of the Year

Further, there will be awards for the Best Photograph of the Year captured by both an interchangeable lens (formerly DSLR; the terminology has been changed to cover mirrorless cameras) and fixed lens (formerly non-DSLR) camera.

The winner will be chosen by the Committee from a shortlist of images selected by both the Current Competition Co-ordinator and the New Images moderating working group. (* Film SLR photos that have been digitized are included in the DSLR category).

These awards will consist of a BirdLife Photography custom designed 50 mm gold finish coin-style medal, presented in a blue velvet case. The coin will have a coloured enameled BLP logo on the front side and an inscription on the reverse side.

Most Improved Photographer of the Year

Finally, the Most Improved Photographer of the Year (Entry to Intermediate transition and/or Intermediate to Advanced transition) based upon the quality of photos submitted in the new competition level during the year, will be acknowledged with a special certificate. The acknowledged photographer(s) will be chosen by the Current Competition Co-ordinator.

The award(s) will consist of a parchment style certificate accompanied by a Newsletter article exhibiting a selection of the Member’s images.

Winners in all categories will be announced in January/ February of the following year.

Recent Picks

Grey Shrike-thrush (Image ID 35396)
Grey Shrike-thrush
Warren Wilson
Viewed: 32
Tahiti Petrel (Image ID 35375)
Tahiti Petrel
Rodney Appleby
Viewed: 16
Kermadec Petrel (Image ID 35325)
Kermadec Petrel
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 26
Lord Howe Woodhen (Image ID 35285)
Lord Howe Woodhen
Jill Wilson
Viewed: 17
Hardhead (Image ID 35283)
Hardhead
Les George
Viewed: 35
Chinstrap Penguin (Image ID 35267)
Chinstrap Penguin
Glenn Pure
Viewed: 12
Southern Cassowary (Image ID 35276)
Southern Cassowary
Gregory Cowle
Viewed: 36
White Tern (Image ID 35225)
White Tern
Jill Wilson
Viewed: 30
Red-tailed Tropicbird (Image ID 35224)
Red-tailed Tropicbird
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 39
Wilson's Storm-Petrel (Image ID 35218)
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Glenn Pure
Viewed: 26

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.