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Inspiring and Supporting Photographers of Australian Birds

  • Splendid Fairy-wren (Image ID 43728)

    Splendid Fairy-wren.   Photographer: Rob Solic

  • Rufous Treecreeper (Image ID 23821)

    Rufous Treecreeper.   Photographer: David Newell

  • Southern Royal Albatross (Image ID 30611)

    Southern Royal Albatross.   Photographer: Mark Lethlean

  • Welcome Swallow (Image ID 43685)

    Welcome Swallow.   Photographer: Rob Solic

  • Brown Noddy (Image ID 23423)

    Brown Noddy.   Photographer: Richard Smart

Birds are in a daily fight for survival. Any injury or stress-induced illness will almost certainly result in death. Predators are everywhere; breeding is competitive and finding food imperative.

Further, our climate is changing and habitat is being cleared at a relentless rate. In concert, the number of bird photographers has increased phenomenally in the last two decades. The actions of photographers cannot be viewed in isolation. The more photographers there are, the greater the potential for impacting the daily existence of our birds. The effects of an ever increasing human population as well as an increasing photographic community must be regarded as cumulative.

In compiling these ethical guidelines, the BirdLife Photography Committee believes it is important to apply the internationally recognised "Precautionary Principle", which has been incorporated into Australian environmental law under s391 of the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, and is defined as follows:

"The precautionary principle is that lack of full scientific certainty [eg in relation to the impact of call playback on bird species] should not be used as a reason for postponing measures to prevent degradation of the natural and cultural heritage of a reserve or zone where there is a threat of serious or irreversible damage."

Our Code of Ethics has been updated (March 2021) and is available here. All BLP members should review this important document; as a member you are bound by this policy.

It should be noted that for BirdLife Photography members these guidelines supersede any corresponding sections in the BirdLife Australia Ethical Birding Guidelines.

 

 

Recent Picks

Striated Heron (Image ID 46693)
Striated Heron
Steve Mantle
Viewed: 49
Black-necked Stork (Image ID 46683)
Black-necked Stork
Angela Farnsworth
Viewed: 28
White-faced Heron (Image ID 46617)
White-faced Heron
Darren Hibberd
Viewed: 88
Southern Fulmar (Image ID 46610)
Southern Fulmar
Chris Young
Viewed: 155
Greater Crested Tern (Image ID 46564)
Greater Crested Tern
Patrick Kavanagh
Viewed: 128
Satin Bowerbird (Image ID 46558)
Satin Bowerbird
Tim Van Leeuwen
Viewed: 116
Brown Honeyeater (Image ID 46520)
Brown Honeyeater
Mary Wheeler
Viewed: 180
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin (Image ID 46516)
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin
Brian O'Leary
Viewed: 175
Little Egret (Image ID 46436)
Little Egret
Jim Schultz
Viewed: 225
Silvereye (Image ID 46156)
Silvereye
Mark Lethlean
Viewed: 345

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.