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Inspiring and Supporting Photographers of Australian Birds

  • Gouldian Finch (Image ID 28601)

    Gouldian Finch.   Photographer: Bill Harding

  • Black Swan (Image ID 32510)

    Black Swan.   Photographer: Ian Wilson

  • Black Kite (Image ID 31526)

    Black Kite.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

  • Red-capped Plover (Image ID 29629)

    Red-capped Plover.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Australian Shelduck (Image ID 20536)

    Australian Shelduck.   Photographer: Ian Wilson

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

New Holland Honeyeater (Image ID 45617)
New Holland Honeyeater
Stephen Garth
Viewed: 45
Chestnut-breasted Whiteface (Image ID 45598)
Chestnut-breasted Whiteface
Chris Young
Viewed: 121
Inland Thornbill (Image ID 45590)
Inland Thornbill
Woody Woodhouse
Viewed: 57
Plumed Whistling-Duck (Image ID 45575)
Plumed Whistling-Duck
Adam Higgins
Viewed: 59
Major Mitchell's Cockatoo (Image ID 45542)
Major Mitchell's Cockatoo
Tim Van Leeuwen
Viewed: 157
Southern Royal Albatross (Image ID 45524)
Southern Royal Albatross
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 166
Sacred Kingfisher (Image ID 45518)
Sacred Kingfisher
Mary Wheeler
Viewed: 153
Flesh-footed Shearwater (Image ID 45497)
Flesh-footed Shearwater
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 164
Great Egret (Image ID 45456)
Great Egret
Nathan Watson
Viewed: 139
Australasian Grebe (Image ID 45450)
Australasian Grebe
Kevin Bowring
Viewed: 143

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.