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Inspiring and Supporting Photographers of Australian Birds

  • Pied Stilt (Image ID 27033)

    Pied Stilt.   Photographer: Richard Smart

  • Rainbow Bee-eater (Image ID 23088)

    Rainbow Bee-eater.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

  • Fairy Martin (Image ID 43542)

    Fairy Martin.   Photographer: Rob Solic

  • Red-capped Plover (Image ID 19448)

    Red-capped Plover.   Photographer: Mark Lethlean

  • Australian Wood Duck (Image ID 22526)

    Australian Wood Duck.   Photographer: Con Boekel

Theme Submissions Open Submissions Close Voting Opens Voting Closes
Best of 2020
Up to four of your best bird shots taken during 2020.
18 January 8 March 9 March 22 March

Cranes, Storks, Crakes, Rails and Swamphens
There should be something for everyone here. The following species are eligible: Brolga, Sarus Crane, Black-necked Stork, Lewin’s Rail, Buff-banded Rail, Lord Howe Woodhen, Chestnut Rail. Red-necked Crake, Red-legged Crake, Ruddy-breasted Crake, Baillon’s Crake, Australian Spotted Crake, Spotless Crake, White-browed Crake, Purple Swamphen. Pale-vented Bush-hen, Watercock, White-breasted Waterhen, Eurasian Coot, Dusky Moorhen, Common Moorhen, Black-tailed Native-hen and Tasmanian Native-hen.

5 April 24 May 25 May 7 June
Birds in their Habitat (excluding waterbirds)
The challenge here is to photograph the bird in its habitat.  The bird needs to be clearly identifiable, as does the habitat in which it lives.  Comments need to address both the bird and the habitat.  For example, what is the habitat, why is it important, and is it a typical or unusual location for the species . No birds on sticks with clear backgrounds required here.  Examples are fruit-doves in rainforest trees, finches feeding on grass seeds, chats in heath, kingfishers by streams, honeyeaters on flowering shrubs or trees, emus in woodland, Glossy Black Cockatoos in casuarina trees, etc.  Waterbirds which are excluded are those listed in the Australian Bird Guide in the categories of Marine and Coastal Birds, and Freshwater Birds.
21 June 9 August 10 August 23 August
Wrens
The final competition for 2021 includes any species with “wren” as part of its common name (more than 30 species around Australia). It includes Emu-wrens, Fairy-wrens, Grasswrens, Fernwren, Fieldwrens, Heathwrens and Scrubwrens.
6 September 25 October 26  October 8 November

Please note: dates are approximate, and may be changed.  Dates will be announced on our homepage, and in email messages to members; these announcements will also contain details of the theme, and any special competition rules.  In a departure from our standard rules, for all except the "Best of 2020" competition, photographs must have been taken within 3 years of the date of commencement of the competition.

The first competition for 2022 will be “Best of 2021”; images must have been taken during 2021.

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