We have a new name! 

In 2019 we have changed the name of Bird Photographer of the Year to BirdLife Australia Photography Awards, we felt this better reflects that it’s a BirdLife Australia and BirdLife photography award. The awards will open again in June, with a new portfolio category, and a big prize we can’t wait to tell you about!! More to come.

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Our 2018 winners

Our 7 winning photographers in 2018 shared in $6,500 in awards thanks to our sponsors — Leica, NT Tourism Birding Trails, the Lake Cowal Foundation and BirdLife Photography.

The winning images were featured in the December 2018 Australian Birdlife magazine.

Of the 120 winning and shortlisted images showcased on the Australian Bird Photographer of the Year website, 36 images were chosen and featured in the Guardian Online website People’s Choice Awards, with Joy in the Morning picking up the most votes.

And, 12 winning images from those shortlisted featured in the BirdLife Australia 2019 calendar and greeting card series. 

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Funds for Conservation

The 2018 Australian Bird Photographer of the Year Award featured a special theme — Black-Cockatoos — and we are proud that after the overwhelming success of the first year of the award that $2000 went to ‘Kids helping Cockies’, a project established in 2012 with the aim of educating and engaging local schools in habitat propagation and restoration activities for the endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo


“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”

Ansell Adams

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 Photo Credits From top L-R:
Silver Gull by Mario Mazo; Eastern Curlew by Simon Blanchflower; Australian Magpie By Muneer Aishanti; Whistling Kite by Sar Nop; Crested Tern by Craig Greer & Royal Penguin by Duade Paton, all shortlisted or winners from the 2018 competiton