The 2019 competition is now closed!

The Awards attracted over 4100 images, thank you for your support!

If you don’t hear from us, check back beginning of November to see the winning images.


New 2019 Prize!

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Thanks to the generous support of our sponsor Heritage Expeditions we are thrilled present this year’s major prize:  an amazing cruise to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands with renowned scientist Tim Flannery. This 14-day cruise is valued at $8,000 and will be awarded for the best portfolio of bird photographs. To be eligible for this incredible prize, entrants must submit at least 6 different photographs.

There are plenty of exciting categories to enter for cash prizes, including a new category for 2019 – Honeyeaters.  We've also made some changes to the rules for 2019 and on the FAQ page.

Entries close August 4, so don’t delay!

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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.
Heritage Expeditions Prize IMages (L-R): A Russ; Papua New Guinea Tourism Board & A Russ.