The 2019 competition is now open!
The Awards attracted over 3100 images last year, and we expect 2019 will be bigger than ever.
We have changed the name of Bird Photographer of the Year to BirdLife Australia Photography Awards, as this better reflects that it’s a BirdLife Australia and BirdLife Photography award.
New 2019 Prize!
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.
Entries close August 4, so don’t delay!
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.
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