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Thank you for entering the Australian Bird photographer of the year award! By the close we received more than 3,100 entries exceeding our expectations for the first year. 

We have been flat out processing images and getting judging underway. The task is a big one for our judges and they won't be done selecting finalists and winners until early November, alongside announcing winning images, we will showcasing the top 100 finalists, stay tuned and see you next year!

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Endlessly fascinating, enchantingly beautiful, and the epitome of nature at its finest, birds make the best photo subjects. Now, with the launch of BirdLife Australia and BirdLife Photography’s 2018 Australian Bird Photographer of the Year award, we are looking for the people who can best encapsulate our dazzling and unique avian life.

With generous cash prizes up for grabs across seven categories, including Bird Portrait, Bird Behaviour, Human Impact, Birds in the Landscape, Fine Art, Youth, and a special theme—Black-Cockatoos, the competition will highlight the need to improve conservation outcomes for Australia’s bird species, encourage wider interest in all Australian birds and showcase the beauty of our exceptional wildlife.


“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”

Ansell Adams

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Photo Credits

Enter, Rules and Quote banner by Georgina Steytler;
FAQs by Dean Ingwersen; About Us by Ian Wilson, Judges by Glenn Ehmke, Enter button by Andrew Silcocks & Categories by Graham Cam