Welcome to the second Birdlife Australia Photography Awards competition. There are 6 main categories plus a Youth category for entrants under the age of 18 years.

New in 2019, 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. Judges will select your best 6 photos when judging for this prize.

In addition, the winner of each of the categories below except the  Youth category will receive a cash prize of $1,000. The winner of the  Youth category will receive $500.



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Images in this category should capture the very essence of the bird pictured—and encapsulate its unique character and idiosyncrasies in detail and with distinction. Photos showing species as the main visual element in the frame, whether they be in traditional poses, displaying typical behaviour or showing distinctive features will be considered for this prize.


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These photographs should evoke the unique natural behaviours of the pictured bird or birds—good illustrations would be budgies swarming on a waterhole, bowerbirds primping and preening for prospective lovers, or Willie Wagtails brashly pursuing predators that could swallow them in one gulp.


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In this category, the judges are seeking images that best represent the interrelationship between humans and birds—for good and bad. These photos will showcase both the negative and positive impact that humans have on birds and can include images of their study, conservation and rehabilitation. Images in the Human Impact category may include captive birds.


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With around half of the world's honeyeater species, Australia is blessed with some really beautiful and interesting birds. Some, like the Regent Honeyeater are also among our most threatened. Images must contain one or more Honeyeater species which are defined as all species in Family Meliphagidae. This includes all Australian species with 'Honeyeater' in their common name along with Miners (not the introduced Common Myna), Wattlebirds, Friarbirds and the Australian Chats (including the Gibberbird).


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Photographs in this category will portray a bird or birds in their habitat—showcasing the beauty of a place while ensuring that the birds remain a recognisable part of the landscape, and perfectly demonstrating the connection between the bird and the place in which it is found.


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This is the category in which to let your creativity run rampant and construct images that interpret birds and their behaviours artistically.  Image manipulation in all its forms is encouraged, as are creative camera techniques—literally anything goes.


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The Youth category aims to inspire and encourage the younger generation of Australian nature photographers, and people under 18 years are urged to enter. Any image that would fit with the categories outlined above is eligible, though there is no age restriction in the other categories and young photographers can also enter images in these sections.


Photo Credits

Banner by Craig Greer
Enter button by Andrew Silcocks