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Welcome to the first-ever Australian Bird Photographer of the Year competition. There are 6 main categories plus a Youth category for entrants under the age of 18 years. 




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. Images in this category should exclude direct interaction with humans or objects of human creation (see Human Impact).


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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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The sight of black-cockatoos slowly flapping on broad, lethargic wings as they trail through the landscape is one that lingers in the memory. The winner of this category will best evoke these classic Australian birds—and will include one or more of the following species: Palm Cockatoo, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo and Baudin’s Black-Cockatoo.


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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

Top banner by Graham Cam
Enter button by Andrew Silcocks