Announcing the winners of the 2023 BirdLife Australia Photography Awards!

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Picture this: a solitary heron foraging in the muted, autumnal half-light of dawn. Or an ethereal gull hovering motionless in mid air. Or a lonely stone-curlew gazing wistfully into the artificial lights of a forbidden destination. These and more are the winning entries of the sixth annual BirdLife Australia Bird Photography Awards, which have just been announced.

View the winner’s gallery here.

The BirdLife Australia Photography Awards see thousands of entries every year from photographers of all ages and experiences – including some of Australia’s finest. This year’s competition saw over 6,000 entries, and after much deliberation, our judges have decided the winners of each of nine categories from a shortlist of 68 photos.

The winning photos are both a celebration of Australia’s spectacular and diverse birdlife and a powerful statement – we hope they will inspire more people to connect with, care about and protect birds and nature.

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors Nikon Australia and Lake Cowal Foundation, the winners will share in a prize pool of thousands of dollars. But photographers aren’t the only winners in the competition – funds raised through entry fees support BirdLife Australia’s bird conservation work. This year, proceeds will go to our Birds on Farms project in central-western NSW – helping landholders protect, restore and revegetate threatened woodland bird habitat on their properties.

The Photography Awards are a collaboration between BirdLife Australia and BirdLife Photography. One of BirdLife Australia’s special interest groups, BirdLife Photography welcomes all bird lovers with a passion for photography. With an extensive public online photo gallery of Australian birds, BirdLife Photography promotes ethical bird photography and aims to inspire and support photographers of Australian birds.

The BirdLife Australia Photography Awards will be back in May 2024

View the winner’s gallery here.

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