Australian Bird Photographer of the Year Winners!

A huge thank you to everyone who entered images into the 2018 Australian Bird Photographer of the Year and also to our generous sponsors for donating to this year's award prize pool. 

More than 3,100 images were entered in this year's inaugural Australian Bird Photographer of the Year contest, showcasing Australian birds at their most brilliant, vulnerable, astounding and beautiful. We are proud to announce the 2018 winners across 7 categories.

The award winners are...

Bird Behaviour winner — ‘Slight Disagreement’ by Shelley Pearson

Bird Portrait winner — ‘A Family Affair’ by Gary Meredith

Human Impact winner — ‘A tragic end’ by Danny McCreadie

Special Theme: Black-Cockatoos winner — ‘Shadow Dancer’ by Lachlan Hall

Birds in the Landscape winner — ‘Brolgas flee fire’ by Cathryn Vasseleu

Creative/Fine Art winner — ‘Swooping’ by Sar Nop

Youth winner — ‘Crested Pigeon’ by Campbell Mole


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Our 7 winning photographers will share in $6,500 in awards thanks to our sponsors — Leica, NT Tourism Birding Trails, the Lake Cowal Foundation and BirdLife Photography.

The winning images will be 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, 30 images will also be chosen and featured in the Guardian Online website Christmas People’s Choice Awards in December.

And, 12 winning images from those shortlisted will feature 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 to announce after the overwhelming success of this year’s award, we will be donating $2000 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. 


Thank you to the judges, and thank you again to this year’s generous sponsors

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We look forward to seeing you in 2019.

Cheers from the Photo Award team


Glenn Pure, Fiona Blandford and Graham Cam.