2017 Photographic Competition

The 2017 Australasian Bird Fair and Wildlife Expo’s photography competition once again exceeded all expectations. From among the many entrants the following finalists were chosen. Visitors to the expo were able to view the finalists’ images which were on display across the weekend. (banner image: David Stowe)

Many finalists offered their images printed in large scale, for a silent auction, with proceeds going to bird conservation measures in the Australasian-Pacific region.

Swarovski, maker of the world’s most prized binoculars and spotting scopes, Sponsored the overall winner’s prize this year. They were joined by makers of first class digital photo albums Momento, who provided all other prizes and Albumworks, who donated the People’s Choice prize. A big thanks to our judges Georgina Stytler & David Stowe. It was a difficult task sorting and choosing images as the standard was very high.

Don’t forget to share our Facebook album with friends and family as next Sunday we will be revealing the people’s choice award. Instructions on how to do this are on the Facebook page.

Swarovski are donating these 8 x 32 bins for the Overall Winner’s prize.

Overall Winner

Congratulations to Lachlan Hall who won the overall prize with his image “Angry Boobook”. This image also won Lachlan first place in the “Bird Portrait” Category.

Overall Runner Up

Congratulations to Richard Jackson for his very engaging capture of a Spotted Pardalote and Powerful Owlet “The Babysitter”


The Categories and Images

Birds in Flight
Images of birds in flight or action shot of take-off/landing.

Category Winner: Lachlan Hall – “Banded Stilts”

Category Runner Up: Henry Cook – “Walking on water” (Australasian Grebe)

Category Third Placegetter: Paul Maury – “Cape Barren Goose”

Creative Visions
Image manipulation, can be B&W. Suggestions include unusual close ups, angles, patterns, motion, or perspectives.

Category Winner: Rebecca Harrison – “Owlet Nightjar, shh….sleeping”

Category Runner Up: Lachlan Hall – “Orange-bellied Parrot”

Category Third Placegetter: Gary Meredith – Musk Duck Magic

Bird Behaviour
Birds in natural activity, capturing unusual or dramatic behaviour.

Category Winner: Richard Jackson – “The Babysitter” (Spotted Pardalote & Powerful Owlet)

Category Runner Up: Wilson Lennard – “Swamp Harrier with Prey”

Category Third Placegetter: Paul Maury – “Victoria’s Riflebird”

Bird Portrait
Close ups, occupying around 30% of the frame.

Category Winner: Lachlan Hall – “Angry Boobook Owl”

Category Runner Up: Lachlan Hall – “Orange-bellied Parrot”

Category Third Placegetter: Gary Meredith – “Fantail Reflections” (Juvenile Musk Duck)

Urban birds
Focusing on how birds inhabit and co-exist in a human-dominated environment.

Category Winner: Jenny Stock – “Restless Flycatcher Dining Alfresco”

Category Runner Up: Trevor Bullock – “Cuckoo Canola”

Category Third Placegetter: Alan Kwok – “Unexpected Encounter”