Enter our Photographic Competition

The 2017 Australasian Bird Fair and Wildlife Expo is proud to be holding another bird and wildlife photography competition. There will be diverse categories and fantastic prizes for the winners and placegetters. (banner image: David Stowe)

Finalists will have the opportunity to have their images printed in large scale, the images to be auctioned off (in silent auction) with proceeds going to bird conservation measures in the Australasian-Pacific region.

We’re pleased to announce that Swarovski, maker of the world’s most prized binoculars and spotting scopes, will be sponsoring the overall winner’s prize this year. Swarovski will be joined by makers of first class digital photo albums Momento, who will be providing all other prizes and Albumworks, who will be donating the People’s Choice prize.

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


The competition opens Tuesday 21st Aug, and closes Sunday 17th September, 8pm Eastern standard time.

Due to high demand, the 2017 Birdfair and Wildlife Expo photography competition entry closure deadline has been extended to 8:00pm Sunday September 24.

Competition Rules and Conditions here..

Enter the competition here..


Birds in Flight
Must be photographed in flight or action shot of take-off/landing.

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

Bird Behaviour
The subject(s) must be engaged in natural activity, capturing unusual or dramatic behaviour.

Bird Portrait
The subject(s) must be photographed close up, occupying around 30% of the frame.

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


Overall winner will receive a pair of Swarovski EL 8×32 Binoculars RRP $2590. Donated by Swarovski Optik.

Runner up prize will be Momento Voucher valued at $200 to redeem online towards digital photo albums/portfolios.

Category winners will receive a Momento Voucher valued at $50 to redeem online towards digital photo albums/portfolios.

Momento are sponsoring fantastic digital photo album prizes for our Overall Runner up and Category Winners.

Competition Judges

David Stowe

David is a professional photographer specialising in birds.

The highlight of his photographic career was winning the 2015 ANZANG Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year.
David is a Master photographer within the Australian Institute of Professional photography (AIPP) and for two years running took out the Science & nature category in the NSW AIPP awards.

David’s images have been featured in many books and magazines including BirdLife Australia, Australian geographic as well as various bird field guides.

Check out David’s work on his website..

Georgina Steytler

Georgina is a writer, conservationist, wildlife carer and nature photographer who has been involved with BirdLife Australia since 2008.

She is a volunteer member of the BirdLife Western Australia’s Community Education Committee and was the Photo Competition Co-coordinator for BirdLife Photography, which is a Special Interest Group of Birdlife Australia.

Georgina has won many prestigious photography competitions including being a category winner and/or finalist for the last 4 years in the Australian Geographic (ANZANG) Nature Photographer of the Year and a category winner/finalist in the 2017 Bird Photographer of the year (UK).

Georgina has given several talks on the art of bird photography and in 2016 was a member of the judging panel for the Ecological Society of Australia photography competition.
She has produced a booklet (The Art of Bird Photography – 10 Inspirational Ideas to help you turn Common Birds into Art), as well as an article (Why and How to Enter Photo Competitions) which was published in the June 2017 edition of the Australian BirdLife magazine

You can download a free copy of the booklet and/or read a copy of the article by visiting Georgina’s website..

This Buller’s Albatross image was runner-up in the Threatened Species category of Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the year 2016 as well as part of the Portfolio Prize

The Pacific Black Duck won the Creative Imagery category of the (UK) Bird Photographer of the Year 2017