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2022 BirdLife Australia Photography Awards

2022 BirdLife Australia Photography Awards | Saturday, 17 December 2022

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2022 BirdLife Photographer winners announced

BirdLife Photography received nearly 6000 entries for the BirdLife Australia Photography Awards this year, and they were divided into nine different categories: Bird portrait; Birds in flight; Bird behaviour; Backyard birds; Human impact; Birds in the landscape; Special theme (Australasian robins); Youth; and Portfolio.

This impressive level of interest provided the panel of judges with the unenviable and gargantuan task of gradually sifting through all the images, whittling them down until just a handful remained as potential winners in each category — and then it was just as difficult to decide which of them would be the ultimate winning entries!

After all that, we’re thrilled to announce that the winners of the 2022 BirdLife Australia Photography Awards are: Danny Lee, Glenn Faithfull, Elmar Akhmetov, John Harrison, Cheng Kang, Rebecca Harrison, Maria Coleman, Desmond Wang, Mitchell Roberts and Nathan Watson. Congratulations to you all for taking out the top prize in each category.

To view the winning entries, click here.

Eurasian coot asking for food from a little pied cormorant.
Eurasian coot asking for food from a little pied cormorant. Photography by: Cheng Kang
A flying white-faced storm petrel skiing on the water.
A flying white-faced storm petrel skiing on the water. Photographed by: John Harrison
Shy Albatross visiting a boats in Tasmania.
Shy Albatross visiting a boats in Tasmania. Photographed by: Danny Lee
Superb Lyrebird taken on a rainy day while bird was cleaning his tail feathers.
Superb Lyrebird captured cleaning his tail feathers. Photographed by: Elmar Akhmetov
A clever female Galah leaning out as far as she could to grab some tasty seeds.
A clever female Galah leaning out as far as she could to grab some tasty seeds. Photographed by: Rebecca Harrison
An Australian Wood Duck through the fog.
An Australian Wood Duck through the fog. Photographed by: Desmond Wang
a beautiful Western Rosella, victim of a car strike. Photographed by; Nathan Watson
A beautiful Western Rosella, victim of a car strike. Photographed by; Nathan Watson
A Superb Fairy-Wren reflected in the water
A Superb Fairy-Wren reflected in the water. Photographed by: Mitchell Roberts
Yellow Robin sitting on a mossy branch in the rain.
A Yellow Robin sitting on a mossy branch in the rain. Photographed by: Glenn Faithfull
A lonely Pelican high up in the tree keeping an eye on those that drifted past and it remined me of a sentinel patrolling the wetland.
A lonely Pelican high up in the tree keeping an eye on those that drifted past and it remined me of a sentinel patrolling the wetland. Photographed by: Maria Coleman

Thank you to Nikon Australia and Lake Cowal Foundation for their generous sponsorship of the 2022 BirdLife Australia Photography Awards. Each category winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize, with a $5,000 prize going to the Portfolio winner ‒ courtesy of our principal sponsor, Nikon Australia.

In addition, the winner of the ‘Peter Slater memorial prize for a monochrome photo’ will receive a stunning original drawing by the renowned Australian wildlife artist and photographer, the late Peter Slater.

Australia’s wildlife photographers aren’t the only winners in this year’s competition – funds raised from entries to the Photo Awards will support BirdLife Australia’s vital work to protect threatened woodland birds and their habitats.