Georgina Steytler | Bird Photography Competitions




Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year competition

This competition is run annually. It is open to photographers from around the world for  nature and wildlife photographs from the ANZANG bioregion: Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea. The competition is open to amateur and professional photographers of all ages, with cash prizes on offer for category winners and runners-up.

Categories include: Animal Behaviour, Animal Portrait, Botanical, Landscape, Monochrome, Threatened Species, Our Impact, Animal Habitat and Junior

Entries for the 2017 competition closed in March (winners will be announced around August).


BirdLife Australia/BirdLife Photography - Australian Bird Photographer of the Year


This is a work in progress  and should be announced in 2017 so stay tuned!!!!



Natural History Museum (BBC) Wildlife Photographer of the Year

This IS the world's leading nature photography competition.

"For 50 years, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has championed honest and ethical wildlife photography, while pushing the boundaries of artistic freedom, technical skill and narrative excellence".

Categories for the adult section: Mammals, Birds, Amphibians and Reptiles, Invertebrates, Plants and Fungi, Underwater Species, Earth's Environments, Black and White, Nature Design, World in Our Hands, Timelapse, Special award for  Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year, Rising Star Portfolio Award (18 to 25 years) & Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio Award (aged 26 and over).

Entries for 2017 closed in mid-January (and I missed it - yet again!).


Bird Photographer of the Year

You may have noticed the weird acronym BPOTY popping up recently. It stands for Bird Photographer of the Year: a new bird photo competition based out of the United Kingdom. It has an impressive list of judges and prizes, including the main winning prize of £5,000 and portfolio winner's prize of £2,000 equipment, professional advice and clothing respectively to category winners and runners-up.

Photos were exhibited at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. 2016 (inaugural) short-listed photos were also published in a book and let me tell you - it IS inspirational! 

This is one competition you don't want to miss.

Entries closed in November 2016

Winner's Announced: Saturday, 19 August 2017


HBW World Bird Photo Contest:

Lynx Edicions, publisher of the Handbook of the Birds of the World and the Internet Bird Collection, together with the sponsors Avistar and Swarovski Optik, ran the HBW World Bird Photo Contest, widely regarded as one of the most important bird photography competition at world level. The contest aims to encourage and disseminate knowledge about birds, while at the same time inspiring creativity in the art of photography.

Entries have closed for 2014.


BIRDS AS ART International Bird Photo Contest

The brain child of Arthur Morris who is undoubtedly one of the world's top bird photographers, this competition only started two year ago and can only get bigger.

Categories include Bird Portraits (Whole bird, head shots or body part close up), Flight (dramatic images of birds in flight), Environmental/Small in the frame (images of a bird or a flock of birds in their natural habitat, Pleasing Blurs (pleasingly blurred images of a bird or a flock of birds created in-camera), Action & Behaviour, Hand of Man & Captive (images may include man-made elements and may or may not feature captive, zoo, pet or rehab birds), Digital Creations and Youth.

Entries for 2014 competition closed in February.