The second annual BirdLife Australia Photography Awards competition is now open for entries from anywhere in the world.

Jointly run by BirdLife Australia and BirdLife Photography, this year’s major prize is a  14-day cruise to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands with renowned scientist Tim Flannery. To be eligible for this prize, which is valued at $8,000 and will be awarded for the best portfolio of bird photographs, entrants must submit at least six different photographs. There are six main categories –  Bird Portraits, Bird Behaviour, Birds in the Landscape, Human Impact, Special theme: Honeyeaters and Creative – plus a Youth category for entrants under the age of 18 years. The winner of each main category below receive a cash prize of $1,000. The winner of the  Youth category will receive $500.

Entries to the competition will attract a modest fee of AU$8 per entry for the first five entries, which goes to support bird conservation programs, fund the prize pool and offset the competition’s running costs. More entries will benefit from reductions in entry fees and there is no restriction on the number of categories that can be entered. Entrants eligible for the Youth category are also allowed to enter the Open categories.

Entries will close on 4 August, 2019. More details on the categories can be found in the FAQs and Official Competition Rules.