Australian Bird Photographer of the Year

Dear Friend of the Environment,

The 2018 Australian Bird Photographer of the Year award is now open! We invite you to enter, and can’t wait to see how you encapsulate our dazzling and unique avian life.

Thank you to our sponsors, LeicaTourism NT Birding Trails, and Lake Cowal Foundation. Due to their support, we have generous cash prizes up for grabs across seven categories, including:


Our aim is not just to showcase some of Australia’s best nature and bird photographers, but also to highlight the need to improve conservation outcomes for Australia’s bird species, encourage wider interest in all Australian birds and showcase the beauty of our exceptional wildlife.

For more information on our rules, how to enter, FAQs and more, check out the Australian Bird Photographer of the Year website.


From the Award Team,
BirdLife Photography and BirdLife Australia

This award is a collaboration between BirdLife Australia and BirdLife Photography


Image Credit: Graham Cam (banner) and Georgina Steytler (enter button)

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In recognition of Plastic Free July, we would like to invite you to a special screening of the film BLUE, with guest speaker Tim Silverwood.  Details are as follows, and bookings are essential.


Plastic Free July Event: Screening of the film ‘BLUE’

Date: Sunday, 8 July 2018

Time: 10 am – 12 pm

Location: Corso Hall, Northlakes Community Centre

About: Tim Silverwood will be presenting his confronting documentary ‘BLUE’ addressing major threats facing our oceans today. A mix of scientific essays and investigative journalism tackle issues including commercial fisheries, plastic pollution, and habitat loss. The film aims to ignite public awareness and encourage Australians to value the marine environment and become active in its protection. There will be a question and answer session with Tim after the film. Morning tea will be provided to guests. This is a free event, and can be booked online at:




Your Invitation – AELA Earth Arts Creative Retreat
15-18 June 2018, Chenrezig Institute, Sunshine Coast


You are invited to a special four-day intensive arts retreat that provides the tools and knowledge, in a well-paced program, to re-imagine our relationships with the interconnected community of life.


The Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) invites interested people to come together to develop deep thinking, activity plans, artworks, resources and initiatives based on Earth jurisprudence. Earth jurisprudence is a new legal theory and growing social movement. It proposes that we rethink the underpinning governance structures of industrialised society – including our legal, political and economic systems – so that they support, rather than undermine, the integrity and health of the Earth community.


AELA’s Earth Arts Retreat involves experienced practitioners sharing their skills and knowledge to assist you to explore and research Earth jurisprudence and its links to art and governance. You will be provided with a space to reflect, devise, instigate,
collaborate and activate ideas about Earth centred governance and legal systems that recognise the rights of nature.







You will be guided by expert facilitators from the fields of Indigenous knowledge,
contemporary law/governance, environmental humanities, the arts and social activism to comprehensively explore the challenges that confront us. Areas to be covered include:


  • How to create and embed an Earth centred paradigm in Australian society
  • How arts and other creative processes can inform, delight and stimulate people to shift from human-centred to Earth-centred perspectives
  • How to collaborate effectively, to build on AELA’s success in increasing understanding about Earth centred law and governance in Australia.


The aims of the retreat are to:

  • Provide interaction with experts in the fields of Earth laws, governance,
  • Indigenous knowledge systems and ecology
  • Provide a space to develop outputs in individual and collaborative processes
  • Provide opportunities for peer-to-peer feedback and individual reflection to assist with developing specific outputs as well as overall practice areas
  • Build a networked community capable of using the language and ideas associated with Earth jurisprudence and to support individual efforts to use them within the broader arts and general communities
  • Share a range of techniques to help develop skills in planning and collaborating with participants, and to activate audiences involved with these processes and the outputs of them.
  • Devise strategies and implement plans to embed this creative work in the working of communities and mainstream educational opportunities



Please email your expression of interest to us by 15th May 2018.  Just send us a short email, telling us about why you’d like to attend the retreat and what your arts practice or creative interests are.

Places are limited to 20 participants, and we have 10 places left.


For more information please visit AELA’s Earth Arts website.
If you have any questions, please contact: [email protected]


All the best,
The AELA Earth Arts teamMichelle Maloney, Jenny Brown and James Lee
3 May 2018



Flowers photographed on Wildflower Walk

Photo  Credit: Marj Webber

Some 90 participants joined BIEPA’s annual “Wonders of the Wallum” Wildflower Walk on Sunday, 3 September, through heathland at the top of Cotterill Avenue, Bongaree. This event is part of the Sunshine Coast Wildflower Festival, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.

We were again blessed with perfect weather and many of the flower species were at their best. The groups of walkers appreciated the knowledge and experience of our guides – Allan Carr from Native Plants Queensland and John Ward from the Bribie Wallum Action Group and Community Nursery. There was also valuable input from Ron Powell and Michael Strong concerning the Aboriginal
history of the area and the significance of the various plants and trees to the first inhabitants. BIEPA would like to thank them all for their contribution to the success of this event.

We were pleased to see that this Walk attracted enthusiasts from outside the local area – including from Maroochydore and the Northern Rivers. We also welcomed some overseas visitors.

From the feedback received, it seemed that everyone had an interesting and enjoyable morning.

Wildflower Walk 2017

Photo Credit: Emma Carter

We look forward to welcoming you again next year!