Favourite photos from the Art of Birding Wildlife & Nature Photography Challenge 2019

The Art of Birding Wildlife & Nature Photography Challenge is a worldwide weekly challenge that was created in late December 2017 by photo-artist Judi Lapsley Miller. Now starting its third year and with the involvement of the Excio Photo Community to help reach a wider audience, the aim of the challenge is to encourage more people to get their photos off their hard-drives and to use them to advocate for the wildlife and wild spaces they care about.


In 2019, the focus of each weekly challenge was Story, Creativity, or Technical skills. Each week, participants were given a theme along with some ideas and challenged to create compelling images. See some of the best / favourite works from participants of the 2019 challenge that Judi has chosen and consider signing up for the 2020 challenge yourself!


Whio by Brendon Doran (New Zealand) from the “To Boldly Go” Story challenge.
Whio by Brendon Doran (New Zealand) from the “To Boldly Go” Story challenge.

Brendon says “Over the Christmas and New Year break I had a lot of driving to do getting from Porirua to Whangarei and back. In among the many rest stops I planned to visit Whakapapanui Stream and take a walk to stretch my legs and also see what birds could be found. I've never walked the track before and I saw and heard tui, tomtit, grey warbler, rifleman and whio which was wonderful. In particular, the whio were great to see. I saw a solitary whio on the way north and had the time to play around with shutter speeds to try and get the fast flowing water all silky.”


Australian “Arty” Darter by photo-artist Leanne Williams (Australia) from the “Painting” Creative challenge.
Australian “Arty” Darter by photo-artist Leanne Williams (Australia) from the “Painting” Creative challenge.