2019 EAAFP Waterbirds Photo Contest aims to raise awareness of the importance of conservation of migratory waterbirds and the sustainable management of their habitats in the EAAF region, Flyway Network Site mangers and the general public through the photography contest.

“Flyways, Connecting People and Migratory Waterbirds”

The theme of the Photo Contest “Flyways – Connecting People and Migratory Waterbirds” was chosen to highlight the role of migratory waterbirds in the culture, tradition, art and daily lives of people along the EAAF. The theme also aims to highlight the important role that people such as farmers, fishermen, land managers, NGOs, researchers and others play in the conservation of migratory waterbirds and the sustainable management of their habitats.


  • Grand Prix Winner: USD 1,000 and award certificate
  • Adult: SONY RX10M4 and award certificate
  • Youth: SONY HX99 and award certificate
  • EAAFP Site Manager: SONY RX10M4 and award certificate
  • SONY RX10 Series Users: USD 1,000 and award certificate


15 November 2019









Judges Information


Lead Judge

With over ten years of experience across the private and public sectors, Ms. Irving has rapidly gained a reputation for designing and implementing effective ways to facilitate opportunities and outcomes for people and projects. She is a Chair of the EAAFP CEPA Working Group.
Ms. Irving has led some of the most innovative work across government, such as leading the first Collective Impact initiatives for the environment and leading the communications and engagement for several high government priority election commitment projects including Cycling Citizens Jury, Opening up Our Reservoirs, Creating Adelaide’s International Bird Sanctuary and more.


Mr. Baker is 62 and a retired business executive and has been birding for nearly 40 years, both locally in the UK and worldwide.  He has a particular interest in videography and photography with an emphasis on identification, sexing and ageing of species.
Mr. Baker is a regular contributor to the HBW Internet Bird Collection website and has his own YouTube channel. He is also the Publicity Officer for the Northwich Photographic Society.


A wildlife photographer from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Mr. Cheah previously worked 10 years with WWF Malaysia on mangrove conservation project at Kota Kinabalu Wetland before pursuing his true passion in wildlife photography.
He is a contributing photographer for EAAFP and other EAAFP partners for 4 years till now and active in helping Asian Waterbirds Census (AWC) survey in Sabah.


Leung Ka Wing (TooLeeBee) is a Professional Photographer who specializes is in Bird Photography. With 12 years of experience under his belt, he aims to keep a record of the details of countless avian species in their natural habitat through his lenses. His passion has brought him abroad to exotic locations such as Kenya, Finland, United Kingdom, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, and more.
To raise awareness of avian ecology to the masses, he started blogging about the nature of the various avian species found in Hong Kong; sharing his thoughts and pictures in the form of articles online, which led to the creation of his site 「TooLeeBee Photography/兔子俾生態記憶」. Besides blogging, he also conducts seminars and media interviews to discuss avian ecology; photography equipment try-out, and lectures on bird photography to help people understand the beauty of birds.

Awards Gallery

Waving Goodbye © Georgina Steytler

Name Georgina Steytler
Title Waving Goodbye
Description When I photograph waders, I pick a spot along the beach away from them but in the direction that they are feeding. I then lie and wait and hope that they come close enough for a photo. On this occassion, this Bar-tailed Godwit came so close I could no longer photograph him. He had a bit of a scartch and I like catching moments when they are behaving naturally.
Location Coodanup Foreshore, Mandurah, Western Australia
Species/Scientific name Bar-tailed Godwit/ Limosa lapponica
IUCN Red List Near Threatened

Worm Puller © Kwok Tsz Ki

Name Kwok Tsz Ki
Title Worm Puller
Description This Kentish Plover was found on a remote beach in Hong Kong during the autumn migration. Many waders were hunting on the wet beach uncovered by the falling tide. The plover trod as lightly as it could, gazing intently for the sign of prey hiding within the wet sand. Eyes fixed, it pounded into the wet sand and with great effort, pulled out a worm even longer than its own body.
Location Hong Kong
Species/Scientific name Kentish Plover/ Charadrius Alexandrinus
IUCN Red List Least Concern

Line Up © Katanyou Wuttichaitanakorn

Name Katanyou Wuttichaitanakorn
Title Line Up
Description The group of Terek Sandpiper was stand on the bamboo branch. That bamboo branch is from fisherman that made it for mussels.
Location Prasae Estuary, Rayong province, Thailand
Species/Scientific name Terek Sandpiper/ Xenus Cinereus
IUCN Red List Least Concern

Beautiful Shirt © David Li

Name David Li
Title Beautiful Shirt
Description The Little Egret is cleaning its beautiful feather, a wonderful moment to see its beauty.
Location Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore
Species/Scientific name Little Egret/ Egretta garzetta
IUCN Red List Least Concern


Sun Bath of the Siberian Crane © Yao Zhou

Name Yao Zhou
Title Sun Bath of the Siberian Crane
Description Siberian crane is one of the most protected species in IUCN system. At present, the only migration population of Siberian crane crosses China, 98% of which reaches the Poyang Lake Wetland in Jiangxi Province for wintering. The survival of Siberian crane is highly dependent on natural wetlands with specific food sources and safe shallow water. Natural habitats are being compressed rapidly. Human activities have greatly changed the nature of many wetlands, and the Siberian crane is facing a particularly severe survival test. In recent years, due to the ecological changes in the neighboring Siberian crane migration areas, the Tumuji wetland has become the preferred destination for the Siberian crane.
Location Wetland Tumuji, China
Species/Scientific name Siberian Crane/Grus leucogeranus
IUCN Red List Critically Endangered