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Georgina Steytler

Georgina is a self-taught nature photographer with a passion for birds. Over the years she has tried to master the technical aspects of nature photography, whilst also developing an eye for an aesthetically pleasing composition. Her favourite saying is attributed to Pablo Picasso: “Learn the rules like a Pro. Break them like an Artist.”

She also believes that as a nature photographer, she has a duty to do everything in her power to minimise our impact and help conserve our natural world. In this regard, her photographic philosophy can be summed up in these three words:  “Art. Conservation. Ethics.”

The highlight of her photographic career was in 2018 when she won a category (Invertebrates: Behaviour) in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Her other major achievements include Bird Photographer of the Year (Best Portfolio and Creative Prize), Australian Photography Awards (Wildlife) and Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year (Portfolio Prize).

She has given bird photography workshops and talks across Australia, is a regular content contributor to Australian Photography Magazine and currently a sitting judge for several Australian and International nature photography competitions.

She is also the author of For the Love of Birds – Australian Bird Photography, a 200+ page book published by Australian Geographic in November 2021.

Georgina Steytler For the Love of Birds
Georgina Steytler – For the Love of Birds


Georgina’s areas of expertise include:

  • Using light creatively in nature photography
  • Capturing action shots
  • Taking artistic images
  • DSLR versus mirrorless cameras (when and how to use)
Georgina Steytler in Action
Georgina Steytler in Action


Go-to camera and lens for bird photography:

Georgina has two go-to cameras and lens for bird photography:

DSLR: Canon 1DX Mark III and 600 mm f4

Mirrorless: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III with Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO Super Telephoto Lens +MC14 Tele-converter


Image Processing Software for Bird Photography:

Adode Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Topaz Labs


You can find Georgina on:


One of Georgina’s Favourites:


Georgina Steytler Pied Stilts in the CloudsPied Stilts in the Clouds

Catch my talk at the conference and visit me at the Ask the Expert sessions if you have any questions.