Markus Andersen

Born in Sydney, Australia, Markus Andersen is a photographer & filmmaker that has a passion for revealing truths and creating unexpected narratives through both the still and moving image.
Andersen has held solo and collaborative exhibitions in New York, Paris, Toronto, Istanbul, Sydney and the United Kingdom.

Melissa Anderson

Melissa Anderson is an accomplished photographer and artist with over two decades of experience working across many genres. She studied photography at Griffith University (QCA), and has been awarded Masters of Photography (AIPP).

She has received numerous accolades throughout her career for her imagery, business ethos and photographic and cultural contributions. Her work has been awarded, exhibited and published internationally, and her projects are held in the National Library Australia, Australian War Memorial, Australian National and State Galleries, and in international galleries.

She is a sought after photographer, speaker, trainer, judge, and mentor. Melissa’s imagery has been recognized for its cultural significance including a 2018 RCC Australia Day Cultural Medal. Melissa is a co founder and curator of the Loud and Luminous Project, which has widely been recognized for its importance and is part of the National Library Australia Collections. The 2019 Loud and Luminous exhibition included multimedia circulation of over 20,000 000, and over 3500 people through the gallery doors. She continues working on projects focusing on mental health, Australian life, veterans, social justice, environment and sustainability.

Melissa donates time to educational, arts, and community organizations, and uses the medium of photography to engage discussion. She has contributed efforts through board representation, developing industry qualifications and national accreditation program, amongst other projects. She has worked in youth photography programs in Central America and Australia. She is an Australian Flying Arts Touring artist, and enjoys working with communities and youth projects.

Throughout her career Melissa has been recognized for her contribution, internationally exhibited, and her work has received many accolades. She was the 1999 Illustrative Photographer of the year, 2001 Qld Commercial Photographer of the year, 2001 Australian Fashion/Advertising Photographer of the year, finalist in 2017 AIPP Travel Photographer of the year, and Finalist in the 2018 Australian Photography Awards Documentary category. Her work has been published in publications from Vogue to New Scientist, and Country life through the the Financial Review and Australian.

In 2007 she was named one of the top 10 photographers in Australia, and in 2011 she was awarded various RCC Commbank Woman in Business awards. Melissa’s work has been shortlisted in the prestigious Olive Cotton Award, Percival Portrait Prize, Josephine Ulrich and Win Schubert award amongst others, and her work is currently held in the Clayton Utz Art Collection.

In 2017 Melissa was shortlisted in the Clayton Utz Art Prize, Freemantle Portrait Prize, Australian Photography Awards, AIPP Australian Travel Photographer of the year finalist, and Josephine Ulrich and Win Schubert Prize. In 2018 Melissa was a finalist in the Australian Photography Awards, Clayton Utz Art Prize, Percival Portrait Prize.

In the past year Melissa’s work was listed in the Olive Cotton Award Exhibition, Moreton Bay Art Prize, Lethbridge Small Scale Art Prize, finalist in the Clayton Utz Art Collection, winner of the Lethbridge Digital Art Prize, finalist in the Freemantle International Portrait Prize, finalist in the Australian Photography Awards, Travel Category, and finalist in the Brisbane Portrait Prize.

Melissa enjoys challenging her creativity, engaging and empowering communities to promote respect, sustainability, equity and equality and celebrate diversity, through her projects and her imagery. To see more work of Melissa’s work, or get in touch please visit

Sally Brownbill

Sally Brownbill has been at the forefront of the Australian photographic scene for more than 20 years. She has been shaping and promoting the futures of aspiring and professional photographers through lecturing, mentoring and folio consultancy. Sally now runs The Brownbill Effect, a creative directory connecting Australia’s best creatives with businesses, and vice versa.

David Dare Parker

A Walkley Award winning photojournalist and NIKON Ambassador, David Dare Parker has photographed for many national and international magazines throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Australasia. Publications include LeMonde, Australian Geographic, The Bulletin, The New York Times, The Guardian and Time Australia. He is featured in the Australian War Memorial book ‘Contact’ – Australian War Photographers and WAR: Degree South.

Projects include coverage of East Timor’s struggle to gain independence and Indonesia’s first steps towards democracy. In January 2002 he was asked to co-ordinate a safety awareness course for Afghan Journalists in Peshawar, Pakistan for the International Federation of Journalists. In 2003 he was the Official War Photographer for the Australian War Memorial during Operation Falconer in the Middle East. Recent work includes coverage of the Rohingya humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh.

During 2004 he was appointed journalist in residence at Murdoch University and lectured on photography at Central TAFE in Perth, Western Australia. He has also worked extensively in film, television and the performing arts. He has run photography workshops for Head On Photo Festival, FORM, Country Arts WA and Nikon Australia.

As a film industry production stills photographer, credits include 3 Acts of Murder, Cloudstreet, Underbelly Razor, Brothers in Arms – Bikie Wars, Redfern Now, An Accidental Soldier, Love Child 2, Red Dog: True Blue, Paper Planes, Jasper Jones, Three Summers, Breath, Whiteley, Dirt Music, H is for Happiness, Go Karts & Mystery Road Series Two.

He is one of the original co-founders of Reportage, was a Director of FotoFreo Photographic Festival and a Walkley Advisory Board Member. He is a member of the °SOUTH Photo Co-operative and the SMPSP: The Society of Motion Picture Stills Photographers.

Rodney Dekker

Rodney Dekker is a photographer and video producer predominantly covering environmental and social justice issues. His most significant project has been documenting the affects of climate change and its resulting hardship on the livelihoods of the communities around the world. Rodney has appeared in many publications all over the world and has been a finalist in a vast variety of photography competitions.

James Dorey

James Dorey is a nature photographer and PhD candidate with a particular interest in technical and extreme macro photography. He is passionate about putting rarely-seen species under the spotlight and showcasing their natural beauty.
James aims to bring landscapes-in-miniature into the public eye and combines his photographic techniques with his scientific training to make research accessible to the public.

Carly Earl

Carly Earl is an award-winning photojournalist who joined Guardian Australia early in 2018 after seven years at News Corp as a photographer and picture editor. Her role has evolved quickly: she is an editor, photographer and producer, working with the best photojournalists in the country as well as being on the road capturing images of her own. Carly's photography has accompanied most of the Guardian's biggest stories this year, projects covering every genre including environmental protection, Indigenous affairs, healthcare and women’s rights. Her passion is connecting the audience to the real people behind the stories.

Samantha Everton

Samantha Everton is one of Australia’s most celebrated fine art photographers. Her tightly choreographed, richly coloured images are an exploration of gender, race and childhood. Samantha’s imagery has received international acclaim and has been extensively awarded.

Tom Goldner

Tom Goldner is an artist, curator and teacher of photography residing on Wurundjeri country in Sherbrooke Forest, Victoria, Australia. His diverse career spans art, commercial projects, education, fundraising, gallery curation and community engagement

Goldner’s creative practice is positioned within the expanded documentary genre of photography. His projects utilise a multifaceted approach in storytelling through multimedia and collaboration which negotiate both social and environmental issues through long-formed narrative. Places become symbols which act as a long-lasting reflections of human behaviour. Goldner recently completed his MA of Arts Photography at Photography Studies College, Melbourne.

In 2014 Goldner founded The Fox Darkroom & Gallery (Fox). Since opening its doors to the Melbourne public in the inner West suburb of Kensington, Fox has grown to become an important outpost for the public to engage in the photographic art through exhibitions, talks and workshops. Through Fox, Goldner has curated many exhibitions alongside book launches and specialty workshops with highly regarded Australian and international visual artists.

In 2016, together with his business partner Harriet Tarbuck, Tom co-founded the Australian Photography Awards (APA). Each year APA searches for Australia’s most original, thought-provoking photography. In 2019 APA launched its Stories initiative which promotes and amplifies Australian long-formed photographic narrative through competition and publication. APA has grown to become one of the largest and most celebrated photographic organisations in Australia, continually pushing the boundary of originality and inclusiveness.

Lee Grant

Lee Grant (b. 1973 Australia) is a Korean-Australian photographer and researcher with a background in social anthropology based on the South Coast of NSW.

Lee works on commissions and long-term independent and collaborative projects dealing with themes of community, identity and belonging and how landscape (both natural and inhabited) relates to these concepts.

Lee has exhibited at the Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney), Monash Gallery of Art (Melbourne) and the National Portrait Gallery (Canberra) amongst others and has won several photography awards including the prestigious Bowness Photography Prize (2010) and the National Photographic Portrait Prize (2018).

In 2012 Lee published her first book Belco Pride followed by The Five Happinesses in 2015. Her photographs are included in the collections of the Australian War Memorial, Parliament House Canberra, the National Library of Australia, Monash Gallery of Art, Canberra Museum and Art Gallery as well as numerous private collections. Lee continues to work on commissioned and personal projects in Australia and Asia, with a special interest in North and South Korea and Japan. More recently, Lee has been working on a number of short documentary film projects.

Kristian Häggblom

Dr Kristian Häggblom is an artist, curator and academic who works with expanded modes of documentary making. He completed his undergraduate studies in 1997 (RMIT) and his PhD, titled Viewing Platforms, in 2014 (Monash University). He has worked extensively in Japan and is the Course Convener of the Master of Arts – Photography program at the Photography Studies College, Melbourne. His work has been exhibited internationally including exhibitions in Australia, Japan, America, India, Mexico and Switzerland. More recently, he curated the large-scale Centre for Contemporary Photography exhibition Tsuka: An Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Photography that was supported by the Japan Foundation.

Alana Holmberg

Alana Holmberg is a visual artist based in Melbourne know for her practice combining photography, motion, sound and text to make work that is both conceptual and documentary. Experimenting with performance, installation, and online platforms, she is interested in presenting her work in non-traditional ways to reach wide and diverse audiences.

Raised in regional Victoria, the southernmost state on mainland Australia, Alana’s work is sociological in nature and intentionally close to home. She comments on contemporary issues within Australian society, drawing on personal experiences, discoveries in her family archives, and behaviours and attitudes amongst middle-class white Australia.

Alana Holmberg is a member of Oculi Collective and Women Photograph. In 2019 she won Australia’s National Photographic Portrait Prize. She has been a finalist in photography awards including the William and Winifred Prize for Contemporary Photography and the Maggie Diaz Prize for Photography, and she has exhibited at home and abroad. Exhibition highlights include Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb for Organ Vida International Festival of Photography, Lost Ones Gallery, Ballarat and Head On International Festival of Photography, Sydney. She has been commissioned for multimedia work by Museum of Art and Science, Sydney and in 2016 received The Pool Grant, a cash grant for one emerging photographer in Australia.

Alana holds a Bachelor of Arts (Photography) from RMIT University and Advanced Diploma of Visual Storytelling from Danish School of Media and Journalism. Alongside her art practice, she is a freelance editorial and portrait photographer, guest lecturer, writer for LensCulture and communications consultant at Unless You Will and Unless You Will Journal.

Drew Hopper

Drew Hopper is a highly acclaimed Australian based travel, documentary and editorial photographer specialising in Australia and Asia-Pacific region. Captivated by the diversity of cultures, people and environment, Drew ventures far and wide to capture pictures that define his experiences with the vision that they will impact and inspire an audience in a way individual to each viewer. Drew’s curiosity for different ways of living have influenced the desire to travel to new and unfamiliar territories. With a talented eye, he captures stunning images and works with humility, respect and a light footprint. Drew is a regular contributor to Australian Geographic, covering assignments throughout Australia. He also regularly contributes to Australian Photography magazine writing articles and judges monthly contests, and has work featured in numerous travel, photography and lifestyle publications worldwide. In 2016, Drew spent 8 months travelling in India, on assignment to capture images for an Affirmations book, released in early 2017. In 2015 he won the ANZANG (Nature Photographer of the Year) in the botanical category. Drew was also shortlisted again in 2016 with his image ‘Mist Shower’. As well as travelling and shooting, Drew specialises in documentary styled wedding photography.

Mags King

Mags King is the managing photo editor at The Sydney Morning Herald. Responsible for leading a successful team of photojournalists. With over twenty years of experience, she has overseen coverage of major news events locally and internationally. She has curated and produced high profile annual photo exhibitions and has been photographic judge for the Walkley Awards, Amnesty International, Indian Photographic Festival, SEPA and is on the Walkley advisory board.

Allen Koppe ACS

Allen is a Sydney based cinematographer/photographer and is a fully accredited member of the Australian Cinematographers Society.
Allen has achieved local and international recognition for his black and white fine art photography. His works have appeared in several publications and he has won numerous national and international awards. His works have been exhibited in Australia, China and Iran.

Jesse Marlow

Jesse Marlow is based in Melbourne, Australia. His works are held in public and private collections across Australia, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Australian Parliament House Canberra, Monash Gallery of Art, City of Melbourne and State Library of Victoria.

In 2003, he published his first book of photographs, Centre Bounce: Football from Australia’s Heart, (Hardie Grant Books). Images from Centre Bounce have been exhibited and published extensively, both in Australia and internationally. In 2005, he published a book of street photographs, Wounded, (Sling Shot Press). In 2006, he was selected to participate in the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam. While in 2010, Marlow was one of 45 street photographers from around the world profiled in the book, Street Photography Now (Thames & Hudson).

He was awarded the International Street Photographer of the Year Award in 2011, and in 2012 won the
Monash Gallery of Art’s Bowness Prize. Marlow released his third monograph, Don’t Just Tell Them, Show Them in 2014. In the same year, he was profiled in the Thames & Hudson book, The World Atlas of Street Photography. He is a member of both theinternational street photographers’ collective,

Matt Palmer

Matt Palmer is the 2016 APA Travel / Documentary category winner. Working in photography for twenty years he has shifted between genres, commercial and domestic.
Matt regularly presents to camera clubs, tertiary students and conferences on subjects relating to creativity and photography, and is also a prior AIPP Australian Sports Photographer of the Year, and three time Queensland Documentary and Sports Photographer of the Year, among over 70 other national and international awards.

Pamela Pauline

Pamela Pauline is an award-winning photographic artist based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. As a Master Photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP), she currently holds the 2019 NSW Illustrative Photographer of the Year 2019 title for her recent works that focus on Australian flora and fauna. A keen bushwalker and nature lover, Pamela has been seduced by the unique aesthetic of the Australian landscape. Her current work is focused primarily on endemic Australian flora and fauna that is vulnerable to extinction, creating complex composited photographic artworks that sit somewhere within staged, conceptual and documentary photography.

Pamela’s works have been exhibited in Australia, India, China, New Zealand and the United States and she has been the recipient of numerous national and international awards which are viewable on her website.

Martine Perret

Martine Perret began her professional career in Sydney in 1999 working as a freelance photographer and photo desk editor at The Australian Financial Review. Her interest in photojournalism took her to Timor-Leste in 2003 where she developed a working relationship with the United Nations. For the next decade Martine covered UN peacekeeping missions in conflict zones such as Burundi, the Democratic Republic of The Congo, and most recently in
South Sudan and West Africa (documenting the Ebola crisis response).

Living in Margaret River, Western Australia since 2014, Martine self-published her first book, a series of aerial views of the South West region titled Margaret River Region FROM ABOVE. In July 2015, Martine initiated a new project flying over Western Australia’s Goldfields. This series of photographs is called Gungurrunga Ngawa (Look Above).

These images were exhibited in October 2015 and are part of the broader body of work Ngala Wongga (Come Talk), a project documenting the speakers of the Goldfields, their connection to the land and the cultural significance of Australia’s endangered languages. Ngala Wongga was inaugurated at the Goldfields Arts Centre in Kalgoorlie on 20 September 2016. The exhibition toured with ART ON THE MOVE for 18 months in WA and at the Australian Embassy in Paris for the launch of activities for the International Year of Indigenous Languages in 2019.

Ngala Wongga book has been recently published with a multimedia link at the Australian National Commission for UNESCO’s website as a legacy work. Martine recently started a new project Wuyurpa collaborating with 7 women – speakers of Indigenous Languages from Western Australia and Northern territory.

Steve Scalone

Steve embarked on a professional career in a series of photographic commercial labs. He witnessed the beginnings of the digital camera revolution and embraced the change.

In the years since, Steve pursued the photographic form in both his artistic and commercial practices. Along the way he's acquired numerous Australian and International awards for photography and book production.

His talent on the ground for inspiring fellow photographers and nurturing his peers through education, as well as his continuing public advocacy for the arts, have led to him being honoured with the title of an ILFORD Master.

Angus Scott

Angus is a photographer, film maker and writer with a background in film production, publication and community organisation.
Starting his career in Sydney, Angus began in print media where he freelanced for a number of independent magazines and newspapers. He then transitioned to working full time in the film industry, assisting with stills production for The Great Gatsby and other Bazmark Film III endeavours.
From utilising analogue mediums in his personal practice, Angus found his way to Melbourne’s Fox Darkroom and came on board as the Darkroom and Community Co-ordinator. It was during this time working alongside Tom Goldner at Fox that Angus began producing short films for Australian Photography Awards, eventually taking on the management of Creative Content & Communications for APA.
As a member of Fox Collective, Angus continues to to evolve his art practice using the mediums of still and moving image to focus on the overlaps between environmental/human spheres of influence and the impacts these relationships have on culture.

Georgina Steytler

Georgina is a nature photographer with a passion for birds, conservation and ethics. Her interest in photography became a passion over ten years ago when she began volunteer work with BirdLife WA. Since then, she has been working to produce images for use for free by conservation organisations across Australia, as well as teaching the art and ethics of bird photography through workshops, talks and articles. She has won numerous awards, including winning the 2020 Bird Photographer of the Year (Portfolio Prize), Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 (Invertebrates: Behaviour ), Australian Photography Awards 2017 (Wildlife) and the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2016 (Portfolio Prize).

Alison Stieven-Taylor

Alison Stieven-Taylor is an international photography commentator, journalist and educator. Her writing has appeared in publications including The Weekend Australian, World Press Photo Witness, and the French journal The Eye of Photography. She is also the publisher of the widely-read weekly blog Photojournalism Now.

Alison has been a juror for numerous international photography festivals and awards including FotoEvidence Book Award, ANZ Photobook Awards, the Walkley Awards, Head On Photo Awards and the Indian Photography Festival. She is also the photography advisor to Australian Book Review.

Alison is currently writing her PhD on photography and social change, and is a lecturer in media communications at Monash University (Melbourne). In 2019 Alison curated the exhibition The Female Eye which made its debut at the Pingyao International Photo Festival, China. The exhibition will travel to Auckland Festival of Photography in June 2020 (although Alison won’t thanks to Covid-19!).

Harriet Tarbuck

Harriet is a photographer and artist working in commercial portraiture and documentary. Living and working across Australia, the UK and Asia, her unique way of seeing the world and capturing daily life drives her personal practice which emphasises the family and a celebration of women. Since completing her photographic studies at Leeds College of Art and Design in the UK, Harriet has spent twelve years fostering community engagement through photography while living in Melbourne.
Harriet is a Co-Creative Director behind Australian Photography Awards, Stories and Fox. She continues to work to bring all-accessible photographic and arts practices to the public in the way of community spaces, education and award recognition.

Ilsa Wynne-Hoelscher Kidd

Ilsa Wynne-Hoelscher Kidd is a multi award-winning Australian photographer who’s work spans across portraiture, art, fashion, still life and documentary, with a strong aim to capture subjects and narratives true to how she sees and digests the world. Fascinated by human emotion, natural beauty and the power held in the insignificant and imperfect, she hopes to document feelings felt in fleeting moments, highlighting the crushing truth that nothing lasts forever.

In these modern times Ilsa finds herself more often in the world of analogue photo making, shooting works and clients on 35mm, medium and large formats, with the intention to give spotlight to the organic and unique nature of film, the strength of composition and a nod to photography’s past (and her life growing up a photographer’s daughter). As a mother her work often pulses within the heart of womanhood and symbols of life, and offers viewers a soft but gritty feminine glance at the world whether it be through a long-from series or a narrative-filled cutaway. Her work is known to capture mood, heart, the in-between, unveiling the truth and depth of a subject, and leading to a unique visual storytelling through a sometimes crude but alluring cinema-verite style.

Ilsa’s work has been recognised (across various genres and formats), exhibited and published globally and she has limited-edition print artworks a part of many private collections worldwide. Her award-winning (‘Australian Photography Awards Stories Award' 2020) series ‘Twelve Moons’ is to be solo exhibited with the release of the series’ photography art book (published by Anyonegirl, NZ), mid-2021 in Melbourne (Brunswick Street Gallery).

Ilsa hopes others will see value in the personal, sometimes mundane, and honest expression conveyed in her photography.