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Call For Entries — Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers

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Australasia's Top Emerging Photographers competition by Capture Magazine encourages and promotes talented photographers in the early stages of their careers.

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Interns—What are they good for?

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Interns I LOVE THEM. I also guide them, teach them and give them responsibility.

Working with an intern is NOT an opportunity to have someone come into your business and have them doing all the awful work you or that your other staff don’t want to do.

I believe it is about bringing them into your business and showing them the ropes. Teaching them on the job and utilizing the knowledge they have learnt in their course and from their experiences. It’s about giving them a chance to see what the business sector they are interested in getting into, is all about.

They are in fact working, and in many cases, working long hours. Yes, they are training but they are also providing a service to your company. I understand that you don’t need to pay them a king's ransom, but there needs to be some kind of remuneration. At the end of the day, they have living and travel expenses to keep up with as well.

Monitor them, keep them up to speed with what is going on in the business, learn from them and nurture their talents. Some businesses may only be able to offer a day here or there, or even one day a week, which is great. After all it is all about learning and certainly, in my experience of working with interns over the years, the learning goes both ways. I have only ever had amazing experiences with my interns. They have been a huge asset to my small business.

For me, I look for personality and for those who have a hunger to learn. They must also love to talk on the phone, be naturally inquisitive and love dogs. Working with and guiding young creative is such an honour so if you are thinking of looking at working with an intern, I can highly recommend it.  And if you are a student looking at an internship, look carefully and choose wisely. There are a lot of great businesses out there that will be a good marriage for you.


Get Creative this September!

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The Fox Darkroom & Gallery have some great workshops coming up this month covering everything from 5mm to large format. Get an introduction to manual exposure, polish up your darkroom printing skills, get your hands on a beautiful 4x5 large format camera, or learn the alchemy of 19th century tintypes with Jake and Alex. 

Workshops are as follows:

8th September - Large format

15th September - Film camera & developing basics

22nd September - Darkroom printing basics 

29th September - Tintypes 

Hit the link to book a workshop —


Annette Ruzicka presents ‘My Fathers Runners’

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"A small detail in a big story that has been buried for almost thirty years".

Annette Ruzicka is launching her solo exhibition 'My Fathers Runners' in Melbourne on Thursday 20 September.

Beverages and snacks will be provided and there is limited parking on site or on Buckhurst St/surrounds.

Keep your calendar free on the 20th and go and see her amazing work!


Capture - The Annual 2018 Call for entries - Deadline 21 August 2018, 11:59pm AEST.

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The call for submissions for Capture’s biggest issue of the year, The Annual, is now open.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be featured in the biggest edition of the year.
The deadline is 21 August at 11:59pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

All the information on how to make a submission can be found at the link below, and it costs nothing to enter.
Submissions for The Annual 2018

For a little inspiration, and to see who was featured last year, the 2017 Zinio edition can be located by clicking this link. Or click on the following link for a little sampler from the website.

The amazing cover for the 2017 edition was shot by Jonathan Knowles.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with Marc Gafen, Editor at Capture.

Marc Gafen
Capture magazine

Yaffa Media Pty Ltd
17-21 Bellevue Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Mobile: 0412 164 732

P.S. If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to sign up to their fortnightly newsletter at and connect with them on Facebook and Instagram.


Submissions for 2019 close this weekend*

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Head On Photo Festival returns next May

Don't miss this opportunity to exhibit in one of the world's leading photography events!

Deadline for submission: Sunday 29 July 2018, 11:59pm (Sydney time)

Exhibition submissions are selected without the artists’ names ensuring an equal opportunity for all artists to show their work.

*Excluding the Head On Photo Awards

Find out more here


PSC Student Awards Showcase Now Showing at Our Southgate Gallery.

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PSC celebrates another outstanding year of student success at The Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) Victorian Awards 2018.

Each year PSC final year students from the Bachelor Degree and the part-time Advanced Diploma take part in the professional photography, industry awards. The work is submitted as matted prints and are judged anonymously. There are 5 experienced judges that hold a Masters Of Photography status from the AIPP or higher. Each image is submitted into a specific category such as Portrait, Landscape, Illustrative, Commercial, Documentary, Family to name a few. Each category has a specific set of rules and regulations.

Being a print award, the printing is as important as the image itself, fortunately, PSC has Peter Hadzipavlis our resident print master at the Print Shop@PSC who printed the majority of the awards. Having his expertise is not only an education for the students but a valued and important collaboration between the artist and the printer, which will prove invaluable to all the students moving forward.

An example of some of the judging criteria is 'image impact', 'creativity & style', 'composition', 'technical excellence', 'lighting', 'photographic excellence', 'storytelling' and more  The 5 judges give a score out of 100 and each of the scores are then averaged to a final score. The awarded score range starts from 80, an 80-84 is a silver award, 85-89 a silver with distinction, 90-94 a gold award (these are far and few between) and a 96-100 is a grand Gold with Distinction, a rarity!

Part Time student Agata Mayes impressed the judges with her exceptionally creative and emotive prints her craft, vision and presentation was highly awarded with a Gold distinction, 2 Golds & 2 Silvers! Agata went on to with the category for The AIPP Victorian Emerging Photographer of the year 2018! An exceptional achievement.

Student, Peter Riordon also joined 'Gold' class with his abstract architectural piece, featured above.

The calibre as always is very high and we are very pleased our students have been recognised by the professional photography industry body. These accolades are always great to use on PSC student's CV's and websites as they enter into the photography profession.

The Showcase is an impressive collection of all the awarded students from Silver to Gold Distinction. PSC congratulate all their students who entered as it is a tough competition.

The national awards are just around the corner, The Appa's (Australian Professional Photographer of the Year 2018). This time the entrants will come from far and wide, both locally and internationally. The APPA judging is open to the public and is on Saturday 25th - Monday 27th August at The Melbourne Olympic Park Function Centre.

PSC take this opportunity to wish all their students who have qualified to enter, all the best for the Appa's.

The exhibition Showcase is on at the PSC Pop-Up Gallery Shop 5, Upper Level 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank until 31 October 2018.

To learn more about all PSC courses both full-time Bachelor degree and part-time study options our OPEN DAY on Sunday 5 August, 10am-4pm is the perfect opportunity to meet the students, tutors and staff. PSC have an exciting program scheduled with live studio shoots, career talks and a chance to show your creative work for some valuable feedback from our expert Tutors.

Explore PSC creative campus and experience why PSC are the number one college to study photography. PSC can't wait to meet you! Your career starts here.

4th Image by Agata Mayes. 


Animal Photography Workshop with Angela Robertson-Buchanan

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In the next few weeks, TBE Member, Angela Robertson-Buchanan,  will be setting the November date for her animal photography workshop.  Her May workshop was a success with some new animals including Annie the Flying Fox and Bowie the Regent Parrot.

Here is a lovely testimonial from a happy student:

"Just wanted to once again thank you for a brilliant day on Sunday! I really enjoyed it and in just 1 day, I feel so much more competent with the use of my camera and will be avoiding my ‘automatic' settings from now on with confidence! On top of that, I conquered a quite real fear of snakes that I have so it was an all-around excellent day! I’ve got some great pictures coming along, I’ll pick my favorites and I’ll send through after the weekend if I ever get through them all :)
Many Thanks again, it was great to meet you" - J. Brown.


Photo Independent

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Photo Independent, the largest international art fair dedicated to exhibiting photographers, is currently accepting applications for both Los Angeles and Paris editions.


Photo Independent launches its Fifth Edition this fall, October 5-7, 2018 at The Reef in downtown Los Angeles.

Los Angeles has one of the most dynamic photography communities in the world and attracts photographers, galleries and collectors from around the world.

If your goal is to get in front of collectors, gallery and museum directors, curators, publishers and an audience that loves photography, then there is no better art fair in the world to exhibit your work than at Photo Independent.

More information on this year's Photo Independent can be found on our website at


After 5 successful editions in Los Angeles, Photo Independent is excited to announce its partnership with fotofever Paris 2018, the contemporary photography art fair taking place on Nov. 8-11, 2018 at the Carrousel du Louvre.

Photo Independent


As part of the partnership, Photo Independent will curate a dedicated exhibition space within fotofever paris 2018, celebrating its 7th edition this year at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris.

fotofever paris 2018.pngfotofever Paris 2018 is taking place alongside Paris Photo and many other photography events, during what is known as the PHOTO WEEK in Paris.

By showcasing artists within the fair fotofever Paris 2018, Photo Independent supports photographers in gaining the exposure they are seeking by connecting them to an audience of 10,000 gallery dealers, collectors, curators and lovers of photography from all over Europe.


If you are interested in participating in Photo Independent in Paris this year, please don't hesitate to apply, as they have limited availability.

Also, photographers who are interested in participating in both Los Angeles (Oct. 5-7) and Paris (Nov. 8-11),  will receive a discount to participate in both events.

Submissions are open starting today.

More information about Photo Independent can be found on their website



LEGACY+… collecting contemporary

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Monash Gallery of Art (MGA)
Curator: Anouska Phizacklea, MGA

LEGACY+… collecting contemporary

Hoda Afshar | Pat Brassington | David Rosetzky | 18 July – 19 August 2018

Petrina Hicks | Darren Sylvester | Christian Thompson | 22 August – 19 September 2018

MGA’s collection is incredibly unique; the only public collection solely dedicated to Australian
photography. Over the last three decades, the collection has grown exponentially and now numbers
over 3,100 works that narrate the history of photography in Australia. The collection has continued
to develop in depth and significance through a combination of acquisitions and donated works.
LEGACY+ … collecting contemporary features two pop‐up exhibitions which show how acquisitions
and donations work in concert with each other. This dynamic conversation is at the heart of how a
public collection can grow and become an incredible cultural asset for the community, one that
reflects, responds and speaks to the importance of photography, of public collections, and ensures
future generations have access to our shared cultural history and one of the most important artistic
mediums of our time.

Image left: Hoda AFSHAR Untitled #4 2015–17 from the series Behold pigment ink‐jet print 95.0 x 120.0 cm
Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection courtesy of the artist
Image right: David ROSETZKY Karlo 2017 gelatin silver print 67.2 x 57.2 cm Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection
courtesy of the artist and Sutton Gallery (Melbourne)

An important aspect of the MGA collection is supporting the work of contemporary artists. LEGACY+
focuses on key works in the collection by leading artists. These small vignettes place the works and
artists in conversation with each other resulting in surprising connections that elicits a powerful

The first exhibition showcases the work of Afshar, Brassington and Rosetzky who create narratives
within their practice, with performative, experimental and chance encounters tying these works

The second exhibition explores the work of Hicks, Sylvester and Thompson whose practices
reference contemporary pop culture in staged scenes or tableaus that invite the viewer to delve past
the enticing imagery and deep into the undertows.

Image left: Christian THOMPSON Conjure by moon 2013 from the series Pagan sun chromogenic print 120.0 x 120.0 cm Monash
Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection courtesy of the artist and Michael Reid (Sydney)
Image right: Darren SYLVESTER #3 2010 from the series What happens will happen chromogenic print 120.0 x 90.0 cm Monash
Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection courtesy of the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf (Sydney)

Emerging to established: getting your work seen, and ultimately, collected | Panel discussion
2–3pm Saturday 14 July 2018 | FREE EVENT

Join Charles Justin, Justin Art House Museum, Janelle Low, artist, Sophia Cai, independent curator,
Helen Frajman, Director M.33, and panel chair Anouska Phizacklea MGA Director, as they explore
what it means to take the next step in your career as an artist, how to get your work into exhibitions
and ultimately into private and public collections.

LEGACY. Your collection. Our story. | 15 June – 19 September 2018
LEGACY. Your collection. Our story. celebrates the impact benefactors have had on the development
of one of the nation’s most unique and important collections, a collection dedicated to Australian
photography and its artists. LEGACY teases out the fascinating and compelling stories behind the
works, and along the way showcases significant works that chart the history of MGA, from a Joseph
Albers tapestry donated by Harry Seidler, the architect of MGA’s building, through to the most
recent donated works.

The legacy continues | 18 July – 19 September 2018
Vignettes: series, performance, experimental and the experiential

This intimate vignette draws on MGA’s collection of donated works and examines the different
approaches photographers use to explore subject matter. A diverse range of works are brought
together which intersect and coalesce in strange and beautiful ways. There is a particular focus on
photographers who use long-form narratives to explore their subject matter through a series of
works. Some embrace chance and experimentation through cameraless techniques, others capture
the complexities of modernity through documentary photography and performance, while others
explore the intricacies of our landscape and memory.

Director’s walk‐through with Anouska Phizacklea
2pm Saturday 28 July 2018 | FREE EVENT

Join MGA Director Anouska Phizacklea, and discover the story of the MGA Collection. Anouska will
lead visitors on a walk‐through of LEGACY. Your collection. Our story. highlighting key works of the
MGA collection.
Anouska will tease out the fascinating and compelling stories behind the works and their donors,
and along the way showcases significant works that chart the history of MGA, from a Joseph Albers
tapestry donated by Harry Seidler, the architect of MGA’s building, through to the most recent
donated works by some of Australia's most significant artists.

High‐res images and interviews are available upon request

MGA partners City of Monash | Creative Victoria
Exhibition partner Mercedes‐Benz Waverley
Program partners Chain of Ponds | Gomersal Wines | Bright Brewery | Haymes Paint
Design partner Design by Pidgeon
Community awareness partner Cristine Jones – Ray White

MGA: the Australian home of photography
860 Ferntree Gully Rd Wheelers Hill VIC 3150
T: 03 8544 0500 | |
Gallery hours: Tues‐Fri 10am‐5pm | Sat & Sun 12‐5pm



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Shout about it – your style, your art, your life. Be proud and loud.

IA's much loved homage to the Heidelberg School's famous paintings on little wooden cigar boxes returns for the 20th time. Join us for an opening night of amazing art, prizes and relaxed, IA-style networking with fellow artists, appreciators, buyers and industry reps.

With 125 participating artists, with a broad range of styles and subjects, this mammoth show will showcase digital artists for the first time for the first time in the show's history.

RSVP @ for a free bev upon arrival and the chance to win the door prize!


Sally Brownbill: “Taking pictures is the easy part…It’s all the rest, ‘the business stuff,’

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Capture Magazine has a chat with Sally Brownbill. 

Capture: Can you outline the importance of the “perfect” portfolio for a photographer, and their business?

Sally Brownbill: It is an expression of who you are and what you want to photograph. It is hugely important to your business to have a portfolio to show potential clients what your offer is and how you can make their idea/family/business benefit from working with you. It is, without a doubt, one of your most significant selling tools.

Capture: What are the biggest mistakes you see early career photographers making?

Sally Brownbill: A) Thinking that just being on social media is going to get you lots of work is a major mistake I’m seeing. Putting all your eggs in one basket is something that should definitely be avoided. You must work at getting work. It is a multi-level approach which includes a combination of social media, websites, networking, phoning, and e-mailing . . . all the time.

B) Other mistakes include making portfolios and websites look the same as each other. They need to be different as they have two different uses.

C) Often, photographers forget to take viewers on a journey in their portfolios, and this is another mistake, along with not showing enough personal work.

Capture: What advice can you offer emerging photographers who want to grow their business?

Sally Brownbill: SO MUCH! Great starting points include being organised, and allowing yourself time to work on your business, understand how to do your books (quoting and invoicing), surround yourself with the right people to help you, and have a place to work from that is all yours. And listen!

Capture: What will you be speaking about at Foto Live? Why is this topic so important to photographers?

Sally Brownbill: All of the above and more. I'll talk about why my experiences help me to help others, and I’ll give examples of what I have learnt along the way. I'll discuss things to do, and not to do, in their photography business. My aim will be to make people inspired to be individual. I'll show some examples of photographers’ work and answer the tough questions anyone throws at me.

Taking pictures is the easy part of the photography business world. It’s all the rest – “the business stuff” – where people come unstuck. And this is why this topic is so important to photographers.

One of Australia’s most highly respected creative intermediaries, Sally Brownbill is a much sought-after judge, lecturer, and keynote speaker. She has developed a professional reputation in Australia and overseas as the authoritative voice on folio construction, career advice, and editing images for exhibition and web.

For more than 15 years, Brownbill has been running individual sessions with photographers and other creatives to guide them through image selection, career questions, along with being a great source of inspiration and helping them to reignite and realise their passion.

Sally Brownbill is a keynote presenter at Foto Live 2018 – a unique one-day event offering amateur, emerging professional, and working photographers the opportunity to get face-to-face with eight inspiring, leading lights of the photographic industry and learn the secrets of their success.

Foto Live is a unique one-day event, offering amateur, emerging professional, and working photographers the opportunity to get face-to-face with eight inspiring photographers and learn the secrets of their success.

Early bird pricing ends Friday 29 June at 11:59pm.

WIN: Join us at Foto Live 2018, and you'll go in the draw to WIN more than $13,000 worth of amazing gear, including a SONY A7II & lens, DJI Mavic Air, ASUS pro monitor, Nisi filters kit, and more.


Find out more about the event at




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Entries are now open for Illustrators Australia’s 6th Australian and New Zealand Illustration Awards.

Entries open from 2 July – 31 August 2018.

Winners announced and accolades awarded late October 2018.

Like stars, creatives can be lost amongst the haze of the Milky Way. But there are ways to stand out. Aim for the sky, put yourself amongst the best and the brightest and make sure that your work is noticed and celebrated. Get your project the attention it deserves by entering Illustrators Australia’s 6th Australian & New Zealand Illustration awards.

Shortlisted entries will be awarded a range of accolades and will be published in Australia’s only curated resource book, BOOK 15. This A5, full colour catalog will be delivered straight into the hands of nearly 1000 commissioners, agencies and important art bodies across Australia and New Zealand.

Illustrators Australia welcomes entries from the following categories:
Children’s Books
Design and Packaging
Instructional / Technical
Site Specific

Winning entries will be heavily promoted through Illustrators Australia’s social media channels which have 7000 followers and subscribers, and the IA website that sees over 3000 new visitors monthly.

Nominated illustrations are judged by a stellar selection of Australian and International illustrators, art directors, animators, publishers and designers including Sally Brownbill. For more information about the judges click here.





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Open Day - Sunday 5 August 2018, 10am - 4pm

Come along and explore the PSC creative campus.

Find out about their range of courses.
Tour the specialised facilities.
Take a look at the student exhibition.
Experience the action of studio shoot.
Talk to current students, graduates and teaching staff.
Find out how to apply and discuss the interview.
PSC is located in the heart of the Melbourne's Arts precinct, Southbank. 

The PSC program will be announced soon!

Register for the open day here.



FOTO L!VE 2018 - Amazing speakers. Inspiring content. Get your Early Bird tickets now.

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FOTO LIVE is a unique opportunity to get face-to-face with eight inspiring photographers and learn the secrets of their success.

Whether you want to improve your shooting and editing skills; turn your photo business into a lean, mean money-making machine; or get hands-on with the latest gear; FOTO LIVE has something for photographers of all levels.

Sunday, 05 AUGUST 2018

Monkey Baa,
Darling Harbour, Sydney

PLUS go in the draw to WIN more than $13,000 worth of gear, simply by buying a ticket!

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