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19/4/2018

A Darkroom Dinner with the MGA

– posted by Sally

Natasha Bowness, Chair of MGA Committee of Management and Anouska Phizacklea, Director of MGA invite you to MGA’s

Darkroom Dinner

Saturday 2 June 2018
7pm until late
Monash Gallery of Art
The Australian home of photography
860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill

Black tie with a touch of purple

Celebrate philanthropy and share our passion for photography.

Dine and be entertained amidst MGA’s collection as we auction stunning photographs, must-have delights and enchanting experiences.

Strictly limited tickets now available and can be booked online.

MGA relies on the generosity of the community. Proceeds from the Darkroom Dinner will support our exhibition program.

For all inquiries please contact lara.goode@monash.vic.gov.au

IMAGE: David ROSETZKY, Karlo  2017, gelatin silver print, 58.5 x 48.0 cm, courtesy of the artist and Sutton Gallery (Melbourne)

860 Ferntree Gully Road
Wheelers Hill Victoria 3150 Australia Phone +61 3 8544 0500 mga@monash.vic.gov.au

© Monash Gallery of Art

13/4/2018

LA PUNA de Atacama at Gaffa

– posted by Sally

I am very excited to share this solo exhibition by Silvi Glattauer as the work is very close to her heart. 

Silvi has been travelling around the North West region of Argentina for the last month and is adding to the existing body of work that she did for the Ballarat Biennale last year.

“The landscapes of this region are out of this world and as you may remember I am a native Argentinean so this work means a lot to me!”

The show will be opened by the Consul General of Argentina on 10th of May at 6pm.

5/4/2018

Sal’s in Sydney!

– posted by Sally

Sally will be in Sydney between Friday 4th - Tuesday 8th May.

If you would like to book a consultation whilst Sal is in town, please call 0403 302 831.

Sally offers the following meeting options:

• A two-hour consultation where Sally appraises your work, answers any questions you might have about the industry, your career path and then helps work out the best plan of action for you.

• A full folio review working closely with you on editing your images/work to create an individual folio for your specific needs.

• Editing images for websites and also for exhibitions. Sally’s approach to these meetings is renowned for being high in energy and positivity.

Please call her directly on 0403 302 831 to book in a time and get your career going in a positive inspiring way. Once Sally has worked with you through your new direction, she can chat about The Brownbill Effect - the online Creative Directory.

Please take a look at: thebrownbilleffect.com

29/3/2018

Discover Japan - PSC Photography Tour September 2018

– posted by Sally

What an amazing opportunity for photographers who love Japan!

Discover Japan - PSC Photography Tour September 2018

12 Days and 11 Nights: Osaka-Nara- Shikoku Island-Hiroshima-Kyoto
3 Days and 2 nights: Optional Tokyo Extension

Discover Japan offers you the opportunity to engage with the Japanese people and discover the country's cultural diversity and physical beauty with your camera with a group of passionate photography students and enthusiasts.

Our bespoke tour focuses on Southern Honshu and Shikoku Islands, the centre of Imperial Japan that now forms a major hub for industry and tourism. We also offer an optional extension to visit Tokyo, one of the world's great cities.

The beauty and charm of Japan's least visited island, Shikoku are combined with the vibrant markets, architectural wonders, stunning landscapes and cultivated gardens that are a feature of Kansai region and its 3 world renowned cities - Osaka, Nara and Kyoto - and the 20th Century's enduring monument to peace and resilience, Hiroshima.

Accompanying us and providing expert photographic support will be renowned international photojournalist Michael Coyne and Japan-based Australian commercial photographer Steph Doran.

Our unique tour will allow you to explore your photographic ideas and interests, offering you unparalleled access to the people cities and culture of Japan. Suitable for students and emerging photographers, experienced photographers who are interested in a flexible format, aspiring photographers, the shared attribute of our tour participants is a passion for photography and for capturing great images.

Tour Departs Melbourne 8 September
Whether you love photography, or want to improve your photographs while travelling, join us now to be part of this exciting photographic adventure in Japan with like visually aware travellers.

http://psc.edu.au/japan-2018/index.html

29/3/2018

EXTENDED DEADLINE DUE TO EASTER WITH HEAD ON!!!

– posted by Sally

Some photographers have requested an extended deadline due to Easter. The cut-off date is now Easter Sunday (Don't leave it till the last minute).

Head On Photo Festival is pleased to advise that AddOn, a non-competitive, anonymous, photographic exhibition with an open brief, is back for another year.

Photos can be of any subject taken with any camera including mobile phones, holgas, etc. Images must be square and submitted online. This exhibition is by invitation only.

Your picture will be printed and exhibited at 541 Art Space between 4-15 May.

The submission fee includes all printing, hanging and exhibition costs and your return surprise "adult lucky dip" (After the exhibition another photographer’s photo will be returned to you).

All funds raised go wholly towards staging AddOn and the Head On Photo Festival — a not-for-profit organisation.

Please email  Charles McKean, charles@headon.com.au if you'd like any other information.

 

9/2/2018

Head On Photo Festival - Deadline for submissions.

– posted by Sally

Don't forget the deadline for the Head On Photo Festival is fast approaching. Make sure you have your entries in by 11pm Sunday 25th February.

https://www.headon.com.au/civicrm/mailing/view?reset=1&id=256&utm_source=Head%20On%20Photo%20Festival%20Update&utm_medium=SB%20Blog&utm_campaign=Blog%20for%20Head%20On

 

19/1/2018

2017 Photographer of the Year - The Results!

– posted by Sally

Congratulations to all the winners. I loved being a judge on for this competition and enjoyed looking a everyones work.

In the link below you can see the overall winner (the highest scoring portfolio from all categories) and winners for each category.

http://www.australianphotography.com/news/2017-photographer-of-the-year-presented-by-panasonic-the-winners

There has also had a little bit of media coverage so far if you're interested:

http://www.news.com.au/news/jordan-robins-has-won-an-award-for-capturing-the-beauty-of-the-great-barrier-reef/news-story/a63a1ac81c609589208de3c37db8b9ed

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2018/jan/18/australian-photographer-of-the-year-award-winners-in-pictures

31/10/2017

AUSTRALIAN PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS, 2017

– posted by Sally

Australian Photography Awards (APA) was started two years ago by like minded photographers wanting to create a photographic competition that wasn’t just available for professionals, but a competition that was accessible to hobbyist, enthusiasts and professionals like.
I have been lucky enough to sit on the panel, amongst an esteemed group of judges since it’s inspection.

At APA, we promote social understanding and diversity through photography. We feel that photography is a powerful medium that has the ability to effect real change, unify people and bridge cultures.

APA is an annual photographic competition open to people living in Australia and Australian citizens living overseas.

In 2017, APA had a record breaking $42,000 worth of cash and prizes to reward the winners. The 2017 categories include Portrait, Landscape, Wildlife, Documentary, Mobile, Student and Peoples Choice. With the support of their major sponsor, Fuji lm Australia and their category sponsors michaels cameras digital and video, Ilford Imaging, Lowepro, Lume Cube, Manfrotto, Reed Graduation Services as well as their social partners AIME, the highest scoring image in each category will receive a Fuji lm X-Pro 2 Graphite Silver Pack, vouchers and a cash prize.

In early October the judging committee assembled in Melbourne on a mission to discover Australia’s most original, thought provoking photography. With over 2,500 entries this year APA is quickly becoming one of Australia’s leading photographic competitions.

Portrait Category Winner
Photographer - Kay Cypher
Image Title - Aged under wraps
Image Caption - Today's media often presents the over photoshoped and perfect images of the young and beautiful but there is little discussion or exposure about the body image of the older person.

Landscape Category Winner
Photographer - Leah Kennedy
Image Title - Progress
Image Caption - An exploration of humans through our interaction with the environment during early stages of our mark on the land. A commentary on the act of human progress.

Mobile Category Winner
Photographer - Glenn Homann
Image Title - Winter Song
Image Caption - An unusually cold morning (the coldest of the year in fact), provided inspiration for my image. The temperature was still below zero as the sun rose above the hills at Ripley, near Ipswich. The early fog had dispersed, but lingered above the creeks and waterways running across the landscape. I was able to capture this panoramic view from a low vantage point, just as the sun highlighted the whispy fog. Shards of light illuminated elements of the creek, it's bed, and surrounds. A conversion to black and white would accentuate a focus on the rich, tonal qualities of the scene before me..

Documentary Category Winner
Photographer - Chris Hopkins
Image Title - A Day at the Races
Image Caption - A group of race goers are caught in a moment of light-hearted hi-jinks after the running of the Melbourne Cup. 2016 saw the worlds media turn to the Melbourne Cup not as a grand event but rather as a lowpoint in the behaviour of Melbourne’s race-goers.

Landscape Category Winner
Photographer - Georgina Steytler
Image Title - Ethereal
Image Caption - I like the feeling of peace and otherwordliness that comes from this elegant white bird against a white background. The sun had not yet risen and there was only a soft, misty light in which there was nothing else to distract the eye.

Student Category Winner
Photographer - Cameron Meacham
Image Title - Ocean Painting
Image Caption - Nill

8/10/2017

Sally joins Australian Photography Awards again.

– posted by Mel

"We are thrilled to welcome back Sally Brownbill who is joining us once again on the Australian Photography Awards (APA) 2017 judging committee. Sally has been shaping and promoting the futures of aspiring and professional photographers through lecturing, mentoring and folio consultancy within in Australia for the last two decades. With this in-depth knowledge of the industry and an undeniable energy and passion for photography, Sally has become an incredibly valuable part of our team. We can’t think of a more qualified person to be sitting at our judging table.

This year Sally will join Matthew Palmer, Morganna Magee, Rodney Decker, Bruce Esplin, Markus Anderson, Carly Michael and Samantha Everton in a two day judging processes in Melbourne. This diverse panel of industry experts from across Australia will come together with the aim of discovering some of Australia’s more original and thought provoking photography.

2017 has set new records for APA. With a bigger prize pool of over $42,000, new categories and a record number of entries, we look forward to the next stages in our campaign.

Thank you to our major sponsor Fujifilm Australia and our category sponsors Ilford Imaging Australia, michaels cameras, Lume cube, Lowepro, Manfrotto, Reed Graduation Services and our social partners AIME."

8/10/2017

Working with Sal….

– posted by Mel

"Sally has been an integral part of where my assisting is today. Providing pathways to build relations with new photographers and studios. Building my connections and broadening my scope in the assisting field."

Luke Donegan  - Photographer / Assistant

8/10/2017

What It Takes To Win!

– posted by Mel

Sally tell's all what it takes to win the Photography of the Year competition in the October edition of Australian Photography Magazine.

The first thing you have to ask yourself when entering a competition like ‘Photographer of the Year’, is “What am I going to submit?”

This can, in itself, cause lots of angst. We all know how hard it can be to be critical of our own images and, after all, image selection is one of the major elements you are being judged on.

I have been editing images for exhibitions, portfolios  and websites for 20 years now, and have spent much of that time judging competitions. I know how hard it can be, so I am hoping by reading these few tips, I can help guide you through how best to prepare and then enter a photography competition like Photographer of the Year.

READ THE T's AND C's
It is imperative that you understand the conditions of the competition. That is everything from image size, number of images and theme. I realise some of this sounds very straight forward, but I can’t tell you the number of competitions I have judged where entrants have not fulfilled these criteria. Competitions are not only a test of your photography skills, but also a test of your ability to understand a brief. Rules are therefore the number one thing on your checklist your need to be following and ticking off without fail. For example, an excellent body of work will be let down in marking if three of the images are the same size and fourth is a different size. It shows no attention to detail, a lack of professionalism and could easily cost you a place.

THE ENTRY
Now what to put in? My best advice is not to try and think of what the judges want, but rather to show us what you are made of. Originality in your work and showing personality is the key. Your personally, and how you see things, is the only point of difference you have to another entrant. You must begin to learn how to show self confidence here and, remember, different is good. Don’t try to emulate a past photographer’s work you have seen, put you own spin on theme and images, either in subject matter, composition or technique.

CONSISTENCY
Consistency in the images is a crucial factor in the selection process. Don’t for a minute think you can put the four best images you have shot over the last 12 months: if there is no thread or story to them, they need to be able to interact with each other. Also, don’t put three fabulous images in from one story and then go an add another that has no meaning to the previous three. I see this happen all the time and it really makes me want to cry. Think clearly, look at the series and make sure there is a theme or connection across the entire series.


DON"T FORGET THE FLOW
Ebb and flow in a story is particularly what I look for. There needs to be a beginning, a middle and an end. For me, the best way to make sure you are telling your story is to print out the work and lay it on the floor - then just look at it. Take your time and pick  the image that starts the story. For example: A portrait of dancer on stage, then two shots of her/him dancing, both unique and different to each other but linked by theme or colour palette; then the last image of the dancer taking a bow. This clearly has a flow that the judges can understand, shows us you have thought the process through, and not just put up four random shots of dancers that have no connection.

TECHNIQUE
Technique and treatment of the images is hugely important. What kind of lighting are you using, for instance? Is it all natural light, or all lit in a studio? Are you using a tilt shift lens, are you using certain post-production techniques (if allowed), and what is the central colour theme/ pallet to the story? This needs to be planned carefully and thoughtfully. What we need to remember is taking the photo is the easy part, but showing preparation and understanding of what you are shooting is the key. If you are using different techniques in the four images, you need to ask why. And how does it work in the story telling? It could work, for example, if you were shooting a day in the life of a school girl, one: morning in bed; two: school room; three: after school sport; and four: night time. Whilst the lighting will vary in all of these images, there is a reason for this - some are indoors and at different times of the day. This can work if successfully planned out and, of course, the content and composition is strong.

COMPOSITION
Composition of each image is also important. Not just two or three of them. They all need to have been planned and thought out. Are they all in focus where they are meant to be? Have they been cropped in a way that not only enhances the image, but compliments the series? Has the best lighting technique been used in all of them.? Understanding what makes a good composition in an image is critical, not only for competitions but right across your photography. Don’t over-complicate an image, keep the key elements simple. This is especially important in putting a series together. Our eye needs to be able to move across the series effortlessly, and not work too hard to understand what is going on.

DON'T RUSH
Allow time. My strong advice is not to decide what to enter into a competition the day before. Give yourself time to a) try and shoot something specifically for the competition, or b) select a series you have been working on, lay them out in print form and look at them for a while. Many series may be upwards of , ten or twenty images, so being able to understand how to turn that into the best four images can take time. Be careful, though, not to over-think it, it is a fine line. You may find you narrow it down to six or so images. This is then a good time to bring in someone you trust has good judgment (probably not mum, dad or your partner), but rather someone who can be objective and give some good solid reasoning and feedback.

SHOOT AGAIN?
Do you need to do an additional shoot? Once you have selected your images, if your gut feeling is there is something missing, or that all of the elements in the series are not quite gelling, arrange a re-shoot. Don’t think about entering the series until you feel happy. In your heart, regardless of how hard it can be to select the final four,  you do know if  the series works. You must remember that you are not present when the images are being judged to explain the meaning behind them. We are working from a blank canvas as a judge, and can only go with what is in front of us.  We have our own interpretations of the story as well. So maximum impact is what we need to being seeing, and a series that combines all I have spoken about. Being on theme, strong composition, a cohesive colour palette, a good ebb and flow in the series and, of course, individuality is what we want to see. If you need to re-shoot, do so with purpose: it will be worth it in the end.

ORIENTATION
Orientation of the images. Personally, I think a series needs to have all of the elements I mentioned above, as well as being all of the same orientation. By this I mean all portrait or all landscape in shape. I’m constantly surprised when judging at seeing three images all portrait, then one. tacked on the end as landscape. Perhaps two of each could work (but for me it’s not ideal). Think about this at the point of planning your shoot. Always have an idea of the orientation and, if unsure, shoot both ways. This will help guide you when the time comes to choose your final images for submission.

Finally, I think entering competitions is a great way to build your confidence and to gain recognition. There are few things more exciting than seeing your images and name up in print or online, and having that opportunity to do so by entering competitions and winning or even placing is amazing. I see a lot of photographers that fall out of love with photography, because they are often hooked in to the world of shooting other people’s ideas . Competitions are the perfect way to release your imagination, have fun and create. Good luck!

3/9/2017

My Experience with TBE - Dominic Hook

– posted by Mel

"I met Sally at an Alumni folio review night at CATC Design school in Melbourne, where Sally was participating in a ‘folio review: speed dating style’ event organised by the school.

Students had the chance to engage in a 10 minute 1 on 1 folio review with industry professionals and I was heavily encouraged to participate by a lecture of mine Patrick Rodriguez.

10 minutes was no where near enough time to get solid advice in my opinion, but Sally not only gave some very concise, thought clearing advice, but also an offer to join TBE as an assistant.

Since joining at the end of 2016, I have assisted 3 TBE photographers and have regular work with Andrew Richey & Ripe Studios. This work has advanced my knowledge of studio photography and lighting greatly, but also the little things which are hard to teach such as working with clients, problem solving in tough situations and the finer points of fashion and architectural photography.


So far my experience with TBE has been wonderful and I look forward to what the future has in store for me.”

Dominic Hook  - Photography Assistant

23/8/2017

Exhibition submissions open

– posted by Sally

Head On Photo Festival, Australia's leading annual contemporary photography event returns in May 2018.

Head On creates opportunities for photographers at all career stages to have their work exhibited in Sydney and seen around the world.

With place-making in galleries and pop up exhibition spaces, Head On brings artists, audiences and industry together at exhibitions and events, creating the place to be for anyone who loves photography.

Don’t miss your place in an extraordinary event.

Submit today!

Deadline: 17 September
 

Head On Photo Festival 2018

5 - 20 May 2018

Sydney, Australia

Create | Exhibit | Inspire

17/8/2017

INDIAN PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL HYDERABAD 2017 | SEP 21 - 08 OCT STATE ART GALLERY, MADHAPUR

– posted by Sally

The Indian Photography Festival (IPF) - Hyderabad, a Not-For-Profit initiative of Light Craft Foundation, is an international photography festival, showcasing a wide range of photography from India and around the globe with a series of events, including talks and discussions, portfolio reviews, book launches, screenings & workshops.

IPF creates a platform for the professional and aspiring photographers, the photography lovers and the public where the festival promotes the art of photography at the same time address the social issues through the medium of photography.

For more info  - http://mailchi.mp/2cac1884c0be/indian-photo-festival-from-spet-21st-oct-8th?e=25e85124ba

15/8/2017

Call for Submissions: Capture Magazine - The Annual 2017.

– posted by Mel

Hi All,

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

The deadline is 21 August at 11:59pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) – GMT +10.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be featured in the biggest edition of the year.

I’d appreciate it if you could please spread the message to all your current and past students, or in fact any amazing photographers you know.

All the information on how to make a submission can be found at the link below, and it costs nothing to enter.
http://bit.ly/TheAnnual2017-CallForSubmissions

For a little inspiration, and to see who was featured last year, the 2016 Zinio edition can be located here: http://bit.ly/2tKGuOh, or click on the following link for a little sampler from the website: http://bit.ly/TheAnnual2017_AreYouGoodEnough

The amazing cover for the 2016 edition was shot by Paul Giggle.

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