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SUNSTUDIOS Emerging Photographer Award 2017

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Image Workshop

When we first moved to Melbourne from overseas we weren’t familiar with the local photography market. Doing a folio review with Sally was a great way to assess where we were at and have an expert, unbiased eye evaluate our work.

Sally provides excellent and useful feedback. She doesn’t sugar coat things, and will say where your strengths and weaknesses are, but does so with kindness and empathy. During the review Sally helps you uncover your best self - an exciting and liberating process.

The final image selection was much more cohesive and compelling than what we would have done if left to our own devices. It gave us confidence to go to client meetings with a well curated folio under our arm.
We have also joined The Brownbill Effect, Sally’s network of creative professionals. It’s been an awesome resource for connecting with others in the wider creative industry and to have a group of ‘go to’ people to collaborate with on projects when we need to bring in outside expertise like retouching or sourcing talent. The Brownbill Effect social nights are always well attended and we meet new, interesting people whose paths we wouldn’t otherwise have crossed without the ongoing effort that Sally puts in to connecting creatives.

Sharon Blance & Brence Coghill
Image Workshop photography

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A clip from my time at Head On 17

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Ballarat International Foto Biennale Reviews 2017

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Monday 21st August

This review gives photographers and photo media artists who are already part of the industry or want to enter it, a chance to have their portfolios reviewed by respected commercial art world professional. This is a wonderful opportunity for photographers, to gain valuable feedback and constructive critique on their portfolio of work, providing a great occasion to expand their network and maybe even land a job or two. 

We are offering fifteen-minute face-to-face reviews with (4) four reviewers from our selection of industry experts, who will provide you with indispensable insight and advice.


The Head On 2017 Winners announced

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TBE congratulates all the winners and entrants into this year's Head On Photo Festival.

Jump online to check out the winners:


Register for the Head On Launch

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2-Day Intensive Intro to Motion Workshop | Melbourne

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Are you a Stills photographer looking at moving into the world of motion?

Presented by

Sarah Estela

Monday, Jun 5th 2017
9:00am – 5:00pm | $400.00+GST

This SUNSTUDIOS workshop is the perfect place to start.

In this 2-day intensive workshop with Sarah Estela, you will learn how to maximise your camera’s video capability and build an understanding of what is required to shoot for the edit.

Shooting for the edit is a process often overlooked by new videographers. Having the technical ability to shoot is key to the success of your shoot, but also knowing why and what to capture, while considering what will and won’t make it into your final edit is crucial to saving you time and money.

You will walk away armed with basic principals of how to capture the shots needed to tell a compelling story.


PASSAGE by Tom Goldner

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The world around us is perpetually changing – ice melts, glaciers shift, weather changes and time passes. Nowhere stays the same, and neither do we.

‘Passage’ captures a transitional time in Tom Goldner’s photography practice. In 2015 and 2016, Tom made two physical expeditions around the Mont Blanc regions of France, Italy and Switzerland. Ever-conscious of the changing nature of the landscape – the fact that you could stand in the same spot one year later and find everything had changed – he shot fleeting moments on medium format film.

Back in Melbourne, Tom painstakingly developed and printed each photograph by hand in his darkroom. The experience reawakened his love of manual photography, and he saw parallels between the physical exertion of actually taking the pictures and the intense concentration needed in producing the series of atmospheric silver gelatin prints.

Exhibition Dates
5 – 21 May, 2017

Exhibition Opening
Friday, May 5, 6-9pm

Opening Hours

Thursday – Friday 11am to 6pm
Saturday – Sunday 11am to 5pm

Image: Forme, 2015, 20x24 inch silver gelatin print


Inaugural Martin Kantor Portrait Prize - $15,000

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Inaugural Martin Kantor Portrait Prize - $15,000

This prize is open to all photographers and photo media artists and gives you the chance to have your work displayed and viewed at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale from 19 August to 17 September 2017 in Ballarat.

The acquisitive first prize of $15,000, supported by the Dara Foundation, will be awarded to the work judged to be an exceptional photographic portrait of a significant Australian.

We have the opportunity to connect a limited amount of photographers with a significant Australian as a portrait subject. Please contact me immediately if you are interested.

For more information about the prize please see



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The 2017 Olive Cotton Award is now open for entries.

The Award is open to artists living and working in Australia who are Australian citizens or have been Australian residents for 12 months or more. The entry must be: a new portrait completed since 1 April 2015, owned and created by the artist; not previously exhibited (including online but excluding the entrant’s personal webpage or social media platform), shown in competitions or awarded a prize; photographic, archivally sound, still and two-dimensional; within the size limits and able to be hung on or pinned to Gallery walls. The Judge will be looking for excellence in photographic technique, creativity and originality to the standards prescribed by the Director, Tweed Regional Gallery.

Entry is limited to one per person, artistic duo or collective. The entry fee is $33.00 (incl. GST), not refundable under any circumstances. Entry form, fee and image must be received by 5.00pm Friday 12 May 2017. To find out more please read the Conditions of Entry or contact the Gallery on 02 6670 2790 or via email

This year we will accept entries by email to and payment online at

Entry conditions are attached and are also be available at


You’re running out of time to enter!

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You’re running out of time to enter! Open internationally, with a prize pool of $50,000 in cash, equipment and software across Portrait, Landscape and Mobile categories -

All finalists will be exhibited in Head On Photo Festival,
Australia’s premier event of its kind and one of the world’s leading photo festivals #headon17 #HeadOnPhotoAwards


Australia’s Top Emerging Photographers 2017, has been extended

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Hi all,

The early-bird deadline for one of Australia’s best platforms to recognise, encourage and support emerging talent, Capture Magazine's Australia's Top Emerging Photographers 2017, has been extended. It closes on 13 February, 11:59pm AEST. We’ll also be accepting entries up until the final deadline of 18 February, 11:59pm AEST, but it will cost $10 more per entry.

For some background, please check out this article on seven compelling reasons to enter.

FYI, the overall runner-up in the competition in 2016, and winner of the Student category, Sarah Maslan, was a graduate of Photo Studies College (Melbourne). Who will win in 2017? And will it be one of your students?!

Please can you help me spread the word about our Australia’s Top Emerging Photographers 2017 awards through your social and other channels. It’s open to students and photographers with less than four years’ full-time professional experience. Feel free to tag us in the post: @capturemagazine

I’ve attached copy below, and images.
Australia’s Top Emerging Photographers 2017
With more than $21,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, Australia’s Top Emerging Photographers Awards recognise talented photographers in the early stages of their careers.

Want to be part of it? Early bird entries close 13 February 2017, 11:59pm AEST.

Enter here:


FYI, our FB post is here…

Cheers and thanks,


APA 2016 Photographer of the Year Winner

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The 39-year old from Molong, near Orange, wowed the judges with a portfolio of her seven-year old daughter Minnie captured in black and white.

For judge Tamara Dean, the portfolio was a clear standout, revealing a skillful understanding of light and shadow and closeness with her subject. “This series of portraits capture a sense of the poetry and wonder of being a child,” she said.

The 2016 Photographer of the Year, presented by Panasonic, was open to amateur photographers in both Australia and New Zealand and offered the largest prize pool in the history of the competion with cash and prizes of $34,000 up for grabs.



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The call for entries for Capture Magazine's Australia’s Top Emerging Photographers 2017 is now open. And it's just 3 short weeks until early pricing ends on 30 January at 11:59pm AEST.

Capture magazine’s Top Emerging Photographers competition is one of the country’s pre-eminent platforms for raising the profile of new photographic talent. The work will be judged by some of Australia’s, and the world’s best photographers. Winners, runners-up, and finalists will be published in Capture magazine in the May/June print and Zinio editions, as well as on the Capture website.


Call for entries for Head On Photo Festival 2017

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It's time for the 2017 Head On Photo Festival and I encourage all photograghers to get you images in - NOW!

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