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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



Who is Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographer 2018?

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Who is Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographer 2018? We can now finally reveal the winner of our annual contest to discover the next generation of the best emerging talent across the region.

Now in its 10th year, in 2018 the competition attracted a total of 924 entries (5,544 images submitted) across the 10 categories. In order to arrive at the category winners, a total of 460 votes were tallied, before being checked, rechecked, and then weighted. A further 170 votes were tallied in order to arrive at the overall winner and overall runner-up. We relied on an expert panel of judges comprising 35 top industry experts from Australia, and around the globe.


Call for Submissions: Capture Magazine - The Annual 2017.

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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.

For a little inspiration, and to see who was featured last year, the 2016 Zinio edition can be located here:, or click on the following link for a little sampler from the website:

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


Capture is looking to discover Australia’s best emerging photography talent

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Capture is looking to discover Australia's best emerging photography talent.

Submit a portfolio of 6 images in any of the following categories...

You may enter more than one category, and may enter each category more than once.

Overall winner: $3,000 + Fujifilm X-Pro2 & XF 35mm f/2 lens
Category winners (x10): $450 + prize pack
Total prize pool value: $21,000

Early bird ends: 30 January 2017
Closes: 18 February 2017

For more info:



All the winners revealed - Australia’s Top Emerging Photographers 2016

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By Marc Gafen for Capture, May 11 2016

The Best emerging talent

Capture's eighth annual Australia's Top Emerging Photographers awards showcases the very best emerging photographic talent, as judged by 51 distinguished professionals from Australia and abroad. The awards recognise, encourage and promote talented photographers in the early stages of their photographic careers. In 2016, the competition attracted 962 entries across the nine categories, comprising 5,772 images – an increase in entries of almost 60% from last year.

Read more at:



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CAPTURE Competition 2016

Enter now
The initial deadline for Australia’s Top Emerging Photographers is:
12 February 2016
11.59pm AEST 

An extended deadline will be in place for one additional week after this date, but a late fee will apply to any entries received until the final deadline of 19 February 2016, 11:59pm AEST.

The total cash and prize pool is over $15,000. The overall winner, Australia’s Top Emerging Photographer 2016, will win $5,000 cash and a Fujifilm X-T1 camera and XF 18-135mm lens, valued at $2,599, from the major sponsor, Fujifilm.


Australia’s top emerging photographers 2015 awards

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Capture Magazine congratulates Marcelo Canizares on winning the ADVERTISING category in Australia's top emerging photographers 2015 awards.

The prize package includes $500 prize money and a detailed folio appraisal by Sally Brownbill valued at $330.

"Congratulations again on your win and a huge thank you to our sponsor Sally Brownbill for her dedication to the competition and their ongoing commitment to nurture and encourage Australian photographers".  
Jodie Reid, Capture National Sales Manager


Capture Magazine’s annual Australia’s Top Emerging Photographers Awards

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As you may know, Capture Magazine's Top Emerging Photographers Award is one of the country’s pre-eminent platforms for raising the profile of new photographic talent.

I am very proud of 3 particular finalists, Daniel Herman and Tom Franks for the Advertising category and Tintin Hedberg for Fashion all from Hell Studios.

Congratulations also to all the other finalists. A lot of amazing new talent again showcased by Capture Magazine’s annual Australia’s Top Emerging Photographers Awards.


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