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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."


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


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


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


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.

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 Tree Article

– posted by Rachelle

Thrilled to be involved with Capture Tree, follow the link here to read my article

Growing Your Folio – From Student to Emerging to Professional


BIFF - BUILDING A PORTFOLIO with Sally Brownbill

– posted by Sally

Don't miss this great opportunity to have a one on one session with me at my Building a Portfolio Workshop taking place at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, on August the 17th from 10am to 4pm.

I will take you through samples of commercial photographers folios I have designed and explain why pages work well together and highlight the reasons behind combinations of images. I can show you practical ways at looking at a body of work and give you tips on editing your own images, something that most photographers find extremely difficult.

In the afternoon you will show me your own portfolio. I will give you tips on what is working, what isn’t and why. I will give you ideas on how to improve the layout and content of the folio. Each member in the workshop will gain valuable knowledge on their own portfolios and also learn from listening to the comments and questions from their peers when they show theirs.

There are 10 places only, please join me, I'd love to see you there! Book here.


BIFF - BUILDING A PORTFOLIO with Sally Brownbill

– posted by Sally

Take this opportunity at Ballarat International Foto Biennale to join a workshop with myself on buidling a portfolio.

Hands on advice, with a small group size - places are limited.

More information and to book here.

Check out all the other great events at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale 17 AUG - 15 SEPT 2013.


The Brownbill Effect Newsletter

– posted by Rachelle

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To subscribe to our newsletter of feature profiles, blogs and events, follow the link here


Wren’s New Folio

– posted by Sally

What a pleasure working with Wren, he is one of life's true gentlemen, a lovely young man. Here are some of my favourite pages from his new folio.

See more on Wren's website.


Rowena Clarke’s New Folio

– posted by Sally

Rowen Clarke's portfolio of work covers lifestyle, travel, weddings, portraits and fine art. These are some of my favourite spreads from her new folio, just gorgeous. See more of Rowena's work on her website here.


Top 5 Tips You Need to Consider When Putting a Folio Together

– posted by Sally

Twelve years ago I began working with people to build, edit and design their folios. There was a real need for photographers and creatives to have a second pair of well-trained eyes to look over their work.

An independent, honest approach is how I work. It is all about the creative on the day we work together, listening to them and working through a plan of attack on how to best show their work, be it for folios, websites or exhibitions.

Giving constructive criticism on how their images work together, what their strengths and weaknesses are and how best to build a story around their work are some of the many topics we cover during our session.

1) Be individual in how you present your work.

2) Don’t put your work into sections eg: food, people, interiors, create an ebb and flow.

3) Put in the folio what YOU want to shoot,  you can never try to guess what others want to see.

4) Always include personal work so the viewer can see WHO you are and what you like to shoot.

5) Don’t show too much or too little work around 20 double spreads give or take works well.


Marcus Thomson’s New Folio

– posted by Sally

What a pleasure working with Marcus Thomson to put a new folio together. He is so multi-talented. Here are a few of my favourite spreads.


TBE Launch Night

– posted by Sally

I was totally overwhelmed by the love in the room at the launch of The Brownbill Effect!
A fabulous night bringing together so many talented people.  The enthusiasm for being involved was brilliant and I am so thankful to all those that came along made the night so memorable.
It’s all about making connections and it was a great start to what promises to be a huge year.
Stay tuned and if you haven’t checked out TBE or want to register your interest to be involved start here.


The Brownbill Effect Launches

– posted by Sally

Finally the launch date is here.

Busily getting ready and really excited for the big launch celebration tonight.

Thanks to everyone who has been involved pulling the site and the launch together, can't wait for you all to see The Brownbill Effect!

Check it out and hope to talk to you all soon!

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