2015 APPA Judges
Who will be Judging Your Images at APPA 2015...
Alicia Adamopoulos | APP M.Photog
I'm a Brisbane based photographer who has won awards in a variety of categories from Family to Illustrative to Science, environment and nature in Australia and overseas. I've been judging APPA since 2010 and have judged photography competitions in the U.S. and Dubai.
Rocco Ancora | APP.L GM.Photog
Rocco has been awarded the prestigious accolade, The Australian Institute of Professional Photography’s Wedding Photographer of the year; four times in a six-year span which is a testimony of the highest regard in which his peers hold Rocco’s craftsmanship. His work is celebrated both locally and internationally with many major awards to his name. In 2011 he won the Grand Award prize for Wedding Photojournalism at WPPI as well as 2nd and 3rd place achievements. In the same year he was awarded with the Grand Master of Photography award by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography. His involvement at APPA as a judge began in 1999. His expertise in image capture, post production and fine art printing have made him a highly respected judge in photographic competitions in Australia the USA, Asia and Europe.
Melissa Anderson | APP.L M.Photog I
Melissa has over two decades of photographic experience, and qualifications in photography, teaching and business. Throughout her career she has received numerous professional accolades in photography and business, and her images have been commissioned, published and exhibited internationally. Throughout this time she has been awarded AIPP Fashion Photographer of the year, Queensland AIPP Commercial Photographer of the year, Queensland Illustrative Photographer of the year, BAA Best Woman in Business, and was named one of the top 10 photographers in the country. In the past year her work has been exhibited in the Olive Cotton Award, Duo Percival Portrait exhibition, and Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography exhibition.
Cameron Attree | APP M.Photog II
Cameron has over 20 years experience in the photographic industry, is a graduate of the Queensland College of Art and a Master of Photography with the AIPP. Having won the title of 2008 Qld AIPP Portrait Photographer of the Year, Cameron is very adept at capturing that "special something" in his subjects whether that be in a contempory portrait, model portfolio, fashion shoot or even an artistic nude image. Cameron has a growing reputation both nationally and internationally as a very skilled exponent in the fine-art nude genre by producing very tasteful yet creative images and making his subjects feel extremely comfortable and very proud of their images.
Bill Bachman | APP.L AAIPP
BILL BACHMAN has contributed articles and photographs to a wide variety of books and magazines around the world over the past 35 years. His work is a mixture of editorial, documentary and commercial photography and includes 25 years as a freelance contributor to Australian Geographic magazine. His books include Off the Road Again, Special Delivery; The Murray River, and the international best-seller Local Colour: Travels in the Other Australia. He currently teaches at Photography Studies College in Melbourne, where he is in charge of the photojournalism major.
Vicki Bell | APP M.Photog I
Vicki Bell is a M.Photog I AIPP she has been a professional portrait and fine art photographer for 25 years. Vicki holds a Bachelor Degree in Education (Art and Craft). In recent years she have been invited as a guest speaker to present at specialised photographic seminars, conferences and tertiary organisations throughout Australia. Vicki has judged at state, national and international photographic awards. She has succeeded in achieving many photographic awards over the years locally and abroad. In the Victorian State awards she has achieved the 2013 Illustrative Photographer, 2012 Highest scoring print, 2011 Fine Art photographer of the year and 2010 Portrait photographer of the year.
Victoria Berekmeri | APP AAIPP
Judges bio coming soon
Gavin Blue | APP
For over 20 years, Gavin’s personal and creative approach has earned a reputation producing truly outstanding images for the advertising, editorial and corporate markets delivered with excellent customer service. He has also built a reputation as one of the country's best truck photogrpahers.
Kelly Brown | APP M.Photog
Kelly Brown is a portrait photographer from Brisbane, Australia and a Master of Photography with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography.
In 2012 she was awarded the AIPP Australian Creative Photographer of the Year.
Since then Kelly as been awarded The AIPP Queensland Professional Photographer of the Year in both 2013 & 2014 and AIPP QLD Family Photographer of the Year 2012, 2013 & 2014. In 2013 she was also awarded first place in both the Portrait Group and Portrait Individual categories at WPPI, and won first place in 4 categories at WPPI 2014.
In 2013 Kelly also won a Gold medal in the Portrait category at the first World Photographic Cup.
Rob Burnett | APP.L M.Photog I
Judges bio coming soon
Robyn Campbell | APP.L M.Photog I
Robyn Campbell has been a professional photographer for over 15 years and has been judging and panel chairing enthusiastically for 13 years. Robyn was the 2014 Victorian Illustrative Professional Photographer of the Year and runs two successful photography businesses in Melbourne. Coming from a background of Commercial Photography Robyn is experienced in many areas of Professional Photography and spends time mentoring photographers entering the photographic community. Currently focusing on her fine art work, Robyn has been selected as a finalist in the Fremantle Portrait Prize, Moran Prize, Head On Portrait Prize as well has having work displayed in many national and international exhibitions. She is constantly driven to explore new and creative ways photograph can be used to express herself through her art. Robyn is an AIPP Master I, NZIPP Master and WPPI Associate as well as an AIPP Licentiate.
Andrew Campbell | APP.L M.Photog V
Andrew Campbell is a AIPP Master of Photography with 5 Gold Bars. He has been a professional photographer since 1983, specializing in Corporate, Portraits and People.
Andrew’s natural flair for lighting and direction was recognised by the AIPP in 1990, with an invitation to join the professional speaking circuit. A popular presenter, Andrew has since delivered many photography seminars, educating many professional and amateur photographers around Australia.
Andrew is also recognised by his peers as a discerning judge of photography. He has judged at the state and national awards for the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) for the last 19 years consecutively.
Geoff Comfort | APP.L M.Photog IV
Geoff is the principal photographer for Geoff Comfort Photography, a leading commercial photographic studio based in Canberra. He offers studio and location photography to a wide range of government and corporate clients. Geoff offers photography in the following areas; Architectural photography, Aerial photography, Corporate portraiture, Corporate events and Fine art photography. Geoff is a fully accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography.
Peter Coulson | APP M.Photog I
I specialize in beauty, fashion and fetish Photography. Mixing a range of styles and fusing the latest fashion trends with my personal conceptual reflections. My images are strong, sensual and mysteriously elegant with a twist of my screwed up sense of humour.
Gary Cranitch | M.Photog
Gary has worked as a wildlife photographer for the Queensland Museum Publishing section for 33 years. His work has been published widely in numerous publications and journals.His achievements include; 2008 AIPP Australian Science, Environment and Nature Photographer of the Year and the 2015 of the Eureka Prize for Science photography.
Kaye Davis | M.Photog I
Working in the industry for over 20 years, specialises in landscape, still life / illustrative and portraiture. NZ Professional Photographer of the Year 2013 NZ Creative Photographer of the Year 2014, 2013 and 2011 Australian Illustrative Photographer of the Year 2013 Works as a full-time lecturer on the Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging (UCOL, NZ).
Lesley Downie | APP.L M.Photog IV
Lesley’s photographic career began in the early 90s with stage and entertainment photography.
For the next 20 years, she created a significant, very successful wedding/portrait business based on a natural, candid and unobtrusive style. She was one of the first photographers in Brisbane to adopt the ‘photojournalistic’ approach to capturing a wedding day, with the emphasis on natural expression.
Today, her love of travel and documentary photography has led her to wondrous and exotic destinations worldwide, giving rise to a unique and substantial collection of diverse award winning imagery.
Her major awards have included:
AIPP Australian Documentary Photographer of the Year 2012, 2011 AIPP Qld Documentary Photographer of the Year 2012, 2011, 2008 AIPP Qld Illustrative Photographer of the Year 2004
AIPP Qld Commercial Photographer of the Year 2004
AIPP Qld Wedding Photographer of the Year 1999
Since 2000, Lesley has been a judge at both AIPP QPPA and APPA, as well as conducted Mentoring for Emerging photographers and Folio Assessment reviews.
Mark Duffus | APP.L M.Photog III
Mark was born in Melbourne (Australia) and moved to Queensland as a teenager where he studied at the QLD College of Art and graduated with a Diploma in Applied Photography in 1988. Today Mark runs a full photographic commercial studio (Bespoke Studio) where he bases his business, however his love of Architecture and commercial industry often find him travelling throughout the country.
Justin Ealand | APP M.Photog
Judges bio coming soon.
Peter Eastway | APP.L GM.Photog
Sydney-based photographer Peter Eastway is a Grand Master of Photography and a two time winner of the AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year. Known best for his landscape and travel photography, he has worked in most areas of the profession and loves also sport, studio still life, portraiture and wildlife.
Peter is the editor and publisher of Better Photography magazine and website, a position that has given him special access to many of the worldís leading photographers over the past 30 years. His ability to communicate both the technical and aesthetic sides of photography makes him a sought after speaker on the international circuit.
Peterís work has been published internationally in photographic magazines (USA, UK, Japan, Germany, Greece, New Zealand and Australia). He was also the author of the Lonely Planetís Guide to Landscape Photography. His photography has recently featured on the cover of the Lonely Planetís guide to Australia, in articles in the Qantas inflight magazine, and in an Apple television commercial.
Julie Ewing | APP.L M.Photog II
A "People" person, Julie has photographed humans of all ages, shapes and sizes throughout her professional career, spanning over 20+ years. Owner/Director at Lifeworks photography since 1993, Julie is passionate about capturing people in a natural and honest way, showing connection and soul in a portrait. Julie has won many awards over this time for her portrait work, not only her VIC category winning Portrait images but also her category winning Travel and Illustrative photography images had an important human element within the images. Julie has several charity projects on for 2015 supporting Cure Brain Cancer, Animal rescue, Assistance dogs Aust and an Indigenous midwifery trust with a goal of raising $30,000 towards future research, animal welfare and education.
Andrew Esposito | APP.L M.Photog IV
Judges bio coming soon.
David Evans | APP M.Photog
David Evans is a Lonely Planet travel, landscape and commercial photographer and travel writer, and a Master of Photography who creates images of high fidelity, depth and substance.
Adam Finch | APP M.Photog I
With a photographic style and technique beyond his years, Adam Finch’s talent and experience has established him as one of Australia’s top wedding photographers. With a gentle approach to people and a love of capturing images of life, emotion and relationships, his work enables clients to re-visit their day time and again. Adam’s career started with his photographic studies at the Queensland College of Art, and since then his passion for photography saw him awarded as one of the youngest Associates of Photography in the history of the AIPP. Adam has subsequently gone on to achieve his AIPP Master of Photography, with an impressive cache of photographic awards.
Trevor Foon APP.L M.Photog II
Trevor Foon has been a professional photographer for 30 years. He is a Master Photographer within the AIPP and has gained numerous awards including the Victorian Professional Photographer of the Year & Australian Scientific and Biomedical Photographer of the Year. His knowledge of photography spans the bridge of film and digital areas, and this helps him create images that are innovative, creative and technically correct. Working in a rural area he works primarily in domestic and commercial photography backed up by a custom photo lab and retail store. Many years ago he was introduced to some alternative /historic processes and he fell immediately in love with the magic and organic nature of these techniques. Today Trevor continually dabbles with the alchemy of photography, and the practices of large format photography with film, and more recently wet plate collodion. Trevor is also passionate about sharing this knowledge and frequently found running workshops and demonstrations.
Nick Ghionis | APP.L M.Photog I
His achievements include being awarded ‘Victorian Wedding Photographer of the Year’ (2014 and 2011) and ‘Victorian Photographer of the Year’ (2011). He has held the prestigious title of Master Photographer with the AIPP, for consistent award winning since 2006 and is a Double Master of Photography with the American peak body; Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, also for his consistency in award winning images.
Shireen Hammond | APP M.Photog II
Having always been fascinated by relationships and the Art of Photography, Shireen decided to change her entire life and career and become a professional photographer on her 35th birthday! She’s a mother of 6 and a grandmother of 4 – at the tender and fabulous age of 52!
Shireen and Robert launched Field of Vision Photography with a Bang in 2004. They are a "dynamic duo" in the Wedding Industry and are an absolute team. Robert is a brilliant and sensitive Graphic Artist and self taught 'Photoshop Guru' and Shireen believes it is his wonderful artistry that brings her emotional captures to 'life'.
Shireen has traveled Internationally and throughout Australia, training and educating fellow photographers through workshops and seminars not only in the Art of Photography, but also in the Business of Photography in her ‘unique’ way of imparting all of her knowledge, willingly and without reservation – always punctuated by tears and laughter!
Her style of photography and meticulous attention to detail is inspiring. Her ability to masterfully paint with light and capture relationships with sublime sensitivity, elegance and beauty in an often difficult environment with genuine time constraints, is undeniable.
Shireen has been honoured to win countless awards Internationally and Nationally - including:
AIPP Victorian Wedding Photographer of the Year 2007 2008 and 2009. WIPM Wedding Photographer of the Year. WPPI International – 3rd Place Wedding Bride Category. Winner of the International Aperture Awards – Wedding Category,
Most recently, she won the 2014 AIPP Victorian Family Photographer of the Year.
Shireen is thrilled to hold the current title of 2015 AIPP Victorian Wedding Photographer of the Year.
She has been published in various International and National Magazines throughout her career.
She is proud to be one of the first women to be asked to be a Mentor by the late, great Ian McKenzie, in the AIPP Mentoring Program and proudly served our members on the AIPP Victorian Council for 6 years.
Andrew Harrison | APP M.Photog
Andrew Harrison, has been awarded with National and State Awards over the last ten years and distinguished in 2011 with an accreditation of Master of Photography, one of the highest Photography Awards from the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP).
Tony Hewitt | APP.L GM.Photog FNZIPP Hon. FAIPP
Tony often explores our environment from different perspectives such as his ‘Altered Landscapes’, which seek to illustrate the hand of man and its' impact on his surroundings. He has exhibited either solo or jointly in over 30 exhibitions including '2016' Inscription, "52 weeks on - the Pilbara Project", and "Southwest Light", and has featured in a range of publications from the same projects. An aerial viewpoint is often used in more recent work, and Tony was also a core artist at the 2013 Ballarrat International Foto Biennali. He has images in several European exhibitions including venues in Switzerland and Sweden and was recently represented in a solo exhibition at the prestigious Lynton & Kay Gallery in Perth in his solo exhibition ‘Coast’.
His images of people often look to present the person within the context of their environment, while in simple yet revealing ways. Tony has a wealth of experience in photographing people of all ages, from newborns to the elderly, from celebrities to families.
Robyn Hills | APP.L GM.Photog FAIPP
Specialising in Portraiture, Landscapes and Fine Art Photography - it is a natural talent for Robyn and her enthusiasm, passion and vision are happily shared with everyone.
Success for Robyn is about doing the things she wants to in life: Walking on the beach, playing the piano, flying a helicopter, adventure travel to Africa and Antarctica and has had exhibitions including in Tokyo, New York and Paris.
Australian Professional Photographer of the Year
Queensland Landscape Photographer of the Year
Queensland Photographic Artist of the Year
Finalist Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize
Marquis Who’s Who in the World
Greg Hocking | APP.L GM.Photog Hon. FAIPP
Greg Hocking is a Commercial and Architectural photographer based in Perth WA and has been a member of the AIPP for 35years and an APPA judge for 25years. Greg is an AIPP Grand Master of Photography as well as a Fellow and Honourary Fellow of the AIPP.
Joshua Holko | APP M.Photog
Living in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Joshua studied with distinction at the Australian Photography Studies College and the Australian College of Journalism and is a fully accredited AIPP Master of Photography and member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP). In 2011 he was selected to appear in the AIPP 'Look for the Logo' television campaign highlighting some of Australia's best photographers. In 2011, he was also appointed as Australia's first and only Moab Master Photographer and Printer by Moab and Legion Paper in the USA. In early 2012, Joshua was honored to be appointed as a member of the esteemed Coloratti by X-Rite and was subsequently interviewed for Nik Radio in late 2012. Early in 2013 he was honoured again as the 2012 Outdoor Photographer of the Year in the 'Spirit of Adventure category for his photograph of Mountain Climbers in Antarctica. In 2013 and again in 2014 Joshua was elected to the Victorian Council of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers. In 2014 he also won the Australian AIPP Canon Professional Science, Environment and Nature Photographer of the Year and Victorian Epson Professional Photographer of the Year grand prize along with overall State category wins in Science, Environment and Nature, Creative Photographer of the Year and Highest Scoring Print of the Year.
In Australia Joshua is officially represented by Philip Kulpa and the Source Photographica Gallery. International representation includes the Wilderness Gallery at Cradle Mountain in Tasmania and the Aspen Gallery in Aspen USA. His work has also been exhibited at international shows and expos across the USA and Europe including Photokina in Germany and PhotoPlus in New York.
Joshua's photography has also been exhibited at Montsalvat Art Gallery, purchased by City Councils, as well as private collectors around the world. His photography has won both Gold and Silver with Distinction awards at the prestigious Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA) as well as winning other internationally acclaimed awards such as the World Extreme Environment People's Choice Award. Joshua's work has also been published in numerous magazines and journals, including B&W + Color, National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, F11 Magazine, The Australian Photography and Gallery Compendium, Wild, Australian Photography, Better Photography, Better Pictures and the highly respected Silvershotz Journal. Greg is an AIPP Grand Master of Photography as well as a Fellow and Honourary Fellow of the AIPP.
Adam Hourigan | APP M.Photog
Adam began his career as a first-year cadet shooting and in the darkroom of
The Daily Examiner in Grafton in 1995, and is still a photographer with the
newspaper 20 years later. He started a wedding business on top of this work
in 2005 and shoots 25-30 weddings per year. He joined the AIPP in 2008, and
achieved his Masters in 2014. He was awarded the highest scoring portrait print at APPA in 2014, and highest scoring print at QPPA in 2015 as well as being a finalist in the 2014 QPPA wedding photographer of the year, and 2015 QPPA portrait photographer of the year.
Adam has used his experiences from the AIPP to incorporate a fine-art edge into his news feature work, culminating in him winning the Nikon-Walkley award for Regional/Community Photography in 2014. He has also won the NSW Regional Journalism Photography award 5 times, and has been the winner of the Australian Regional Media Photographer of the Year 4 times. He also has multiple placings in international competition such as WPPI in both portrait, documentary and wedding work.
Darren Jew | APP M.Photog II
Canon Master Darren Jew has photographed the planet’s landscapes and wildlife from Antarctica to Zambia over his 30-year career- on mountain peaks, desert plains and beneath the Ocean's surface.
After photography studies at the Queensland College of Art and work in darkrooms and commercial studios, Darren found his vocation at the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, where his photographic skill found harmony with his profound love of nature. The last two decades have seen Darren pursue his passion for capturing and sharing the natural World, producing sought-after nature, travel and scientific images both above and below the water; selling fine art prints; undertaking magazine commissions and; leading photo tours to the World's great wildlife, landscape and marine destinations.
A certified SCUBA diver since age 14, his love for the ocean is expressed through his award-winning underwater images. Along with the many challenges peculiar to underwater photography, bringing the majesty of the undersea world to the surface and sharing its wonders with the broader community are the main things that drive Darren's passion for photography- a passion explored in the recent National Geographic Channel series "Tales by Light".
His unique vision has seen him named Canon/AIPP Australian Science, Environment and Nature Photographer of the Year in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.
Mike Langford | APP.L M.Photog IV FAIPP
Mike’s passion is travel/Landscape photography and travel book publishing with over 26 books to his name. Mike is a Master Photog. IV and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and a Grand Master and Honorary Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography(NZIPP).
He has been a professional photographer for over 30 years and an International Awards judge and lecturer for 25 years. In Australia he has been awarded Australian Geographic Photographer of the Year, NSW AIPP Photographer of the Year, twice AIPP Landscape Photographer of the Year, twice AIPP Travel Photographer of the Year and is the current AIPP Travel Photographer of the Year.
In New Zealand he has been awarded the NZIPP Photographer of the Year, NZIPP Corporate/Industrial Photographer of the Year and NZIPP Landscape Photographer of the Year and Travel Photographer of the Year. He is co-director the Queenstown Centre for Creative Photography with his wife Jackie Ranken) and a Canon Master.
William Long | APP.L M.Photog V FBIPP FRPS Hon. LM
Photographer, Speaker, Educator and International Judge, William Long is regarded as one of Australia’s most reputable and recognised photographers. With a career in photography that has stretched over 30 years. William was honoured to judge the Moran Photographic Prize in 2014. Receiving numerous major photographic prizes and honours both nationally and internationally, “2013 AIPP Australian Professional Commercial Photographer of the Year”, “Queensland Professional Photographer of the Year”,“British Portrait Photographer of the Year, and over the past 20 years has been awarded Queensland Commercial Photographer of the Year multiple times. William received in 1999 recognition for his excellence in Photography with a Fellowship by the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) and then again with his Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS). In 2014, William was honoured to receive a Honorary Life Membership from the AIPP in recognition of his outstanding voluntary work in the Photographic Industry.
As a result of William’s attention to detail and talent for creating consistently astounding imagery, his multifaceted photography career has seen him not only awarded various titles across a wide range of genres, but has also seen him recognised as one of the top 5 UK Dance photographers and more recently regarded as one of the top 5 Australian Architectural photographers.
Kylie Lyons | APP.L M.Photog I Hon. LM
After establishing and operating a commercial photographic studio in North Sydney for a graphic design bureau, Kylie has run her own successful corporate and wedding/portrait studio in her home town of Camden NSW for the past 15 years. Kylie holds a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Photomedia, is an Accredited Professional Photographer, Master of Photography I and Honorary Life Member of AIPP and a Master Photographer of NZIPP. She is a current National Board member, Australasian representative on the World Photographic Cup Organising Committee
Member of 15 years, NSW Council member for 10 years, including 5 as State President, Judge and Panel Chair at State Awards, APPA and International Industry, Association Awards, Australasian representative on the World Photographic Cup Organising Committee, Elected to the National Board in 2010 2010-2012 - Vice President, 2012-2014 - National President
Kylie is currently working on a series of travel images and is in negotiations to have these works produced for a local interior designer.
Alanna McTierman | APP M.Photog
Alanna Jayne McTiernan is a young dynamic photographer with excellent out of the box interpretive skills.
She is the Studio Manager for Katrina Christ Photographer and has been a resourceful part of the successful portrait business for over 11 years.
Her skills also extend into her personal, commercial and travel photography. Over the years she has received numerous accolades recognising her dedication to her craft, including the first Mark Gowlett Award for Most Innovative Print (2007) and Australian Illustrative Photographer of the year (2008).
Mercury Megaloudis | APP.L GM.Photog
Melbourne Photographer make a living in the Corporate & Domestic world of photography.
Jeff Moorfoot | APP.L FAIPP M.Photog V
Jeff Moorfoot is a practising photographic artist and former advertising photographer and educator. He has a BA in photography from RMIT, and is a Fellow, Honorary Life member and Master Photographer V of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography [AIPP]
He is the founder and the current Creative Director of the Ballarat International Foto biennale, as well as the photographic group the ‘free radical’, and is co organiser of the Galeria Bezdomna/Homeless Gallery in Australia. He has spent many years on the committee of the AIPP Victorian Division, and five years on the AIPP National education sub committee. For ten years he convened the Victorian Photography Student of the Year Awards. For 12 years he lectured in photography at RMIT University, Melbourne
He is a seasoned portfolio reviewer, having participated as a reviewer at Foto Freo Fremantle, Head On Photo Festival Sydney, PhotoNOLA New Orleans, Paris Photo, FotoFest Houston, Pingyao International Photo festival China, and the two previous editions of the Kaunas FolioPort, as well as reviews at his own festival, Since 1989 has sat as a judge at various AIPP state Awards and APPA’s.
Alan Moyle | APP M.Photog II
Photography has been a passion of mine since the 5th grade, I upgraded cameras regularly through primary school by dropping them of boats or losing them on bush walks. When I grew up I "borrowed" my dad's camera and did a night class at a different school because mine didn't offer photography. I was eventually kicked out of the other school because I kept sneaking into their darkrooms when I wasn't supposed to be there. Since then I ended up going to RMIT and getting a degree in scientific and medical photography which I put to no use at all moving into the wedding and portrait field.
Melissa Neumann | APP.L AAIPP
Accredited Portrait Photographer Melissa Neumann is also known as an educator, entrepreneur, small business owner, wife, mum and crazy cat lady. She works from her home studio in the inner southern suburbs of Adelaide. She has won many awards for her photography over her 25+ years in the industry including South Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year(2009) and South Australian Family Photographer of the Year(2010). She is known for portraits that capture the personality and beauty of her subjects. She regularly volunteers her time to help strengthen the industry that she loves. Currently she is on the board of the Australian Institute of Photography (AIPP).
David Oliver | APP.L GM.Photog FAIPP
All the technique in the world doesn't compensate for the inability to notice." Elliott Erwitt Whether it's a moment between a bride and groom, capturing an executive at her desk, or a landscape from a chopper over the middle of Australia, David views life through a lens, and at times through an aeroplane window... Sydney, London, Scotland, Ireland, Singapore, NYC, there are no boundaries to where David and Clare's discerning clientele will take them to make sure their precious moments are captured by this sensitive and spontaneous style. David's ability to capture incredible images has been recognised not only by clients, but by the photographic profession where he is a Grand Master of Photography in the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, and an ambassador for Nikon and Epson.
Kevin O’Daly | APP.L M.Photog Hon. FAIPP
Judges bio coming soon.
Dan O'Day | APP M.Photog I
Since going full time with his wedding business in 2009, Dan has managed to run a highly successful wedding business, receiving commissions for weddings all over the world and Australia wide. He also has exhibited extensively with his fine art Photography, being selected as a finalist 2 years in a row for the Prestigious Doug Moran Photographic prize. Dan has been (and continues to be) a keynote speaker at many conferences worldwide. In 2010 Dan was the recipient of the APPA Highest Scoring Print award. In 2011 Dan won the title of APPA Australian Creative Photographer of the Year. And in 2012 Dan won the Momento Pro, Head On Australian Documentary Book of the Year. Dan is an AIPP Master of Photographer and all round pretty nice guy. His fine art works are held in collections all over Australia and as far away from home for him as London, England.
David Paterson | APP.L Hon.FAIPP GM.Photog
I have spent the last 30 plus years working in a University environment, 27 of those years as Senior Photographer at the Australian Defence Force Academy. In 2012 I returned to the ANU and just recently I was contracted to the National Gallery of Australia. 1985 I established Dorian Photographics specialising in the photography of artworks for galleries and artists alike. This is a fantastic field to work in, great people and great art. My personal photography shows my passion for the natural and urban landscapes and has lead me to many locations in pursute of my dreams.
Anni Payne | APP.L M.Photog
Anni graduated from RMIT in 1991 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Photography) and worked as a medical photographer in Sydney from 1991 - 2000 whilst setting up and running her own business, Milk & Honey Photography, specialising in Wedding, Portrait and business photography. Anni has been involved with the AIPP consistently for 25 years and has achieved 'licentiate' status and is a 'Master'. Anni has been judging at state and National level since 2000 and is the current NSW Chairman of jurors and Vice President.
Ian Poole | APP.L AAIPP
Member of the AIPP since 1975; Judge and Panel Chair for the Australian Professional Photographer of the Year Awards Awards for over 25 years; Judge and Panel Chair for the New Zealand Professional Photographer of the Year Awards for 9 years; Judge and Panel Chair for the Queensland, New South Wales, Victorian, Tasmanian and West Australian Professional Photographer of the Year Awards; Post Graduate qualifications in visual arts from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.
Jackie Ranken | APP.L GM.Photog
Jackie has worked within the industry as a darkroom technician, freelance photographer, wedding photographer, commercial photographer and photojournalist, learning her craft. Now as an art photographer she combines her art practice with teaching. Director of Queenstown Centre for Creative Photography where she conducts photography workshops with her husband Mike Langford. Award highlights 2002 AIPP photographer of the year. 2008 and 2013 NZIPP Photographer of the Year.
Lisa Saad | APP M.Photog II
Lisa Saad is always on the hunt for unique photographic briefs and is not satisfied unless she has found and exhausted every possible angle to fulfill a brief. Lisa has photographed 'high-end' advertising campaigns, fashion, lifestyle, location, corporate, food, portraiture, editorial and illustrative work to automotive shoots. She has shot stills for all the major TV networks in Australia and is a talented camera operator and DOP. Lisa is the Australian Professional Ambassador for Manfrotto and an Ilford Master.
Ryan Schembri | APP M.Photog IV Hon. LM
Ryan Schembri, Australia’s leading master wedding photographer has been awarded the 2012 AIPP Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year and a three-time winner of the NSWAIPP Wedding Photographer of the Year titles. Australia’s youngest ever master of photography with AIPP at the age of 20.
Ryan Schembri of Schembri Studios – Sydney, Australia and XSIGHT Photography & Video has been around the photography industry his whole life. Growing up in a photographic family Ryan has been involved in all facets of photography from printing at his father's laboratory at the age of 12 and going on to take over the family wedding & portrait studio just on 10 years ago.
David Sievers | APP M.Photog I
The studio is where David started over a decade ago. This gave him a great understanding of light and creating something from scratch. However he now spends just as much time on location and is a specialist in architecture. David has worked on a range of projects including editorial portraits, advertising, food and various interior and exterior assignments. David offers a range of digital capture options from 35mm – high end medium format and is available to travel. In 2008 David became a Master of Photography within the AIPP and has been named in the top 10 architectural photographers in Australia.
James Simmons | APP M.Photog I
I’m a fine art / wedding photographer with a strong love for photojournalism. I love telling stories and that is what drew me to wedding photography. I’m relaxed and fun, I don’t take myself too seriously and I have the utmost respect for people, family and culture. Passing on good quality information to others is another passion of mine. Teaching is in my blood, both my parents are teachers and I enjoy telling a good story. I tutor a class one night a week at Edith Cowan University in Digital Photo media and get immense joy from seeing students succeed. I have grown up by the beaches in regional Western Australia, have been around the world twice in search of perfect surf, snow and images, broke both my arms, worked in viticulture, stage production and mining. I love adventure and love being adventurous with my photography. I’m passionate about creating the best images I can.
Doug Spowart | APP.L M.Photog III Hon. FAIPP
Doug Spowart has been extensively involved in creative industry areas for 40 years -- his practice includes; artists’ book production, gallery director, photo industry advocate, freelance artist, critic, judge, writer and teacher. Although being involved in these creative industries Spowart’s driving force is his devotion to the conceptualisation, creation and production of his personal imagery and the formation of this work into exhibitions and, almost exclusively over the last seven years, artists’ books and photobooks. This work has found its way into many private, regional and state public galleries, national and international photography and artists’ book collections. Doug Spowart has also maintained a rigorous exhibition program of both solo and group shows with his images being shown in most states of Australia and internationally in China, Japan, New Zealand and New Caledonia. In recent years Spowart has concentrated on his personal work as well as academic study. He gained a Graduate Diploma in Visual Art from Monash University in 2002 and has recently completed a Doctorate of Philosophy at James Cook University researching the concept of the 'hybrid' photobook in the context of the artists’ book. Specialties: Conceptulaisation, development and actualisation of creative art projects,fine art, critic of photography, curriculum development, workshops, lecturing and teaching in Queensland Australia and Internationally.
David Summerhayes | APP.L M.Photog I
I was born in Adelaide, South Australia in 1960 and from an early age I had always been fascinated by images drawn, painted or photographed. My education lead me to study architectural graphics before photography took over my life. Although I studied commercial photography, I now mainly work in the quite technical field of Medical and Scientific photography at a leading teaching hospital in Adelaide, South Australia. Running parallel to this I am equally known as a South Australian Fine Art and Landscape Photographer.
Hamish is a professional photographer, artist and educator based. As a photographer he works for a broad range of clients from magazines, design agencies and small businesses. He has been ranked amongst the top ten fashion photographers in Australia in the Capture Magazine peer ranked polls. He has a Masters Degree in photomedia theory as well as technical and teaching degrees. His fine-art work is held in many collections and he exhibits regularly. His last exhibition was at the national Portrait Gallery. Committed to community cultural development, he founded a regional gallery in 2014 and curates many exhibitions.
Kelly Tunney | APP M.Photog I
Born and raised in Canberra, the current hotbed of fine photography in Australia. Kelly Tunney originally followed a traditional path, but a couple of years working as a public servant soon cured her of that.
After deciding that the clarinet was not her way to fame and fortune (no, that realisation didn’t come on band camp), Kelly decided that photography was her way to be awesome, and it’s been her life ever since.
Her images embody the way she relates to the world – they’re candid, honest, fearless and warm; and they always manage to find the amazing in everyone.
Kelly relishes in the agony and ecstasy of imagining and creating contrasts to play with in her images. She secretly enjoy the rush that comes with the fear of pushing boundaries as far as they can be moved. Even though she’s kind of short, don’t let that fool you, it just means that she gets a better angle on the world than everyone else. Kelly is also the current 2015 ACT Wedding Photographer of the Year.
Ian van der Wolde | APP.L M.Photog II Hon. FAIPP
Multi award winning Australian photographer Ian van der Wolde is a successful Melbourne based commercial photographer who specialities include, Advertising, Aerial, Fashion, Food, Corporate People, Public Relations, Portraiture, Product and Industrial photography.
Servicing a diverse range of clients from small local business’s to large multinationals, his work has taken him all over Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
Having established his studio, Altered Images Photography in 1986, he has serviced many genres of photography including Commercial Photography, School Photography, and Wedding & Portrait Photography. In the late 1990’s Ian decided focus on his real passion of Commercial photography selling his School Photography Business and closing down the Wedding Portrait side of his business.
Facing the challenges of migrating to the “new” digital age, Ian was very quickly recognised for his skills in this area and soon found himself in high demand to lecture to fellow professional photographers in the areas of colour management, digital workflow and fine art inkjet printing.
A past National President of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP), Ian was awarded the title “Honorary Fellow” of the AIPP in 2008 after being recognised by his peers for his outstanding contribution to the industry. Ian is also an AIPP Accredited Master of Photography with 2 Gold Bars. Ian continues to contribute to the industry by mentoring photography college graduates and sits on the Honours Committee of the AIPP and is Chairman of the AIPP Compliance Committee.
Ian has been Judging at both state and National awards since 2003.
Hilary Wardhaugh | APP.L M.Photog III
I am a portrait photographer based in the Canberra region. I have been shooting people for 15 years! In fact I am a Master at it. But seriously; I love photography, my business and am very passionate about our industry. I have been judging at a national level since 2003 and mentoring Emerging photographers for the last two years. I get quite emotional when judging images especially if there is a strong narrative. I learn so much from looking and assessing photography and have a good background in the history and the arts.
Craig Wetjen | APP M.Photog
Craig Wetjen a professional photographic artist with 30 years experience. Craig is a national and international award-winning photographer.
Simon Westlake | APP M.Photog
Judges bio coming soon.
Yervant Zanazanian | APP.L GM.Photog FAIPP
Grand Master Photograher Yervant . FAIPP, Hon F MPA UK, CANON Master
Yervant is the only wedding photographer bestowd with the prestigious 'Lifetime Achievement Award- Most Influential Wedding Photographer of our time'. The first to adapt to digital technology and he is the originator of the didital designed albums. Yervant is souhgt after photographer withi Australia and internationally. His boutique studio based in Melbourne is often considered a benchmark for the industry. His approach to photography has revolutionisd the industry worldwide, 'Fashion Meets Wedding' encaplulates his unique style. Yervant is married, father of two boys, loves photography passionately and keeps re inventing his style regularly to keep leading and also inspiring hs peers.
Nuran Zorlu | APP M.Photog
Nuran Zorlu Sydney based commercial and portrait photographer ,although he is a specialist in jewellery photography, likes to photograph variety of subjects from landscapes to cars , travel to portraits.
He is very passionate about preserving the cultural dignities, through his project he travels to Middle East to documenting areas which not very familiar to many people of the planet. With his photography and philosophy, he likes to create a bridge between this landscapes, architectural details and people to viewers.