Panel talk - Covering the bushfires | Head On Photo Festival

Panel talk - Covering the bushfires

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Panel - Covering the bushfires 

Date: 5 May 2020
Time: 6:00pm
Locations: Online

Cost: Free, donations welcome

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Climate change became a subject of much discussion last summer, as the country witnessed the worst bushfire season in history. In collaboration with The Walkley Foundation, this exhibition presents the horror of fires, through the lens of the photojournalists who battled extreme conditions to share the scenes with Australia, and the world. It can be too easy for those in the city to forget after the smoke has cleared; these images are a harsh reminder of reality.  

Nick Moir’s passion is capturing the dramatic environmental phenomena of Australia, from its ragged lightning and dust storms and blackening bushfires to the devastating effects of climate change. He received a World Press Photo award for coverage of the destructive 2002-03 bushfire season and Australian Press Photographer of the Year in 2002 for a series on Sydney’s severe weather. Moir was the winner of the South Australian Museum’s ANZANG Nature Photography competition for his evocative image of a bushfire bearing down on a town in south-east NSW which was also included in Prix Pictet’s Earth last year. Moir was recently commissioned by GEO to photograph storms in Australia’s tropical north. He lives in Sydney and works for The Sydney Morning Herald. He is a founding member of Oculi. He is currently the chief photographer of The Sydney Morning herald. 

Nick Jarvis: Digital Content Producer, the Walkley Foundation. Nick joined the Walkleys in 2020 to look after all things digital content, video and podcasting related. He comes to the Walkleys from 15 years as an editor and journalist – for brands including Junkee Media, Vice, Time Out Beirut, 3D World and The Brag – and as content editor and copywriter for arts organisations Sydney Festival, Sydney Film Festival and The Festivalists.

Olivia McGrath is a Senior Assignment Editor at Getty Images, responsible for news and entertainment coverage in Australia and New Zealand. A former TV and radio journalist, Olivia worked for news outlets such as the ABC and Deutsche Welle prior to joining Getty Images in 2014. During Australia’s recent devastating bushfire season, Olivia worked closely with her network of photojournalists to capture and document what was happening and highlight those stories with a global audience in mind.  

Mags King is the managing photo editor at Fairfax Media responsible for leading a successful team of photojournalists. With twenty years experience, she has overseen anddirectedcoverageof major news events loc ally and internationally. She has curated and produced high profile annual photo exhibitions and has been photographic judge for the Walkley Awards, Amnesty International,Indian Photographic Festival. Clique and is an incoming member of the Walkley advisory board.

Before any formal education in the art form, Alex’s love of photography drove him to travel the world. After travelling for no less than seven years and building up a strong portfolio, he eventually enrolled at RMIT to take the profession further.  Alex works as a staff photographer for the Herald Sun, a News Corp publication in Melbourne, Australia, now for over 19 years. Working as a press photographer has allowed him to develop a wide variety of skills over multiple disciplines. Photography is not only his profession; it’s also his hobby.

David Epstein is a volunteer officer with the NSW Rural Fire Service, serving as a Senior Deputy Captain and Fire Permit Officer with the Coasters Retreat RFS Brigade. He, and many colleagues from the NSWRFS  Northern Beaches District, were deployed to multiple fire-grounds across NSW over the recent fire season from September 2019 to February 2020. During this time, David found himself variously subject and observer of photographers covering the fires and affected communities, as well as an informal liaison point between them and those they were working with on multiple occasions. David normally works as a consultant, company director and as Chair of Communications Compliance Limited, the independent compliance monitoring body for the Australian telecommunications industry. 

Image credit: Nick Moir

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May 5th, 2020 6:00 PM through  7:15 PM
Online broadcast
Sydney, NSW
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