Panel talk - Australian photojournalism
Moshe Rosenzveig OAM is the founder and Creative Director of Head On Photo Festival. He has over 40 years’ experience in the media as a photographer, award-winning television producer/director (SBS TV) and curator. He has held lecturing positions at the University of Technology (UTS), the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and others. He has also sat on judging panels for various competitions including The Walkleys, Tokyo Photography Prize, Sydney’s Art & About and is the lead judge for Head On Photo Awards.
Alison Stieven-Taylor is an international photography commentator, journalist and educator. Her writing has appeared in publications including The Weekend Australian, World Press Photo Witness, and the French journal The Eye of Photography. She is also the publisher of the widely-read weekly blog Photojournalism Now. Alison has been a juror for numerous international photography festivals and awards including FotoEvidence Book Award, ANZ Photobook Awards, the Walkley Awards, Head On Photo Awards and the Indian Photography Festival. Alison is currently writing her PhD on photography and social change, and is a lecturer in media communications at Monash University (Melbourne).
Meredith O’Shea is an example of a photographer who works at the most intimate level. Her matter of fact manner allows her to reach the often elusive, yet crucial human dimensions of these stories of Australian society. Immersing herself in the lives of ordinary Australians, she has captured hauntingly beautiful photographs of her subjects at their most vulnerable. Her work as a photojournalist has brought heartbreaking and inspiring stories of human struggle and triumph to the front pages of The Sunday Age for over 15 years. She also works regularly with other media outlets such as The Guardian Australia. Her work has been exhibited internationally to great acclaim. She is a multi-award-winning photographer and filmmaker.
Ben Bohane is a Vanuatu-based photojournalist and television producer who over 25 years has specialised in the Pacific region with a focus on religion and wars. His work has appeared in Australian and global media and his photos are collected by institutions including the New York Met, the British Museum and the Australian War Memorial. His books include The Black Islands - Spirit and War in Melanesia. He co-founded Degree South with Tim Page and the Pacific photo agency wakaphotos.com. In 2019 he was awarded the Walkley/Sean Dorney award for Pacific Journalism.
Born in London, Brian Cassey nagged his parents for his first camera, price two shillings and sixpence, when he was eleven years old. That was the catalyst for a decades long career as a freelance photojournalist initially in the UK and now long based in Cairns, Australia. He learned by experience, never working as a newspaper staffer. Brian has worked extensively for numerous newspapers, magazines and wires in Australia and internationally. Brian won the Australian Sports Photo of the Year (1985) and many others since including two Nikon Walkley Portrait Prizes (2011 & 2016), a Head On Portrait Prize (2013) and the 2012 National Press Photographers Association USA ‘Best of Photojournalism’ Portrait Prize. In 2013 he was selected as a finalist in the Nikon Walkley Press Photographer of the Year.
Australian born, Jessica Hromas, is a freelance photojournalist and portrait photographer. She was most recently a Picture Editor and photographer for The Guardian Australia. Jessica has been a freelance photographer in both Australia and Hong Kong, and before that Director of Photography for the Australian Financial Review Group, staff photograph for The Sydney Morning Herald, and staff photographer for the Australian Financial Review Magazine. She has a long list of commercial and editor clients; including a strong working relationship with Getty Images. Jessica is most interested in pursuing stories that advance climate change awareness and human rights.
Australian photographer and videographer Tracey Nearmy has worked for numerous publications throughout Australia and overseas over the past 20 years. She graduated from the Queensland College of Art (Griffith University) with a Bachelor's Degree in Photojournalism, and has received national recognition for her work in Cross Projections, the Reportage Photojournalism Festival and at the Walkley Slide Nights. She is currently based in Canberra and Sydney, Australia, and specialises in editorial and sports, as well as works with clients in the disability sector, NGO’s, and creates marketing material for schools. Tracey is a member of Australian photojournalism collective fotostrada. In 2012, she won the Head On Portrait Prize and has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions throughout her career.
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