Amber McCaig wins BIFB portfolio review prize

Congratulations to Amber McCaig for winning the Ballarat International Foto Biennale portfolio review prize!

Amber went up to the BIFB to take part in the review session with the recent folio she completed for the Bachelor of Photography pathway program. She told us “the folio reviews are actually a really great way to meet people in the industry who have art galleries or publish magazines. I showed my book titled ‘Imagined Histories’ featuring Historical re-enactors, which is the folio I presented at my final assessment. I received really fantastic feedback from all my reviewers and it showed that I’m really heading in the right direction with my work. They loved it! We were asked to leave the work for review for the prize and I received the most votes! As well as winning I have the opportunity to exhibit as a core exhibitor at the Biennale in 2015.”

PSC student shortlisted for 2013 Bowness Prize

Congratulations to current degree pathway student Leonie Brannighan for being shortlisted for the 2013 Bowness prize!

PSC student success in Photonet Gallery Student Prize

Congratulations to Tania Gioffre and Paul Burgess for their recent awards in the Photonet Gallery judging last Sunday.

Tania Gioffre – Joint Winner in the Open Prize

Tania Gioffre’s winning image

Paul Burgess – Highly Commended

Counting down to Open Day – Presentation Schedule

Open Day is just two sleeps away! If you are considering a creative career come along on Sunday 25 August between 10am-4pm.

Attend one of our presentations during the day to find out more about our courses, the application process and the student experience. Find your focus and have your questions answered. Presentation times are as follows:

10:30am: Application information

11:00am: Student/graduate stories

11:30am: The PSC experience

12:00pm: Application information

12:30pm: Student/graduate stories

1:00pm: The PSC experience

1:30pm: Application information

2:00pm: Student/graduate stories

2:30pm: The PSC experience

3:15pm: Application information

Visit our website for more information on our course and how to apply. We look forward to meeting you on Sunday!

Exhibition – Time Flies

Obscura Gallery
First floor
285 Carlisle Street
East St Kilda

Exhibition Dates: 12 September to 10 October


PSC Graduate Michael Danischewski will be joining fellow creatives for a joint exhibition at Obscura Gallery opening 12 September. This exhibition will feature artists based both here in Australia and internationally, working in a mixture of mediums to create punchy pieces with real dynamism.

Student Profile – Cassandra Tzortzoglou

Name: Cassandra Tzortzoglou
Current year level: First year Bachelor of Photography student

How did you become interested in photography?
I’ve been taking photos since I was little. I always had a compact camera in my hands everywhere I went, my parents saw that I had some potential and they bought me my first SLR when I was fifteen, I have never looked back!

What have you enjoyed the most at PSC?
I’ve enjoyed the teachers knowledge the most I think. The discussions we have in and out of class have been really beneficial to me.

How do you mange your time at PSC and balance work & friends?
I have learnt to balance my life pretty well, I don’t like partying, my friends are all creative – so our time together involves photography most of the time. Work is the one that gets in the way of my studies…

What’s your dream job?

Where do you think you’ll be in ten years from now?
Hopefully working for myself, or Vogue, in Europe somewhere. I might even combine my passion for health with photography.

What advice do you have for future students?
Be patient with yourself and make sure you express your true beliefs and feelings for your folio. It’s the only way you’ll get through it!

Come along to Open Day on Sunday 25 August 10am-4pm for the opportunity to meet current students and graduates and chat to them about their experiences.

PSC is proud to support Kidney Kids Kar Rally

The 25th annual Kidney Kar Rally has set off on another scenic, adrenalin-pumping race across NSW and QLD in order to raise funds to support Kidney Health Australia.  This event is one of the longest running events for Kidney Health Australia and helps promote awareness about organ donation and kidney health in regional areas.

The Kidney Kar Rally is open to entrants from all around Australia, in all types of vehicles, travelling along some of the best rally roads this country has to offer.  This year they will travel a long and bumpy 4,300km to raise funds and awareness for Kidney Kids.

PSC is proudly sponsoring Hilary Wunsch driving car number 1932, a brightly painted 1980s Mercedes Benz 280E, as he roars down the dusty tracks.  Keep updated on how Hilary is progressing at

Good luck Hilary!

Hilary and PSC sponsored car number 1932 – Image by Jason Lockett, PSC third year part time student

Kerry Pryor Exhibition – Sight Unseen

Edmund Pearce Gallery
Level 2, Nicholas Building
37 Swanston Street (corner of Flinders Lane)

Exhibition Dates: 21 August – 07 September 2013

“Cataract surgery is the difference between night and day and patients can usually go home within 24 hours with restored vision. The work Eyes For Africa performs is life changing as was my journey to Ethiopia.”

Visit the website for more information.


Highlights from the opening weekend of the BIFB

PSC Senior Fellow Michael Coyne represented PSC at the opening of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale over the weekend. Here are some of his highlights:

“I have just visited the Ballarat International Foto Biennale for the second time in a week. They have a great collection of shows and I’m going to return next week so I can see some of the shows I missed. The experience of walking into the main venue, The Mining Exchange and seeing Shrouds, fluttering from the roof is alone worth being at the festival. This exhibition by the Columbian photographer Erika Diettes is a beautiful collection of work.  Contrast this with surreal off the wall images of Youngho Kang an exciting South Korean photographer.

Erika Diettes – Columbia – Shrouds

Youngho Kang – South Korea – 99 Variations

Hanging behind this show is the very masterly crafted work of the late John Cato. When you see these exquisite black & white prints of landscapes, trees and rocks you can appreciate the quality that can be achieved with a 5 x 4 film camera. The other show that I managed to catch was the portraits of Doc Ross. Doc has as a reputation for being the most prolific art photographer in New Zealand. Drop into the Art Gallery see Doc’s images and get a visual lesson on how portraits should be produced. I look forward to my next trip to the BIFF for some more sensual excitement.”

Paul Cox opens John Cato show

Doc Ross – New Zealand – 37 Portraits

Visit the BIFB website to download the festival program.



Exhibition – Dante’s Inferno

Italian Cultural Institute
233 Domain Road
South Yarra

Exhibition Opening: Friday 23 August 6pm
Exhibition Dates: 26 August – 25 October 2013

Visit the website for more information.