CCP Salon 2015 is Accepting Entries Now!

PSC and the Print Shop are delighted to yet again sponsor the fashion prize for the CCP summer Salon.

The Centre for Contemporary Photography (one of Australia’s leading exhibition venues for photography) is hosting the biggest open-entry competition and exhibition for the CCP Salon 2015. Presented by Leica and Ilford, this event is celebrating its 23rd anniversary with promises of a huge  turnout. Calling out across Australia for submissions in photo media, entrants stand a chance to win awards worth up to $20,000 for over 29 categories and have their worked exhibited in a high-profile gallery.  Previous years have seen the CCP gallery flooded with spectators and participants alike on opening night, with visitors keen to take part in the bestowing of votes for the Crumpler People’s Choice award.

The Photography Studies College Best Fashion Work award, is particularly prestigious as winners receive $750 worth of printing services and consultation at the PSC Printshop. We look forward to hearing the winners announced and encourage our wonderfully talented students to partake in one of the biggest exhibition events of the year!


Details for the CCP Salon:

Exhibition Dates:
Friday 27 November—Saturday 19 December 2015

Entries Close : Friday 6 November 2015, 6pm

Artwork to be delivered to CCP, printed and ready to install:
Thursday 19 and Friday 20 November 2015 between 9am—5:30pm

Exhibition opening and announcement of prize winners: 
Thursday 26 November 2015 6—8pm (exhibition opening) Wednesday 2 December 2015 (CCP online)

Entry Fees:

Student card holders / CCP members – $35 per entry
CCP non-members – $65 per entry
(Limit of six entries per artist)

Additionally, the CCP Salon will be running an Instagram competition where Instagrammers will be encouraged to upload posts that respond to one-word  theme prompts, including #diyccpsalon with each image. Follow @ccp_australia and @leica_australia to take part in this.

Student Profile – Daniel Pockett

Photojournalism Major student Daniel Pockett was one of the 3 finalists for the 2015 AIPP Australian Student Photographer of the Year at the recent Australian Professional Photography awards (APPAs).  Taking home both Gold and Silver Distinction awards, and in the process one of the highest overall scores in Australia for a student, Daniel shares his experience with us below:

Initially I wanted to be a cinematographer (being a big film buff) and studied film & TV, but moving overseas meant I never got to finish that course.   Then around 2007 I was given my first decent camera and this prompted my move into stills.  

Out of all the genres I shoot, sport and music are the two I absolutely love working in. Being up so close to it all, and capturing the action as it unfolds as creatively as possible are the reasons I love it. It’s often an adrenaline rush, and chasing that ever-elusive perfect frame is what keeps drawing me back for more.
Australian Gymnastic Championships by Daniel Pockett

Since enrolling at PSC in mid-2011, my photography has gone from strength to strength. The theory and design classes early on, combined with digital and studio along the way, have really fleshed out my work and made me a photographer who can now confidently get the picture on any brief.  I also think the on-going support and regularly being around like-minded people really helps your work develop.

I’ve always had a visual eye with a background in Architectural Drafting – I guess it’s mainly shadows and shapes that I am drawn to.  In my second year of study at PSC (part-time) I started building my freelance business, and now in my final year at PSC I’ve given myself an enormous workload while I transition from my day-job into photography as my primary career. I have managed to pickup several clients including Getty Images, and even though in 2016 I won’t be working on PSC assignments any longer, I can see next year being even busier for me. My plan is to be able to drop the drafting job completely within the next 1-2 years.
St Kilda Sharks by Daniel Pockett
I didn’t get to watch the judging live at this year’s national APPAs – I was away on a shoot that weekend – but I did get to watch most of the replay. When the judges find reason to discuss your work it is always a great listen, they all know their stuff and I often take their feedback and apply it to my future work and will this year too.
When I realised I became runner up in the Australian Student of the Year category, I was completely blown away. Being in consideration for the award had honestly never crossed my mind, I just wanted to enter 3 different type of sports photos and see how I went against the best in the industry. In hindsight, I wish I had selected a different image for my 3rd entry but that’s history now and I am stoked with how I went! And to receive one of only 3 Gold awards handed out in the Sport category is something I’m also very proud of.
Having the experience from this year, I think in 2016 I will enter more of a ‘series’ than individual prints.  That will be in the Emerging Photographer category too – you never know how you will go so you have to give it a shot!
AAMI Park by Daniel Pockett
You can view more of Daniel’s work on his website:

Student Profile – Vicki Moritz

Final year student Vicki Moritz was one of the finalists for the 2015 AIPP Australian Student Photographer of the Year at the Australian Professional Photography awards (APPAs) this week. Vicki achieved silver awards for all three of the images she entered which is an amazing achievement – well done Vicki!

Read about Vicki’s APPAs experience and see her stunning images below:

I loved going to the APPAs and have been for the last three times it has been in Melbourne. I love watching judging and particularly enjoy the debate where a judge can see something in the image that others cannot and so the judges have a discussion about the image and its elements.  To watch the judging and hear this is a huge learning experience for anyone as they are so knowledgeable.
It was very pleasing to enter and get rewarded for my landscape work, which happens to be stuff I enjoy doing outside of class.  I’m especially pleased that the Lake Mountain image got a silver as I have an emotional attachment to that image being from Marysville. I was wondering whether I should put it in because I had an emotional attachment to the area or whether it was a good image – so I was pleased to have it confirmed that it was deserving a silver award. I feel that with this image it makes beauty out of the destruction caused by the fires.
You can find out more about Vicki and her photography on her website

Student Profile – Elena D. San Roman

Congratulations to PSC student Elena D. San Roman who received a Gold Award at the Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards. As well as achieving gold status, Elena’s print was the highest scoring print in the portrait category which is an outstanding achievement!

Originally from Spain, Elena is currently completing the art major in her final year of studies at PSC. Find out about her award winning image below and read about her photography journey and experience as a student at PSC.

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Image by Elena D San Roman – Gold Award & Highest Scoring Print in Portrait category of AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards

This photograph is part of my final year folio, which will be exhibited as part of the Fresh15 exhibition towards the end of the year. It’s part of a series of work which deals with the experience of remembering childhood trauma and the emotional transformation that comes from it.

I feel very grateful to have received this award, especially for the acknowledgement of an image that means so much to me. I’m also very grateful for the encouragement I received from my teachers to enter the awards.

I remember being interested in photography since I was a child. I took photographs almost every day for fun and as a way of expression/documentation of events. However, I started to have quite ambitious ideas about the work I wanted to make but couldn’t accomplish because of my lack of technical skill – that’s where PSC came in!

As a world traveller I had also been wanting to come to Australia for a very long time, and getting accepted into PSC allowed me to not only study and focus on one of my passions, but also to experience this beautiful country and grow my roots.

Being at PSC has been a very unique journey, the highlight being the amount of support you get from teachers and professionals in the industry. Folio classes have always been my favourite – I think it’s very important to explore the creative process, to be able to talk freely about ideas and receive honest feedback and critique.

Although it might sound a bit cliché, I believe it’s very important to be true to yourself, without worrying about what others think or say, be ready to work hard, break your own rules, celebrate accidents and get out of your comfort zone.

The best work comes when you’re not afraid to dig deeper and are truly honest about what you find.

You can view more of Elena’s work on her website

PSC Wins 2015 AIPP Tertiary Institution of the Year

We are excited to announce that PSC has won the Tertiary Institution of the Year award for the fifth consecutive year at the 2015 AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPAs). This is a fantastic achievement and a well deserved honour for our students and staff!

“This is such a wonderful achievement for PSC! These industry awards judge student work from all over Australia and for the fifth year running to take out the top national education award is such a huge endorsement of what we do and the fantastic skills and unique vision of our students and teachers. We are so proud of our amazing students who are the new, upcoming creative professionals of the future.” Julie Moss – Managing Director of PSC

Congratulations to all students and a special mention to Elena D. San Roman who received a gold award and produced the highest scoring print in the portrait category and Vicki Moritz and Daniel Pockett whose great results saw them as finalists for the Australian Student Photographer of the Year award.


Managing Director Julie Moss with some of the PSC team

The APPAs are held annually and provide a great opportunity for photographers to connect and showcase their images, challenge themselves and receive feedback on their work. Photographers from all disciplines compete in a variety of categories including portrait, fashion, commercial, documentary, illustrative and landscape photography.

Ebony Finck Wins Life Framer Award

Ebony Finck, our final year student in the Art Major of the Advanced Diploma, won the Life Framer award for her ‘Human Body’ image. As a result of her fantastic achievement, her work will be exhibited in Los Angeles (11-18 November) at the Think Tank Gallery, in Paris (4-11 December) at Galerie Oberkampf, and then at London (7-16 Jan) at Menier Gallery.

Image by Ebony Finck

Image by Ebony Finck

“The image belongs to the body of work I am currently working on for my final year folio.This project is very personal to me, the inspiration being the subject, my grandfather. We share an incredible bond and I admire him greatly.

One of the most significant things I have learnt from studying at PSC is that you should photograph projects or subject matter that you feel passionate towards.  My folio classes have been the highlight as the tutors create an incredibly supportive environment where I have been able to share and develop my image making skills.

The award is a lovely gift I have been able to share with my grandfather, and a great source of encouragement to keep shooting and exploring subject matters that I am passionate about.”
– Ebony Finck, October 2015
We are extremely proud of Ebony and hope that our students around the world will get a chance to see her work exhibited!

PSC at The Digital Show

Join PSC at Stall 18 at the Melbourne Convention Centre

Join PSC at Stall 18 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre

Photography Studies College is proud to be a part of The Digital ShowAustralia’s largest tech event, this year being held in Melbourne at The Melbourne Exhibition Centre from 16th – 18th October.  The Digital Show is the capital of information for the photography industry, hosting a variety of expert events, workshops, demonstrations, product suppliers and an endless range of industry representatives on exhibit.  As in previous shows, PSC has been asked to put together an extensive exhibition of student work which will be display at the show.  We will also be at stand 18 with plenty of information on all of our exciting new course options including Video for Photographers and a new Lightroom online course, both commencing October/November.
Many of our students are volunteering behind the scenes for the Digital Show whilst others have submitted their work to the Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPAs), which are coinciding with the show. Held annually by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, the APPA’s (also known as the Canon AIPP awards) are the most prestigious photography awards ceremony in Australia, with hundreds of professional photographers competing for recognition amongst the best in the field. The most prized title that entrants can win is the Professional Photographer of the Year award.  Since our students have done exceptionally well in the AIPP Victorian Student Photographer of the Year awards held earlier this year, we are excited to see how they go in the national competition and are anticipating some great results! Those who attend The Digital Show can either watch or listen to the judging of the APPAs event live and see the exhibition of winning works. 
Stay tuned to our social channels, to hear live updates about the show. We look forward to seeing all of our industry friends, students and graduates at the show and hope that you too can come by and visit us in the PSC hub at Stand 18, inside the Melbourne Exhibition Centre!
For more information on all the events and happenings coming up at the show be sure to check out their website:

The Image Makers – Peter Eastway & Darren Jew

Photography Studies College
65 City Road
Thursday 15 October 2015 
6:00 – 7:30pm 

We are pleased to invite PSC students, graduates and the general public to attend our Image Makers seminar ‘Tales of Light’ with Peter Eastway and Darren Jew.

Image by Peter Eastway

Image by Peter Eastway


Canon Australia and National Geographic recently joined forces to create a six part television series titled Tales by Light, which went to air on the National Geographic channel in May this year. It follows five world-class photographers as they venture into some of the world’s most extreme and fascinating environments in pursuit of beautiful images that tell stories.

Produced by Abraham Joffe, the photographers featured were American landscape and vanishing cultures specialist Art Wolfe and Australians Darren Jew, Richard I’Anson, Peter Castaway and Krystle Wright. Each episode provided rare insight into their journeys as visual storytellers – their challenges, motivations, and moments of joy in capturing an elusive moment by light.

Darren Jew and Peter Eastway will present some of the photographs taken on their trips, from amazing underwater shots of Pacific Ocean whales and wrecks, to the cold whites of Antarctica and South Georgia. It will be an opportunity to learn what it’s like to get one of the best ‘jobs’ in the world, and to ask how they managed to do it!

This is a free event however numbers are strictly limited. Bookings are required and can be made online via Eventbrite.

The Power of the Image – Exhibition

Media House Gallery
Ground floor mezzanine, The Age Building
655 Collins Street, Melbourne

Exhibition Opening: 6-8pm, Wednesday 14th October 2015
Exhibition Dates: 14th October – 26th November, Monday- Friday (7am to 7pm)

The Power of the Image

Images by PSC students and graduates Clockwise from top left: Margaret Lim, Kimberley Munro, Emma McEvoy, Lloyd Pereira, Hiroki Nagahiro, Cyndi Briggs


‘The Power of the Image’ exhibition is opening this Wednesday 14 October.  This extensive exhibition of photographs showcases the work of PSC students and graduates celebrating their journey as they explore the power of the image.  Opening night will be introduced by international photojournalist and PSC Senior Fellow  Michael Coyne as he addresses the influences of photography on both society and the photographers themselves.

We hope to see you all there for this inspiring exhibition of emerging photographers held by the leading college for photography in Australia!

The Dark Pool – Exhibition by Ronnie van Hout

Centre for Contemporary Photography
404 George St
Fitzroy Victoria 3065

Exhibition Dates: 2 October – 15 November 2015

Photography Studies College and The PrintShop@PSC are proud sponsors.

Ronnie van Hout’s work was proudly printed by The PrintShop@PSC using our Fine Art Print services.


In his latest exhibition, New Zealand artist Ronnie van Hout considers the point where art crosses a line—and society turns against it.

In 1971, successful American toy company Aurora and acclaimed film director Stanley Kubrick both released products into the world that generated strong negative reactions. A firestorm of controversy saw Aurora close its doors, and Kubrick retreat from public life, withdrawing his film from view.

Aurora’s toys and Kubrick’s film crossed an invisible boundary–becoming a threat to the normal social and family structures, threatening to throw them into chaos. Society retaliated, pushing these products back, down to the dark pool, to wait for the day they could return.

For more info visit the CCP website.