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Wins for PSC at CCP Salon 2015!

The PSC campus is abuzz with the wonderful news of our two students Lucie McGough and Elli Bardas winning awards at the CCP Salon 2015.  Celebrating 23 years of Australian contemporary photography, the exhibition had 29 categories of awards with a large number of photographers from all over the country who were nominated.

CCP 2015

CCP 2015

The panel of judges comprised of Arlo Mountford, Katrina Sedgwick (Director of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Pippa Milne (CCP Curator) and Naomi Cass (CCP Director). They unanimously selected Lucie for the Best Fashion Work award and Elli for the ‘Sun Studios Excellence in Colour’ Award.

Lucie McGough's Image (Best Fashion Work Award Winner)

Image: Lucie McGough

Image: Elli Bardas

Image: Elli Bardas

We also want to congratulate our PSC PrintShop external customers who also took out awards at the CCP Salon: Frances Valentine for ‘Adobe Most Conceptual Use of Digital Media’, Matt Portch for ‘JCP Studios and Fini Frames Best Landscape’ and Agata Mayes for ‘Kayell Best Commercial Work’.

Image: Frances Valentine

Image: Frances Valentine

Image: Agata Mayes

Image: Agata Mayes

Image: Matt Portch

Image: Matt Portch

PSC PrintShop’s Peter Hatzipavlis played a crucial role in the development of these award winning images, providing his high level of expertise as our prime print specialist.

We are happy about the high quality and standard we see in our students’ work and feel proud of their achievements, especially when their talents and levels of dedication are recognised by the wider industry. The CCP Salon was a wonderful opportunity for PSC students to network and receive great exposure. So many of them participated and exhibited their work, paving the way for a bright career in photography ahead.

CCP Salon 2015

CCP Salon 2015

As in previous CCP Salons, PSC was proud to sponsor the Best Fashion Work Prize, as leading providers in photography education. With our highly acclaimed staff of teachers, printing specialists and studio managers, our prominent role in the Australian photography industry allows us to open opportunities for those who are passionate about the craft. We were honoured to be a part of the CCP Salon 2015 and look forward to getting involved again, next year!

A Fantastic Opportunity with FORMAT’s Louise Clements at PSC!

In the midst of our end of year presentations and exhibitions, PSC has added an exciting element to the journey of our students as they embark upon a new chapter. Louise Clements, the co-founder / curator of FORMAT Festival is coming to town for our next Image Makers Seminar on the 27th of November. All tickets are free, but you are required to book your seat by going to our Eventbrite Page. In addition to this, we will be giving our students, alumni and guests a chance to get their folios reviewed by her!

Louise Clements at FORMAT 2014 Portfolio Review

Louise Clements at FORMAT 2014 Portfolio Review


Louise’s folio reviews will be taking place on Tuesday 24th – Wednesday 25th of November from 10am-5pm. We are offering portfolio reviews (30 mins each) to current students, alumni – and as a special treat we are offering THREE free review sessions to photographers from outside the PSC community. Unfortunately, not all students, alumni, & guests who contact us are guaranteed a spot. You may nominate a preferred time but it will not be possible to give everyone their preferred time.

Current Students: If you are a current student at PSC, to book a critique session please contact the Course Director, Daniel Boetker-Smith – dboetkersmith@psc.edu.au

Alumni: If you are member our alumni – please send a URL or 10 small jpgs of your best work with a 50-word statement about yourself and your work to the Course Director, Daniel Boetker-Smith – dboetkersmith@psc.edu.au by Friday the 20th of November.

 Non-PSC: If you are a photographer from outside the PSC community who would like to apply for one of the THREE external reviews– please send a URL or 10 small jpgs of your best work with a 50-word statement about yourself and your work to the Course Director, Daniel Boetker-Smith – dboetkersmith@psc.edu.au by Friday the 20th of November.

Louise Clements curating the exhibition for WYNG

Louise Clements curating the exhibition for WYNG


More about Louise:

Most of you would probably know that FORMAT is UK’s leading festival of contemporary photography that usually welcomes 100,000 participants from all over the world. Getting your work reviewed by Louise is therefore a really big deal and we’re so excited for our students to get this sort of exposure.

Louise Clements is an iconic figure in the photography industry, thanks to years of curating high profile programmes such as Common Purpose, Contemporary Art Society and Midland Band. After graduating with a BA in Fine Art (Bretton University of Arts, 1998) and a MA in Curating (Manchester University, 2001) Louise worked as a freelance curator and writer, setting up a collective by the name of ArtX and curatied exhibitions for Kaunas Photofestival in Lithuania, as well ‘BlowUp’ in New Delhi. Her work has been published by COOP INDIGO (Germany), Fotografia (Poland), Troika Editions, just to name a few. She has been the juror for the Daylight Magazine Award (USA), LensCulture New Photographic Portrait Award (Paris) and the WYNG Masters Award Project (Hong Kong).

Louise currently leads QUAD (centre for contemporary art and film) as an artistic director since 2012. ‘The European Review of Photography’ listed her as one of the world’s top 40 creatives, which makes the opportunity to meet her all the more exciting!

Headquarters of QUAD, Derby (UK)

Headquarters of QUAD, Derby (UK)

PSC is an award-winning college that is officially deemed by Canon AIPP as the best photography institute in Australia. We are a leader in the photography community and feel proud to open our doors to famous names in the field, as well as those who wish to be a part of the PSC experience! At PSC we pride ourselves over our real world industry exposure we give our students. Stay tuned to our social media channels for regular updates.

Photojournalism Students Published in RoyalAuto Magazine

In a new partnership with the publishing division of the Royal Auto Club of Victoria, the work of five final-year photojournalism students has been featured in recent issues of RA (RoyalAuto) magazine.

Photographs by Daniel Pockett and Ashleigh Wong appeared in feature articles on the Yarra Valley and the Ivanhoe/Heidelberg neighborhood in the September and October 2015 issues. Complementary multimedia pieces by Cath Grey and Blake Storey were published in the corresponding digital editions. Shing Chia shot pictures and produced a short video for a personality profile in the digital edition of the August issue.

2015 PJ students Ashleigh Wong and Daniel Pockett with copies of RoyalAuto magazine in which their photographs were recently featured

2015 PJ students Ashleigh Wong and Daniel Pockett with copies of RoyalAuto magazine in which their photographs were recently featured

RA art director Lisa Luscombe was a frequent first-semester visitor to the PJ class, where she offered regular feedback to help sharpen everyone’s work to publication standards. Students were nominated on the basis of Sem A folio results; Lisa then gave them assignments, most of which were carried out in the mid-year break. All work was paid for on publication, at normal contributor rates.

The RACV member magazine has been produced for more than 90 years. It began in 1922 as a monthly supplement in The Australian Motorist. In 1953 it became a full-colour monthly magazine called Royalauto, and as RA is now distributed to more than 1.4 million members. It has the largest circulation and highest readership of any magazine in Victoria.

In September 2012 a digital tablet version was launched and is now produced concurrently with the print magazine. In August 2013, it was rated among the top one percent of magazine apps worldwide by app rating agency iMonitor.

PSC’s partnership with RA represents an important opportunity for PJ majors to, while still students, participate in paid work with a widely read and highly respected publication. RA has since offered more assignment work to several students and has committed to a similar partnership in 2016.

You can read the articles of Daniel Pocket and Ashleigh Wong by clicking the images below:

Daniel Pocket for RoyalAuto

Daniel Pocket’s Article pg 1


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Daniel Pocket’s Article pg 2


Ashleigh Wong's Article pg 1

Ashleigh Wong’s Article pg 1

Ashleigh Wong's Article pg 2

Ashleigh Wong’s Article pg 2

With our strong industry focus, PSC students get the real world photography experience they deserve. Our photojournalism students made great connections with those in the publishing sector as they enriched their portfolios. We look forward to more updates on their achievements as they gear up for an exciting career in the field.

Aiming High with Steph Doran

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Meet Steph Doran, our Advanced Diploma graduate of 2012. Since completing her studies from PSC, she has worked extensively in the fashion industry as a strong and emerging photographer. Winning assignments with Blue Tree Studios in Melbourne and getting her work featured on the front cover of Freque Magazine, Steph has managed to carve a successful career in photography as she finds herself travelling between Melbourne and Sydney, with her eyes on the European market.

In her interview with PSC, she gives us the complete picture on getting a photography education and securing a wide variety of clients. Read about Steph’s journey and her tips on getting work exhibited!

What do you miss most about PSC?

The thing I miss most about PSC was the sense of family and the support network. The access to instant feedback and review is priceless. I’m lucky because I work in a studio where everyone is very open about their folios and willing to share advice or opinions. Being forced to show your folio to others fuels you and motivates you.

Tell us about how your subjects at PSC helped you as a photographer

The main subjects that helped me as a photographer were the conceptual-based ones. Having a solid understanding of metaphor and symbolism has remained a key element of my personal work. I used a lot of studio light and retouching in my work. Learning to read and deconstruct lighting set ups has been an integral part of my career, even as an assistant. Clients often have reference of how they want something to look, and the amount of times I have had to recreate a lighting style on my feet (and in 5 minutes) is countless.

How has photography allowed you to become a ‘better’ artist?

That’s a hard question. I suppose with photography, you have to think about exactly what you want to say. Because we are so used to seeing imagery, and everyone has a camera, you really need to create strong, impactful images to stand out from the rest. Using digital photography as a medium has forced me to be more creative, and to have more of a solid idea or backstory to each image.

Tell us about how you got your most recent client/assignment

I actually booked my latest campaign through Instagram! The job was to shoot some editorial style images for a fashion designer, which would be used to promote the brand and also to promote a fashion event being held later this year. The designer saw my work on Instagram, liked my style, and got in touch through that social platform. Doing social media related marketing can be a chore, but I’m continually surprised at the type of work it brings me.

Steph Doran for Solstice Magazine (UK)

Steph Doran for Solstice Magazine (UK), 2015

What series or piece of artwork are you developing right now?

At the moment I have a few restaurant and food related jobs on the go, numerous unreleased fashion editorials, as well as lots of portfolio shoots for models’ books. But I’m always working on developing new concepts and ideas. I’ve got this long term project going that is an extensive portrait series on cosplayers in Melbourne, which I’m hoping to turn into a book (eventually!) I think its really important to continue doing personal work. It stops you from falling into a cycle of repetition, and also refreshes your thoughts.

Where do you plan to travel? 

I think Melbourne is a good base for artists. My goal is to be shooting in London by the end of next year.

Can you tell us how to get your work exhibited in 4-8 ways?

1. There are lots of small group exhibitions that are always seeking submissions. Sometimes a small fee is involved, but other times it is free to participate.

2. Approach small cafes or bars, particularly ones that already have artists’ work showing, and see if they would be willing to display your work. You might even be able to sell it if a patron likes it!

3. Enter a print competition which exhibits the entrants’ work. Comps like the APPAs, or Kodak Salon get a lot of attention.

4. Hold a group exhibition to share the costs of exhibiting. Then promote like crazy.

5.  Enter the RAW Awards, which is held in every state. I exhibited at RAW Melbourne last year, and not only sold some of my work, but booked a few jobs from the event too.

6. Submit your work to magazines! Getting published isn’t exactly the same as showing your work in a gallery, but it is a great way to gain exposure and get your images out there.

Follow Steph’s photography by visiting her Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/StephDoranPhotography  and Instagram Account: @stephdoranphotog .

For more info about the Advanced Diploma, click here: https://www.psc.edu.au/full_time.html

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 – 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 www.marysvillephotography.com.au

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  www.reflectivestate.com

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’s Katrin Koenning Named Instagram Icon by Time Inc.

Images by Katrin Koenning, from her famous Instagram account

Images by Katrin Koenning, from her famous Instagram account

Congratulations to PSC teacher Katrin Koenning for being featured in Time for her unique and inspiring work on Instagram!

“I think Instagram is a great space to reach a large audience; it’s a space that is non-elitist and inclusive.For me, it is also a space that allows me to experiment with ideas.” – Katrin Koenning
To celebrate Instagram’s fifth birthday, Time (the world’s largest weekly news publication) asked five influential photographers to share the Instagram accounts they can’t live without. Top photographer Alec Soth named Katrin’s Instagram feed as one of his top five, applauding her for her ‘consistent aesthetic bliss’. Her account is full of rich, stylised and luminescent imagery that has won the attention and appreciation of countless Instagram users.

You may read more about the article in which Katrin was featured, by clicking the image below:

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Katrin teaches the photojournalism major for final year students in our Bachelor of Photography program. She is also a curatorial adviser for Wallflower Photomedia Gallery and her work has been published in Photographers’ Sketchbooks (Thames & Hudson 2014), The Guardian, Marie Claire Magazine, GUP Magazine, FLAK Photo, Humble Arts, Burn Magazine, Firecracker and Der Spiegel. She is a regular contributor to the New York Times and has won a number of awards including the Troika Editions Format Exposure Prize, the Bowness Photography Prize People’s Choice Award, Australia’s Top Emerging Documentary Photographer, a National Geographic Award and the JGS Award by the Forward Thinking Museum. Katrin regularly exhibits both nationally and internationally, including at festivals such as the Athens Photo Festival, PhotoIreland, New York Photo Festival (US), Noorderlicht (NL), FORMAT (GB), Voies Off (FR), Gijon Photojournalism Festival (E), Athens Photo Festival (GR) and PhotoIreland (IRL).

It’s wonderful to have such influential and talented people as part of the community at PSC.  We look forward to more posts from Katrin!
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