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.

The Who’s Who of the PSC Symposium


Welcoming the second PSC Symposium at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, are highly famous figures in the arts circuit. Our speakers are united in their interests in subject matters pertaining to ‘culture’, which is what our main point of discussion will be for the event. The concept of ‘Borderless Futures – Reimaging the Citizen’ points to a very crucial issue that affects everyone in our present day society, as populations shift about, lending a majority of people to live in places disconnected to their ethnic roots. Moreover, the role of photography and visual imagery today is more powerful than ever, as the individual now has total control over how he or she is represented. We look at the way visuals in the past have taught us to learn about our own histories, and question the protrayal of certain cultures by those who were given the power to capture identities.

At the PSC Symposium, the experts will take the floor, talking about their work and the question of what it means to be a ‘global citizen’ today.

Here’s our list of some people to watch out for:

Daniel Boetker-Smith


  • Co founder of Photobook Melbourne, Director of Asia Pacific Photobook Archive
  • Writes for Vault Magazine, Photoeye and Photofile
  • Winner of Bowness Photography Prize, Australian Centre for Contemporary Photography Award (documentary) and the Substation Art Prize
  • Curated two international photobook events for NGV (Victoria) and MCA (New South Wales)
  • Has been on the jury list for the Kassel Photobook Award in Germany

Anat Cossen

Anat Cossen

  • Born in Israel, where she exhibited work at the Tel Hai Museum of Photography
  • Certified in fine arts (she’s highly skilled in pencil sketching and interior design) receiving her MFA in Fine Art Photography from RMIT
  • She’s a professional commercial portrait photographer
  • Exhibited work at the Linden Gallery, Edmund Pearce Gallery and Open Space Gallery
  • Influenced by themes of ‘identity’ in her work

Philippa (Pip) Kelly


  • Creative producer for Asialink Artists in Residency Project Exhibition
  • Worked for ABC, SBS, Lonely Planet TV as producer/writer
  • Has a background in Anthropology (University of Western Australia)
  • Directed community on-screen projects for The Queensland Museum and Oxfam
  • Apart fro freelancing, she works as a filmmaker for The State Library of Queensland

Sanja Pahoki

VCA & MCM staff

  • Croatian born Australian photographer
  • Winner of 9 grants-awards including The Helsinki Studio Residency (Australian Council for the Arts), The Ian Potter Cultural Grant, The Australian Postgraduate award and the award for Critical Merit from the George Paton Gallery (University of Melbourne)
  • Her work has been exhibited more than 80 times, at venues such as Project Space (Melbourne), Sarah Scout Gallery, The Centre for Contemporary Photography (Melbourne) and at Centre Place (Melbourne) and the Melbourne Exhibition Centre
  • Her work observes elements concerning the idea of ‘self’, identity and anxiety
  • Currently is a lecturer at the Victorian College of the Arts and The University of Melbourne


Les Horvat

  • Commercial photographer with over 20 years of experience in the advertising industry
  • Winner of the Kodak Professional Achievement Award, the Ilford Trophy for Black and White excellence and various Silver Awards at The APPA’s
  • Established ‘Twilight Zone Studios’ as the centre of commercial photography in the professional world
  • Has had his work exhibited in Korea
  • Is currently a Senior Fellow at PSC


Alasdair Foster


  • Was Founding Director of Fotofeis (Scotland)
  • Former Director of Australian Centre for Photography
  • Has worked on various media projects as artist, curator, writer, editor, policy advisor, researcher and photographer
  • Current ambassador for the Asia Pacific Photo forum
  • Founding Member of the International Network of Photography Centres


Kristian Häggblom


  • Senior lecturer at La trobe University
  • Exhibited his work in more than 30 venues across the world; Tokyo, Finland, Switzerland, Malaysia and Los Angeles
  • Winner of 11 photography awards from The Nomura Cultural Foundation, The Leica Documentary Photography award (Centre for Contemporary Photography) and the Swiss Arts Council
  • Established and curated the RoomSpace gallery in Japan (Shinjuku)
  • Currently researching the role of photography in surveillance and its socio-political effects


Hugh Hudson


  • Lecturer and Information-Research Development Coordinator for PSC and Honorary research Fellow for The University of Melbourne
  • Writer of the 1800 edition electric catalogue for publications in the Autograph Collection (15th – 20th Centuries) for The State Library of Victoria
  • He has been published 36 times in Art magazines, journals and books concerning Renaissance and Medieval art (Antiques and Art, Paregon, Arth Monthly)
  • Specialist in Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in The State Library of Victoria, writing 11 records for the department’s research repository
  • A distinguished scholar, graduating with a Double Major, Master’s Degree and Doctorate in Art History, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Curatorship.
  • Researcher in subject matter pertaining to visual arts and culture in society, especially in issues regarding ‘cultural management’

Rita Lazaukas


  • Winner of 5 art awards including the Wodonga Hume Acquisitive Contemporary Award, The Blackfriars Drawing Acquisitive and the Tallangatta Arts festival. She was also a finalist for 12 art prizes, for names like Citigroup Photographic Portrait Prize, Dominique Segan Drawing Prize, Hutchins Works on Paper and the Dobell Drawing Prize
  • She has exhibited work at Birds Gallery, Monash University Switchback Gallery, Beechworth, ArtSpace (Wodonga), The Art Gallery of NSW, The Bendigo Art Gallery, Maudespace and the Westpac Gallery (The Victorian Arts’ Centre)
  • She is currently the General Manager of the ‘Amazigh Cultural Tours’ program in Morocco, as a custodian of the arts-culture of Morocco.
  • She has had 20 years of experience working as a curator for well renowned galleries around the country
  • She is a visual artist who focuses on fine arts; her work is inspired by landscapes, cityscapes and architecture.


Bella Capezio

Isabella Capezio

  • Teaches at The Photography Studies College and co-runs the Ruffian Gallery (Footscray)
  • Designed and ran the Footscray Foto Focus intensive photography workshop
  • Organiser of workshops and competitions for the Asia Pacific Photobook Archive
  • Her work adheres to cultural influences of Mexico, questioning spiritual practices and traditions.
  • She has published 7 photobooks which span her journeys to various countries (Cambodia and Ethiopia)


Claire Monneraye


  • Curator of Exhibitions as well as the International and Satellite Projects at the Australian Centre for Photography
  • Previously worked at the Centre Pompiduo and Reunion de Musees Nationaux (Paris)
  • Recently curated a collaborative exhibition with curators based in Berlin and Budapest, titled ‘Ex & Post – Eastern Europe Under the Lens’
  • Graduated in literature, philosophy, history with a Masters in Cultural Heritage Studies
  • The themes she likes to work with are representations of culture in society and the female identity

We’re sure to have piqued your interest and know that coming along to the Symposium will be an eye opening event! Read more about it here: and don’t forget to book your spot:

PSC is delighted to present …

A Spotlight on Fashion Photography at the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.

A Kaleidoscope of talented artists from our wonderful city will be showcasing their hard work and eclectic styles during the week of 28th August to 4th September. While the fashionistas and models get set to note the various who’s-who of the fashion industry, we know that the main character of the show is the ‘fashion photographer’; the one who captures the magic and keeps the memories alive, forever.

Being Melbourne’s foremost centre of photography education, PSC students collaborated in the 2014 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week on a unique exhibition with Nixi Killik  to create striking new images of her work in an urban inner city environment – see our earlier blog post for further details here and watch the behind the scenes video.

This year we’re proud to announce an even greater role by hosting 3 events as part of the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, thanks to the recognition given by The City of Melbourne to carry this event forward.

On Sunday 30 August, we celebrate the amazing efforts of fashion photographers, by sharing high-level industry knowledge and professional expertise to the public, with our fashion photography masterclass (session limited to 10 people only) taught by the talented and extremely sought-after photographer, Ed Purnomo.  You can book your place for this workshop here.


Image: Ed Purnomo

Following this, on Wednesday 2 September, is ‘When the Sky Fell Down: The Myth of Guy Bourdin’, a tribute to French fashion photographer, Guy Bourdin; a preview of a documentary about the photographer who worked for names like Chanel, Bloomingdales and Gianni Versace and made waves with his fresh and daring approach to fashion photography. The director-producer of the documentary (from which the event is titled), Sean Brandt, will walk us through the journey of the brilliant artist, with rare footage and exclusive interviews, accompanied by senior curator of NGV, Susan Van Wyk and PSC Bachelor course director Daniel Boetker-Smith. Sean Brandt, who worked with Guy Bourdin during 1982 – 1985, was accepted as an exclusive director of Sundance Institute. His profiles include shooting editorials for GQ, Vogue (starring Pharrel Williams), L’Oreal and Harpers Bazaar.

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Image Sean Brandt

Finally, on Thursday 3 September, we present the third event in the PSC-MSFW series ‘Don’t Stop Now: Fashion Photography Next’ seminar by Magda Keaney; artistic director of Glassworks (Canberra). Magda will be presenting her upcoming publication ‘Fashion Photography Next’, which was exhibited at the FOAM Museum (Amsterdam) amongst other venues around the world. Her experience working at the Victoria and Albert Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, as well as the Fashion Space Gallery (as creative director) in London, truly makes her book an authentic account of the goings-on in the fashion world, as it highlights the current practices and economy of the industry, in the light of photography.


Images Magda Keaney

Seats are filling fast for these events; if you’d like to be part of it then don’t miss out, click the banner below to book your place. We look forward to seeing you there.


2015 Bowness Photography Prize Finalists Announced

Congratulations to PSC student David Bibby who has been announced as a finalist in this years Bowness Photography Prize!

The Bowness Photography Prize is an initiative of the MGA Foundation and was established in 2006 to promote excellence in Australian photography. It has become one of the highest awards for photography in the country and receives hundreds of entries from renowned and up and coming photographers.

David’s image is from a folio series he produced as part of his Bachelor of Photography studies. Another image in this series received a gold award at the Victorian AIPP awards earlier this year. David was thrilled to hear the news,  ‘I’m amazed and very excited that this series has been received so well. This will be my first gallery appearance, and of course the next challenge is perfecting the print’.

Well done David!

Check out his stunning image and read his artist statement below.


Image & artist statement (below) by David Bibby

Fear of dark places gave our ancient ancestors an evolutionary advantage, by priming brains and bodies for a fight-or-flight response when faced with the threat of danger or the unknown. These primal fears also had a strong influence on our cultures. Our fear of darkness and of forests, as dark places that conceal the unknown, has placed them at the centre of many of our myths, legends and folktales. 

Despite, or perhaps because of our fear, we seem to have an attraction to the darkness and there is something intrinsically beautiful in many dark images. Maybe the darkness has become a refuge in the modern world for those things we can’t control, including mystery and imagination.

Graduate Update – Amy Paton

An integral part of our students learning at PSC is developing the skills needed for real work opportunities and creating networks within the photography industry. It’s great to be able to share their stories and see them rewarded for their efforts out there in the industry!

Photojournalism graduate Amy Paton has just started working for the Warrnambool Standard and shares her experiences below.

Amy Paton

My name is Amy Paton, a 2015 graduate of PSC having just completed the Advanced Diploma of Photography, Photojournalism Specialisation.

I found out about the jobs at Fairfax through my Photojournalism teacher Bill Bachman and another photojournalist (who happens to also be a former graduate of PSC) who was good enough to pass on that Fairfax Regional had positions available. I immediately applied, was lucky enough to go along to an interview and got the job!

I started at the Warrnambool Standard Newspaper in June, having moved down from Melbourne and into a share house just off the main street, very close to the office. So, a tree and sea change plus a new job all together!

I’ll eventually be one of three photographers at the paper. As part of my job, I get a new iPhone 6 and a laptop for work purposes!

It’s a 0.8 of a full time position, perfect for me. I will be working four days a week, including two weekends on and then one weekend off.

Every day at 9am we have a staff meeting to bounce ideas around for that day and assign tasks. Apparently I’m welcome to contribute to that meeting, but I may just watch for the first few until I settle in.

After the meeting I go out, shoot a few different jobs, come back to the office to edit and file… then I can head home.   Sometimes I edit and file on location instead of going back to the office – the convenience of technology.

There’s a lot of editorial work, so environmental portraits, light on location and such – glad I learnt all about that at PSC! They asked me in the interview if I was okay with seeing death and other disturbing scenes, so it’s likely I’ll eventually be sent out to cover the breaking news.  

As part of my role, I also have the opportunity to write some articles to go with my photography. The Write for Publication unit we did last year as part of the Photojournalism Specialisation will come in handy!

There will be a lot of sport to cover with the Warrnambool Standard so I’m grateful for the experience I gained with my folio on Northern Blues VFL football club! [Amy’s 2014 Photojournalism folio was about a suburban VFL football club]

Future plans are to try to pitch a review of a big music festival I’m attending in a month, see if I can get a media pass and some photos I can use too!  Otherwise… watch this space!

Call for Papers


Submissions are invited for the second symposium organised by Photography Studies College and the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, on the theme of ‘Borderless Futures: Reimaging the Citizen’. The symposium will be held in Ballarat on Saturday 29 August 2015.

In the catalogue for the The photograph and Australia exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales this year, Senior Curator Judy Annear wrote, ‘There is much at stake in what might constitute the nation state, which is as porous as photography is mutable’. Among its many ideas, the exhibition posited photography in Australia as a medium for the constant renegotiation of the nation. This symposium aims to continue the discussion generated by the most important exhibition of photography in Australia in 25 years, by looking beyond national borders to ask what it means to be a global citizen, with particular reference to the role of images.

Subjects may include:

  • Indigenous image-making and identity
  • migration, families, and communities
  • art as utopian model
  • citizen journalism and other new approaches to the documentary genre
  • the politics of social media and new media
  • the stateless photographer
  • photobooks as global artefacts
  • any topic concerned with the transmission of images and texts across societies, past and present

We are inviting papers and presentations of creative projects. We also intend to have a special ‘discursive’ session dedicated to discussion of papers made available online beforehand, as an alternative to the conventional symposium paper format. Proposals are welcome from creative practitioners, researchers, and postgraduate students working across all aspects of the arts, including photography, multimedia, performance, and writing.

Please send a title and an abstract of 200 words, or detailed expressions of interest for a 15–20 minute presentation, indicating your institutional affiliation or independent status, and whether you would prefer to be in a ‘discursive’ session, to by 24 June.