Australia’s No 1 Photography College right in the arts hub of Melbourne


On Wednesday 31 August 2016 at the national Nikon Australian Professional Photography Awards held in Melbourne, Photography Studies College (Melbourne) took out for the 6th consecutive year the prestigious national award for excellence in photographic education the 2016 Australian Institute of Professional Photography Australian (AIPP) Australian Tertiary Photography Institution of the Year.

Front row centre: Managing Director Julie Moss together with Australian Photography Student of the Year Tayla Nuss-Soeharto, Director Communications & Students Jenny Heron, Course Director Daniel Boetker-Smith and fellow PSC staff and students.

Front row centre: Managing Director Julie Moss together with Australian Photography Student of the Year Tayla Nuss-Soeharto, Director Communications & Students Jenny Heron, Course Director Daniel Boetker-Smith and fellow PSC staff and students.

These major industry awards are held annually, acknowledging excellence and outstanding achievement in photography and bring together professionals, institutions and students Australia wide to compete on the national stage. PSC students’ excellence was clearly on display with their absolutely outstanding work achieving gold distinction, silver distinctions and silver awards!

To add to the award excitement in a further brilliant achievement PSC’s final yearBachelor of Photography Student Tayla Nuss-Soeharto took out the prestigious 2016 AIPP Australian Photography Student of the Year. Tayla was delighted with her award and thanked her talented teachers for encouraging and supporting her to always do her best, allowing her to find her creative voice and produce her award winning series ‘pop, crack, bang’.


Tayla Nuss-Soeharto receiving her award as 2016 AIPP Australian Student of the Year

Tayla Nuss-Soeharto receiving her award as 2016 AIPP Australian Student of the Year

In  a further outstanding success on the night Julie Moss PSC’s Managing Director was acknowledged for her over 30 years of high achievements, contribution and exemplary service in photography and photography education receiving the prestigious AIPP Honorary Fellow Achievement Award. This is an exceptionally important and prestigious honour for an exceptional educator.

“The college is an amazing institution made up of wonderful staff and amazing students. This is a wonderful industry and the AIPP is a wonderful institute so full of passionate, creative people. Its awards system sets standards for professionals and students to aspire to. It’s been a privilege to be a part of it for so long – being able to contribute to the education of photographers through the college has enabled me to give expression three things I’m passionate about: photography, education and community.” – Julie Moss

PSC's managing director Julie Moss, awarded the AIPP Honorary Fellow Achievement Award

PSC’s managing director Julie Moss, awarded the AIPP Honorary Fellow Achievement Award

These awards follow closely PSC’s stunning results as the highest scoring institution for Creative Arts in Australia in the recent Student Experience Survey (SES).  This survey was undertaken as part of the national Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) for the Australian Government.

PSC officially Partners with ATOM for Aus – NZ wide Photo Comp

Teaming up with Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) for the first time, we are the official partners for this year’s ATOM Photo Comp; a celebration of photographic talents across all primary and secondary schools in Australia and New Zealand. We are thrilled to be a part of this, as it gives us an opportunity to establish connections with the wider (and growing) community of photographers who aspire to be iconic image makers of our time. The PSC family gladly extends our years of experience and multitude of industry links to those who place importance on photography, and wish to be a part of this exciting, ever-evolving art and profession.

Course director Daniel Boetker-Smith (founder of the Asia Pacific Photobook Archive), art photography coordinator, Sarina Lirosi and teacher Anat Cossen (who are all practicing international photographers) will be judging the ATOM Photo Comp this year. They are undoubtedly expecting their task to be a challenging one, as they expect to see a vast array of wonderfully talented work.

Meet your judges for the ATOM Photo Comp: Daniel Boetker-Smith, Sarina Lirosi and Anat Cossen.

Meet your judges for the ATOM Photo Comp: Daniel Boetker-Smith, Sarina Lirosi and Anat Cossen.

The theme for this year’s competition is quite thought-provoking, which will ignite an eclectic mix of interpretations. Photographs submitted must reflect ‘A Sense of Place’, touching upon the way photography showcases unique perspectives of the world we live in.

We wish all photographers the best of luck with the competition, which you can learn more about from the ATOM Photo Comp website. For those who are interested in furthering their understanding of photography, feel free to look at our full time degree and part time courses. Full time applications are now officially open and we are currently accepting students in our last part time course intake of the year!

PSC Students and Staff Announced as Finalists for 2016 Bowness Prize

The Monash Gallery of Art, one of Australia’s leading public galleries, has announced the 2016 finalists of the highly sought after photography award, The Bowness Photography Prize. Established to encourage excellence in the art and education of photography, The Bowness Prize judges the work of amateur, emerging and professional photographers across Australia.

This year marks the largest number of PSC students to be selected as finalists for this prestigious national prize.

Amongst our undergraduates we have a spectacular first year student Darren Tan, who has been shortlisted. Hailing from Singapore, Darren is one of our remarkable international students who has shown progress and created award-worthy work. Along with him another Bachelor of Photography student Joanne Cripps (currently in her 3rd year at PSC) was chosen. A photograph from her series ‘When you took me away… because you knew best’ was submitted to the prize, enabling her to get recognition for her photojournalism work – a genre she is currently majoring in.

Image by Darren Tan

Image by Darren Tan

Image by Joanne Cripps

Image by Joanne Cripps

We also have two impressive students from the Advanced Diploma cohort who have been selected. Tammy Boyce and Margaret Lim are both studying in the art major and have produced unique, thought provoking work which has caught the attention of the MGA foundation and the Bowness Prize selection panel.

Image by Tim Allen

Image by Tim Allen

Image by Elaine Batton

Image by Elaine Batton

The PSC community is additionally proud of the graduates who have also been chosen as finalists. Tim Allen (who studied in the Advanced Diploma, commercial major) and Elaine Batton (winner of the 2005 Fuji industry award for excellence in a commercial folio) clearly exhibit their dedication to the art as photographers who have applied their contemporary skills to their photographic endeavours.

Image by Michael Warnock

Image by Michael Warnock

Image by Mia McDonald

Image by Mia McDonald

Our commitment to learning as well as practice in the field of photography us best exemplified when members of our teaching staff continuously develop their own photography projects and contribute to awards in the art industry. We are thrilled about the news of Michael Warnock and Mia McDonald being selected for the Bowness Prize, and wish them the best of luck with the final judging round, from which winners will be announced on 7 September.

We are also happy about the announcement of Melbourne photographers Matt Portch, Christopher Koller and Peter Hyatt being selected as finalists. They have played an important role as key clients for our Master Printer Peter Hatzipavlis at the PrintShop @ PSC, who has printed their stunning work recently.

This year the judging panel comprises of Fred Schepisi (filmmaker), John Gollings (photographer) and Kallie Blauhorn (director of MGA). We are excited about the outcomes of their final decision and look forward to the Bowness Photography Prize exhibition that will run from 1 September to 16 October. We hope to see you all there and welcome to learn more about our award winning institution here.

Lucia Rossi Gets Ready To Teach Part Time Students about Design

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Lucia Rossi, an accomplished visual artist in Australia, is introducing the concepts of composition and design to our latest group of part time students today! The subject covers the most important aspects of visual communication, enabling students to create powerful images that will have a bigger impact on their audiences, as they learn about composing their ideas within the frame. They will be taught about guiding viewers to understand their subject matter in a clearer and stronger manner. Lucia particularly loves teaching the part time group as she feels that their enthusiasm to hone their photography talents often yields great results.

“What I love seeing in the duration of this course is a steep learning curve. Students end up having so much more control over what they’re communicating with their subjects. It’s great to see this level of transformation during this course.”

Lucia believes that the important thing about her class is to enjoy experimenting with subject matter. She highly encourages her students to have fun while learning about the practical and theoretical aspects of design. This class teaches students key elements in photography within the initial 20 week certificate course. To learn more about our part time course click here. We are excited about having a new group of students in our July 4 intake – so come by for a visit and enrol yourself here.

At the PrintShop with Anat Cossen

Most of you have had the honour of meeting or learning from Anat Cossen. Anat is an international visual artist and photography teacher at PSC. Born in Israel and having completed her own studies in photography at Hadassah College (Jerusalem), her amazing talents contribute towards the rich cultural diversity in Melbourne as our students are exposed to a global perspective on styles in visual communication and design. For her upcoming exhibition that will be held at the Red Gallery (Fitzroy) in September, Anat chose to get her photography printed by the finest master printer she knows; Peter at the PrintShop @ PSC.

Here’s a glimpse of her work with her words about photography:

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Image by Anat Cossen

“Peter at the Print Shop has been always very helpful and willing to assist me with any part of the printing process; from file prep and scanning to proofing and finalising prints. Over the past few years Peter printed my work for presentations as part of my Masters degree and gallery exhibitions.”

Image by Anat Cossen

Image by Anat Cossen

“At the moment I’m working on a project I shot over summer in collaboration with the fabulous Sarina Lirosi. The project shot on film and is now in a process of scanning and preparing to print. It will be exhibited at Red Gallery in Fitzroy in September.”

Image by Anat Cossen

Image by Anat Cossen

“The most notable affect photography had on my life is that it increased my perception and recognition of fleeting moments. Life became a cinematic journey, like a theatre production where events unfold and reveal themselves. I became an observer and learnt to appreciate my surroundings.”

We are excited to see Anat’s collaboration with Sarina come to life on the walls of the Red Gallery. The PSC community is extremely fortunate to have such creative and productive practicing artists on campus. Feel free to contact us about how you can be a part of the PSC experience and click here to get more details about the PrintShop @ PSC.

At the PrintShop with Sanja Pahoki

The PrintShop @PSC is renowned for working with photographers with incredible careers in Melbourne and across the world. In the month of May, Peter Hatzipavlis at the PrintShop was happy to manage and finesse the printing as well as imaging services for Sanja Pahoki – one of the most sought after figures in photography, having showcased her work in 14 solo exhibitions across Australia.

Preview of Sanja Pahoki's upcoming series.

Preview of Sanja Pahoki’s upcoming series.

Sanja tells us about her current series that was printed recently at the PrintShop:

‘This is a series of images that I took on an iPod back in 2010. They were taken on a ferry from St.Petersburg to Helsinki. I had just had an inspired moment in front of some paintings by the Russian painter Kazimir Malevich. He is well-known for his non-figurative paintings and Suprematism manifesto. You can see that I am trying to abstract the forms inside the cabin in the ferry. The images will be included in an upcoming exhibition ‘Long-distance relationship’ at Mailbox gallery in the CBD curated by Andree Ruggeri. Andree  has written about the show, ‘Iconic images from the early 20th century Russian avant-garde are continually appropriated, renegotiated and deconstructed in contemporary creative practice. This exhibition traces links and various disconnects between recent Australian and Russian art, and the constructed logic and geometric formalism of Suprematism and Constructivism. Video, photography, print, and installation mirror the multi-disciplinary nature of the Russian avant-garde, as a distant and complex period enters our own time and place.’

Sanja’s journey as a photographer:

‘I first started taking photographs at high school. There was a little b&w darkroom and I used it to print images of my dog, Tiny.  I always remember being interested in photography, I think this comes from my father. In Croatia where I was born, my father earned a little extra money by working for a commercial photographer. We lived in a one-room apartment. I have these vivid memories of waking up in the morning and of seeing rows of prints and negatives hanging from strings around the apartment.’

From 'The Pahoki Family' Series by Sanja Pahoki

From ‘The Pahoki Family’ Series by Sanja Pahoki

‘In high school I really got into photography. The first job that I had was delivering pamphlets. It took all year to save up for my first camera, $200 for a Pentax K1000. I used to take lots of photographs of my friends and on trips to Jan Juc. I set up a little darkroom in a rental property and used to print all of my negatives. I had a preference for b&w. I enrolled in a CAE (centre for adult education) photography class with Moira Joseph, she was very encouraging of my photography and said that I had a good eye. So I kept doing it until I got to the point where I decided I wanted to do this more seriously. Back in high school I had thought about doing photography as a profession but it didn’t strike me as being very realistic. At that time I was concerned with how I was going to make a living. As I got older I found that it was more important to try and do something that you love.’

From the series 'I Haven't Been Feeling Myself Lately' by Sanja Pahoki

From the series ‘I Haven’t Been Feeling Myself Lately’ by Sanja Pahoki

On working with Peter…

‘I was first introduced to Peter through ex-head of photography at the VCA, Christopher Koller. My digital skills are rudimentary so Peter is essential to the production of my work. I love that he comes from an analogue photography background as he is able to translate my film-based files to prints of the highest quality. I am quite fastidious when it comes to my images and working with Peter I feel I can achieve some of the results I used to be able to do by myself in the darkroom. I also like how dedicated and punk Peter is. He’ll put in the long hours to make sure that a project is achieved to the highest standard and on time. Sometimes I feel guilty for taking him away from his family.’

We thank Sanja for her time and look forward to attending her group exhibition show, ‘Long-distance relationship’ on 8 June – 2 July (with the exclusive opening on 9 June at 6pm), at Mailbox Art Space, 141-143 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC 3000. Additionally, you can always visit the PrintShop @PSC for premium printing services. Find out more about opening hours here.

Alkira College (Cranbourne) Visits PSC for a Photography Workshop

As part of our exciting Secondary School Workshop Program this week we were delighted to welcome studio art and media studies students all the way from Alkira College (Cranbourne). This program is part of PSC’s unique collaboration with schools and industry members in the field of photography.

We believe that igniting the passion of photography begins with giving people opportunities where personal ideas and techniques are explored under the guidance of experts and award winning artists, such as the teachers at PSC.

The workshop with Alkira College began with a tour of our classrooms, exhibition walls, studio and printing facilities, led by the coordinator of communications and students, Carmen Edwards. 




Students had a chance to interact with the exhibited work, observe the way our classes are conducted (both in the creative and technical sense), see our high quality digital labs and take a look at ThePrintShop @ PSC, before venturing into our busy studios.

The second segment of the workshop was then guided by our course director, Daniel Boetker Smith, who gave an introduction to the concepts of personal style and current trends in photography. Opening the minds of students to the world of Instagram photography, he raised their awareness about established and upcoming photographers who have become world-famous on the social network channel, thanks to their strong point of view and distinguished subject matter.



Students were encouraged to learn about and adopt the styles of  inspiring Instagram photographers such as Hans Seeger, mmuseumm and Arto Saari, for the third segment of the workshop. Students explored different areas of the glittering arts and financial district in the heart of the CBD (where PSC is located) to try their hand at Instagram photography using the styles of their chosen photographer.

Image by Francis Donato

Image by Francis Donato

Image by  Yasmin Rose

Image by Yasmin Rose

The Secondary School Workshop provided a glimpse of what our students learn about at PSC. We place importance on photographic techniques as well as professional skills that make our students ideas creators, where they establish their personal voice and learn about how to market their work to the world. The secondary school students who visited us this week were encouraged to partake in conversations with the artists they chose as inspiration, enabling them to share ideas with those who are successful in the field. We are thankful to Alkira College for visiting us and look forward to hosting more workshops with schools in the near future.


For more information about our special Experience Day Workshop, visit our website.

Outstanding Results for PSC in National Student Satisfaction Survey!

Photography Studies College achieved outstanding results in the recent undergraduate student survey – the 2015 Student Experience Survey (SES) as part of the national  Quality Indicators  for Learning and Teaching (QILT), undertaken for the government.  This national survey  provides extensive results for the student experience across all Australian  universities and for the first time, in 2015,  included a range of non university institutions. All the results of the survey are available to the public at 

PSC students with teacher, Hoda Afshar

PSC students with teacher, Hoda Afshar

An article in today’s Financial Review shines a spotlight on these great achievements revealing that PSC is one of the 2 highest scoring institutions in this national survey, receiving 92% in overall student satisfaction! This is a fantastic result as we didn’t only beat all universities in the overall student satisfaction area but in other survey areas of teaching quality, learner engagement and student support

Check out the article ….

Featuring Jo-Anne Cripps

Jo Anne Cripps was recently given an honourable mention by the 9th International Color Awards (LA) for her photograph in the abstract category. This is an amazing accomplishment for Jo, as the category saw a total of around 5700 submissions! She has also been titled as the finalist for the landscape category in the Head On Photography festival and won two silver awards at the Epson AIPP Victoria State Awards, this year.

Image by Jo-Anne Cripps


Image by Jo-Anne Cripps, taken at Bingalong Bay, Tasmania

Image by Jo-Anne Cripps, taken at Bingalong Bay, Tasmania

Jo-Anne made the decision of quietening down her own business as a legal conveyancer to pursue her passion for photography, within a year of being at PSC. She did have bouts of self doubt, wondering if she had taken ‘too drastic a step’€“ but she knew that if she hadn’€™t applied to the bachelor program with us, she would have regretted it all her life:

“It’€™s about stepping out of that familiar zone where you know everything and follow a routine everyday. For the first time in my life I’€™m doing something that I really want to do; not because I have to do it. I’€™m surrounded by students of varied ages, who are my friends, my support system that I collaborate with at and outside of college.”€

Jo-Anne believes that her sense of maturity has been an important aspect in giving her the freedom to immerse herself in photography.

Image by Jo-Anne Cripps from her series 'Threigl Amser - Passage of Time'

Image by Jo-Anne Cripps from her series ‘Threigl Amser – Passage of Time’


Image by Jo-Anne Cripps, selected as a Finalist by Viewbug in the 'Celebrating Fashion' competition

Image by Jo-Anne Cripps, selected as a Finalist by Viewbug in the ‘Celebrating Fashion’ competition

Now in her third year at PSC, she has a deeper understanding of how her work communicates with audiences, thanks to the constant critiquing she has received in her classes. She was initially daunted by this process, but since shedding her apprehensions she has noticed that her work has evolved considerably. The result of her personal and creative development with the art has made her more confident in submitting work to competitions;€“ something she never really thought she would do.

“Competitions are great platforms for getting your work seen and critiqued by amazing professionals. Thanks to being at PSC I also realised that when I work with concepts I love, it shows in my work and the results are gratifying. It’s not about taking ‘pretty€™ pictures’, it’€™s about building bodies of work that are meaningful.”

Jo-Anne is currently developing her series called ‘€˜Colours of Australia’€™, which will take her travelling all over the country. She describes this as a playful series , quite different to her other project which is about the ‘Stolen Generation’€™- a personal subject which she’€™s extremely connected to. The inspiration for this project is her adopted brother, someone who has and will continue to inspire her.

Image by Jo Anne Cripps, from her first folio series at PSC

Image by Jo Anne Cripps, from her first folio series at PSC

“I’€™ve found something I want to do for the rest of my life;€“ as well as the impetus to do it.”

Jo-Anne advises people to think about what is really important to them rather than always focusing on what’s expected of them by others. She feels that if people followed their dreams, they will  be pleasantly surprised by the support from their loved ones. She urges us to ‘€˜take the plunge’€™ and see what’€™s out there.

As for her preferences shooting locations, Jo-Anne loves the rugged and rough conditions of South Island, New Zealand. She loves the peace and isolation in such places, because it gives her a lot of inspiration.

An image of Jo-Anne, working in her favourite environment.

An image of Jo-Anne, working in her favourite environment.

Her goals are to take a year off to develop her personal photography projects, before doing her masters, as she aims to teach in the near future. Jo-Anne’€™s tips for photographers are to put cameras on manual and stick with it, and go out to a variety of locations no matter what the weather has in store for them:

“Do everything you possibly can when you shoot, and let your style come through!”

Learn more about our courses here and follow Jo-Anne Cripps on her Instagram profile for updates @joceephotography .

Elma Gradascevic’s Plans for Photography

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Recently completing her Advanced Diploma (art major) in December 2015, Elma Gradascevic keeps herself busy with photography, after PSC. Working in the HR industry for more than 20 years, Elma decided to learn photography part time so that she had a creative outlet that she could express herself with. Essentially, she wanted a life change that would make her more fulfilled.

After conquering the challenge of building her technical skills within the first few months at PSC, Elma discovered a newfound ability to produce creative projects within short deadlines.

Image by Elma Grad

Image by Elma Gradascevic

“I never thought I had it within me to be so creative week after week and deliver results for each assignment – I surprised myself!”
– Elma Gradascevic

Making the most of the business unit our students take during their final semester, Elma constructed a solid business plan, combining her passion for photography and fashion. She is now following that through with her own venture of printed scarves – using her photography. She’s also developing a series called ‘Rodeo’ based on the community at Lang Lang and Stony Creek, Victoria. Quite varied from her usual focus, which is art and fashion photography (a style which she recently exhibited in the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre), Elma’s Rodeo series shows her varied range of subject matter.

Image by Elma Grad, from 'Rodeo'

Image by Elma Gradascevic, from ‘Rodeo’


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Image by Elma Gradascevic


This series will soon be published as a photobook; a medium which has been Elma’s latest inspiration as she currently manages the Boyd Studios (Southbank) – the same venue that hosted the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive.

APPA showcase at the Boyd Studios. image by Elma Grad)

APPA showcase at the Boyd Studios. image by Elma Gradascevic)

Elma produced her own photobook (titled ‘Sarajevo Roses’) last year as part of her digital class assignment with teacher Nic Kocher. She plans to revisit this photobook and work on it more, in the long run. The class gave her the confidence and skills to pursue her own personal book assignment after leaving PSC.

“I think photobooks are a wonderful way of sharing our images and stories. It is becoming a growing industry.”

'A DIY photobook manual and manifesto by Bruno Ceschel' - photography taken by Elma Gradascevic

‘A DIY photobook manual and manifesto by Bruno Ceschel’ – photography taken by Elma Gradascevic

PSC is driven to make students independent thinkers in the field of photography; encouraging them to expand their skills and self-publish to get their projects seen by the wider public. Under the guidance of Daniel Boetker-Smith (course director), our 2nd and 3rd year students have created their own photography books which are promoted and showcased during exhibitions – such as the upcoming NGV Art Book Fair (April 29 – May 1). Our students will be setting up their booth, where they will be selling photobooks created by students from our college.

Elma attended the NGV Book Fair last year and was awestruck. She bought her first ever photobook at the event and looks forward to this year’s showcase:

“I was overwhelmed by the variety and styles of the NGV Book Fair last year and cannot wait to go again this year, especially now, to see some of the students’ books on display.”

The Boyd Studios still hosts an eclectic collection of photobooks published by distinguished students and professional  photographers alike. Elma Gradascevic is enjoying her time managing this space every Friday (11am – 5pm) and still visits PSC, as teachers and staff members are always happy to give advice. This is one thing that Elma feels proud about, the fact that the campus is accessible to students and graduates as a creative hub, where they can still rely on their peers and mentors as they hone their talents in photography.

For more information about studying with us, visit our website. You can also follow Elma’s Instagram channel to keep up with her amazing photography: @elmagrad.