‘Proof: Photo Essays From the Top End’ …

Very pleased to be one among the excellent compliment of thirteen photojournalists showing their work next month in Darwin’s new festival of photojournalism  – ‘Proof: Photo Essays From the Top End’.

The festival has not one but two openings in two venues. Friday May 2nd sees work unveiled on the Darwin Waterfront from 6.30pm whilst Saturday May 3rd sees the opening of the display at the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art at noon.

The other dozen photographers exhibiting in ‘Proof’ are Megan Lewis, Clive Hyde, Andrew Quilty, Ed Wray, Martine Perret, Elise Derwin, Daniel Hartley-Allen, Baz Ledwidge, Madi Nagi, Regis Martin & Frederick Mit … and my ‘fotostrada’ colleague Glenn Campbell who is also helping curate the exhibition.

My work on display will be the portraits collection from my “The Aak Puul Ngantam Stockman” set, which has previously been shown at the Global Gallery in Paddington Sydney during the Head On Photo Festival and The Tanks Arts Centre in Cairns.

It promises to be a fantastic show … so if you’re in the ‘Top End’ between the first week in May and the end of the show on June 1st … please do come along to see some excellent photojournalism.


Proof Darwin invitation blog

News from Sweden …

Good news from Sweden. In a post a few weeks ago I mentioned that one of my images was selected to represent Australia in the “2012 World IFAJ Star Prize for Photo Excellence” (grand title isn’t it!) to be announced in Stockholm.

The news just in is that the image – of Atherton Tablelands grazier Shane O’Brien of Kinrara Station in the aftermath of Cyclone Yasi and published in The Australian on the 14th February 2011 – was ajudged the Winner of the ‘People’ category of the awards which focus on images of agriculture. Excellent news …

The image first won the  ‘People’ category Queensland State selection … then the Australia wide selection … and now it has come out tops from images from around the planet. Judges included US Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Mary Chind. (Thanks Mary!)

I have to be brutally honest and say that the standard of overall entries wasn’t that great … but I’ll take it!!

The overall winner over the three categories of ‘People’, ‘Production’ and ‘Nature’ was an image of a bouncing spring lamb by a photographer from Ireland.

My ‘People’ category winning image of grazier Shane O’Brien is shown (again) below ©Brian Cassey