Thursday, July 21, 2011

Education And Inspiration Is Focus of Seminars, Special Events, And Keynote Presentation At PDN Outdoor Photo Expo

More Than 25 World-Class Pros Including Frans Lanting, Art Wolfe, Moose Peterson and Corey Rich, Inspire, Teach, and Share Secrets to Success During Two-Day Event
 
Salt Lake City, UT – July, 2011 – Nielsen Expositions released official details and the schedule for seminars, special events, and the keynote presentation for its first annual
Outdoor Photo Expo (OPE) in Salt Lake City August 4-5, 2011.  During the two-day event, seminar attendees will receive an inspiring and well-rounded education in a variety of topics including the latest shooting techniques, self-promotion and marketing, copyright protection, lighting, multimedia, and shooting HD video with a DSLR, from some of the most respected and successful outdoor and adventure photographers in the world.

Adding inspiration to education, Frans Lanting and Art Wolfe will share their work and experiences during a special keynote presentation on Friday evening, August 5th.  Additional activities include Outdoor Photo Expo's ArtFair and cocktail reception, and access to the Outdoor Retailer trade show, the largest outdoor recreation lifestyle expo, with your OPE badge, on Saturday, August 6th.  For a complete schedule and description http://www.outdoorphotoexpo.com/ope/expo-events/conference-schedule of seminars and special events visit Outdoor Photo Expo's website http://www.outdoorphotoexpo.com/ope/.

"Education has always been the underlying theme of our trade shows and we are proud to offer a learning experience at the Outdoor Photo Expo featuring a list of presenters who are the best at their respective crafts," explains Lauren Wendle, vice president, Nielsen Expositions.  "Education and inspiration are two elements we incorporate into all our events, and we fully expect our lineup of seminars and speakers to provide both experiences to those who attend the show.”

Admission to the expo is free for those who register in advance online and special discount prices on seminars are available for members of photo associations and clubs and for students too. Members may use promo code VR2EGAD and students* may use promo code UR2EGAD to register online. To register in advance online visit Outdoor Photo Expo’s website https://www.xpressreg.net/eReg/?ShowCode=OPEX081.

Seminars will be presented during two time slots each day: 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on August 4th and 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on August 5th.  Following is brief summary of seminars, special events, and the keynote presentation. For additional details, visit OutdoorPhotoExpo.com http://www.outdoorphotoexpo.com/ope/expo-events/conference-schedule
 

Keynote Presentation -- Friday, August 5thFrans Lanting and Art Wolfe: Photo Power for Planet EarthSponsored by EpsonFor the first time, two of the world’s most acclaimed nature and outdoor photographers come together on stage to share images and insights about the power of photography to shape ideas about our natural world.  This unique event featuring presentations by Frans Lanting and Art Wolfe, will be followed by a live discussion moderated by photo industry expert Patrick Donehue. Become part of the conversation and submit your questions to Art and Frans at patrick@patrickdonehue.com.

Special EventsPDN HDSLR Video Workshop -- August 3-4If you're a photographer looking to expand into HD video then attending the HDSLR Video Workshop http://www.pdnvideo.nielsencontests.com/ is a must. Attendees of this 2-day workshop will learn how to get the most from their camera’s HD video capability by gaining a comprehensive understanding of camera settings, technical training in HD video formats, an understanding of composition for motion pictures, and much more to get you on your way to producing great videos. Workshop fee is $450 per person.

ArtFair Cocktail Party -- Friday, August 5thAttendees can enjoy their favorite adult beverage while networking and viewing portfolios and photographs taken by several outdoor, nature, and adventure photos from around the country.

Seminar Summary and Schedule
MORNING SEMINARS
Thursday, August 4, 2011
8:00 to 10:00 a.m.


The Creative Adventure -- Chris Noble http://www.outdoorphotoexpo.com/ope/seminars/speaker-bios
Inspired by a career spanning 40 years, The Creative Adventure is a multi-media presentation that combines stories, imagery and music to explore the excitement, challenges and potential of outdoor photography today.  The seminar focuses on how to use creativity to gain a better understanding of ourselves and contribute to nature and the world.



From Gigascapes to Snowflakes -- George Lepp http://www.outdoorphotoexpo.com/ope/seminars/speaker-bios
Sponsored by Canon
The versatility of today’s DSLR has literally revolutionized outdoor photography and George Lepp offers a survey of the latest and greatest techniques.  Attendees will learn capture techniques for unlimited depth of field in landscape and macro photography, high dynamic range capture and processing techniques to achieve expanded tonal range and so much more!



Strategies for the Emerging Outdoor & Adventure PhotographerModerator: Amber Terranova
Panelists: Trevor Clark http://www.outdoorphotoexpo.com/ope/seminars/speaker-bios, Mark Fischer http://www.outdoorphotoexpo.com/ope/seminars/speaker-bios, Blake Gordon http://www.outdoorphotoexpo.com/ope/seminars/speaker-bios & Yassine Ouhilal http://www.outdoorphotoexpo.com/ope/seminars/speaker-bios
Sponsored by PDNFor many outdoor/adventure photographers, shooting what you love is the ultimate goal but turning that into a career with steady clients can be a challenge.  In this seminar, four noted outdoor photographers share their career trajectories and explore the business essentials of striking out on your own, including how to negotiate fees, write contracts, and how to maximize the use of social media marketing tools to help build a brand.
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Workflow Secrets for Achieving the Most Realistic HDR Results for Creative and Commercial Work
John Omvik http://www.outdoorphotoexpo.com/ope/seminars/speaker-bios

Sponsored by Unified Color Technologies
HDR imaging continues to evoke sharp criticism from outdoor photographers, who associate the technique with over-saturated and over-contrasted images.  John Omvik, VP of Marketing for Unified Color Technologies, will discuss when to use HDR techniques and demonstrate the latest tools for creating and editing true color HDR images.



EVENING SEMINARS
Thursday, August 4, 2011
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Lighting for Action -- Scott Markewitz http://www.outdoorphotoexpo.com/ope/seminars/speaker-bios
Sponsored by Bron Imaging Group
When used well, the addition of strobes and artificial light sources to outdoor sports and lifestyle activities can create stunning, dramatic and powerful action images.  In this seminar, Scott Markewitz will discuss the basics of lighting the outdoors and the evolution of using strobes and artificial lighting in outdoor photography.


From Camera Click to Computer Click, Producing Gorgeous Landscape Prints
Moose Peterson http://www.outdoorphotoexpo.com/ope/seminars/speaker-bios

Sponsored by Epson
Every time Moose Peterson take a photograph, he looks to accomplish two things: produce an emotional response from the viewer of his landscapes; and ensure he has the quality required to output a print in large format.  Spend some time with Moose Peterson learn all the steps in this process.


A Career in Photography in Today’s Diverse Marketplace
Mary Virginia Swanson http://www.outdoorphotoexpo.com/ope/seminars/speaker-bios & Patrick Donehue http://www.outdoorphotoexpo.com/ope/seminars/speaker-bios



As photography is widely regarded as our common visual language, the marketplace for contemporary imagery is rapidly evolving. Who is hiring photographers and for what skills? What markets are interested in your existing work for licensing, fine art print sales or decor usage? Industry veterans Mary Virginia Swanson and Patrick Donehue provide participants with answers to these, and many other questions.



The Future of Stock: Photography + Video
Corey Rich http://www.outdoorphotoexpo.com/ope/seminars/speaker-bios /Aurora Photos


How do you monetize your adventures and passions. Corey Rich will present and lead a candid discussion on the business of stock photography and the role video will play in the lives of outdoor/adventure content creators.  Topics include capturing unique content, editorial and commercial outlets, model releases, licensing fees, stock agencies, and much more.

MORNING SEMINARS
Friday, August 5, 2011
8:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Big light, Small light, No light: Understanding Light, Telling Better Stories
Kevin Winzeler http://www.outdoorphotoexpo.com/ope/seminars/speaker-bios



This seminar will dive into a variety of simple and complex lighting techniques for today's commercial photographer.  Kevin will discuss the nuances of lighting a scene with reflectors, soft boxes, scrims and other modifiers, as well as when to leave it all in the car and use natural light.


Photographing the West & Using Natural Light for Western Portraiture
David Stoecklein http://www.outdoorphotoexpo.com/ope/seminars/speaker-bios


Sponsored by Canon
David Stoecklein has photographed thousands of cowboys all over the United States through environmental portraits done in very realistic and natural settings with only natural light.  In this seminar, Stoecklein presents his images and shares the knowledge gained from his career of more than 40 years, documenting the West in commercial advertising.



Copyright: Know It or Blow It! Stop Giving Your Money Away!
Debra Weiss http://www.outdoorphotoexpo.com/ope/seminars/speaker-bios & Patrick Donehue http://www.outdoorphotoexpo.com/ope/seminars/speaker-bios
Sponsored by APA NationalUnderstanding how to put copyright to work for you is crucial to your success as a photographer.  Predatory image rights demands and widespread image theft can leave a photographer’s business in jeopardy.  Don’t let this happen to you.  Learn what you need to succeed.

Documenting an Expedition with Video
Jimmy Chin http://www.outdoorphotoexpo.com/ope/seminars/speaker-bios,
Tim Kemple http://www.outdoorphotoexpo.com/ope/seminars/speaker-bios & Renan Ozturk http://www.outdoorphotoexpo.com/ope/seminars/speaker-bios



During this engaging session, Chin, Kemple and Ozturk will share their knowledge about how they incorporate video into nearly every aspect of their work including the use of DSLRs on location in extreme environments, editing and uploading real time dispatches from the field, basic support/audio/monitor kits that can be used in the 'real world', and advantages and disadvantages of RED/AF100 and other 'video' cameras.



EVENING SEMINARS
Friday, August 5, 2011
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Environmental Action Shots
Adam Barker http://www.outdoorphotoexpo.com/ope/seminars/speaker-bios



Barker discusses how he uses the fundamentals learned from fine-art scenic photography to create stunning, active lifestyle images that connect with viewers.  Topics will include understanding and utilizing natural light, engaging the viewer with three-dimensional composition, proper lens selection and how to choose and use landscape filters.

The Agile Photographer: A Multimedia Partner for Business
Jay Kinghorn http://www.outdoorphotoexpo.com/ope/seminars/speaker-bios


Sponsored by ASMP
From blogs to tablets, an explosion of new media are opening up a world of opportunity for photographers willing to learn, adapt and reorganize their business to provide new services to current and future clients.  In this valuable seminar, media trainer and consultant Jay Kinghorn will offer a thorough overview of the new publishing and advertising landscape with an emphasis on channels opening up on mobile devices. Kinghorn will provide valuable insight into new business and pricing models along with sample business opportunities for you to pursue.



Marketing & Publicity for the Outdoor Photographer
Genny Fullerton, Jon-Paul Harrison http://www.outdoorphotoexpo.com/ope/seminars/speaker-bios & Ian Shive http://www.outdoorphotoexpo.com/ope/seminars/speaker-bios

Sponsored by Tandem Stills + Motion
Dive into cutting-edge techniques used by leading corporations to expand your brand and visibility in one of the most desired and competitive photography markets -- the outdoor industry.  This dynamic duo will discuss guerilla marketing techniques and affordable ways to leverage the power of social media to sell images and gain new clients.



Storytelling for a New Era – 2.0
Corey Rich http://www.outdoorphotoexpo.com/ope/seminars/speaker-bios



Corey Rich follows up on last year’s popular PhotoPlus Expo presentation “Storytelling for a New Era – 2.0” with more valuable insight on all of the details surrounding a shoot.  Rich will dissect the entire process including pricing (estimating and building proposals), pre-production (concept development, storyboarding and technical considerations), scheduling, logistics and post-production (editing, color grading, animations/effects, scoring, and sound mix,  all utilizing Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium).


About PDN Outdoor Photo Expo PDN’S OUTDOOR PHOTO EXPO (OPE) will consist of two days of exposition and educational seminars. Currently there is no equivalent live event that is dedicated to the outdoor photography market: adventure, landscape, nature, outdoor sports, travel and wildlife.



OPE is being held in conjunction with Outdoor Retailer which attracts thousands of buyers and senior level decision makers looking for outdoor specific products, services, brands, fresh ideas and outdoor innovation. OPE will focus on bringing together the latest and greatest technologies in the photography and imaging industries with thousands of end users from professional photographers and high-end prosumers to educators, studio managers, photo editors and more looking to take their craft to the next level.

* Students will be required to show a valid student ID.
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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Get Closer To Clarity: The New Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G Brings Fast Macro Ability To DX-Format Shooters

Images Packed with Stunning Detail and Amazing Sharpness Have Never Been So Near

MELVILLE, N.Y. (July 12, 2011) – Nikon Inc. today introduced the new lightweight and versatile AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G lens to provide Nikon DX-format shooters macro capabilities at an affordable price point. Ideal for intimate details or general portraiture, the new AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G lens has a minimum focusing distance of just 0.53 feet (6.4 inches) to allow users to capture extreme close-up photographs and High Definition (HD) video with a life-size 1:1 reproduction ratio.

“This new NIKKOR lens is an ideal accessory lens for those who are ready to explore a totally new perspective, whether it’s extreme close-up detail or general still images and movies with flattering out of focus elements,” said Lisa Osorio, general manager of marketing at Nikon Inc. The new Micro NIKKOR lens delivers new and added versatility to the Nikon DX-format digital SLR system and provides DX-format shooters with compact optics that deliver excellent color reproduction and stunning sharpness.”

Weighing in at approximately nine ounces, the extremely compact and lightweight lens is an ideal “next” lens to complement any DX-format shooter’s growing D-SLR kit. The natural focal length (60mm, FX equivalent) and large f/2.8 aperture are ideal for a wide variety of applications, whether capturing close-up details in flowers and insects or shooting flattering portraiture with a pleasing bokeh.

For fast and whisper quiet autofocus operation, the new Nikon 40mm Micro lens also features Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor technology, which allows photographers to get even closer without disturbing a subject. For complete control, the AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm offers users both manual-priority autofocus (M/A) and manual focus (M) modes to quickly and easily switch focus modes on the fly. To help ensure amazing lens performance at close distances, this new lens employs Nikon’s Close-Range Correction System. With this system, the lens elements are configured in a "floating” design wherein each lens group moves independently to help achieve critical focus. Additionally, Nikon’s Super Integrated Coatings are applied to help reduce instances of lens flare and ghosting. The seven blade diaphragm also helps to create a more natural out of focus component.

The versatile and compact nature of the AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G lens combined with its affordability make it a great travel companion for any DX-format D-SLR, including the new Nikon D5100 and popular D3100.

Price and Availability
The versatile AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G will be available in August for an estimated selling price* of $279.95. For more information, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

*Estimated selling price listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time

Press Contacts: MWW Group
Geoff Coalter | gcoalter@mww.com | 201-507-9500
Matt Kopacz | mkopacz@mww.com | 201-507-9500

About the NIKKOR brand
With a comprehensive assortment of FX and DX-format lenses and focal lengths, from the ultra-wide 10-24mm to the super telephoto 600mm VR, Nikon photographers have come to rely upon the NIKKOR core technologies that contribute to their optical superiority. NIKKOR is the brand name for Nikon’s photographic lenses, which are precision crafted to the most exacting standards in Nikon’s own glassworks. In 1933, Nikon marketed its first camera lens under the NIKKOR brand name, the "Aero-NIKKOR” for aerial photography applications. Since then, NIKKOR has been used as a brand name for Nikon’s lenses that symbolizes durability, high image quality and optical excellence.

About Nikon
Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics. In 2011, production of NIKKOR lenses surpassed 60 million, creating a new milestone in Nikon’s heritage of superior optics. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit http://www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the Web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities. Connect with Nikon and other photographers on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nikon and get the latest news and information from Twitter by following @Nikon_USA.

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Alamy - 'London is the world's most photographed city'

   © Pawel Libera Images / Alamy
 
World’s largest independent stock photo site highlights the top 10 most photographed cities.
As London continues to welcome this year’s influx of summer holidaymakers, the city has come top in a list of the world’s most photographed. So, if you are one of the 27 million [1] people planning to visit London in 2011, then don’t forget to pack your camera – it seems you’ll be in good company.

Independent stock photo agency, Alamy (www.alamy.com), has the largest collection of stock images online. Here, the company provides its list of the world’s most photographed cities.

1. London – currently 804,468 images on the Alamy website. The world’s most photographed city has almost double the amount of images of New York. London has everything to offer, from historical monuments to beautiful parks, museums, restaurants and clubs. And, we can’t ignore the hype that now surrounds the city in the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games.

2. New York – currently 416,048 images on the Alamy website. The city that never sleeps is the most popular place to be photographed in the United States. We’d expect to see this at the top of the list, with famous monuments including: The Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge (all of which featured in Alamy’s top 10 list of the world’s most photographed monuments).

3. Los Angeles – currently 302,732 images on the Alamy website. With a population of over three million – it is the most populous city in California, and the second biggest in the United States. Over 46 million overnight visitors [2] go to LA and the Orange Counties each year, visiting attractions including: Disney Land, Venice Beach and Universal Studios.

4. Paris – currently 207,558 images on the Alamy website. The Eiffel Tower recently came top of the list as the world’s most photographed monument, yet Paris only appears fourth on the list here. It seems tourists are fixated with the Eiffel Tower, but are perhaps not as ‘wowed’ by the city.

5. Berlin – currently 116,531 images on the Alamy website. The capital of Germany and the country’s most populated city. Famous monuments to snap include: The Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie and The Berlin Wall. East meets West in Berlin, making it a visually diverse city.

6. Rome – currently 107,078 images on the Alamy website. Italy’s capital and most populated city. Rome’s famous historical monuments include: The Colosseum and The Vatican.

7. Miami - currently 72,831 images on the Alamy website. This is perhaps a bit of a surprise, but those who have visited with a camera will tell you there's something to shoot on every street corner, from the beach to diverse architecture, everyday life to a spot of ‘how the other half live’.

8. Barcelona – currently 69,581 images on the Alamy website. Spain’s second largest city, and well known in recent times for hosting the 1992 Olympic Games. Its distinctive Gaudi architecture also remains popular with photographers because it’s so unique.

9. Tokyo - currently 66,477 images on the Alamy website. As the world’s most populous metropolis, and Japan’s capital, it is hardly surprising this city appears in the top

10. Hong Kong - currently 62,441 images on the Alamy website. The city’s striking contemporary architecture and extraordinary skyline are sure to be the main reasons why this city makes it onto the list.
Commenting on the top ten most photographed cities, Alan Capel, head of content at Alamy, said: “I suspect the order of the first five cities is heavily influenced by a strong mix of both tourism and business. The latter five provide a strong mix of cultural, historical and visual intrigue. For example shooting Tokyo and Hong Kong at night can give stimulating and powerful results.

“London clearly has universal appeal with the largest number of photographs by far. And, I would anticipate its lead to increase further in the run up to and during 2012 with an influx of tourists and sports fans and new infrastructure and buildings to photograph.

“Cities offer a rich mix of cultures, colours and styles – and a good photograph can provide real insight into their life and soul.”

[1] http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_tourists_visit_London_per_year
[2] http://golosangeles.about.com/od/thingstodoinlosangeles/tp/Top-Things-to...


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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Cvent Kicks Off $10,000 Great Event Photo Contest

Company Invites Meeting and Event Planners, Attendees and Venues to Submit a Photo of Their Favorite Event for a Chance to Win up to $10,000

MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Cvent (http://www.cvent.com/), the world’s largest provider of online event management, meeting site selection and web survey solutions, today launched a Facebook photo contest offering event planners, attendees and venues the opportunity to submit a photo of the best event they’ve ever planned or attended for the chance to win up to $10,000.

Open for submissions from July 7 through August 8, Cvent’s “The $10,000 Great Event Photo Contest” invites participants to submit a photo of their favorite event, along with a brief description of what made the event extraordinary, to earn votes from the public and ultimately win over a Cvent panel of judges.

“We’re looking for the best that the events industry has to offer—whether that be amazing food, a creative display, cool d├ęcor, unique audio/visual effects or a fabulous venue setting,” said Eric Eden, Vice President of Marketing at Cvent. “Through this contest, we’re not only shining a spotlight on the unmatched creativity of the events industry and the venues that help bring great events to life, but also building a community on Facebook that event and hospitality industry professionals can look to for inspiration and to share ideas.”

Starting on August 9, 2011, visitors to the Cvent Facebook page will be able to vote once per day on their favorite photo, and the 25 photos with the greatest number of fan votes by August 22 will be named semi-finalists. From these semi-finalists, a panel of Cvent judges will select ten runners-up to receive a cash prize of $1,000 each, and one Grand Prize Winner who will be awarded a $10,000 cash prize.

What’s more, the venue that hosted the Grand Prize-winning event will receive $8,000 worth of complimentary advertising in Cvent’s e-mail newsletter and also on the Cvent Supplier Network and/or Cvent Destination Guide. The Cvent Supplier Network, which features detailed profiles of more than 150,000 venues worldwide, and the Cvent Destination Guide, with meetings-specific information on over 500 global destinations, are used by more than 125,000 meeting and event planners each month to research meeting destinations and source event venues.

Winners will be announced on August 25. For more details and to make a submission, visit www.facebook.com/cvent.

About Cvent
Founded in 1999, Cvent is the world’s largest meetings management technology company and has over 800 employees worldwide. Cvent offers web-based software for meeting site selection, online event registration, event management, e-mail marketing, and web surveys, and helps over 90,000 users in 40 countries manage hundreds of thousands of events, surveys and e-mail campaigns. The company has processed over $2 billion in online payments and has managed over 30 million event registrations and survey responses for its clients. A leading authority on Strategic Meetings Management (SMM), Cvent has implemented SMM programs for more than 40 corporations over the past year. For more information, please visit www.cvent.com.

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Monday, July 4, 2011

BIFB’11 Proudly Supports Emerging Australian and International Photographers

As the largest photographic festival in Australia, the Ballarat International Foto Biennale is proud to support and host a number of exhibitions by emerging Australian and international photographers.

Alongside many established Australian and international photographers, BIFB will be exhibiting photographs from such up-coming artists as Judith Crispin and Colin Page.

Colin Page
Colin Page was born on the tiny island of Samara i in Papua New Guinea. He spent his early childhood living on Kiriwina Island and describes memories of this time as an inseparable blend of treasured moments and the Kodachrome view of the islands seen in his family's slide shows. His first camera was a Diana, which he used for years, blissfully unaware that there was no film recording his compositions. He put film in the camera while studying at RMIT, where he graduated with a BA in Photography in 1990.

Colin travelled Australia as a portrait photographer then moved back to Melbourne to pursue commercial, advertising and personal work. Colin will be exhibiting the series The Gods which utilizes ultraviolet light to expose his subjects, the result being haunting, powerful images, highlighting both the vulnerability and determination of individuals.

Judith Crispin
Whilst Judith is renowned for her poetic photography, this is only one aspect of her varied skill. She is also an accomplished composer and poet currently living in Berlin as a post doctorial fellow at Humboldt University. After studying musk at Melbourne Conservatorium of Musk and the Canberra School of Musk, Judith gained her PhD in composition and musicology from the Australian National University in 2004. Following on from her doctoral studies, Judith continued her composition studies in Paris during 2005.

Her multifaceted talent in musk and poetry shines through in her photography and is evident in her series The Cartogrophers Illusion which aims to represent memory as record and simulacrum, without abstraction or objectivity, the emotional spaces where memory becomes signifier and symbol- a representational territory transformed by light to function as a mirror of being.

Ballarat International Foto Biennale
BIFB aims to promote photography in all its forms, to educate, inspire and question by presenting photography from the world to Australia and from Australia to the world.

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Exhibitions of Elders of Australian Photography, Alfred ‘Greg’ Gregory and Maggie Diaz at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale

Eminent photographers, Alfred ‘Greg’ Gregory and Maggie Diaz, documented many of the most important events and themes of the twentieth century, both in starkly distinctive and inimitable styles. The Ballarat International Foto Biennale is proud to present solo exhibitions on Gregory and Diaz as part of the BIFB’11 Core Program.

Maggie Diaz- Maggie Diaz arrived in Melbourne from the US in 1961 with a one-way ticket given to her by her ex-husband as a divorce gift. As an award-winning photographer in Chicago, it did not take Maggie long to establish herself as one of the city’s leading commercial photographers. Diaz used her flair for night photography and skill in utilising the available light to capture the essence of Melbourne’s arts and wider community over four decades. Her work has always been marked by the contrast between the glamorous commercial world and those outside of society, with whom she felt a connection. “Photography was something I found that I could earn an income from and it has been my life… Photography kept me from being lazy. It gave me a reason to go out; my imagination was wonderful and even though I made a mess out of a lot of things, photography made me feel that I could be sensitive and intelligent.”

Alfred Gregory- A member of the successful British team that made the ascent to Mount Everest in 1953, Alfred Gregory was in charge of photographing the ascent and the surrounds. His iconic images were promptly syndicated around the world, feeding the public's fascination with the assault on Everest. However, in 1953 ‘promptly’ meant that Gregory packed everything up into a canvas envelope, sealed it up and then sent the package back to Kathmandu with a runner, which took seven days (rather then the average month after Gregory specified that the runner had to be quick). Aside from photographing the expedition, which Gregory felt transformed him from an amateur to a professional photographer, his photographs take us from the English seaside town of Blackpool to the Cordillera ranges in Peru. Gregory’s exhibition at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB) will take us on a journey through his photographs and his vision. As Gregory himself mused, “Pictures are often objets trouves, things found when I have not been looking for
them. They represent particular moments in time that inspired me to look beyond the ordinary to seek an inner meaning”.


This year BIFB is proud to present a dynamic Core Program of 21 Australian and International photographers, along with a further 70 artists who will exhibit as part of the Fringe program. BIFB is becoming one of the major events in the regional Victoria calendar, as Australia’s largest photography festival.

Ballarat International Foto Biennale
BIFB aims to promote photography in all its forms, to educate, inspire and question by presenting photography from the world to Australia and from Australia to the world.

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