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Amazing Presenters - What a Line-up!

Emerald Photographic Club was incredibly excited to bring you this fabulous lineup of speakers. We watched, enthralled, as some of our most favourite people in photography came to spend some time in our part of the world!

Steve Parish

Naturalist | Photographer | Artist | Teacher | Publisher | Author

World renowned photographer and artist

Steve is a passionate speaker and one of few Australian photographers who can look back over fifty-five years of photography working across a vast range of social and natural history subjects. Since the age of sixteen, he has shared his work with the Australian community through thousands of publications, talks, exhibitions and public events.


He is an enthusiastic and highly motivational speaker, and teachers and past participants frequently comment on his energy and willingness to share his knowledge openly.

Steve’s iconic publications continue after 35 years in print, a massive body of work for which he received the Order Of Australia in 2008 for his contribution to the publishing industry through the publishing of Australian Natural History.

Steve is also holding two separate one-day workshops on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th May 2018 in Emerald!

Photography As Fine Art Workshops

Meet for Photo Art Walk 6.30am
then after breakfast

9 am – 5.30 pm –  Fine Art Sessions + Q&A
Included: Lunch, morning and afternoon tea
+ workshop notes provided.

Book now as these days will fill up quickly!

Ken Drake

Animal Photographer of Awesomeness

Photographing Animals With Style and Meaning

Ken is the director and Master Photographer at Zoo Studio, and he is the proud Dad of two dogs, several cats and a clutch of chickens. Ken has been recognised for his beautiful animal portraiture all over the world, has been published on at least three continents and has won major international photography competitions. He is passionate about animals, being a keen advocate for animal welfare in all its guises and a proud supporter of animal welfare charities.

James Laws

Emerald Photographer

Photography has been a life-long passion of mine, becoming a career in 1996, when I established James Laws Photography. For three years prior to that I had worked at CQ News as a weekend photographer. In 2008 we were proud to produce the DVD “Highlands in Flood”, which captured pictorially the devastating effects of the January floods. We were pleased that the production and sale of this DVD helped to raise relief funds for those affected by the floods.

James will be speaking about "Why Do We Take Photos?" Photographing for family records, recording history, and entering competitions.

Alessandro Petrini

Timelapse, Video and Astrophotography

Alex is a professional filmmaker and photographer, working commercially since 2003. His main field is landscape, and he also makes commercials for many European companies.

Having created timelapse films, books and publications for Italian regions that have been published by National Geographic Italia, Landscape Photography Magazine, Tesori d'Abruzzo magazine and many more, and being a finalist in the Views of the World Festival in Montreal, Alex is currently working on a collaborative project in Northern Europe.

As a photographer, his images have been published in FotoCult, Digital Camera Magazine, Professional Photoshop magazine, and many more.

EPC Women

Michael Connelly

Happy Committees - The Key to Best Practice Governance

With 20 years experience in this field, Michael has developed a comprehensive understanding of governance and facility operations in the community sector.

Michael is an entertaining and engaging speaker, and helps volunteers feel confident in their roles by simplifying all of the elements of running their organisations, even the scary parts, and better sharing the work around.

CPR Group - helping to create happier volunteers since 1997.

Les Walkling

Understanding Pictures

Dr Les Walkling is an artist, educator and consultant. His works are widely exhibited and in many public collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and The National Gallery of Victoria.


Les is the former Program Director of Media Arts and Senior Research Fellow and Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant recipient at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. 


He also works as an imaging, printing and colour management consultant, lecturer, and mentor, regularly conducting digital photography courses and workshops, and serves on cultural advisory and management boards including the MGA Gallery of Art.

Our Fabulous Juniors

From Our Perspective

Our next generation of artists, photographers and creatives need to be encouraged at every step of their creative journeys.

Samantha and some of our junior members will give us an insight into how they approach their images, from their perspective.

Nicole Mittan

Smart Phone Photography - a Pocket Revolution

Nicole Mittan is a local photographer whose love of the environment, nature, and photography encourages her to capture it all whenever she can! Recently her iPhone has become her favourite tool (much to the dismay of the D810 Nikon) and has changed the way she looks at the world, and her own photography.

She loves photographing animals (pets in particular), nature and landscapes, and now uses the camera she has with her all the time to capture everything from macros to abstracts.

Nicole will help you learn how to use your smart phone to its best capability, share some tips and tricks, and info on photo organisation, storage, and some popular photo editing apps.

Selena Rollason

The 'Birth' of a new photographic genre

Selena Rollason is an internationally award winning professional birth photographer based at Stafford Heights in Brisbane. She has built a full time career photographing birth and documentary style photography. Her birth images are known worldwide and have appeared in various media publications both within Australia and worldwide.


She beautifully documents the most raw and special moments that families experience on the day they meet their baby and is helping women to change the way they see themselves and their birth experiences.


Selena’s accolades include back to back winner of 1st place in the Photojournalism Category of the WPPI annual print competition (Las Vegas), 2015 & 2016 Australian Professional Birth Photographer of the Year, 2016 QLD Birth Photographer of the Year, 2017 QLD Travel Photographer of the Year and the 2017 QLD Pet/Animal Photographer of the Year (runner up).

Ralph Brown

Family Portraiture

Photography is more of a passion than a business to Ralph and his greatest pleasure comes from encouraging other photographers to capture the beauty of the world around us. Ralph sees the camera as an extension to the human senses, to sight, to touch and the emotion of capturing the memories of life to be preserved for eternity.

Most of all, Ralph enjoys capturing the beauty of this world, the dynamic action of life, the stunning colours of nature be it a beautiful flower or an amazing bird or animal. He also loves to photograph people and the beauty of the human form, the character and emotion portrayed on faces such as the joy of a wedding ceremony, studio portraiture, family gatherings or just the candid shot of people in the street.

Dean Saffron

Documentary Photography - Capturing the Subject

Dean Saffron is a freelance documentary photographer / filmmaker, with a solid commercial history including Shell, Billabong, Young Care, Salvation Army, GPT group, Leighton Property Group, Outrigger Resort chain and Brisbane Convention Centre. 2007 saw him become involved with aidwork projects and travel extensively to document programs in conjunction with World Food Program, UNICEF and UNHCR. Vastly different from his previous briefs, this work throughout Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar border and East Timor encouraged Dean to enter the world of photojournalism.  In 2013 Dean started film making  and he has enjoyed the transition into a whole new form of visual  story telling  which has won him  numerous International film festival accolades  .


Dean has enjoyed four solo exhibitions, three collective exhibitions and his eye care images for Brien Holden Vision Institute were used to open the World Congress of Optometry in South Africa.


Dean’s work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times,  Black  & White Magazine, The New Internationalist, Black and White magazine, German Stern .de, South African newspapers, ABC, Newswires AP, AAP, Corbis images, The Examiner, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and Australian Geographic – to name a few.


Dean’s success may be attributed to respecting the responsibility of being a global citizen, appreciating the privilege of   being invited into people’s lives and an insight into the impact of sharing such moments captured through the lens.

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