We are very glad to have very experienced and talented photographers again as our judges of this year’s competition.
We wish you well with the task ahead of you and thank you for your good judgements.
For forty years David Gallan has had a keen interest in a diverse range photography including the recording of nature in Australia and on several trips to Africa. David’s wilderness and wildlife photos have been used in campaigns for the SE forests, by the Australian Museum’s photo library and published in books and journals. In 2016 David’s wildlfe photography and video recordings featured in his documentary film, UNDERSTOREY.
Steve is a Consulting Ecologist with more than 25 years’ experience in the field, and has completed more than 1,000 biodiversity surveys across Australia. He is a passionate photographer of Australian wildlife, and has won numerous photo competitions including the BirdLife Australia Threatened Species category. Based in Tathra, Steve is also the Head Bird Keeper at On the Perch Bird Park, an avian conservation and education facility.
Kerri-Lee Harris and Paul Whitington
Kerri-Lee and Paul share a lifelong interest in nature and a love of natural places. They are both keen photographers, developing their skills through many years of field-based nature photography. As self-confessed ‘twitchers’, their subjects are often birds. At the other end of the ‘focal-length-spectrum’, however, they have extensive experience with macrophotography. These days their macro work is mostly done in the field, but included extensive laboratory work in the past. They have lectured and researched in the biological sciences at the University of Melbourne and the University of New England. Paul completed his PhD at the Australian National University and Kerri-Lee at UNE. Since retiring, they have lived in a patch of native forest on the Far South Coast. They spend their days observing and photographing the organisms with whom they share the bush.
Their beautiful website shows some of the creatures and plants they are discovering near their place : https://southernforestlife.net
Belinda is an artist with a background in design and arts administration. In 2016 she initiated the Lonely Arts Club Pambula, a team of local artists and arts workers that facilitate art workshops and creative projects such as the Ephemeral Festival with Panboola Wetlands. Prior to this, she worked with The Glasshouse Regional Gallery (Port Macquarie) in the development and delivery of children’s activities and public programs. She was commissioned by the Bega Valley Shire Council to create the mural Dream Swim for the Sapphire Aquatic Centre in 2014, and the Pambula Merimbula Golf Club in 2016 for the mural The Mob & Moonbeams. Belinda draws inspiration from local wildlife and landscapes and uses photography as an integral part of her creative work.