Judges for The Landscape Awards 2024, presented by SanDisk, will be announced in January 2024. In the meantime, here are the judges from last year's Awards.
Matt Palmer is a landscape photographer focused on conservation issues based in Bright, Victoria. With his partner Mieke Boynton he operates the Alpine Light Gallery. Matt has been recognised as a Master of Photography in Australia and New Zealand, and in 2019 his documentation of fires in Tasmania won him AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year.
Matt has a diverse history in photography, including 15 years of documenting some of the world's most influential musicians from Metallica, Pearl Jam, TOOL, Nick Cave and hundreds more. He also is a former AIPP Australian Professional Sports Photographer of the Year for his documentation of the sport of Muay Thai, and he has acted as an ambassador for Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Tasmania as well as collaborating with the Tasmanian Land Conservancy.
Matt has also been the chief photographer and creative director for Brisbane Roar FC, run a wedding and portrait photography business, and worked with a children's hospital to create images and designs to assist fundraising for medical care and research.
Joel is a Fine-Art photographer, author, and educator, specialising in black and white, long exposure, architectural, landscape, and still life photography. Born in Jakarta, raised in the Netherlands, Joel trained as a criminal lawyer, and worked in IT for over 20 years before he quit his daytime job in 2014 to pursue professional photography full-time.
Since then, Joel has won multiple first and second prizes and received other prestigious commendations over the years. He is currently exhibiting his most recent architectural work in the M7 museum in Doha, Qatar.
Serena Dzenis is a lens-based artist from Australia who resides in Iceland. She uses her imagery to tell stories about science, conservation, environmental issues and the future of mankind.
Serena’s work places a strong emphasis on storytelling within the landscape – connecting with the land and immersing oneself in the rhythms and dangers associated with the living presence of this world. Her hope is to deliver the voice of nature through visual storytelling to a much broader audience in collaboration with researchers, scientists and media outlets.
Having originally made her name in the world of music photography, Serena’s work has continually evolved over time to include documentary, landscape and nature photography, as well as journalism and public speaking. She was named Architectural Photographer of the Year in the 2022 ND Photography Awards. Her current project, “2021 ± II: Utopia Broadcasting”, has been exhibited in several countries and achieved accolades worldwide, including being shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards 2022.
Previously, Serena was the Senior Vice President for the Health and Community Services Union (HACSU) in Australia, where she used her organisational abilities to motivate change. She also has over a decade of experience as a Mental Health clinician in youth early psychosis crisis assessment and treatment, as well as adult forensic psychiatry. Whilst maintaining a career in the health sector, she continued to work as a freelance photojournalist.
Given her unique background, Serena’s photographs depart from the traditional, with a focus on capturing the otherworldliness that is sometimes associated with nature on our own planet. Through her work, she has embraced the challenge to inspire others to think more deeply about our actions as a species, one image at a time.
Rachael is a professional seascape and coastal photographer represented by galleries in Europe and the USA. Her work is frequently exhibited, and her limited-edition prints are collected internationally. She is the author of three monographs.
Rachael grew up on the south coast of England and much of Rachael’s early childhood was spent at sea. Her first career, however, was as a solicitor in the City of London. During the City years, her friends and colleagues were used to seeing her return from trips with bags full of exposed film; the developing sometimes cost more than the trip! In 2008, she converted to digital, and she says that is when the obsession really set in. In 2000, Rachael left her City career and she now works full-time on her photography.
Rachael’s nautical childhood left her with a life-long love for the ocean and the coast it carves. For Rachael, nothing beats a day on an empty shore, and this is reflected in her work. Often choosing to work in the tradition of the ‘Sublime’, Rachael is drawn to the coast in the wildest weather, but she also loves to capture quieter moods, often focusing on the tiniest of details at the tideline. She admits that she is both frightened and fascinated by the sea.
Her Sirens series embodies hidden figures that seem to emerge from the water. Sirens has won a series of international awards and featured in national and international publications including The Guardian, Sunday Times, Wired, Colossal, My Modern Met, De Volkskrant and Süddeutsche Zeitung. In an article from Colossal, Talibart reflects on her relationship with the sea, “It makes small, unimportant things of us all yet, at the same time, it is exhilarating and profoundly life affirming.”
William Patino is an award-winning landscape photographer and educator based out of Te Anau in the South Island of New Zealand. Will's work has been collected around the world and he has had the pleasure of teaching thousands of students through his workshops and online courses. Will is most passionate about pursuing dramatic moments in the grand landscape, with his work placing an emphasis on atmosphere, light and expressing emotion. Although originally from the coastal shores of Wollongong Australia, Will's passion and calling is for the rugged mountain and forest scenes of Fiordland NZ, where he resides with his wife and two young children.
Candace Dyar is a nature and conservation photographer, educator and wildlife advocate based in Seattle, Washington State. Currently partnered with several nonprofit organizations and conservation groups, she shares imagery and works to educate the public in efforts to relist gray wolves of the Northern Rockies as an endangered species, among various other projects. Her goal as a photographer is to connect with viewers on an emotional level, while also drawing attention to important issues relating to environmental issues, conservation and climate change. More than anything, she aspires to stir something within the viewer and to motivate them.
Candace is passionate about exploring and photographing the diversity of wilderness areas in their entirety, including wildlife, flora and landscapes. Having a background education in art history significantly contributes to her overall artistic vision and she is known for portraying a painterly type of style within her work.
Steph Vella is a passionate travel, landscape and portrait photographer based in Sydney, Australia.
She loves capturing and sharing the natural beauty of the world. Along with shooting, she also loves teaching others through her private and group workshops. She is also the co-founder of the In Focus Women community, which celebrates, supports and inspires women in landscape photography from around the world.
Anthony McKee is a Melbourne-based writer and social documentary photographer. In 2014 he was named AIPP 2014 Australian Documentary Photographer of the Year. He has also won awards for his landscape photography. He has judged professional and amateur photography awards on both sides of the Tasman and in 2013 was made an Honorary Fellow of the NZIPP for his services to photography. He is a regular contributor to Australian Photography magazine.
Jackie Ranken is an Australian born, multi-award-winning landscape/art photographer who has lived in New Zealand since 2004. She has over thirty five years’ experience within the visual arts and has been an international awards judge since 2002.
She combines her art practice with teaching and is a presenter in workshops and seminars internationally. Her passion is the creation of multi-layered narratives via in camera multiple exposures and intentional movements. Allowing play and serendipity into her creative process gives her personal freedom to break rules and push the so-called boundaries of traditional image making processes.
Since 2001 she has won many prestigious photography awards which have culminated in making her a Grand Master of both the Australian and the New Zealand Institutes of Professional Photography. She is a Canon Master and EIZO Ambassador.
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