Friday, July 5, 2019

2019 Lord Mayor's Photographic Awards.

Get snapping and submit

Budding Brisbane photographers are invited to get snap happy and submit their favourite image that captures what they love about Brisbane for the 2019 Lord Mayor's Photographic Awards.
The competition celebrates Brisbane's stories through the lens and enables residents to get creative and reflect our energetic city in their own style.

Get snapping

Opening on 10 July, the photographic competition offers a range of categories that cater for all photo enthusiasts, from novices to professionals. Everyone is invited to share their favourite images that show what they love about Brisbane, with up to $14,000 in prize money up for grabs.
Whether you live, work or study in Brisbane, we are seeking your unique perspective on the city from every angle - from its unique character, to the hidden gems and local features that make our city great.

Captured by the lens

Previous winners of the Lord Mayor's Photographic Awards include a:
  • chance moment of street theatre (open category) by Joe Ruckli capturing bright and colourful street art in the Brisbane Central Business District (CBD)
  • dazzling image of beautiful lit up fig tree in the City Botanic Gardens by Zanti Jimenez (social media category)
  • starry night vista from the Mount Gravatt Lookout by Ryan Warwick (student cateogry)
  • natural sun-lit tree glow at night in Roma Street Parkland by Ping Wah Lam (People's Choice award).

Up for grabs

Prizes for the 2019 Lord Mayor's Photographic Awards fall under several categories, with six prizes on offer. The categories/awards and their prizes include:
  • open category winner - $5000
  • open category first runner-up - $2000
  • open category second runner-up - $1000
  • student category - $3000
  • People's Choice award - $2000
  • social media winner - $1000.

Get involved

Submissions for the 2019 competition open at 10am on Wednesday 10 July and close at 4pm on Wednesday 7 August 2019.
Entry is easy. You can enter via Instagram using the hashtag #LMPA2019, or by using the online submission form. Enter as many times as your like, however you must submit a new entry form for each entry.
Entries will be judged by a panel including Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner, with the winning entries to be showcased in the Brisbane CBD.

Related information

  • Borrow a photography magazine from a Council library
  • Take your camera and snap away at at festival
  • Visit the beautiful Japanese Garden at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha for photography inspiration.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Art Photography Awards 2019

Art Photography Awards
- Now Open!

The 2019 LensCulture Art Photography Awards aim to recognize and reward talented and visionary artists using photographic processes and images to make remarkable work.

Awards include an exhibition in Paris during Paris Photo this November, international photo festival projections, massive exposure to international press + our global online audience of three million, publication in The Best of LensCulture - Volume 4, and much more!

Enter a series or 5+ images and you will automatically qualify for a free written professional review of your submission.

As always, this award is open to photographers from all locations and all levels of experience. Don't miss this opportunity to share your work with the world and participate in our global photographic community.

Deadline: Wednesday 19 June, 2019

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Latest Publication

There’ll Be More Rainbows Than Ever Across Brisbane This IDAHOT

Source: QNews 24/04/2018
Nine prominent Brisbane landmarks will be emblazoned in rainbow lights to commemorate this year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on May 17.
The day is recognised internationally to raise awareness of discrimination and prejudice experienced by queer people and events are held to spread messages of acceptance and inclusion.

In Brisbane, rainbow flags will fly from Brisbane City Hall as well as the state headquarters of Queensland Police Service, Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.May 17 is the date on which the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases in 1990.
In the evening, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and the Brisbane Powerhouse will be lit up in rainbow lights for the first time.
The Brisbane Powerhouse is holding a free special event that evening featuring guest speakers and a memorial ceremony as the venue begins their annual queer arts festival MELT.
Around Brisbane, Queensland Parliament House, Brisbane City Hall, the Treasury casino, the Story Bridge, Victoria Bridge and Kurilpa Bridge will also be lit up in rainbow lights to mark IDAHOT.
Brisbane LGBTIQ Action Group (BLAG) will host a rainbow lights walking tour through Brisbane that evening, leaving King George Square outside City Hall at 5.15pm sharp.
Walkers will catch the 6.02pm bus from Brisbane City Hall to travel to the Brisbane Powerhouse IDAHOT event. For more details, visit the Facebook page.
“There are many countries, including parts of the Middle East, Africa and Asia, where homosexual acts are illegal. In these countries a conviction leads to up to life imprisonment, and in some countries even the death penalty,” BLAG convenor Phil Browne said.
“Though homosexual acts are now legal in Australia, prejudice and discrimination still exists, resulting in a range of worse health and social outcomes for LGBTI people including alarming rates of mental health conditions and suicide rates.
“IDAHOT is a day to break down divisions and remember those who have died as a result of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, either by their own hand, or by the actions of others.
“Together, lets make the world a better place.”
At least five regional Queensland Councils have also previously flown rainbow flags to commemorate IDAHOT – Ipswich City, Somerset, Townsville City, Noosa and Scenic Rim Regional Council.
(Bridge photo by Tony Robertson)

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Feature Album: People and Personalities

My album of People and Personalities explores the diversity of those who appear in front f my lens. These images feature portraits of those I have met in community and cultural settings from celebrities  to the suburban.

Here is a sample of the people and personalities that hav ebeen on the other side of my lens

Monday, April 10, 2017

Neighbours on the Boundary Exhibition

This exhibition celebrates Neighbour Day 2017 on 26th March. It features people for whom Boundary Street is a neighbourhood of life, work, relaxation, shopping , celebration, and friendships. 

Boundary Street is a neighbourhood that embraces diversity. Shopfronts tell stories of the old and new cultures that have made a home here. Private homes and public space sit side by side. Street signs tell the histo ry of a colonial presence on ancient land of the Jagera and Turrbal peoples 

This exhibition is running conjunction with an online exhibition

Tony Robertson is a Brisbane photographer whose works in the tradition of social documentary and storytelling. His folio of images includes, political rallies, cultural celebrations and memorials for bereaved communities.

Monday, October 24, 2016

October 2016 Collection

How can photography add to welcome for new and emerging communities in our suburbs? My work and passion take me into festivals, community celebratiosn, religious gatherings and cultural opportunities that allow me to capture faces of diversity. 
The publication and sharing of these images is an important project that puts cultural diversity in the public square. The highlight of today's Welcome Fest was the exchamge of greetings and gifts between the First Nations Elders and Leaders. from New Communities in Brisbane.
#welcomefest #welcomefest2016 #mda #refugees

I love the opportunity to explore our public and private buildings durng this "Open House" weekend. One of the features of St John's Anglican Cathedral is that itis still being completed so each visit unveils a new aspect of the building. By strange conincidence this year both the Catholic and Anglican Cathedrals were wrapped in scaffolding. This provided another persective beyond the neat tourist shots of clean lines and neat landscapes. 

The other aspect of religious buildings that makes them fascinating for events like this is that they are living spaces with life happening around and within. On Saturday for example there were two wedding groups at the Cathedral of St Stepehn that provided some colour and pazzaz to my images. 
#brisbaneopenhouse #brisbaneopenhouse2016 

We Walk Together for those who are unable to walk freely from detention centres.
We Walk Together for those whose journey to freedom has been thwarted by cruelty and injustice.
We Walk Together for people seekiing refuge and asylum who have been demonised and betrayed.
We Walk Together to confront the political inertia that leaves people languishing in detention centres.
We are the faces of compassion and welcome.
We are the voices of justice and human dignity
We are the community of welcome and acceptance.

Since 2007 the West End Community have gathered under the Dornoch Bridge in Boundary Steet to race into the main strip of the suburb on wheels of every description.
The Kurilpa Derby began as the Whellchair Derby inspired and led by the late Aunty Malinjarli Dillon. In the weeks leading up to the 2016 Kurilpa Derby West End's beloved "Aunty" passed away.
By way of acknowledgement and respect members of Aunty Malinjarli's family and friends led the parade this year carrying a favourite portrait.
These images capture the colour, the creativity and the people who bring life, colour and community to West End.