Films, commissions, prizes and most importantly, making more work: SUNSTUDIOS Emerging Photography Award 2018 finalists have made the most of their time in the spotlight. Here’s a small selection of what they have been up to since appearing in our 2018 exhibition.
Overall SEPA 2018 winner Daniel Njegich used his prize to help create "Persia's Pantry" – a short documentary about an Iranian asylum seeker standing on his own two feet. The work was screened at the Revelation Film Festival in July 2019 and will progress onto a festival circuit.
“I am in the process of trying to organise a trip to Banglasdesh to do a photo story on the Hijra people as well as continue work on my "Life on the Edge" series.”
“SEPA worked text book well,” said Pratley.
He had been working as a well-regarded assistant in Sydney before being a finalist in the reportage section last year. A director who had seen his work on the walls of SUNSTUDIOS Atrium gallery remembered him when work came up in behind the scenes photography, leading to a role in stills photography on film sets.
The bookings grew, fuelled by further finalist appearances in the National Photographic Portrait Prize and the Head On Portrait Prize. Joel is now working as a full-time freelance photographer alongside continued work on personal projects.
Her finalist SEPA series was picked up and featured in Suit Case magazine. Coumbe also landed her dream assignment: a commission from Delicious magazine to shoot a travel feature on Norfolk Island (published in February 2019).
“Recently I have been in southern Spain working on a personal body of work at Seville’s Fera festival,” she said.
“The festival draws thousands of people together to celebrate their culture. The women dress in traditional flamenco, horses dressed in bells parade around, tents are filled with the sound of traditional music, dancing and drinking. I even got in the thick of it and dressed up like a local in flamenco to get the images I wanted.”
Yang has continued to refine his creative practice focusing on challenging the boundaries within photography while gradually developing my style/aesthetic.
“At the moment, my works are still very experimental, but they are slowly coming together, with the primary focus still on portraiture, storytelling and its relevance to contemporary society.”
Genres often known for being grand and imposing, the imagery of 2019 SEPA Landscape and Architecture finalists is instead gentle, strange and subtle. The judges have selected Debbie Gallulo, Ashley Ludkin and Matt Solomon as three artists with strong perspective on our built and natural environment.
Earlier this year photographer and civil engineer Gabriel Jia fulfilled a childhood dream to visit the Lalibela Rock-Hewn Churches in Ethiopia. His debut solo exhibition, The Hidden Pilgrimage, shares his enchantment with an ancient place.
An enviable clarity of vision and purpose characterises Wendy McDougall's lengthy and impressive career. SUNSTUDIOS sat down with the music photographer in the lead up to It's only rock 'n' roll but I like it... launching in Melbourne on May 9, continuing 10-24 May 2019.
Victorian photographer Sean Paris caught the eye of our judges and was awarded Highly Commended for his series Melbourne Race Rallies. We caught up with him for more information on his topical, powerful work. Catch the exhibition in Melbourne from November 2.
Pratley’s series of SEPA 2018 portraits grew organically out of encounters in daily life with people, a reminder that people you walk past every day often hold valuable experience. His images are an education in adversity and how to continue on.