2018 Speakers

Speaker Profiles

2018 Speakers

Alex Cearns

Travel Photography


Alex is the Creative Director of Perth based Houndstooth Studio and specialises in capturing portraits that convey the intrinsic character of her animal subjects. The recipient of over 250 awards, Alex’s philanthropy and passionate advocacy for animal rescue has earned her high regard among global animal lovers and a strong following on social media. She is a wildlife photography tour leader, taking likeminded people to some of the world’s most exciting animal destinations and has travelled to all 7 continents. Alex is a dynamic and inspirational speaker and photographic educator. She uses warmth, humour and uplifting visual storytelling to highlight the essence of joy in animals. Alex is an Ambassador for Tamron, Seagate, Spider Holster and BenQ.

Denise Teo



Denise’s 39 year career in picture taking – from ‘moving picture making’ in a specialist film unit to a ‘still frame career’  has been forged out of commitment and tenacity.

From AIPP Canon Overall Winner – Professional Photographer of the Year 1998,  Telstra WA Business Woman of the Year finalist in 2003, International Speaker British Isles 2007, regular oversees assignments,  to Fuji ACMP 10 Year Retrospective – Best of Australian Photography Collection 2008.

Michael Haluwana

Drone & Video


Michael Haluwana has achieved several accolades and awards from reputable businesses such as National Geographic, BBC , Sony and Canon.


With the love and passion Michael has for his work for Photography and Cinematography, he’s had fantastic opportunities to work alongside incredible professionals, for iconic projects in Australia and overseas including BBC Planet Earth II.

John Woodhouse

Fine Art Photography


John Woodhouse is a member of the AIPP and has experience in Wildlife, Wedding, Portrait and Commercial Photography. His main area of work is creating and selling Fine Art images. He has owned and operated a Fine art Gallery in Perth.


John Woodhouse was the 2015 West Australian Professional Photographer of the Year.

Mark Galer

Portrait Photography


Mark Galer is a seasoned professional photographer, educator and author of thirty books for the International publisher Focal Press. Mark has served as a Senior Lecturer and Program Director of the BA Photography course at RMIT University in Melbourne and is a Sony Global Imaging Ambassador.

Lisa Saad

Illustrative Photography


Lisa Saad combines creativity, 30 years of industry experience and a relentless passion for the art of photography to create award-winning work that speaks for itself. Her promise of quality and experience in all platforms of digital and analogue media adds a unique flavour to her distinctive style. 


Lisa’s photographic work has gathered acclaim both locally and internationally. She is the 2016 AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year, the 2017 & 2016 Victorian Professional Photographer of the Year and the 2016 NZIPP International Professional Photographer of the Year. Apart from over 200 awards to her name, Lisa is also an Ilford Master and the brand ambassador for Manfrotto, Epson, Phottix, Tamron and Eizo as well as a national and international judge for the past 12 years. 


Her most recent project ‘The Anonymous Man’ series has even found its way to the silver screen. Many pieces from the collection adorned the walls of the award-winning TV show Utopia, throughout its season 3 showcase. 


Lisa is an accomplished Advertising and Commercial Photographer and a Director of Photography. She owns and operates two photographic businesses from her studio in Melbourne. One is targeted towards high-end imagery for Advertising and Corporate client needs. The other supplies high-end photography to B2B clients. 

She is also an expert in producing imagery, digital manipulation and old school techniques. She has an in-depth knowledge of every single facet that contributes to the final product. From composition to video-editing and everything in between, she’s committed to being a part of the entire process.


Lisa believes that anyone and everyone should have the ability and access to quality and professional photography. When she’s not creating epic work for brands and businesses, she’s busy lending her knowledge to help young and established photographers enhance their skill set.

Rob Mulally



Rob Mulally is a freelance photographer based in Sydney Australia, He started taking photos on his phone in 2013 and quickly built an obsession for photography and connected via social media with other photographers around the world, he bought a camera in 2014 and quit his corporate IT job in 2015.  A big believer in building real relationships over social media and participating in online communities 99% of his referrals for photo and video work comes as a result of his Instagram account.

David Dare Parker



A Walkley Award winning photojournalist and NIKON Ambassador, David Dare Parker has photographed for many national and international magazines throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Australasia. Publications include LeMonde, Stern, Australian Geographic, The Bulletin, The New York Times and Time Australia. He is featured in the Australian War Memorial book ‘Contact’ – Australian War Photographers and WAR: Degree South.


Projects include coverage of East Timor’s struggle to gain independence and Indonesia’s first steps towards democracy. In January 2002 he was asked to co-ordinate a safety awareness course for Afghan Journalists in Peshawar, Pakistan for the International Federation of Journalists. During April and May of 2003 he was the Official War Photographer for the Australian War Memorial during Operation Falconer in the Middle East, the first time an Official Photographer had been assigned by the AWM since the Korean War.


Recent work includes a project on Islamic faith healing in Indonesia and coverage of the Rohingya humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh.


As a film industry production stills photographer, recent credits include 3 Acts of Murder, Cloudstreet, Underbelly Razor, Brothers In Arms – Bikie Wars, Redfern Now, An Accidental Soldier, Love Child 2, Red Dog: True Blue, Paper Planes, Jasper Jones, Three Summers, Breath, Go Karts & Whiteley.


He is one of the original co-founders of Reportage, was a Director of FotoFreo Photographic Festival and a Walkley Advisory Board Member. He is a member of the °SOUTH Photo Co-operative.

Roger Groom



Having over over 10 years experience delivering astrophotography workshops and 20 years astrophotography experience, Roger Groom has been asked just about anything and everything relating to astrophotography and astronomy.

Tony Hewitt

Landscape Photography


Tony is an ‘Honorary Fellow’ & ‘Grand Master of Photography’ of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP). Tony’s career highlights feature over 300 State, National and International awards including the prestigious title of 2013 Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year. Tony has been consistently invited to Critique, Judge & Chair judging panels both nationally and internationally since 1995.


With a passion for people, places, and an instinctive sense of the moment, Tony Hewitt brings a unique combination of award winning photographic vision, artistic narrative and simple creativity. His photographic journey has seen him explore the genres of Fine Art, Portrait, Landscape & Commercial Photography, and he exhibits regularly both within Australia and Overseas recently completing his 16th solo exhibition, at the prestigious Lynton and Kay Gallery in Perth titled ‘Lux et Aqua’.


Tony will change the way you make pictures!

Stefan Gosatti

Food Photography Workshop


Stefan Gosatti is a freelance editorial, commercial and sports photographer. A working ‘gun-for-hire’ since 2001; on location and from his studio in North Perth.


Amongst many commercial clients, Stefan also works regularly for Getty Images, shooting runway fashion around Australia. He is currently the West Coast Eagles (AFL) sports photographer, and flies around the north of the state documenting mining/resource projects.


From within his studio he snaps portraits for corporate WA, aspiring actors, personal clients, fashion and food/product/lifestyle advertising campaigns.


…in his spare time he presents workshops for Nikon and Profoto around Australia.


He loves his job…

Adam Monk

Print Workflow


Adam began my Photographic career way back in the film and darkroom days, and has have many years of working in professional darkrooms printing extensively, as well as over 15 years of hands on digital printing experience with large format professional printers. He work out of his gallery in Fremantle, where for nearly 13 years, has printed all my own work that goes on the wall, and that work now hangs in homes and businesses the world over.  Throughout the years Adam has printed and sold literally thousands of meters of canvas and photographic paper prints, in all that time he has only ever had one image returned for re-print, and that was the result of a faulty batch of canvas.  Adam is not someone who has just read a few books and decided to teach, he is a professional full-time photographer and a professional digital printer.  Currently runs Epson 9900 & 4900 Pro printers, and has experience with almost all of the Epson & Canon range of printers.  Adam knows what he’s doing, and how to show it to you.

Ian and Erick Regnard

Portrait Lighting Workshop


I can still hear the ocean in front of our place when I think about it! It’s something you never forget!! Erick and I, Ian, were born on the island of Mauritius and kind of grew with the acceptance that somehow we were lucky enough to have experienced the freedom to be kids… Our relationship means everything! We understand each other, we feed off each other but most of all we challenge each other. This relationship thing also intriguely comes into our photography… We love the relationship with the sun and the ocean and everything around – call us old fashioned but we put a lot of work into creating the image right, first time, using natural light and using flashes, and using people with great faces… We both love photography and we push the envelop to the point that some think we are crazy and maybe we are! Crazy enough to go the extra mile to create what we think is a great shot. We love good food, we love wine, we love Rhum! We love girls, we love friends we love family… and we LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY!!!

David Boon

Lightroom & Photoshop


David Boon is a Sydney based multiaward winning creative director and photographic artist.


His work began in travel where he travelled to over 25 countries in 2017 alone, for tourism, hotels and brands. With a love for lighting and creative portraiture his main subjects centre around these now, while at the same time directing documentaries and advertising stills and cinema. Learning retouching under some of the best in the industry in NY, NZ and Paris it shows in his Landscape and Portrait skin work. David and his team are due to work from NY to Sierra Leone in the coming year on some revolutionary projects.