Last Year’s Speakers

Speaker Profiles

2017 Speakers

Dan Avila



Dan is an award winning travel photographer and travel writer contracted to shoot images for tourism authorities, governments, magazines & books, resorts and high end tourism operators around the world. Dan shoots with DSLR’s and Medium Format Camera’s and is an enthusiastic photography & photo editing trainer.

John Goldsmith



Dr John Goldsmith is a Western Australian astrophotographer and timelapser with more than 30 years experience.  Dr Goldsmith has curated the Western Australian Astrofest astrophotography exhibition since 2009, is a member of the international astrophotography network called “The World at Night” (, and is the creative developer behind Celestial Visions (  He is the author of “The Universe. Yours to discover”, featuring astrophotography highlights from the first five years of the Astrofest exhibition.

Karl Fehlauer



Karl is a self-taught underwater photographer who picked up his first underwater digital camera in 2008. Karl’s favourite style of photography is macro and he enjoys capturing the unique critters of the ocean and has had numerous articles published in Sportdiving and Divelog magazines. Karl currently uses an Olympus OMD EM-5 camera in a Nauticam housing.

Lisa Ivandich



Lisa has owned and run the successful Perth portrait studio, Lilypad Photography for the past 10 years, specialising in capturing young families.  For the past four years, she has been the WA AIPP Professional Family Photographer of the Year.

Karl Monaghan



Karl first started photography in the early seventies as a teenager on the streets of London, and had no idea he would later in life work full time in the photography profession. His life in London as a teenager was full of dark grey streets, poverty and hardship, which for many is still the same today.


Migrating to Melbourne Australia in 1986/87 with his wife and children, Karl always had a camera for family shots on holidays, and special events but with a full time career as a clinical nurse, there was little time for the creative side.

In the past 5 years my career has really developed, becoming a full accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography in 2009, wining a number of silver award over 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 , gaining Associate in 2014, and Master of Photography in 2016.


Being a member of the AIPP has been one of the best decisions Karl made for personal development in the craft, and inspiration.


Shooting in WA is so diverse – from desert inlands to prolific coast, like Ningaloo, the coral coast and the Batavia Coast. The light is magnificent at times, you can just watch and enjoy without taking a shot.

Mark Stothard



Mark is one of the owners of the magnificent True North, in partnership with Craig Howson and is a passionate photographer. His motto is do it once and do it right.


Mark loves life and lives it to the max every day. He has been involved in 7 businesses over the years including Image Marine, now part of the Austal Ships Group, Skydive Express, Evolution Yachts and now North Star Cruises, True North Ashore and Evolution Commercial. Evolution Commercial are closely aligned with Evolution Yachts and are focused on new builds and refits in aluminium and steel and also steel builds out of Korea.


His Passions are Photography, Surfing, Scuba Diving, Swimming, Bike Riding, Snow Skiing, Canoeing, Skydiving and Cooking.

Tony McDonough



Tony McDonough specialises in real life photography and has travelled throughout Australia and around the world on assignments. He has a distinct brand of photography, giving clients photojournalistic images with a strong story telling aspect.


Born in England, Tony has 25 years of professional experience and has established himself as one of Australia’s most respected photographers. Recognised for his professionalism and ability to capture images that both tell stories and evoke emotion, Tony has worked on projects as diverse as developing corporate suites of photography, editorial shoots, portraits, commercial, industrial and sports photography.


Tony has spent more than 60,000 hours behind a camera lens. Tony’s passion for photography began when studying journalism at the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT), where he graduated in 1979.


When Tony is not behind the lens, he is known to be teaching photography for the Leica Akademie.

Garry Sarre



Specialising in Black and White Portraiture for women, Garry Sarre originally started as a commercial/advertising/fashion photographer and utilising his experience in fashion, moved into portrait photography 20 years ago.


Specialising only in female photography his work includes single shots, women and children as well as more sensual photography of women and their partners. Garry has a friendly and inviting studio in Subiaco with a dedicated make-up and hair styling room.


“I love the craft of photography – I shoot, process and print everything myself”

Tony Hewitt



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!

Daniel Carson



Daniel’s photography career started in sport and when he grows up wants to be a real photographer one day. In 2008 he did his first tour with the Kookaburras (men’s Australian Hockey Team) to Holland for the Champion’s Trophy. From that moment on he followed the path that rapidly opened in front of him paved by shooting international hockey. This took him around the world multiple times from Beijing in 2008, and losing count of the amount of Champion’s Trophies for both the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos internationally as well as two World Cups in 2010.


Early 2012 saw a new AFL Media take shape and Daniel was brought on board covering AFL in Western Australia including shooting the 2015 AFL Grand Final in Melbourne.  Along as being a casual Stringer for Getty Images, he currently is the official photographer for the AFL, Hockey Australia and Hockey WA, The West Coast Fever (Netball WA), Swimming WA and Photosport NZ (Rugby, Boxing, Hockey, Cricket, Motorsport, etc…).

Frances Andrijich

Light & Movement


Frances has earned her place as one of Western Australia’s finest photographers by striving to turn out beautiful, incisive and technically fine images. An authentic Western Australian feel pervades her images, from the tiniest fleck of rusty corrugated iron to the vast grandeur of red ochre landscapes.


Frances’ images grace the covers of magazines, feature articles, books and campaigns, including Good Weekend, Australian Geographic, Halliday Magazine, Gourmet Traveller, Wine Decanter (New York & London Editions), The Financial Review Magazine, Qantas Magazine and Wish Magazine. Her portfolio is diverse, grown out of her ability to be versatile, and her desire for the extraordinary. It includes portraits documentary, dance, corporate, landscapes, food and wine.


A particular passion is working collaboratively with dancers, which she is looking forward to sharing at the Photo Live Expo 2017.

Nick Melidonis



Nick Melidonis is one of Australia’s foremost landscape/travel photographers and photographic educators and has travelled extensively in pursuit of emotive images from some of the world’s most scenic and wild locations. He is a three-time winner of the AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year and is an AIPP Master of Photography V. In 2016, he won the silver medal from 27 countries in the World Photographic Cup held in Portugal in ‘Nature’ ( Landscape and wildlife) category and was a finalist in the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year.


He presents seminars and workshops Australia wide and has led numerous overseas tours to Greece, Borneo, Cambodia, Iceland, Africa, Spain and India. Nick writes regularly for “Better Photography” and “Australian Photography’ magazines


“There are a lot of great photographers on the speaking circuits who communicate their passion, but few are able to communicate passion as well and with a clear understanding and direction that the audience can take away and apply to their own lives. This is where Nick Melidonis excels. He’ll draw you into his world of landscapes, travel and fine art with inspirational images, then describe a simple process you can follow to develop your own style and create your own masterpieces. Nick’s presentation techniques are engaging, humorous and educational and he can speak on everything from composition and photographic philosophy to practical camera and Photoshop techniques – everyone leaves his seminars and workshops on a high.”


Peter Eastway, Grand Master of Photography
Publisher, Better Photography Magazine

Griffin Hammond



Griffin Hammond is a documentary filmmaker in New York City, known for producing DIY filmmaking tutorials for indie filmmakers, and his award-winning documentary “Sriracha.” He covered the U.S. presidential election for Bloomberg Television, and the U.S. State Department named Griffin a ‘Film Envoy’ for the 2017 American Film Showcase-a cultural diplomacy program that sends independent filmmakers around the world to teach.

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.