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In focus: the state of Australian photojournalism

Photographers can get to the heart of a news story in a single shot - hear a spirited discussion with experts in the field.


Woman with baby, Steve Pennells, Seven West Media
Credit: Steve Pennells, Seven West Media
28 January 2015, 6:00pm7:15pm
Location Village Roadshow Theatrette
via Entry 3, La Trobe Street
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Photographers can get to the heart of a news story in a single shot - hear from experts in the field on the state of photojournalism in Australia and the world. Listen as former The Age editor Michael Gawenda, photojournalists Simon O’Dwyer and Justin McManus, and academics Julie Millowick and Fay Anderson, discuss their professional experiences, stories from behind the lens, and wider issues from the decline of traditional newsprint to the rise of citizen journalism.

This event is held in partnership with the Walkley Foundation and complements the 2014 Nikon-Walkley Press Photography exhibition, currently on at the State Library until 8 February.

Meet the panel

Michael Gawenda

Michael Gawenda is one of Australia's best-known journalists and authors. He held the position of Editor-in-Chief of The Age from 1997 to 2004. In a career that has spanned three decades, he has won numerous journalism awards, including three Walkley awards. Michael was the inaugural Director of CAJ and remains as a Fellow at the Centre. In June 2014, Michael was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to the print media industry and his work to advance professional education and development.

Fay Anderson

Associate Professor Fay Anderson lectures in journalism history at Monash University. In 2012, Anderson was part of a group awarded an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant to investigate the history of Australian press photography. Their co-authored book, Chasing the Picture: Australian Press Photography, will be published in 2016.

Simon O’Dwyer

Simon O'Dwyer has worked as a photographer and photographic editor for The Age for 18 years, specialising in news and editorial portraiture. Over the years he has covered the war in Afghanistan 2001 and Operation Slipper 2009, landmines in Cambodia and the HIV epidemic in PNG. O'Dwyer photographs many people, from business leaders, celebrities, entertainers and prime ministers to the everyday Australian. 

Julie Millowick

Julie Millowick is Senior Lecturer, Online Photojournalism, La Trobe University. In 2007 as Vice President of MAP (Many Australian Photographers), Julie helped co-ordinate 37 photographers across Australia to produce the exhibition and book Beyond reasonable drought. Her latest Australia-wide project is the co-produced book, Remembrance: 100 years, 100 memorials, 100 Australian stories

Justin McManus

Unfortunately Justin McManus is unavailable to attend. We apologise for this late change to the panel.