Panel - Meet the judges

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Meet the judges

Date: Sunday, 21 November
Time: 8pm - 9pm (Sydney AEDT)
Locations: Online

Cost: Free, donations welcome



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Meet the professionals who blind judged this year’s Head On Photo Awards.  This panel of experts - from curators and photographers to gallerists and photo editors - changes each year, allowing for a broad range of tastes, opinions and skills.  Hear what they look for in a great image and what makes a winner. 


About the panellists 

Lisa Springer is photography curator with a wide expertise, ranging from the history of photographic exhibitions to international contemporary fine art practice. She has worked in several major European museums over the past eight years, and since 2019 she has been Curator of Touring Photography Exhibitions at the V&A, London, where she leads the programme of special exhibitions touring to China. Lisa also contributes to exhibitions in the V&A Photography Centre, working as part of a curatorial team responsible for one of the world’s most significant photography collections.
Before joining the V&A, Lisa was Manager of the prestigious Prix Pictet Photography Award. She ran the ambitious global touring exhibitions programme for four years, collaborating with 50 leading photographers and 31 venues, from New York to Tokyo.

Brett Rogers OBE is Director of The Photographers’ Gallery, London, the UK’s first publicly funded Gallery dedicated solely to photography.  
Brett studied Fine Arts at the University of Sydney before taking up a post as Exhibitions Officer at the Australian Gallery Directors’ Council from 1976-1980. She then moved to the British Council as Deputy Director of Visual Arts at, where she established the British Council’s Photography Collection and curated an ambitious programme of international touring photography exhibitions. Brett joined The Photographers’ Gallery in 2006. 
Brett Rogers was awarded an OBE for services to the arts in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in May 2014 and in November 2018, a Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Photography by the Royal Photographic Society, London. 

Nicky Catley graduated with a BA in History and Curatorship from the Australian National University in 1996 before embarking on a twenty-year career as an editorial photo editor. Nicky spent a decade spent in London as a staff picture editor and shoot producer on newspapers and magazines where the art and editorial photography sectors were closely entwined. 
She has been commissioning and editing news photography in Australia since 2011 and is currently a photo editor at the Sydney Morning Herald. 

For Matt Palmer photography isn't just a passion, it's a compulsion. Over the years Matt's photographed just about everything, from running a wedding photography business, documenting major architectural projects, working for live music street press and more. He's recently turned his eye to landscape photography and telling conservation stories. This culminated in being awarded AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year in 2019 for photography highlighting the destruction of habitat due to bushfires in Tasmania

How live sessions work

Once you've registered, you'll receive an email confirmation. The next steps are: 
  1. One hour before the session you will receive the link to the session.
  2. Playback will depend on your internet connection and computer set up.
  3. The session will be recorded and will be made available after the completion of the Festival.

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November 21st, 2021 8:00 PM through  9:00 PM
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Sydney, NSW
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