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Courage of the Judges: World Press Awards 2016 February 20, 2016

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An Australian freelance photographer has won one of the world’s most prestigious photography prizes for a shot of an asylum seeker passing a baby through a barbed wire fence on the Hungary-Serbia border.

Warren Richardson, a freelance photojournalist based in eastern Europe, beat more than 5,000 other photographers — who together submitted more than 80,000 images for consideration — to claim the 10,000-euro World Press Photo of the Year prize.

Taken by moonlight under challenging light conditions to avoid disclosure of the refugee positions Warren Richardson said that he was unaware that a child was in the image until he was editing.

“This is an incredible image from the refugee crisis of 2015,” Vaughn Wallace, one of the judges, said in a statement.

“It’s incredibly powerful visually, but it’s also very nuanced.”

Another judge, Huang Wen, called the image “haunting”.

West Australian photographer Rohan Kelly based in Sydney with the Daily Telegraph, won the Nature Category for his photo of a cloud tsunami over Bondi Beach.

Photographed in November when violent summer storms caused havoc in the Harbour city, Mr Kelly said the image had to be taken quickly as the fast-moving system bore down.

“I was down there to shoot a film festival and I saw this storm coming through. I was worried it would ruin the shot,” he said.

“But then I saw these clouds as I was driving away so I pulled over and had about 15 minutes before it absolutely bucketed down.”

“I’m very happy, it is unexpected.”

The prestigious prize is Mr Kelly’s first since he started as a photographer for Darwin’s NT News in 1998 before moving to the Daily and Sunday Telegraph in 2001.

“I didn’t know it would be a prize winner,” he said.

“A few people in the office seemed to think it was pretty good so I entered it.”

Mr Kelly said he did not have any immediate plans to celebrate but would enjoy the victory with his family.

He will be flown to Amsterdam later this year for the awards ceremony.

It continues a bumper 12 months for Daily Telegraph photographers who have cemented their reputation for being the best news and sports photographers in the Australian media.

At the 2015 Walkley Awards in December, Phil Hillyard and Gary Ramage emerged as category winners.

Multi-award-winning photographer Hillyard won the Sports Photography award and Ramage the Nikon-Walkley Photo of the Year for ‘Ice Nation” — exposing the deadly drug epidemic gripping the country.

Pinkification at Spectrum Gallery Dee Dee Noone May 7, 2014

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Proof: Darwin Photojournalism Festival May 5, 2014

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“Proof” Positive in Darwin …

May 4th, 2014
An open letter from Brian Cassey:

Had the great pleasure to attend and be part of Darwin’s photojournalism festival premiere –  “Proof: Photo Essays from the Top End” - on the weekend.

The brain child of curators Maurice O’Riordan, Crystal Thomas and my ‘fotostrada’ colleague Glenn Campbell, the exhibition – set to be a bi-annual event – was split between two venues on the ‘Darwin Waterfront’ and the ‘Northern Centre for Contemporary Art’. The work of thirteen photojournalists including yours truly made for an impressive show.

Legendary Northern Territory PJ’s Clive Hyde and Baz Ledwidge presented remarkable samples of their work from the 1970′s and 80′s … the era of Lindy Chamberlain, Bob Hawke and Cyclone Tracey … alongside current and much younger NT  photographers Elise Derwin and Daniel Hartley Allen. Andrew Quilty showed his black and white panoramic prints made after Cyclone Yasi struck northern Queensland and Jakarta based Ed Wray his great ‘Monkey Town’ set on Indonesia’s performing monkeys. Glenn Campbell hung his work produced in the Solomon Islands of the Australian Defence Force.

The greatest pleasure, however, was catching up with fellow ‘interstate’ exhibitors Megan Lewis (now based in Sydney) and Martine Perret (now based in Margaret River WA). Megan exhibited some of her well known prints of the Martu people in the Great Sandy Desert – from the ‘Conversations with the Mob’ collection – and also took time to perform in her ambassadorial role with Fujifilm to present a slide show and talk on her work and the use of the new Fujifilm X-T1 camera. Martine presented samples of her work ‘Trans Dili’ on trans gender men in Timor-Leste. Some hours were spent with Martine, Megan and Glenn gabbing about the industry, past assignments, state of photojournalism and other meaningful ‘stuff’… including a stint on the obligatory Mindil Beach that lasted for several hours after sunset! (NB … Glenn missed the beach stint as he was stuck offshore ‘working’ on a boat – but was ably replaced by Fujifilms Kevin Cooper.)

My contribution to the exhibition was “The Aak Puul Ngantam Stockman” set … at the curators request … not mine.

The festival is a great initiative and I look forward to seeing it once again in Darwin in 2016.

Below are pics of the two venues … top is the ‘Darwin Waterfont’ exhibit featuring the work of Megan Lewis, Clive Hyde, Elise Derwin and Baz Ledwidge … below is a pic from the ‘Northern Centre for Contemporary Art’which shows my exhibit. Also at the NCCA is the work of Martine Perret, Glenn Campbell, Andrew Quilty, Ed Wray, Daniel Hartley-Allen, Regis Martin, Frederic Mit and Made Nagi.

images © Brian Cassey




SHARK PROTEST: Metaphor Images Photo in International New York Times February 4, 2014

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SYDNEY, Australia — As Australians flocked to the beaches at the height of a hot Southern Hemisphere summer, a commercial fisherman hired for the task hauled in a 10-foot tiger shark, caught on a baited line set off the state’s south coast. The fisherman shot the shark in the head four times with a .22-caliber rifle and then towed the carcass out to sea, where it was dumped.

The catch on Jan. 26 — Australia Day, a national holiday popular for beachgoing — was the first under a new “catch and kill” policy in the state of Western Australia for large tiger, bull and great white sharks. Since then, at least one more large shark has died on the line; several smaller ones were caught and released.

The official cull comes after seven fatal shark attacks on swimmers in the state in the last three years, the most recent in November, when a 35-year-old surfer was killed. In one of the attacks, at one of the most popular beaches in Perth, no body was found, only the man’s damaged swim trunks. Five of the attacks were by great whites, officials say.

The state government’s decision is meant to reassure beachgoers, but it has horrified conservationists and flies in the face of global efforts to protect sharks, whose numbers have been in decline amid heavy pressure from Asian appetites for shark fin soup. Opponents of the cull policy have mounted protests and consulted lawyers about trying to halt it in the courts. International celebrities have weighed in, including the British actor and comedian Ricky Gervais and the billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson.

The Color Run Perth Photos Bohdan Warchomij November 3, 2013

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The basis of this global festival has its roots in India’s Holi Festival, which takes place annually across India between end-February and early-March. The colorful festival of Holi has an ancient origin in the Hindu religion and celebrates the triumph of ‘good’ over ‘evil’. The colourful Holi Festival bridges social gaps and renews relationships across the country. On this day, people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures hug and wish each other ‘Happy Holi’.
Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of colors, and sometimes festival of love. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of the world
It is primarily observed in India, Nepal, and other regions of the world with significant populations of minority Hindus or people of Indian origin. The festival has, in recent times, spread in parts of Europe and North Americas as a spring celebration of love, frolic and colors. This celebration has captured the imagination of many Western countries and Perth in Westen Australia has adopted it as a springtime celebration that raises money for the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation’s medical research program. The Color Run is a commercial operation that raises money for charity: the Global Poverty Project, the non-profit behind Global Citizen, is The Color Run’s global charity partner. This partnership  gives Color Runners the opportunity to engage in global issues, make an impact in the world and be proactive in ending extreme poverty. On GlobalCitizen.org, Color Runners can take actions for charities and enter to win rewards such as tickets to live concerts in their hometown, while improving the state of the world.

The New Agenda: Politics in Australia July 30, 2013

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Outside an Art Deco Bowling Club in the federal Perth electorate of Mt Lawley a small but vocal gathering of the Socialist Alliance waits for Australia’s reinstated Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. The Labour Party and Australia, once rudderless, has reembraced the polished Queenslander for its tilt at a federal election that seemed to be slipping out of its reach. A pretty blond student with her dog approaches me amazed that Kevin Rudd has appeared as metamorphosis in the blue chip Liberal area of Mt Lawley.

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It all seems quite bizarre. Liberal candidate Darryl Moore, presumably in the van that bears his face circles the Bowling Club like a predatory shark. It seems he has no other ideas and like Tony Abbott in Canberra is unnerved by the pace of the electoral campaign that Rudd is running without announcing that he is running a campaign.

He courts the faithful, a union gathering at Paterson’s Stadium in Subiaco, another fruitless meeting with Premier Colin Barnett at his Palace in Parliament Place, a school visit, and now the bowling club filled with euphoria.

Photo Bohdan Warchomij: PM Kevin Rudd and West Australian opposition leader Mark McGowan

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When he talks he talks of the Labour Party’s achievements. The Gonski Reforms, The National Disability Scheme, the NBN, most of them appropriated and worked on by Julia Gillard. Interestingly enough, and obviously, she doesn’t rate a single mention. She is a NON Person in the rewrite of history that was a common technique in the Soviet Union. All these achievements are the Labour Party’s achievemnts, he says. We make things, they break them, he says without acknowledging the existence of the political opposition. As with Julia Gillard so with Tony Abbott. Neither rate a mention.

It is effective politicking. There is a euphoria in the room, a sense of purpose, a sense of urgency. And a collective amnesia.

Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Photo Bohdan Warchomij

And then he flies to Afghanistan with his wife.



Perth Fashion Festival Photos Bohdan Warchomij September 21, 2012

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The magical appeal of Perth’s Fashion Festival is here again. Here are images from the continuing event, shot by Bohdan Warchomij.

Lost Diggers August 17, 2012

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The power of the photograph is never more evident than when we look back at history. These recently discovered glass plate images are full of emotive , historical and human content that engages us  and informs us.

West Australian Press Photographer Awards March 28, 2012

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The most popular regular exhibition at the West Australian State Library is on until the 1 April 2012. The annual West Australian Press Photographer of the Year showcases the talent of some amazing West Australian press photographers. Congratulations to Theo Fakos and Matthew Poon on their awards. Congratulations to all contributing photographers and award winners and huge accolades to Nic Ellis, Simon Santi, Bill Hatto, Linda Archdeacon, Jackson Flindell, Simon Cowling and David Baylis  in particular for their organisational work on the awards.

Lincoln Baker
Lincoln Baker

Matthew Poon
Matthew Poon

Theo Fakos Press Photographer of the Year
Theo Fakos Press Photographer of the Year

Australia Day Photos Perth Bohdan Warchomij January 26, 2012

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