Our Judges

Steve Parish

Photographer, Publisher, Teacher, Writer, Naturalist & Artist

Steve is a passionate and highly motivational speaker and one of the few Australian photographers who can look back over fifty-seven years of photography working across a vast range of social and natural history subjects. Since the age of sixteen, he has shared his work with the Australian community through thousands of publications, talks, exhibitions, and public events.  His life’s work has been to inspire people of all ages to consider the life benefits of nature connection for mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

Steve’s iconic publications continue after 35 years in print, a massive body of work for which he received the Order Of Australia in 2008 for his contribution to the publishing industry through the publishing of Australian Natural History.

Mick Reid

President of the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia.

Mick Reid is well known as a leader in our health system for over three decades. Mick has worked as a consultant for the World Health Organization on numerous projects.  This included a stint living in Geneva and advising on the development of district health services and workforce requirements for Cambodia and reporting on public sector reform strategies in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Singapore.  During the late 1980s, he undertook important work in the HIV/AIDS domain both in Australia and internationally.  He was engaged by the WHO’s Global Program on AIDS to develop the Global Blood Safety Initiative and organised and facilitated several international consultations.

Mick was Director-General of Health in both NSW and Queensland, and also the NSW Director-General of the Ministry for Science and Medical Research.  For a number of years, he worked with the Ministry of Health in China to assist and develop the capacity of Central Government and Provincial Directors General and Vice Ministers in aspects of health and welfare systems reform.  He was an advisor to the WHO on public sector reform in East Timor.

Dr Leah King-Smith

Lecturer in Visual Arts in the School of Creative Practice, QUT

Dr Leah King-Smith is a prominent Australian Indigenous (Bigambul) artist. Leah’s Dreaming Mum series (2018- 19) was shown at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia Canberra, QUT Art Museum Brisbane and Monash Gallery of Art Melbourne. Evocations (2020) is currently showing in Rite of Passage at the QUT Art Museum while later in 2020, her Patterns of Connection series is showing at the Southeast Museum of Photography in Florida US, and current collaborative work is showing in Canaipa Mudlines Art and Environment (2020) at the Redland Art Gallery Qld.

In her academic role, Leah is Lecturer in Visual Arts in the School of Creative Practice, and Indigenous Academic Lead in Teaching & Learning where Leah is tasked with embedding Indigenous perspectives in undergraduate curricula in the three Schools of Creative Practice, Communication and Design, Faculty of Creative Industries.